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December AT PENNExtras!

Almanac - November 23, 2010, Volume 57 No. 13

Annenberg Center


Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Friday, December 10 @ 8 PM at the Zellerbach Theatre Slide; Irish Christmas Celebration; December 11 at the Zellerbach Theatre.

Dance Celebration: Mummenschanz; December 16-18 in the Zellerbach Theatre.

Arthur Ross Gallery

The Dogon: Women, Work and Water
Photographs by Stuart Franklin

Through January 9


Part of the University’s theme year of Water, the new exhibition opening November 6 at the Arthur Ross Gallery, The Dogon: Work, Women and Water, illustrates issues of water and sustainability in the Dogon region of Mali through photographs by Stuart Franklin.

Pictured: MALI. Dogon region. Songho. Girl with bucket filled with water by the well. 2009.

Institute of Contemporary Art

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Erin Shirreff: Still, Flat, and Far; now through December 5, 2010 Mineral Spirits: Anne Chu and Matthew Monahan; now through December 5, 2010


Set Peices

Set Pieces; through February 13, 2011

Curated by Virgil Marti from the Collection of The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Set Pieces restages objects and art works from the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Organized by guest curator Virgil Marti, a Philadelphia-based artist, the selection of seventy-five objects taps treasures from the museum’s storage spanning three centuries.

Burrison Gallery

Open Space: Paintings by Mary Powers Holt

Through December 10


Escape, acrylic on linen, Mary Powers Holt

Penn Museum

Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands

Through February 6, 2011

Ottoman Lands

Pictured: The Excavation at the Temple Court in Nippur, Oil on Canvas, Osman Hamdi Bey, 1904.

This painting, based on an 1893 photograph by John Henry Haynes, was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania in 1903 for its envisioned Nippur Gallery.

Morris Arboretum


Holiday Garden Railway

November 26-January 2

Pictured: The Holiday Garden Railway Display at the Morris Arboretum is a festive annual tradition that enchants vistors of all ages.


Penn Museum

Righteous Dopefiend: An Anthropological Installation on Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America

Through May 2011

Righteous Dopefiend

Righteous Dopefiend: An Anthropological Installation on Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, through May 2011 at the Penn Museum. © Jeff Schonberg 2009

Penn Museum

Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania


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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.  

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.