Upcoming Events

The Arthur Ross Gallery offers public lectures and tours, children's programs, and traveling exhibitions with an interdisciplinary appeal and international focus. Many events are free and open to the public; special events are held for Friends of the Arthur Ross Gallery members.
For more information call (215) 898-2083 unless otherwise noted.

RSVP to Sara Stewart at arg@pobox.upenn.edu for all events.

    Friday, September 12 at 5:00 PM
    Gallery Talk: Lynn Marsden-Atlass and Heather Gibson Moqtaderi, Co-Curators

    Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM
    Concert by Dolce Suono Ensemble
    Mimi Stillman, flute
    Misoon Ghim, mezzo soprano
    Gideon Whitehead, guitar
    Composers: Debussy, Bach, Handel, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla
    Dolce Suono Ensemble presents a concert in conjunction with Shared Vision: The Myron A. and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection. The program, curated by DSE Artistic Director Mimi Stillman, draws on the Modernist and Latin American works in the collection for its musical inspiration, connecting with two major DSE projects: "The Americas Project", exploring the music of the United States and Latin America, and “Música en tus Manos” (Music in Your Hands), an engagement initiative with Philadelphia's Latino community. Co-sponsored by Dolce Suono Ensemble and the Arthur Ross Gallery.

    Thursday, October 2, at 6:00 PM
    Lecture: “The Art of Collecting 20th- Century Prints”
    Molly Steiger, Vice President, Senior Specialist, Prints, Sotheby’s, New York.
    The lecture and reception are co-sponsored by Sotheby’s and the Arthur Ross Gallery.
    Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Arthur Ross Exhibition Fund, Mrs. Arthur Ross, Mr. George Gillespie, the Patron’s Circle of the Arthur Ross Gallery, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Past Events

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    On the Wings of Eagle and Raven: Tlingit and Haida Traditions
    April 11- July 6, 2014


    March 19 at 5:00 pm: Arthur Ross Gallery
    Lucy Fowler Williams, PhD, Associate Curator and Jeremy A. Sabloff Keeper,
    American Collections, Penn Museum
    “Are Old Northwest Coast Objects Meaningful Today? Tlingit At.óow in 2014”    

    April 9 at 6:00 pm  Robert Davidson, laureate Haida artist
    “Haida Traditions and Modern Innovations”
    Held at the Kislak Center, 6th Floor, Van Pelt Library

    April 16 at 6:00 pm  Gary Wyatt, Director, Spirit Wrestler Gallery
    “Northwest Coast Display in Ceremony and Gallery”
    Held at the Kislak Center, 6th Floor, Van Pelt Library

    April 22 at 6:00 pm  Aaron Glass, Professor, Bard Graduate Center, New York City
    “Tall Tales of the Totem Pole: An Intercultural Biography of the Northwest Coast Icon”
    Held at the Kislak Center, 6th Floor, Van Pelt Library

    April 23 at 5:00 pm William Wierzbowski, Keeper, American Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum
    of Archaeology and Anthropology
    “Stories from Storage:  Behind the Scenes Lives of Objects”
    Held in the Arthur Ross Gallery

    April 30 at 6:00 pm  Robin Wright, Professor and Director, Bill Holm Center for Study of Northwest Coast Art, Burke Museum, University of Washington
    "Charles and Isabella Edenshaw: Haida Master Artists"
    Held at the Kislak Center, 6th Floor, Van Pelt Library


    Related programming for William H. Johnson: An American Modern

    Friday, January 17, 5:30 p.m. Gallery Tour and Opening Reception, jazz performance and the world
    premier of the William H. Johnson Suite composed and performed by Dr. Guthrie Ramsey and MusiQology. Co-sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies.

    Thursday, January 30, 5:30 p.m. Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University and
    Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, University of Pennsylvania celebrate their new books Looking for Leroy: Illegible BlackMasculinities and The AmazingBud Powell: Black Genius, JazzHistory and The Challenge of Bebop. They will be in conversation with eminent cultural critic Greg Tate.

    Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m.
    Free concert by Mimi Stillman and the Dolce Suono Ensemble.

    Thursday, February 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Valentine’s Throwback Thursday:
    An evening of food, drink, jazz, and swing dancing
    Exclusively for Penn students.

    Tuesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
    Abdi Farah, Artist Talk Penn Alumnus and Winner of the first season of Bravo Network’s “Work of Art: Next Great Artist.”

    Friday, March 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
    Lecture, “William H. Johnson:  Modernist Master of New World Realities”
    Dr. Leslie King Hammond, Graduate Dean Emerita & Founding Director, Center for Race and Culture Maryland Institute
    College of Art.


    A series of related programs for Auguste Rodin: The Human Experience

    Friday, September 6 at 5:00 p.m.
    Gallery Talk by Judith Sobol
    Executive Director, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

    Sunday, September 22, 2013 3:00 p.m.
    Concert by Daedalus Quartet
    Performing Beethoven, Britten, and Smetana
    FREE ADMISSION and reception to follow

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
    Concert by Dolce Suono Ensemble
    Mimi Stillman, flute
    Allen Krantz, guitar
    A performance of music by Mozart, Piazzolla, Fauré, and Daniel Dorff. Dorff is a Philadelphia-based composer who will introduce his "Serenade to Eve: After Rodin."

    Wednesday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m.
    Film Screening of Camille Claudel
    The life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her long relationship with legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin are portrayed in this passionate biographical drama, featuring acclaimed performances by Isabelle Adjani and Gérard Depardieu, directed by Bruno Nuytten (1988).

    Friday, November 8, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Symposium on Auguste Rodin
    Call 215-898-3617 or email arg@pobox.upenn.edu for more information

    Juliet Bellow
    Assistant Professor, Department of Art, American University
    "Modeling Dance: Art and Entrepreneurship in Rodin's Late Career"

    Linda Kim
    Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Art History, Drexel University
    “Threshold States: Women Artists Negotiating Boundaries in Rodin’s Studio”

    Jennifer Thompson
    The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900 and the Rodin Museum at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
    ’I thought I would like more than one’: Jules Mastbaum and collecting Rodin for Philadelphia”

    Andre Dombrowski, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
    Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Director of the Arthur Ross Gallery


    A series of related programs for La Tauromaquia: Carnicero, Goya, and Picasso will be offered this spring/ summer.

    • Thursday, April 4 at 6pm
      Reception and Presentation
      An Evening with Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Chair of the Friends of Arthur Ross Gallery and President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome

    • Friday, April 19 from 1pm – 4pm
      Symposium on La Tauromaquia: Carnicerco, Goya, and Picasso


      Janis A. Tomlinson, Director of University Museums, University of Delaware
      “Goya at 70: La Tauromaquia in Context”

      Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
      “The Ambassador's Picador: Walter Annenberg, Pablo Picasso, and Ernest Hemingway”

      Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery
      "Sharing Art Generously Among College and University Art Museums”

      Please note, this event takes place in:
      Claudia Cohen Hall Auditorium G-7
      249 S. 36th Street

      $20 general admission; Free Admission for Penn Students with ID.
    • Monday, April 22 at 6:30pm
      Address by Ford Bell, President of the American Alliance of Museums
      "Museums and Communities in the 21st Century"

      Please note, this event takes place in:
      The Class of 1978 Pavilion
      Special Collections Center
      Van Pelt Library, 6th floor
      3420 Walnut Street
  • Saturday, February 9, 2013
    Gallery Tour with Curator Mary Bordeaux @ 10:15 AM
    Artist Talk with Lakota quilter Janyce Trask @ 11:00AM

  • Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
    World Premier Reading of Miracle Play by Sheldon Wolf

  • Wednesday, March 13, 21013 @ 5:00 PM
    Gallery Talk with Bill Wierzbowski, Associate Keeper of American Collection, Penn Museum

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
    Hoop Dancer, Jasmine Pickner

  • Saturday, March 3 (10:30 AM) | Gallery Talk with artists Lucy Arai and Mi-Kyoung Lee in conjunction with the Fiber Philadelphia 2012 opening weekend

  • Weekly Film Series in the Sky Lounge of Harrison College House | all films begin at 7pm. Penn Card Holders Only. Free Brazilian Snacks and Pizza.

