August 18, 2016 |
Seven months after the Noyes Museum of Art closed its main location in Galloway Township, N.J., the museum has a new owner and game plan. Stockton University announced Monday that it now owns the museum, which will be the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University. The university has had a close relationship with the museum since a 2010 agreement to lease space and work together. Monday's announcement brings the museum's assets, including about $1.7 million and its artwork, to the university.
August 3, 2016 |
The city has reached an agreement to allow the Franklin Institute to convert a sign on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to digital, officials said Monday. The street-level sign is at 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and is used to promote the museum's exhibits. The proposed conversion has been criticized since the institute applied for a permit in 2012 to update the sign. Opponents argued that allowing a digital sign would negatively impact the Parkway. "This agreement in no way means there will be more electronic signage on the Parkway," Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis said in a statement.
July 22, 2016 |
IN 1985, ROCK impresario Bill Graham was one of the producers of Live Aid in Philly. Now, 25 years after his death in 1991, The National Museum of American Jewish History here at 5th and Market Streets will host the East Coast premiere of "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" from Sept. 16 to Jan. 16, 2017. Graham was a holocaust survivor who fled Nazi Germany as a boy to come to America and become one of the most influential promoters of the rock era. If you were a big act from the 1960s to the 1980s - The Grateful Dead , Jefferson Airplane , Janis Joplin , Jimi Hendrix , Santana , Fleetwood Mac , the Who , Led Zeppelin , the Doors , Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young , Bob Dylan , The Band , the Rolling Stones - Graham had some role in your career.
July 18, 2016 |
Patricia "Trish" Wellenbach, 59, leads a children's museum, but the financial situation the Please Touch Museum found itself in last year was not child's play. Driven into bankruptcy trying to cover costs incurred in its 2008 move from Center City to Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, the museum owed $60 million. To shed the debt and exit bankruptcy, the museum paid $11.25 million, raising $5.75 million from donors, with a $3.25 million gift from an anonymous donor, and the rest from a 2006 bond sale.
July 18, 2016 |
It took them 13 years, but an eclectic crew of volunteers and visionaries has transformed a vacant 19th-century church into the Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum. Opening Sept. 11 in the resilient rowhouse neighborhood/emerging arts district known as Waterfront South, the architecturally impressive and thematically ambitious museum will showcase the history of the city's shipbuilding and related industries, where tens of thousands of people once worked. Camden's maritime might spurred development of entire city neighborhoods such as Fairview, as well as nearby suburban communities such as Audubon Park and Brooklawn.
July 16, 2016
Police on Thursday were investigating a threat to bomb the African American Museum in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention here this month. The museum, at Seventh and Arch Streets in Center City, received a threatening letter Thursday and reported it to police. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security for city police, said detectives were investigating. Museum officials could not be reached for comment. - Robert Moran
July 15, 2016 |
In a photo, six Pashtun men sip tea in Kunduz province, blocks from where al-Qaeda devised the Sept. 11 attacks. The man most in focus has a scraggly beard tinged with gray. He looks strikingly similar to Osama bin Laden - or at least that's what Steve McCurry thought when he snapped the shot in 2002. In the background sits a picture of downtown Manhattan, with the twin towers looming above the skyline. "I don't know that they were even aware that that was New York and that was the World Trade Center," McCurry said.
July 9, 2016 |
The 60-year career of Jasper Johns, one of the great artmakers of his generation, will be the subject of an unprecedented simultaneous exhibition in the fall of 2020, when the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City jointly present a full retrospective covering every aspect of the 86-year-old artist's career. Perhaps best known publicly for his paintings of American flags, targets, maps, and numbers, Johns has delved deeply into drawing, sculpture, and printmaking, as well.
July 9, 2016 |
Edward W. Duchneskie, 88, who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II and later worked as manager of mechanical facilities at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, died Monday, July 4, at Virtua Marlton Hospital of kidney failure. Mr. Duchneskie, who lived in Cherry Hill, was born in Camden and worked at an early age to help his family, said his son, John, an assistant managing editor for the Inquirer. Mr. Duchneskie was a teenager when he joined the Merchant Marine during World War II. "He lied about his age to get into the war," his son said.
July 4, 2016 |
Shunpiking is "use of a side road to avoid the toll on (or the speed and traffic of) a superhighway," according to Merriam-Webster. To fans of road trips, shunpiking is a celebration of the joy of driving - and of cars themselves, getting out into the countryside to explore interesting sights often missed while whizzing along the interstate. For car enthusiasts, Pennsylvania offers an opportunity to shunpike around the state while visiting some of the finest automobile museums in America.