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Almanac - May 24, 2011 Volume 57 No. 34


Morris Arboretum

Garden Railway Display

May 28-September 5

The Garden Railway at the Morris Arboretum is a miniature world set in the splendor of a summer garden, featuring historic buildings created entirely of natural materials, each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs. This year's theme, "Painted Ladies" celebrates colorful victorian homes with twelve replicas of houses from cities across the county. The Garden Railway opens during the Grand Opening weekend on Saturday, May 28 from 1-3 p.m.


Arthur Ross Gallery

Lauren Greenfield's Girl Culture

Through July 31

Sheena, 15, tries on clothes with Amber, in a department store dressing room, San Jose, California.

Charles Addams Gallery

Photo India Exhibition

May 20-June 24

Students in the Howard A. Silverstein and Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Program who studied abroad in Mumbai, India will display their photos in an exhibition in the Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery from May 20-June 24.

"Dharavi, Mumbai" by Alex Remnick


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.

Penn Museum

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetary



Gold bull amulet (Height: 1.5 cm; Width: 1.5 cm) originally part of a necklace of gold. The bearded bull, considered divine in early Mesopotamia, is made of a thin sheet of gold wrapped over a bitumen core. Found loose in the soil at the Royal Cemetery, ca 2550 BCE.

Penn Museum

Battleground: War Rugs From Afganistan

Through July 31

Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, the first major retrospective to honor the American fiber artist, featuring 90 of her most important works. The exhibit is on display March 24-August 7. See Exhibits. Above: La Clef, 1988, rubber bands, metal key; 9 1/2 x 6 inches. Private collection.

International House

Penn Abroad Photo Contest

March 11-June 3

The Penn Abroad Photo Contest Exhibit will be on display at International House from March 16-June 3.

Above: Landscape: Chaouen Blues by Janis Kreilis; who studied abroad Fall 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden in the Swedish Program and Spring 2010 in Rabat, Morocco on the AMIDEAST Rabat program.