Morris Arboretum Andrea Baldeck: The Texture of Trees Through September
Morris Arboretum The Art of Patrick Dougherty March 30-April 18
Renowned artist Patrick Dougherty will be an artist in residence at the Morris Arboretum from March 30-April 18. Dougherty will weave hundreds of sticks and saplings into a whimsical site-specific creation along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek. Arriving at the site of each new installation with no preconceptions as to what he will create, he draws inspiration and materials from the surrounding environment to design a large-scale structure.
Penn Museum Surviving: The Body of Evidence Through May 2009
Above: Dr. Alan Mann, co-curated the exhibit
Above: Dr. Janet Monge, Acting Curator of the Physical Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology co-curated Surviving: The Body of Evidence.
Penn Museum Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in PennsylvaniaThrough September 2009
Lenape Meesing Candle holder made of metal and paint. Each year, the Lenape of Pennsylvania honor Meesing, the protector of the woodlands, with a fall Meesing ceremony. At the ceremony, a member of the Medicine Society, a group of men responsible for organizing and performing the Meesing ceremony, represents Meesing as a dancer. The Meesing dancer prepares for his task during the year preceding the ceremony by meditating on Meesing and making objects with Meesing’s image, which are given to the Medicine Society. One year, the Meesing dancer made a series of Meesing candleholders.
A Lenape fan made of beads, deerskin and feathers rests in the hands of Shelley DePaul, director of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and co-curator of Penn Museum’s new exhibition, Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.
Photos: Lauren Hansen-Flaschen.
Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya
Through January 2010
A world-renowned collection of ancient Maya painted pottery, excavated by the Penn Museum nearly a century ago and reinterpreted in light of recent research in the field, provides the centerpiece for Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya, a new exhibition opening at the Penn Museum April 5. It runs through January. The 27th Annual Maya Weekend: Maya Crossroads: Classic Ideas and Goods in Motion Across the Verapaz, April 3-5 complements the exhibit. See http://paintedmetaphors.museum.upenn.edu/. Pictured are Mayan Incense Burners from the exhibit.
Arthur Ross Gallery
Thirteen Miles to Paradise
Through June 14
John Moore, A Fine Fall Day, 2008, oil on canvas, Private Collection, courtesy Hirshl & Adler Modern, New York
Blossoms and Blessings in Color Rita Bernstein's silk and textile art opens at the Burrison Gallery on May 18 through June 26.
Reception May 20, 5:30 p.m.
Signs of Life now through May 15 at the Burrison Gallery. In his recent series of aerial photographs and paintings, artist Scott Wright seeks out places where the landscape takes on the appearance of vast abstract canvases, where humans and nature collaborate to generate living artwork based on layered patterns of growth, entropy and renewal. Above: Cul de Sac (Archival Pigment Print, 2009).
Art of Limina: Gary Hill
Through May 1, 2009
Art of Limina: Gary Hill; defined by a sensibility of openness, complexity, and subtlety of language resembling an “open” universe, the exhibit features installations by Gary Hill and an essay by collaborating artist/critic George Quasha; Slought Foundation
Kelly Writers House Gallery
Spin Glasses and Other Frustrated Systems
Wallpaper patterns with selected texts. Through Spring 2009.
National Dance Company of Spain 2
National Dance Company of Spain 2 performs at the Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts May 14-16.
Garden Railway 2009: Great American Lighthouses
May 23-October 12
Above: A special Victorian-era ride-on train operates opening weekend only, May 23-25, 2009. The train will transport 24 passengers on rides around the Arboretum every 15 minutes. Rides are $3 for children and $5 for adults.
Right: Garden railway architect Paul Busse designs elaborate three-dimensional structures made entirely out of natural materials. A hightlight of this year’s display is a model of the country’s tallest lighthouse, North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Through June 21
Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay; presentation of the work of twenty-two artists who have created significant work in clay, all of which appear to be in some state of flux or growth.
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
Image courtesy of the Historical Society of PA
Francis Johnson: Early Music Master of Philadelphia; Celebrating the acquisition of Francis Johnson sheet music from the collection of Kurt Stein.
Eugene Ormandy Gallery through Fall 2009.
Morris Arboretum Ongoing
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.
Lobby, GSE A Wonderful Life:
A Daughter's Tribute to a Family of Educators Ongoing
Pennsylvania Daughter by Joan Myerson.
Digital "painting" of the artist's mother as Penn student.
Almanac - April 28, 2009 Volume 55 No. 31
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