July 9, 1986 |
Museum, Tina Howe's satirical play set in an art musuem, will be presented this week in a Philadelphia art museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. It will be staged tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the academy's auditorium by the Hedgerow Theater in connection with the museum's current exhibition, "The Vital Gesture: Franz Kline in Retrospect. " Kline, who died in 1962, was in every sense a modern artist, and it is modern art that Howe spoofs in Museum.
November 11, 2001 |
The Museum of Modern Art is moving to Queens - but only temporarily. Will its public follow, five subway stops deep into Long Island? MoMA has embarked on a $650 million, four-year construction project that will enlarge and extensively renovate its building on West 53d Street in midtown Manhattan. To achieve this, the museum will close May 21. In late June or early July 2002, the provisional MoMA will open in a former Swingline stapler factory building in Long Island City.
August 11, 2009 |
Three artists have been chosen as finalists in a new competition established by Temple University's Tyler School of Art. They are Sanford Biggers of New York; Michael Rakowitz of Chicago and New York; and Ryan Trecartin of Philadelphia. The first Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts will award the winner $150,000, a prize the organizers call "the world's largest given to a visual artist in a juried competition. " The three artists' work will be on view at Temple Gallery at Tyler Oct. 1-31, with the winner to be announced Oct. 22. Organizers also have revealed the names of the three jurors.
June 9, 1996 |
If Paul Cezanne is the father of modern art, then who are his progeny? "To Be Modern," an exhibition that will open Saturday at the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, helps to fill out the French master's genealogy on this side of the Atlantic. Cezanne's influence on American and European artists was widespread and long-lasting. Yet as this exhibition of early American modern art demonstrates, not all the artists who considered themselves "modern" followed his example closely.
October 21, 1994 |
Anne d'Harnoncourt, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1982, confirmed yesterday that she has declined the job of director at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Although d'Harnoncourt, 51, made her decision during the summer, she acknowledged that it may not be widely known. "When you decide to stay somewhere, you don't send out a press release," she joked. D'Harnoncourt was one of several museum directors named as a possible successor to Richard E. Oldenburg, who announced his resignation as MoMA director in September 1993.
October 30, 1997 |
The board of trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has a new chairman. After eight years in the post, Philip I. Berman of Allentown has stepped down for health reasons. He has been succeeded by Raymond G. Perelman, who has been vice chairman for five years. Berman, who will continue as a trustee, oversaw the successful conclusion of the recent Landmark Renewal Fund campaign that raised more than $64 million for the museum. He and his wife, Muriel, have been active for many years as collectors and museum benefactors.
February 20, 1994 |
A wonderfully eclectic ensemble of art greets the visitor to the exhibit "Works by Women Artists: Selections from the Scott Memorial Study Collection, Part 2" at Bryn Mawr College. The collection represents an encyclopedia rather than an intense exploration of any particular theme or period of the 20th century. Most of these fairly recent works on paper by 63 artists are intimately scaled rather than monumental efforts. And the current policy of organizing shows from these gradually increasing holdings (begun in 1991 and now numbering 208 works by 178 artists)
July 8, 1998
Don't force the taxpayers to pay for modern art Susan V. Berresford's comments about art (Commentary, June 29) underscore what is wrong with modern art and artists. She defends graffiti and junk modern art and chastises a skeptical audience for not agreeing with her. In doing so, she demonstrates the very elitism and reverence for dubious talent that make art so marginal to American life. Its irrelevance virtually guarantees that the coffers will continue to be empty. America is far from artless.
August 12, 1990 |
Nicholas Serota had barely arrived at the Tate Gallery as its new director late in 1988 when he set out to transform the old girl from a museum with an identity crisis into one that presented its collection to the public in a logical and edifying manner. Serota's reinstallation of the Tate's collections, which was unveiled earlier this year, proves that one doesn't need to construct new buildings (although the Tate did exactly that three years ago) to create a new museum. To old friends, the Tate may look the same on the outside.
September 27, 2005 |
Carlos Basualdo, an art historian with broad international experience that includes the Venice Biennale and Documenta XI, the two most prominent exhibitions of current art, has been appointed curator of contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, effective immediately. The hiring of the 41-year-old Basualdo, a native of Argentina, completes the restructuring of the museum department responsible for modern and contemporary art. Basualdo is responsible for art from the 1960s to the present, while colleague Michael Taylor looks after modern art, roughly the first half of the 20th century.