New students and their parents will attend orientation on Penn’s main campus, exposing them to a series of activities to aid a successful transition from high school to the University. Fall classes begin Aug. 26. Info: www.upenn.edu/nso.
“MAYA 2012: Lords of Time” leads visitors on a journey through the Maya’s time-ordered universe, expressed through their intricate calendar systems and the power wielded by their divine kings. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. Students: $16.50; children 6-12: $16.50; military (w/ID): $18.50; seniors (65+): $18.50; adults: $22.50. Exhibit on display through Jan. 13, 2013.
Type “God” into Google and you’ll get nearly 2 billion search results. God even has His (or Her) own (unverified) Twitter feed. But despite the sophisticated arguments postulated by believers and non-believers, God’s existence remains in dispute. For Penn’s 2012-13 “Year of Proof,” the Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents “Resolved? God Does Not Exist,” a small exhibition selected from the Library’s primary source collections that shows examples of individual works that attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God. The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 24, 2013, is on display on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut St, next to the Information Desk. For more information, call 215-898-7088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents a show from Philadelphia native Lesley Haas, “Paper: A Deckled Edge.” The signature of Haas’ work is the use of natural fibers and pigments from various parts of the world, which blend the characteristics of the fibers with different elements of style. Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 1st floor, 3420 Walnut St. Info: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 15, 2013.
Attend the opening night of “Jeremy Deller: Joy in People,” the first mid-career survey of this unpredictable and vibrant artist. The exhibit features almost all of Deller’s major works to date, including installations, photographs, videos, performance works, and sound pieces. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 30.
“9 Perspectives on a Photography Collection” mines the extensive photography holdings in Penn’s art collection. Gabriel Martinez, senior lecturer in PennDesign, is guest curator. Since September 2011, he and collections manager Heather Gibson have surveyed and documented every photograph in the University collection. Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG. Exhibit on display through Jan. 27, 2013.
Family Second Sunday Workshop presents “Benin Bronze.” Renowned Nigerian Benin bronzes in the African Gallery provide the artistic and cultural inspiration for this workshop. You and your family can imagine yourselves as the king or queen mother of the Benin court, and create self-portraits in the manner of a Benin bronze plaque. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: 215-898-4016 or www.penn.museum. Free with Museum admission.