    February 9th : Gabriela
    February 16th : Bye Bye Brazil
    February 23rd : Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
    March 1st : Quilombo
    March 15th : Kiss of the Spider Woman
    March 22nd : Central Station
    March 29th : Orfeo Negro
    April 5th : Xica da Silva

    For additional information and updates please check the Harrison website

  • March 22nd-25th: Dance Brazil at the Annenberg Center
    For more than 30 years, Dance Brazil has thrilled audiences throughout the world with a dazzling fusion of Afro-Brazilian culture, live music, contemporary dance and Capoeira, the African dance/martial arts form that evolved in colonial Brazil as a means of fighting enslavement.

  • March 27 (12:30 - 1:30 PM) at La Casa Latina | Lecture by Zeca Ligiero: "Dance, Soccer, and Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Performance Fundamentals"
    Zeca Ligiero is a theater/ video director and scholar specializing in Afro-Brazilian culture. He has taught at the University of Rio de Janeiro - where he founded the Graduate Theater Department - for the past 15 years. His lecture will explore the African origions of the three Brazilian passions: samba, football, and capoeira.
    RSVP to wtamara@sas.upenn.edu by March 22

  • April 13 (4:15 - 4:45 PM) | Bateria Drumming at the Gallery
    The term "bateria" refers to the drum sections that participate in the samba school parades during Carnaval. Formed exclusively by percussion instruments, a bateria is the very essence of what makes Carnaval and its music so exciting. Members of the Whalasa Bateria are Wharton students led by instructor Alex Shaw.

  • April 13 (5:00 - 7:00 PM) Inside the Arthur Ross Gallery | Opening Reception & Alô Brasil Performance
    Philadelphia-based Brazilian ensemble Alô Brasil, led by Alex Shaw, has been performing popular Brazilian music to the tri-state region for over 10 years. Much of the band's repertoire is rooted in African-based rhythms such as samba, samba reggae, partido alto, maracatu, maculelê, and ijexá, among others. Featuring the music of Alô Brasil, the opening reception for the Samba Sessão exhibit will certainly be a celebratory occasion.

  • April 13 & 14 at McNeil Center for Early American Studies | Symposium: "Polo S: Reorienting the Visual Culture of the Early Americas"
    This international and interdisciplinary conference takes as its mission an exploratino of the theoretical, regional, methodological, and subjective problems encountered by scholars who are currently working on the visual and material culture of the southern United States, the Caribbean, and South America. For more information, please visit this website

  • April 18 (4:30 - 5:30 PM) Outside the Arthur Ross Gallery | Capoeira Demonstration by FICA Philadelphia
    Capoeira Angola is an African-Brazilian martial art and dance that evolved as a form of self-defense and cultural resistance to the oppressive institution of African slavery in colonial Brazil. A playful sparring involving style, wit, flexibility and strategy, Capoeira weaves intricate movements, spirituality, mental and physical discipline, oral tradition, song, percussion, and philosophy into a unique "game".

  • April 18 (5:30 - 6:30 PM) Inside the Arthur Ross Gallery | Samba Dance Workshop by Angelica Cassimiro
    This Brazilian samba dance workshop led by Angelica Cassimiro introduces participants to samba no pé (basic samba step) and passo marcado (simple choreographies); samba styles typical of the Rio Carnaval. This workshop is accompanied by live drumming.

  • Please consult the Gallery's Events Calendar for further details.
  • Wednesday, November 30 (4:30 PM) | Gallery Talk on Printmaking with University Faculty

  • Every Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 PM & 3:00PM | Guided Tours of An American Odyssey
    Meet at the Gallery desk

  • Friday October 21, 2011: Third Annual Jack Warner Symposium on American Art
    Click below for a larger image of the schedule of events.

Arthur Ross Gallery Events Calendar

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