Maya 2012: lords of time (Through January 13, 2013)
Censer Lid with Portrait of a King: One of 12 ceramic lids to a censer, or incense burner, that features portraits of Copan kings. Dated to circa 695 CE, it originally sat atop a large clay vessel used for burning incense. (27" tall x 16" wide x 15" diameter) Photo courtesy: Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History.
The Margarita Panel, a grand, modeled-stucco building panel, measures almost 9 feet high by 12 feet wide. Discovered by a Penn Museum excavation team in the 1990s, it features the emblematic name of Copan's royal founder, K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'. The king's name is shown as two entwined birds: a quetzal bird (k'uk') and scarlet macaw (mo'), with crest elements that spell the initial part of the name yax meaning 'first' or 'green.' Carved around 450 CE it was found in remarkable condition buried deep within the Copan Acropolis. MAYA 2012 features a replica of this monumental piece in its full-color splendor. Photo courtesy: Early Copan Acropolis Project, Penn Museum.
Rama Vaidyanathan is one of the world’s leading interpreters of Bharata Natyam, the great classical dance form of southern India that’s characterized by complex footwork, abstract movements and elaborate mime. On November 3.
SPELLBOUND DANCE COMPANY
An Italian dance company, known for its highly expressive and dynamic movements, exudes an intoxicating combination of class, grace, technique and physical beauty. November 15-17.
arthur ross gallery
9 PERSPECTIVES ON A PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION
"El Station: 53rd Street and Third Avenue," (1946) by Louis Faurer. On display at the Arthur Ross Galery through January 27, 2013.
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Jeremy Deller, "Joy in People" banner (made by Ed Hall), from the exhibition of the same name. Through December 30 at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
"Wynnewood Lanes, Ardmore, Delaware County, PA" (1966), included in Uncommon Modern: Commercial Vernacular Architecture in Greater Philadelphia, 1937-1970. Through January 18 at the Kroiz Gallery.
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the history of nursing as seen through the lens of art
The HUP Nursing Alumni Association commissioned artist Kathleen Shaver HUP’76, to create an art installation to honor the history and legacy of 125 years of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. More information here.
DAY OF THE DEAD
A little boy poses with an outdoor altar created by artists Cesar Viveros and Ana Guissell Palma, on Girard Street in Philadelphia. Viveros will create a large scale altar centerpiece for the Penn Museum’s Day of the Dead Celebration on November 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. Photo: Cesar Viveros.
Human evolution: THE FIRST 200 Million Years
Various fossils on display at the Penn Museum's ongoing exhibit Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years. Visitors have an opportunity to engage with a variety of multi-media programs, as well as view and touch more than 100 casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records.
VAN PELT RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
Van Pelt at 50 includes photographs from throughout the library's history. Through February 24.
Lesley Haas, detail of "Across the Pond" (1999), handmade, courtesy of the artist. This and other paper works by Haas will be included in the Paper: A Deckled Edge exhibit. Through February 15 at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.