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Almanac - May 26, 2009, Volume 55 No. 34

Morris Arboretum
Andrea Baldeck: The Texture of Trees
Through September


Charles Addams Gallery

Through June 26, 2009


Morris Arboretum
Tree Adventure
Through September 27


Tree Adventure explores the relationship between plants and people with its central theme, we need trees, and trees need us. Armed with a Passport to Adventure, visitors will travel the expanse of the Arboretum’s 92-acre garden to learn the critical role trees play in our environment while having fun engaging with trees.


Penn Museum
Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in PennsylvaniaThrough September 2009

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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.


Penn Museum

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.

Penn Museum

Marilyn Bridges: The Sacred and the Secular

Through June 21


Pathway to Infinity, high overview, Nazca, Peru (1989), from the exhibition “Marilyn Bridges, The Sacred and the Secular” at the Penn Museum, April 24 through June 21, 2009. Silver gelatin print. Photo: Marilyn Bridges.

Penn Museum

Summer Wonder 2009

Kulu Mele

Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble performs on July 22, part of the Summer Wonder Series.

Arthur Ross Gallery

Thirteen Miles From Paradise

John Moore

Through June 14

Fine Fall Day

John Moore, A Fine Fall Day, 2008, oil on canvas, Private Collection, courtesy Hirshl & Adler Modern, New York


Arthur Ross Gallery

West Philadelphia: Building a Community

July 10-October 11


Burrison Gallery

Rita Bernstein

Blossoms and Blessings in Color Rita Bernstein's silk and textile art opens at the Burrison Gallery on May 18 through June 26.


The Paintings of Donna Teleis, on display at the Burrison Gallery June 26-August 7.


Madeleine Adams Paintings: Around the World and Back at Penn.

August 10-September 25.



Kelly Writers House Gallery

Spin Glasses and Other Frustrated Systems

Wallpaper patterns with selected texts. Through Spring 2009.

Morris Arboretum

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.

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.

Van Pelt Dietrich 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.

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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.

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

Pennsylvania Daughter

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

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