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.
LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO
Part goofy, part glorious, all man” (New York Times), the gender-bending Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or the ‘Trocks’ are, without a doubt, the funniest dance company on the face of the planet. Enjoy a laugh-out-loud excursion into the world of classical ballet that sends up every artistic conceit, while paying tribute to the choreography of beloved classics. December 13-15.
CHERISH THE LADIES: CELTIC CHRISTMAS
Ring in the holidays with a special blend of instrumental talent, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, as this all-female Irish ensemble, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, puts its signature mark on classic Christmas carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night” in a one-night-only performance. December 16.
Celebrate the holidays with four-time Grammy® award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves. December 1.
TRIBE OF FOOLS
Tribe of Fools brings its signature, highly stylized physical dramatics to the Annenberg Center with its 2011 Philly Fringe success, Heavy Metal Dance Fag. December 14 and 15.
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"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.
17TH ANNUAl peace around the world: passport to cultures
International presenters from India return to Penn Museum's 17th Annual Peace around the World event and introduce guests to the art and culture of India with hands-on activities. Attendees can also enjoy musical performances, storytelling, workshops, exotic facepainting, balloon art and other activities. December 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.
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.