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.
June 10, 2015 |
Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, for Josephine Procopio Albarelli, 92, of Philadelphia, an educator and museum guide who died Saturday, May 2, of a heart ailment at her home. The services will be held at Dinan Funeral Home, 1923 Spring Garden St. Burial was private. A native of Fulton, N.Y., Mrs. Albarelli enrolled at Alfred (N.Y.) University when she was 15 and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in 1942. Drawn by her love of the Spanish language, she moved to Mexico City, where she earned a master's degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
May 28, 2015 |
Less than a year ago, Asef Khurshan had never been to the Barnes Foundation. Now, the 16-year-old would like to give you a tour, starting with his favorite room, No. 19. "Because the Barnes is not a typical museum, I've worked out some hints for you," he says. In Room 19, he introduces the family of Henri Matisse as depicted in The Music Lesson and asks, "What do you see when you look at this family? What are the relationships like?" He tells you to look closely at two paintings by Chaim Soutine on another wall and compare them: "What do you notice about the brushstrokes?
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.