August 21, 2015 |
While the noisy and very visible construction for the Museum of the American Revolution is underway at Third and Chestnut Streets, virtually every item in the museum's 3,000-object collection is quietly being conserved at locations all over the Philadelphia area. From a recently acquired mug that reads "Success to ye city of Boston, Liberty For Ever" to a signed 1773 first edition of enslaved Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral to a linen summer coat worn by soldier Jacob Latch (who gave his name to Latches Lane in Merion)
August 12, 2015 |
As the season of musical acts got underway this summer at the Mann Center, general manager Jerry Grabey noticed a trend: "More and more of our artist riders were asking that selfie sticks not be allowed in. " So in the interest of having a single, unified policy for the entire season, he and his staff made the call: Selfie sticks are out. "It's a question of safety," Grabey said. "It's also an inconvenience to other patrons. " But with the ruling came a new marketing opportunity: A selfie station at the Citizens Bank kiosk on the Mann's campus, complete with a scenic backdrop and selfie sticks that are distributed for use and then carefully reclaimed.
August 1, 2015
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org . Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm. The Barnes Foundation - Philadelphia 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-278-7000. www.barnesfoundation.org . Premier Tour. $75. Closes 8/25. Permanent Collection. ARTime Storytime. Closes 8/27. Wed.-Mon. 10 am-5 pm. Closed Tue. Open 6-9 pm every First Friday and select Fri. evenings. Brandywine River Museum of Art Rte. 1 & Rte. 100, Chadds Ford; 610-388-2700.
July 27, 2015 |
The photographer George Tice has a long-running romance with his home state of New Jersey. It shines through in his large platinum prints of ordinary small-town fixtures: a movie theater, a White Tower hamburger joint, the well-stocked shelves of an old-fashioned grocery. His much-admired nocturnal images of a gas station ( Petit's Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, NJ , 1974) and a lonely telephone booth ( Telephone Booth, 3 A.M. Rahway, NJ , 1974) are of fluorescently lighted places we've all passed and barely noticed while driving at night, but Tice's still versions of them, shot with long exposures, transform them into glowing, mysterious beauties.
July 18, 2015 |
With drums tat-tatting and flags billowing, with two former governors and a major benefactor gazing skyward, a white-coated steel beam signed by hundreds of construction workers and history fans was raised Thursday by a massive crane and lowered into place atop the still-abuilding Museum of the American Revolution. The celebration, attended by several hundred at the museum site at Third and Chestnut Streets, marked the "topping off" of the building's steel skeleton. Construction of the $119 million redbrick museum designed by New York's Robert A.M. Stern Architects began last fall.
July 13, 2015 |
A glance down the hallway toward the gallery of the Woodmere Art Museum, where its 74th Annual Juried Exhibition begins, reveals the quirky aesthetic of jurors and artist brothers Steven and Billy Dufala. In the distance, an enormous, featureless, off-white creature shaped like a cross between a duck and a sheep lies on the floor. Behind it is a large painting of two women standing side by side against a starry night, one holding an ungainly cloudlike form, the other's face hidden by a mass of droopy hair - or something like hair.
July 10, 2015 |
For the last 10 years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been systematically digitizing its entire collection of about 230,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, furniture, artifacts, tapestries, rugs, personal artifacts - everything. Photographs, curatorial and conservation details, provenance, and analytical and art-historical minutiae have all been diligently recorded, entered into an increasingly vast database, and placed online. Other museums have also been putting their collections online, but Art Museum officials say they have moved forward with a thoroughness matched by few. Make no mistake, this is a slog.
June 26, 2015 |
As a destructive storm howled through Philadelphia Tuesday night, John Connors' phone started to buzz with text messages from his neighbors. There were condos under construction next to the small, squat building Connors owns on East Allen Street in Fishtown, and in the high winds and heavy rain, the construction project had collapsed onto Connors' property. As water poured through the roof, Connors rushed to the scene. The damage to the building, though, was the least of his concerns.
June 23, 2015 |
The blockbuster "Discovering the Impressionists" exhibit that opens at the Art Museum tomorrow - after wowing crowds in Paris and London - brings to Philly a cavalcade of the art world's monster hits. You've got Renoir's dancing couples, Monet's poplar trees, Mary Cassatt's "The Child's Bath," Degas' ballet class and jockeys - it's a college-dorm poster sale come to life in painterly high-def. Chances are you've seen the mega-masterpieces somewhere: on note cards, coffee mugs, jigsaw puzzles, your bohemian auntie's silk scarves.
June 19, 2015 |
AT THIS POINT, the idea of a bricks-and-mortar shrine to Philadelphia's rich, diverse and influential musical history seems almost as old as the city itself. But a group that includes some of Our Town's most revered musical monikers has started the ball rolling toward making the dream reality. According to George Pettignano, a New York-based CBS-TV executive who is spearheading the drive to create the facility, those behind what is being referred to as the Philadelphia Music Museum & Hall of Fame are eyeing the financially beleaguered Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard streets.