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Almanac - January 29, 2008, Volume 54 No. 19

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: Celebration of African Cultures: February 16

The 19th annual Celebration of African Cultures comes alive with special programs to delight the entire family. Traditional storytelling, electrifying African dance and music performances and workshops, children’s activities, gallery tours and more enliven the Museum. The Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble provides a high energy grand finale, complete with masquerades and acrobatics. Free with Museum admission donation. Museum-wide. Information: (215)898-4890.

African Dance


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.


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.


Anne Gilley
Burrison Gallery
Through February 29


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.


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

Morris Morris 2
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.