November 19, 2015 |
A consultant - who is also the girlfriend of the lead bankruptcy lawyer for the Please Touch Museum - has been hired as a strategy adviser to the museum and will take over as its CEO when it comes out of bankruptcy. In a court filing at the end of October, Lawrence McMichael, of the Dilworth Paxson firm, said Patricia Wellenbach and the museum would not move forward with the plan until "the impact of the potential hiring on my disinterestedness has been resolved. " The museum announced at a news conference Monday that an anonymous donor had pledged $3.25 million to its fund-raising effort, and that Wellenbach would eventually takeover as CEO. Earlier, in a court filing on Friday, the Office of the United States Trustee in Philadelphia, which oversees bankruptcies, said it had no problem with Wellenbach's hiring, so long as Dilworth does not charge for any legal services related to her employment.
November 12, 2015
The Marian Anderson Awards program is a glitzy affair that each year honors A-list celebrities while raising money for young artists. Each year as the prize money is handed over - this year to jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis - the question inevitably pops up: Why do the Marian Anderson Awards not fund the struggling house museum in South Philadelphia where the famed contralto once lived ? I mean, why not? Both the awards and the Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum were created to keep the legacy of the famed contralto alive.
November 1, 2015 |
DEATH APPARENTLY becomes me. So - boo - I'm dead again. At an editor's request, again. I'm sensing a problem. Last year, it was as a zombie for Eastern State Penitentiary's Terror Behind the Walls, which technically made me one of the undead, but whatever. It was one of the best times I've had on this job. Probably that's a problem, too. This time, I'm getting dolled up dead in advance of today's Day of the Dead, Dia de Los Muertos , celebration at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
October 30, 2015 |
The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent and the Woodmere Art Museum are exploring a partnership that could produce a merged institution devoted to exhibiting more than three centuries' worth of the region's entire range of art and artifacts, according to officials at both institutions. The exploration process, funded by William Penn Foundation grants of $867,075 to each institution, will initially lead to a joint public exhibition opening in about a year at both, tentatively titled "A More Perfect Union.
October 29, 2015 |
It's fitting that the Philadelphia Museum of Art should open its new, gorge-your-eyes exhibit on American still life now, as America lays in for Thanksgiving. Ripe abundance and unbridled consumption are two themes in the surprisingly gorgeous feast of American plenty. Posh flowers overspill their vases, mouthwatering fruits overflow their bowls, exotic and domestic animals (including a showstopping house cat) abound. The 175-year retrospective, "Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life," even starts on a peep-show note, with Philly master Raphaelle Peale's "Venus Rising from the Sea - A Deception.
October 22, 2015 |
Larry Berger started college thinking he might combine his interest in art with industrial design. He ended up going to law school, instead, a fortunate turn that led him to a long first career as a business lawyer with Morgan Lewis LLP and a second professional act as general counsel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Berger, 68, plans to retire from that position by the end of the year - and, when he does, he will have many stories to tell...
October 10, 2015 |
John Barrett knows about flying. His brother worked on airplanes and flew in helicopters during the Vietnam War. And Barrett flew with a buddy years ago while the man was working toward his commercial pilot's license. But the 55-year-old software trainer from Glenmoore, Chester County, had never seen aircraft like this before. "The people who [fly] these things, I couldn't imagine [flying] them myself," Barrett said. Barrett was at the Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport in Coatesville on Thursday as the "Wings of Freedom" tour was in the second day of its three-day exhibition.
October 5, 2015 |
PHOENIX - You won't hear the sound of silence at the Musical Instrument Museum, unless it's Simon and Garfunkel on an errant iPod. That's because the five-year-old museum - known in the Valley of the Sun as "the MIM" - is a shrine to aural delights, a showcase for 15,000 instruments of all shapes, sizes, ages, nationalities (200 countries represented), and celebrity pedigrees. Along with calliopes and nickelodeons, djembes and dunduns, you will find Keith Moon's psychedelic "Pictures of Lily" drum kit, half-destroyed during a performance by The Who on a 1967 episode of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour . The Steinway piano on which John Lennon composed "Imagine" is preserved under glass, just a stone's throw from George Benson's Gibson guitar, Carlos Santana's custom, Asian-art-adorned Yamaha ax, and Pablo Casals' cello.
September 28, 2015 |
Rowena R. Stewart, 83, of Jacksonville, Fla., a nationally known director of African American museums in Philadelphia and elsewhere, died Saturday, Sept. 19, of complications from a stroke at home. Between 1975 and 2002, when she retired to Florida, Dr. Stewart led four major African American historical museum societies - the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia, the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit, and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo. She was one of the most sought-after African American museum directors in the country, according to a profile posted on TheHistoryMakers.com.
September 23, 2015 |
Christopher Jones, 77, of Kimberton, a University of Pennsylvania Museum archaeologist known for his discovery and deciphering of inscriptions left by the ancient Maya culture of Guatemala, died Thursday, Sept. 3, of cancer at his home. As a research associate and later a consulting scholar for the museum, Dr. Jones was engaged in ongoing study and massive publication efforts pertaining to Tikal - one of the largest ancient cities in the Americas. Tikal was the capital of a city-state during the Classical period (200 to 900)