May 16, 2016 |
It's not every day that you lose your curator of just about everything except the kitchen sink (and maybe that, too). But, then again, Joseph Rishel is not actually leaving the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After 41/2 decades, much of it spent with the august title of Gisela and Dennis Alter senior curator of European painting before 1900, the John G. Johnson Collection, and the Rodin Museum, Rishel has retired. He's now simply emeritus curator of European painting - a curator who comes in at 10 in the morning, not 9, and doesn't wear a tie, he says.
August 26, 2015 |
Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud, 76, the seemingly indefatigable founder and director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the Acadia Summer Arts Program - a.k.a. "Kamp Kippy" - in Maine, died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 22, at her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine. She was, said Timothy Rub, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, of great significance both to the Art Museum, where she was a long-serving trustee, and to the world of contemporary art, where she championed textiles as a medium and, ultimately, all things fashioned by hand.
December 8, 2014 |
A public memorial service will be held Monday, Dec. 8, for Frances Elliot Storey, 81, an artist and supporter of the arts in Philadelphia, who died Sunday, Oct. 5, of cancer at her Spring Garden home. The service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Burial was private. Born in Boston in 1933, Mrs. Storey grew up in Needham and Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. She attended Foxcroft School, then Radcliffe College, and graduated in 1956 with a degree in fine arts.
November 23, 2014 |
Frank Gehry and a half-billion-dollar expansion project may have commanded attention at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but K-pop dance parties are really where it's at. Five years into his tenure as director, Timothy Rub is steering the great neoclassical temple at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway directly into the swirl of newness where the museum's future unquestionably lies: untapped audiences, previously neglected populations, generations...
June 28, 2014 |
The celebrated architect Frank Gehry, who at 85 is just one year younger than the Philadelphia Museum of Art, visited the city Thursday to kick off a special exhibition detailing his plans for expanding the iconic museum building. While he has worked on the project for a decade, the museum is only now unveiling the design, which involves carving out a block-size space under the east terrace to create a new wing of galleries. Most of the improvements will be out of public view, except for two controversial proposals.
May 19, 2014 |
For 86 years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has reigned as the city's most majestic building, a golden crown perched in splendid isolation atop its Fairmount hill. Yet, there is a good reason it is still sometimes called the "Greek garage. " Inside, the great temple remains a work-in-progress. Now, a plan to expand the museum by burrowing deep into its rocky hillside, conceived and designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, promises to remedy this unfinished business, completing and polishing the masterpiece in time for its centennial in 2028.
September 13, 2013 |
Barbara Chase-Riboud vividly remembers traveling from her home in South Philadelphia to the great temple on a hill, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she first took art classes as a little girl. "One of my dreams I can remember, going to classes at the museum, was that one day I was going to have an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum and I was going to have a banner across the facade," said Chase-Riboud, now 74. "I remember very well. It's been a long road. I'm a very old lady!"
August 30, 2013 |
WILMINGTON, Del. - When Danielle Rice was appointed executive director of the Delaware Art Museum in 2005, she says she embraced the job because of "the challenge. " After 19 years as head of educational programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the last eight years as associate director of programs under museum director Anne d'Harnoncourt, Rice was eager to strike out on her own. "I thought I had a pretty good idea about what a museum director did," Rice recalled as she sat in her office Tuesday.
May 19, 2011 |
You can't blame Chris Potter for being a little flummoxed. Tasked with composing a new piece of music based on one of the paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection, the saxophonist was handed not a lush, colorful masterpiece of French impressionism or an explosion of color à la Jackson Pollock, but a stark, austere black-on-white piece by the minimalist Ellsworth Kelly. "To be honest," Potter recalls, "my first reaction when I saw it was, 'Wow, what on Earth am I going to do with this?
August 26, 2010 |
It dangled high in the air, a connector seeking a connection, before slowly being lowered into the waiting earth. At 11:45 Wednesday morning, the Philadelphia Museum of Art was at last plugged in. After hours of maneuvering and digging and pondering, the museum installed the latest addition to its outdoor sculpture garden, a gift from the collector and philanthropist David Pincus - Claes Oldenburg's Giant Three-Way Plug, Scale A ...