May 18, 2015 |
The Wagner Free Institute of Science is famed for its collection of animal and fossil specimens housed in rows of 19th-century glass cabinets. But one of the museum's greatest scientific works is neither animal nor vegetable. It's mineral: the patented iron-and-wood truss that holds up the roof. The Wagner's main exhibit hall is such a spectacular sight it's doubtful many visitors have paid much attention to the structure overhead. Yet the roof truss is what makes that immense, open-plan room possible.
May 16, 2015 |
The Independence Seaport Museum announced Thursday that it had received four gifts totaling $13.9 million, more than doubling its endowment and marking one of the largest gift totals ever made to the Penn's Landing institution, founded in 1960. John Brady, head of the museum for four years, called the contributions "an endorsement" of the museum's direction, which he characterized as akin to "a transformation. " The gifts announced were $4.5 million from newly elected board chair Peter McCausland; $4.4 million from longtime museum supporter Peter R. Kellogg; $3 million from H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, owner of Philadelphia Media Network and publisher of The Inquirer; and $2 million from an anonymous contributor.
May 2, 2015 |
On Friday, in front of the Delaware County Courthouse on Front Street, the Borough of Media will hold a small ceremony celebrating the hanging of Thomas Moran's monumental 1892 painting, Grand Canyon of the Colorado River . Well, not the real McCoy (or Moran), one of the masterpieces of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection. Media's Moran will be a very high-quality reproduction in an elaborate frame, all coated with an anti-graffiti resin. Pop-up outdoor art installations are coming to town.
April 29, 2015
The long : One Saturday evening a year, lucky kids roam the hallowed halls of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during this family-friendly fundraiser, now in its 17th year. "Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano" theme translates to kimono demos, taiko drumming, touchable turtles, edamame fried rice, kite-making and temporary tattoos - all before bedtime. The short : Party on, but hands off the art. The demo : Museum rep said "best suited for family with children ages 3 to 10. " At press time, guest list was 300 and growing.
April 25, 2015 |
Traveling outside Cuba for the first time, Armando Lorenzo Munnet was moved to tears Wednesday by the warm welcome he received at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, an astonishing array of world-famous race cars on exhibit near Philadelphia International Airport. Munnet, 42, a resourceful car mechanic, is one of the stars of Havana Motor Club, a documentary about drag racing in Cuba that had its world premiere in New York City last week. "Already, I am overwhelmed," said Munnet, who pointed to the hairs bristling on his forearm as he entered the hangar-like building where dozens of champion cars, dating back a century, are on permanent display.
April 24, 2015 |
IT'S THE SMOKING hot question of the week. Women across the city - and some men, too - have been wondering: Who is the Art Museum Hottie? Is he single? HughE Dillon of Philly Chit Chat kicked the mystery off over the weekend after he photographed the man people were calling the "Art Museum Hottie" on Saturday with his shirt off and muscles bulging. The mystery stranger was doing one-handed pushups and also something called elevated burpees, in which he moved his body from one step to the other while doing the full-body exercise.
April 13, 2015 |
It would be hard for any real-life archaeologist to match the fictional Indiana Jones, but Julian Siggers gives it a good run. Siggers, 50, director of the Penn Museum since July 2012, may not crack a bullwhip or sport a battered fedora, but he does have a fondness for motorcycles and tattoos. He's also handsome, charming, and possessed of an impressive academic pedigree, including a doctorate from the University of Toronto in Near Eastern prehistoric archaeology. Born in England and educated at University College London, he came to Penn from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where he was vice president for programs, education, and content communication.
April 9, 2015 |
Gail Harrity, president and chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, the alliance has announced. Carolyn Boyce, alliance executive director, said Tuesday that Harrity and the Art Museum have "diligently" cared for all of "the historically and architecturally significant buildings" in their care, citing renovation and refurbishing of the Perelman Building, the Rodin Museum, the main building, and the museum's two historic Fairmount Park mansions.
April 2, 2015 |
The woman in gold in the true story Woman in Gold was Adele Bloch-Bauer, a patron of the arts in turn-of-the-century Vienna, a regal beauty who posed for Gustav Klimt. Her portrait hung in the family's apartment on the Elisabethstrasse until March 1938, when Hitler's Third Reich annexed Austria. The lives of the city's thriving Jewish community were forever changed, and the Klimt, along with other artwork, jewelry, and valuables belonging to the Bloch-Bauers, was seized by the Nazis.
March 26, 2015 |
The group had come to the Doylestown museum for a program that uses meditation to deepen the appreciation of art. But Maria Starr wasn't expecting the objet du contemplation to be a coffee table. Yet there it was at the James A. Michener Art Museum: a tree trunk transformed by the famed George Nakashima Studio. Would deep breaths and a dose of mindfulness help illuminate the artistry in a walnut table as it had for a landscape painting? Starr and 11 other museumgoers sat down around the table and closed their eyes.