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January AT PENNExtras!

Almanac - December 20, 2011 Volume 58 No. 16

Annenberg Center

7:30 p.m.; $20-50; Zellerbach Theatre. Also January 20, 21, 8 p.m., January 21, 2 p.m.



Arthur Ross Gallery

In Material: Fiber 2012

In Material: Fiber 2012 opens January 27 at the Arthur Ross Gallery. In conjunction with Fiber Philadelphia 2012, the Gallery will join 30 other venues in exhibiting fiber art that incorporates new technologies, new materials, and contemporary concerns. The ARG exhibit features four artists, Lucy Arai, Sonya Clark, Mi-Kyoung Lee, and Cynthia Schira.
Above: Sonya Clark, Hair Wreath, 2002, Human Hair and Wire. Courtesy of the artist.

Burrison Gallery


Phonebooth from the exhibition, Farrago; photographs by J. Adam Russell; Burrison Gallery. Through February 24.

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.

Hopes and Fears Revisited

The Forum, Annenberg School

Through December 21

Hopes and Fears Revisited; interactive mixed-media art installation that asks visitor to write their hopes and fears on a Post-It note and sign it with their fingerprint; The Forum, Annenberg School.

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Variety of the Feather’d Kind: The Birds of Mark Catesby


Penn Museum

Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years



Institute of Contemporary Art

Charline Von Heyl

Through February 19, 2012


Institute of Contemporary Art

Landmarks: Jennifer Bolande

Milk Crown, from Landmarks: Jennifer Bolande; first major survey of the artist’s work, spanning three decades in a wide array of media; reception 6 p.m.; ICA.
Through March 11.

Nursing: Carol Ware Lobby, Fagin Hall

The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art