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Almanac - December 18, 2007, Volume 54 No. 16

Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun
Penn Museum
Extended Through April

Ring bezel, Amarna, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE), faience. Ring bezel decorated with the cartouche of Tutankhamun.  Photo courtesy of Penn Museum.   Statue of an Amarna Princess, probably from Amarna, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE), limestone and pigment. Photo courtesy of Penn Museum.


Other Penn Museum Exhibits and Events

World Culture Family Day: Chinese New Year Celebration: January 26

Scurry in to welcome the Year of the Rat at Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropologie’s 27th annual day-long extravaganza celebration. Bring the whole family and celebrate the New Year through a wide variety of music and dance performances, including the young Mei Mei dancers, children’s activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, and martial and healing arts tradition workshops. The day ends with a drum roll and a roar – as Cheung’s Hung Gar Kung Fu studio offers up the popular Lion Dance parade. Free with Museum admission donation.

The Lion Dance grand finale performed by Cheng Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy lion dances and drummers.   Young performers from the Mei-Mei Dance Company. The Dance group performers each year at the Penn Museum’s Chinese New Year Celebration, as does the Jade River Dance Company, the University of Pennsylvania’s Pan-Asian Dance Troupe and the Plum Flower Dance, all with dancers of varying ages and styles.


Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day

60 of Greg MacGregor’s photographs retracing the journey across the American landscape; Merle-Smith Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Penn Museum. Through February 10.


Lawrence Halprin: The Choreography of Gardens
Kroiz Gallery
Through February 1

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ICA Exhibits
Through March 30

ICA Presents 4 new exhibits this Spring including, The Puppet Show, Trisha Donnelly, Project Space: Carlos Motta: The Good Life and Ramp Project: Beyond Kiosk


Puppet Show: a group exhibition that looks at the imagery of puppets in contemporary art. International in scope, “The Puppet Show” brings together 27 artists and several generations, as reflected by works that range from a 1974 installation by Dennis Oppenheim to a new animation by the Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg. The exhibition concentrates on sculpture, video and photography. Some of the works involve actual puppets (marionettes, shadow puppets, hand puppets) and artists performing as puppeteers. Other images evoke topics associated with puppetry (manipulation, miniaturization, agency, control). Collectively these works show puppets to be a provocative and relevant imagery—one that moves deep into social, political and psychological terrains.

Left: Joe Dallesandro as
Augustin, 1991-94
Painted wood, cloth and metal
73 x 14 x 12 inches.


International House
Through January 4


In 2006, Julia Blaukopf traveled to Kenya to work on a reforestation project, living for a month with a family in a farming community at the foot of Mt Kenya, where she discovered a completely different standard of living. Her images of intimate moments between families, strangers in the city and local workers are aimed at creating an alternative documentary. Another objective was to make the imperfect appear beautiful. Anticipated accidents develop into a means for creative solutions. A pallid sky becomes a chemical explosion. Moments of clarity stream into hazy borders. Tree branches form drooping silhouettes, veins on a white, cloudy canvas. Seen through the lens, the subject changes into a matter of extremes.

Above: Chemical Bikers and Shoes by Julia Blaukopf


Arthur Ross Gallery
Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Fiber Art
Through March 16

Warren Seelig, Shadowfield Drawing, 2008, Silver brazed stainless steel wire. Tsugo Yanai, Antique Series: Joseph Bueys 1921-1986, paper & wire.


Treasured Pages: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Free Library of Philadelphia. Featuring both codices and single leaves from one of the most significant collections of Western European illuminated manuscripts in the United States, the exhibition addresses diverse themes based on subject matter and use: Ritual, Devotion and Prayer, Learning and Leisure, and Politics and Law, and the Bible. Through January 6, 2008.


Annual Winter Exhibition
Through January 23

Exhibit features artwork by youth in the Big Picture and Mural Corps art education programs.

Above: Common Ground: The Global Heritage Mural. (c) 2007 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, artist: James Burns with Big Picture students from the Asian Arts Initiative, Murphy Recreation Center, HERO Center, Olney High School, Germantown Beacon Center, and Wissahickon Charter School. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Above: George Romney's Lady Hamilton as Sensibility

Emma Hamilton's Path to Fame; Exhibition features items from the collections of Jean Kislak and Penn's Rare Book and Manuscript Library


meta Metasequoia
Morris Arboretum

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Nestled within the dawn redwood grove, meta Metasequoia will provide a fresh perspective of these wonderful trees. The exhibit will elevate visitors up into the tree canopy of the dawn redwoods by means of an artistic structure with stairs leading to the "basket," an open-air room whose floor is 12 feet above grade. Climbing up into the structure, nicknamed the "Grasshopper," visitors will be able to revisit the childhood feeling of being in a tree house, enjoy the views and relax in unusual intimacy with these majestic trees.


Coming to the Small Screen: Ormandy & Television
Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Drawing by Alfred Bendiner, ca. 1952. Eugene Ormandy dedicated his life to music, from the age of three, when he first picked up a violin, to shortly after his 84th birthday, when he conducted his last concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra. It is with this orchestra that Ormandy's name will forever be associated, by virtue of his serving as its Music Director for 42 years. Image courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives.


A Wonderful Life:
A Daughter's Tribute to a Family of Educators
Lobby, GSE

Pennsylvania Daughter

Pennsylvania Daughter by Joan Myerson. Digital "painting" of the artist's mother as Penn student.