Arts & Humanities


Maurice Sendak Dies at 83; Artist and Writer Best Known for ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

May 9, 2012

Amy Jordan of the Annenberg School for Communication says, Sendak “changed children’s writing, and American culture with it.”

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Media Contact:Stephen J. MacCarthy | | 215-898-8722May 8, 2012

Penn Trustees to Extend President Gutmann’s Contract

PHILADELPHIA -- The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania will extend the contract of President Amy Gutmann for five additional years beyond its current expiration date. 

Small Wonder

May 1, 2012

Ingrid Schaffner of the Institute of Contemporary Art and William Whitaker of Penn’s Architectural Archives are quoted about the late architect Anne Griswold Tyng.

Article Source: New York Times

Those Amazing Mayans

May 3, 2012

Archaeologist Simon Martin of the Penn Museum comments on the Mayans advanced ideas on time.

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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | | (215) 898-4045April 30, 2012

Penn Museum: Exchange of Prisoners With Metropolitan Museum of Art

When Penn Museum agreed to lend objects from its Egyptian collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their new exhibition, The Dawn of Egyptian Art (April 10 through August 5, 2012), Penn Museum’s Egyptian section curator made one special request—for a temporary “exchange of prisoners.”

South Asian A Capella Groups Fuse Bollywood and Pop

May 1, 2012

Student Bharat Moudgil of the Law School and the all-male ensemble Penn Masala are featured.

Article Source: The New York Times

Penn’s “Maya 2012: Lords of Time” Exhibit Debunks 2012 Prophecy

May 1, 2012

Simon Martin, Loa Traxler and Kate Quinn of the Penn Museum are quoted about the exhibit “Maya 2012: Lords of Time.”

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422May 1, 2012

The Rotunda at Penn Listed on Philadelphia Register of Historic Places

PHILADELPHIA -- The Rotunda has been added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Collette Kinane, a graduate student in historical preservation, prepared the submission as part of PennDesign's 2011 Preservation Studio.

Built in 1911 for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, the Rotunda was designed by New York-based Carrere and Hastings as classical in style, featuring a low, tile-roofed narthex, a circular main hall, also known as the sanctuary, and oversized windows.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151April 26, 2012

6 Exhibitions for PennDesign’s Terry Adkins

As a teenager growing up in the 1960s, Terry Adkins, a fine arts professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, was influenced by the major cultural, political and social events of the era -- and the music of Jimmy Hendrix. Adkins’ recital, “The Principalities,” which opened April 26 at Galerie Zidoun in Luxembourg, features that era and the singer, songwriter and guitarist, who died in 1970 at age 27.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460April 20, 2012

A Penn Professor Chronicles the Technicolor Trucks of Pakistan

The history of decorated trucks in Pakistan is long and colorful. In a land of more than 175 million people, nearly all goods are delivered by truck, and just about every truck has an array of ornate adornments and brightly painted images of religious scenes, families, movie stars and political sayings.