William H. Johnson
January 17 – March 23, 2014
William Henry Johnson (1901-1970) is a pivotal figure in modern American art. This exhibition of 20 expressionist and vernacular landscapes, still lifes, and portraits explores the intricate layers of Johnson’s diverse cultural perspective as an artist. Johnson’s work is characterized by his stylistic diversity, ranging from expressionist landscapes to his signature folk representations of African American culture. Organized by Morgan State University and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Morgan State University Foundation, Inc.
On the Wings of Eagle and Raven: Tlingit and Haida Traditions
Curatorial Seminar with Larry Silver
April 10 – July 6, 2014
A curatorial seminar organized by Professor Larry Silver, Department of the History of Art, culminates with an exhibition at the Arthur Ross Gallery and celebrates the outstanding artifacts of Northwest Coast American Indian/First Nations. These exceptional Tlingit and Haida works are lent by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
The Myron and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection – A Gift to the University
July 19 – September 14, 2014
In March 2013 a remarkable gift of over 500 prints, photographs, works on paper, paintings, and sculpture was donated to the University of Pennsylvania’s Art Collection from Myron A. Portenar, M.D. and Anne Jaffe Portenar (C'49). The Portenar collection will be presented to the pubic for the first time and the exhibition will include 20th century masters Stuart Davis, Joan Miro, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, James Rosenquist, and Susan Rothenberg among others. The Portenar’s gift reflects 40 years of passionate collecting by these generous donors.