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Almanac - January 31, 2017 Volume 63 No. 21


Departures: Relevance of In-Between

Three years ago, David Deifer began taking photos with his iPhone and developed an interest in the shapes and light around his everyday activities. He lives in Center City and photographs on his walk to work at Penn and whenever he can find time. His photography is on display at The Burrison Gallery as Departures: Relevance of In-Between from January 10 through February 10. See Exhibits.



(above) Lucien Clergue, Sicilian Botanic Garden, Palermo, 1988, chromogenic print, 12” x 32”

(above) Eliot Porter, Clouds Forming over Mount Baker, Washington, July 30, 1975, 1983, chromogenic print, 20” x 24”
At the core of the exhibition Landscape / Soundscape, landscape photographs from Penn’s University Art Collection are paired with commissioned soundscape compositions. It is on display at Arthur Ross Gallery from January 14 through March 27. See Exhibits.


Family Matinee: The Secret World of Arrietty

On February 11, Family Matinee: The Secret World of Arrietty will be shown at I-House at 2 p.m. See Children's Activities.


Nikon Small World at Wistar Institute

The Wistar Institute is the only venue in the region to host the annual Nikon exhibition.

(above) 2nd place photo by Douglas L. Moore; Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate (90x).

The Nikon Small World Exhibit is on display from now through March 3, giving a glimpse into a world that most have never seen. See Exhibits.

(above) 7th place photo by David Maitland; Leaves of Selaginella (lesser club moss) (40x)


Witchhazel is Your Favorite?

On February 25, Witchhazel is Your Favorite? will take place at Morris Arboretum. Explore the collection of captivating winter bloomers that can be found throughout the arboretum and create a Witchhazel-related craft. See Children's Activities.


Unearthed in the Archives
Unearthed in the Archives, a trip through Penn Museum’s history looking at the interesting and unusual documents being safeguarded in the collection takes place on Fridays at 1:30-2:30 p.m. It is free with admission. See Exhibits.


Second Life

Starting on February 9, Second Life, a series of previously unfinalized works about social and institutional boundaries and thresholds will be exhibitied at Slought. See Exhibits.



Magic in the Ancient World
Protective amulets, incantation bowls, curse tablets, powerful rings, magical stones and anatomical votives—these objects and more are featured in Magic in the Ancient World at the Penn Museum on display now through April 30. See Exhibits.


Winter Wellness Walk
On February 4 through March, Morris Arboretum hosts Winter Wellness Walks at 10:30 a.m. See Special Events.


The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now

Wadsworth Jarrell, Revolutionary, 1972. Screenprint on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now. This exhibition links the vibrant legacy of avant-garde jazz and experimental music of the late 1960s (particularly within the African American arts scene on the South Side of Chicago) and its continuing influence on contemporary art and culture today. It will be on view from September 14 through March 19, 2017. See Exhibits.


Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy

savoy theatre company

Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy, the history of the Savoy Theatre Company is on display through Spring 2017 in Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. See Exhibits.


Penn Humanities Forum Films
On February 1Film Socialisme, Jean-Luc Godard’s essay on the decline of European civilization will be shown at International House. See Films.
On February 12, Making Noise in Silence, exploring the richness and complexities of Deaf culture as experienced by two Korean teenagers who attend the California School for the Deaf will be shown at Penn Museum.See Films.
On February 15, Koko: A Talking Gorilla, a documentary of Koko and her trainer Dr. Francis Patterson teaching human communication to the gorilla will be shown at International House. See Films.


Miguel ZenOn
On February 11, the Grammy®-nominated Latin jazz trailblazer, Miguel Zenón will be performing. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zenón and his quartet perform a unique mix of Latin American folkloric music and jazz from Tipico, an album to be released in February 2017. See Music.


True Blues: Corey Harris & Eric Bibb
On February 26, True Blues will be performing. A former New Orleans street performer, MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and guitarist/vocalist Corey Harris boasts a unique blues style and was featured in PBS’ The Blues film series. Eric Bibb is known for his fiery soul, gospel and folk vocals and his impressive guitar chops. Together, Harris and Bibb vividly bring to life this crucial source of American music. See Music.


 I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in Song
I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in Song celebrates Robeson’s life with archival video and musical selections ranging from Broadway to spirituals, including favorites such as “Wade in the Water” and “Ol’ Man River.” This event takes place on February 18 at 8 p.m. at Annenberg Center. See On Stage.


Color Between the Wines
On February 1, Color Between the Wines, the adult coloring meet-up featuring the artifacts Sphinx and Palace of Merenptah takes place at Penn Museum. $5 admission including art supplies. See Special Events.


Love Potion #9

On February 15, Love Potion #9 take place at Penn Museum. Have a drink, learn about ancient aphrodisiacs, and create your own love potion. See Special Events.


African Cultures Day
On February 25, African Cultures Day takes place at the Penn Museum. It includes modern African dance, traditional African music, an African marketplace, a mancala game station, craft making and more. See Special Events.


Heaven On Earth: Churches of Constantinople The Photography of Ahmet Ertug

sacred spaces
sacred spaces
Kariye Camii in Istanbul, Turkey. Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug is open at the Penn Museum. The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of Turkey—is the focus of this expanded, large-scale photography exhibition. See Exhibits.

Native American voices:
The people—Here and now

native american poster
native american voices
native american dancing
At Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now, a new long-term interactive exhibition at the Penn Museum, visitors will learn about contemporary issues in Native America. Set against the backdrop of more than 200 objects from the Museum’s expansive collections from the United States and Canada, the exhibition challenges stereotypes and tells powerful stories of Native American successes in achieving independence as sovereign, self-governing Nations. At multimedia stations, visitors will experience audio and video clips of contemporary Native Americans speaking of the many ways in which they maintain their religious, political, linguistic and artistic independence. See Exhibits.


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. See Exhibits.

audobon's birds of america
This permanent exhibit at Van Pelt-Diectrich Library is devoted to the display of John James Audubon's Birds of America (1827-38). Penn's double elephant folio set of the Birds was a gift by Edwin H. Vare, Jr. in 1957-59. The page opens from the volume on display will be changed on the second Wednesday of every month. This photo is courtesy of the Penn Libraries. See Exhibits.

Human evolution: THE FIRST 200 Million Years

human evolution
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. This photo is courtesy of the Penn Museum. See Exhibits.