Art exhibit showcases lesser-known works

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William Hogarth’s “A Rake’s Progress: The Tavern Scene,” engraved in 1735.

A new exhibit at the Arthur Ross Gallery, “Double Take: Series, Multiples and Prints,” intends to spotlight more than 50 lesser-known drawings, prints and sculptures from the University’s expansive 6,000-item art collection.

Penn has prominent works of art on display around campus, including Claes Oldenburg’s “Split Button” outside the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center and Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” sculpture on College Green. But the University also holds some lesser-known pieces in its 6,000-item art collection.

A new exhibit at the Arthur Ross Gallery (ARG), “Double Take: Series, Multiples and Prints” intends to spotlight some of those works, featuring more than 50 drawings, prints and sculptures from the University’s expansive art collection.

The “Double Take” exhibit, which opens Nov. 18, is the second in a series of collaborations between the Office of the Curator of the University Art Collection and the ARG. A large portion of Penn’s art collection is on display indoors and outdoors across campus, at the Morris Arboretum and at the New Bolton Center. But some pieces have rarely been out of storage. 

“One of the ways I thought it would be nice for people to discover what’s in the University [Art] Collection is through a series of exhibitions,” says Lynn Marden-Atlass, ARG director and the curator of Penn’s art collection.

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Arthur Ross Gallery

Robert Rauschenberg’s “Goat Chow” from the “Chow Bag series.”

The earliest works in the exhibit include Albrecht Dürer’s “The Small Passion Series” (1508-13), in which he depicts the arrest, conviction, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ; three of William Hogarth’s prints from “The Rake’s Progress” (1735); and the works of 20th century artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Audrey Flack.

In conjunction with Penn’s “Year of Games,” the exhibit also includes four Salvador Dali lithographs—the Jack, Queen, King and Ace of Diamonds—from his 1972 series “The Playing Card Suite.” 

“Double Take” will be on display through January 12, 2012. For more information, call 215-898-2083 or visit the Arthur Ross Gallery website.

Originally published on November 10, 2011