February 24, 2013 |
Phyllis Foster Yusem, 87, of Center City, a founding member of the pioneering YM-YWHA Arts Council in Philadelphia, died Thursday, Feb. 21, after being hospitalized for pneumonia. Mrs. Yusem was an adventurous world traveler, visiting more than 75 countries, including Cambodia and Yemen. She was born in Cape May and moved to Merion in the 1930s. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's College for Women in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in English literature. While at Penn, she met her future husband, Howard R. Yusem.
January 27, 2013
Museumgoers will have the opportunity to brush up on a lot of dramatic American history around town this spring, with major exhibitions and events covering the Civil War, U.S. spycraft, the countercultural epicenter of 1968, the antilynching writer Ida B. Wells, and the black presence on the Delaware River - as both cargo and seafarers. In addition, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which originally blasted through town two years ago, is back for a month from the end of March to the end of April.
December 3, 2012 |
The National Museum of American Jewish History, whose enormous new facility on Independence Mall opened with much optimism and fanfare two years ago, is struggling to find its voice and its audience. With 126,000 visitors in 2011 and declines in this year's first quarter, attendance has not come close to original expectations of 250,000 annually. The flurry of grand-opening hoopla in late 2010 and early 2011 has faded, taking the attention of visitors and their dollars elsewhere.
September 18, 2012
The artist whose exhibition "RIFA: Sky and Water Paintings" at the National Museum of American Jewish History runs through Dec. 30 was misidentified in Sunday's Fall Arts Preview. She is Tobi Kahn. An erroneous web address was included in a Fall Arts Preview item about the show "The Long Now" at Moore College of Art and Design. The correct address is www.thegalleriesatmoore.org . The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
June 29, 2012 |
One of the most significant documents in the history of Jews in the New World will go on display Friday at the National Museum of American Jewish History as part of the museum's first special exhibition, To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom. "What was at the forefront of 18th-century debate," said Josh Perelman, the museum's chief curator and director of exhibitions, "is still relevant today, a time when religion is a topic of wide civic discussion, a time when there is a Mormon presidential candidate.
June 13, 2012 |
The years-long campaign to launch a museum in Philadelphia honoring the soldiers of "America's original ‘greatest generation' " reaches another milestone Tuesday. Having secured a prime location two years ago at Third and Chestnut Streets in the city's historic district, the museum planned by the American Revolution Center now has a dignified, red-brick design by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern that should offer visitors an inviting setting both day and night, given its distinctive, lighted cupola.
June 13, 2012 |
Robert A.M. Stern seems to be everywhere these days. Besides running Yale University's architecture school and producing architecture tomes as fat as two-by-fours, he oversees a large and successful architecture factory in New York City that can turn out buildings in any style you need. It has been doing a big business in Philadelphia. His firm's substantial output here includes one of his finest buildings ever, the Comcast Tower, a handsome modern obelisk. He's also responsible for a truly awful one, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies on 34th Street.
March 16, 2012 |
Michael Rosenzweig, president and chief executive of the National Museum of American Jewish History, will step down at the end of June. Ivy Barsky, museum director and chief operating officer, will become the museum's chief executive officer when Rosenzweig departs. Barsky joined the museum in July after serving as deputy director of New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Ronald Rubin, cochair of the museum's trustees, noted that Rosenzweig shepherded the institution through capital fund-raising and construction to the opening of its new building at Fifth and Market Streets in November 2010.
December 25, 2011 |
On Christmas morning, Betty and Daniel Jones made their way up Broad Street, from Arch Street United Methodist Church where they breakfasted on eggs and grits, to the Chosen 300 Ministries on Spring Garden Street, where they would line up for their next meal. "We love the holy spirit of the day and we thank God every day for allowing us to live," said Betty Jones, carrying plastic bags stuffed with clothes. Betty, 55, and Daniel, 58, live in South Philadelphia now. They're on public assistance, but no longer homeless.
November 25, 2011
Perhaps the stickiest issue of all surrounding the opening of the National Museum of American Jewish History last November was whether it would be open on Saturdays. On the one hand, Saturday is potentially the best-attended day of the week for any such institution. But on the other hand, it is also the Sabbath day for observant Jews; operating Saturday could be perceived as a sign of disrespect. But in Solomon-like fashion, a compromise was conjured: The museum is open Saturday, but because Jewish law prohibits cash transactions on Sabbath, tickets must either be purchased in advance, or with credit cards at the museum (the transactions are posted electronically the next day)