March 30, 1987 |
WITH THEIR HANDS, a group of blind Japanese students examines Marcel Duchamp's "Bicycle Wheel" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The students, who won a Japanese contest for plastic works, are touring museums in the United States because Japanese museums do not offer any "touch" privileges. During the weekend, they also visited the Rodin Museum.
October 2, 1998 |
You spill your wastebasket onto the floor. And what have you got? A work of art, that's what. If you find that hard to believe, check out the exhibit titled "Joseph Cornell/Marcel Duchamp: In Resonance" opening Thursday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One work in that exhibit consists of 117 discarded items, including postcards, dry-cleaning receipts and assorted scraps that were piled into a box. As it happens, these scraps belonged...
June 3, 2011 |
Michael R. Taylor, the highly regarded curator of modern art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been named director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. He will assume his new position in August, succeeding Brian Kennedy, who moved to the Toledo Museum of Art in September. Taylor, who was named the Art Museum's first modern art curator in 2004, said in a statement that he was "absolutely delighted" with his new position. The Hood's collection, he said, offered "exciting possibilities," particularly in the area of "student-driven exhibitions, which I believe hold the key to the museum's future success.
September 6, 2003 |
Ann Temkin, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been appointed curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, effective Oct. 1. Temkin, hired by the Art Museum in 1987 as an assistant curator, became head of the department then called 20th-century art in 1990. Sept. 25 will be her last day in that job. She said yesterday that it would be exciting to help MoMA figure out, "both from a conceptual and practical point of view," how to present the museum's matchless collection of modern art in its new building, now under construction.
April 17, 1999 |
Guitarist John Fahey - drifter, recluse, some say sorcerer - does for the blues, folk and other American primitive idioms what Marcel Duchamp did for nudes descending staircases. His celebrated playing illustrates the concentric circles of motion and being. Though Fahey has been hailed as one of the great finger-style guitarists of the 20th century, over his itinerant 40 years of music-making he has been riddled with the bite marks of as many mythical hellhounds on his trail as any Delta bluesman.
June 19, 1998 |
In contemporary art, context is all. Marcel Duchamp proved that definitively by exhibiting an ordinary urinal and demanding that we regard it as sculpture rather than as a utilitarian bathroom fixture. The context of Frozen, which involves a fatalistic performance artist in contemporary China, is rather more elusive. This profoundly troubling and pseudonymously made (for political reasons) film focuses on a Beijing artist who carefully plans his final work: suicide. Not by pills or blade, but by ice. He contrives to bury himself under a block of ice and die of hypothermia.
October 7, 2014 |
If British-based music has ever had a cult figure with a following to match, it's Bryan Ferry. Since 1971, when he formed the avant-glam Roxy Music, Ferry has stood for art rock-'n'-rhythm of the highest order, his couturier's smooth sophistication and fashion-forwardness matching his aesthetics' empirical nature. With a solo career that ran alongside Roxy's (and long after - his Avonmore is due in November), Ferry's lizardy baritone croon and eerily romantic music became seduction's weird sound track, a sexily sinister take on Sinatra's Songs for Swinging Lovers . Philadelphians have adored all things Ferry from the start, and Saturday was no different as he packed the Tower Theater, thrilling devotees with Roxy hits and solo smashes despite the lingering effects of a throat infection that led him to cancel dates preceding the Upper Darby run. Complaints?
November 9, 1990 |
Charles Dutoit, the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer music director, returned to the Academy of Music last night to begin his winter guest engagements. His program opened boldly with Edgard Varese's Arcana, which Leopold Stokowski and this orchestra introduced to the world 63 years ago, and which, given a few more performances, has the makings of a signature piece for the Philadelphians with Dutoit. The world still doesn't know Arcana well, which is likely one reason it still makes such a dazzling impression; another is its catapulting energy despite its considerable metallic and percussive weight.
October 14, 1987 |
John Sculley has packed a lot into his 46 years. After getting his M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1963, he soon connected with Pepsi-Cola - and worked his way up to president and chief executive officer. Tonight at 11, he will talk to Larry King about personal computers on WIP (AM/610). Sculley is currently president and CEO of giant Apple Computers. Through the magic of tape, he also will appear twice tomorrow at 3 p.m. - with Harry Gross on WCAU (AM/1210)
August 19, 1986 |
Two "interdisciplinary" creative projects scheduled to be performed in Philadelphia have received matching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. NEA's Inter-Arts Program has awarded $25,000 to the American Music Theater Festival to create, develop and produce Jacob's Room, a collaborative effort by composer Morton Subotnick, opera and music theater designer Robert Israel and director Wesley Balk. A grant of $7,000 has been awarded to four artists in various disciplines to adapt Large Glass, Marcel Duchamp's complex assemblage at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, into a performance linking music, movement, language and architecture.