March 20, 2015 |
Talon Bazille Ducheneaux, 22, sits in a conference room at the University of Pennsylvania's Greenfield Intercultural Center. Born and raised in South Dakota, he identifies as Lakota and Dakota. He remembers that, in his boyhood classrooms, "they start indigenous history at 1492. " But Ducheneaux is writing his full history, in rap. On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (which, fittingly enough, was built on Lenape land) will present "Modern Native Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop New Music with a Distinctly Native Beat.
March 18, 2015
The long : As winter lingers, Penn's Landing's indoor-outdoor ode to life on the high seas stays blissfully quiet. Smaller guests have plenty of space to hop aboard wooden ships, run halls, push buttons and ogle an under-construction schooner before dashing to and through a steel warship and submarine docked outside. (Try doing that once Spruce Street Harbor Park opens.) The short : Submarine life seems big - if you're under 3 feet tall. The demo : Toddlers on up. Nautical interest a plus.
March 13, 2015 |
High above all the merriment and learning of the Please Touch Museum, in the chamber between the inner and outer domes that cap Memorial Hall, you can't hear any children playing. The only sound is a distant train whistle - and, at certain inopportune times, flowing water. Once, when the museum was rented for a wedding, building engineer Hosea Brawley had to go up to the chamber and balance buckets on cast-iron beams to catch the leaks. Despite undergoing a recent extensive renovation, Memorial Hall has suffered damage to both the plaster work and the floor from water intrusion.
March 12, 2015 |
Daniel H. Weiss, president of Haverford College, is leaving after only two years to head the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, officials announced Tuesday. His presidential tenure is the shortest in Haverford's 181-year history, though the previous leader, Stephen G. Emerson, wasn't there much longer - four years. "Although my time at Haverford has been relatively brief, my experience here has been profound," Weiss, 57, said in an e-mail to the Haverford community.
March 3, 2015 |
JIM VANKOSKI is looking for a site for more eyes. He's the curator of the Mickey Vernon Sports Museum, a place that's as special as the man it's named after. But unless something happens very soon, Saturday will be the museum's last day as it's housed in the soon-to-be-renovated Granite Run Mall. "We have no money and no political connections and that's a bad combination," said Vankoski. What they do have is a rich collection of Delaware County sports memorabilia that needs a new home.
February 28, 2015 |
It's all about Africa on Saturday as the Penn Museum hosts it annual Celebration of African Cultures, honoring the traditions of the continent and its diaspora. Take a folk and modern-dance workshop with Anssumane Sillá, formerly of the National Ballet of Guinea Bissau, or a Tunisian and Moroccan belly-dance workshop with Habiba. Odunde 365, which extends the annual Odunde Festival's cultural outreach year-round, will operate a craft station. You can take an African proverbs family-gallery tour and hear "Stories From the Motherland: An Interactive Storytelling Celebration" with Queen Nur and Yomi Jojolo.
February 27, 2015 |
The South Asian galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art - the eight second-floor rooms containing such dramatic works as the mammoth Pillared Temple Hall built in the 16th century in southern India - will be closed for more than a year after Sunday. Museum officials said Wednesday that the closure, long in the planning, will allow a complete rethinking of how the South Asian collection is presented to the public. Galleries will be reconfigured, lighting and floors will be upgraded and refurbished, and the stories told through the artworks will be revised, expanded, and refocused.
February 19, 2015 |
When Dave Schwartz was a boy, his father was constantly in the hospital, and his mother would drop him at the Penn Museum while she visited her husband. Beginning in 1961, when he was 8, Schwartz spent years among the mummies, the giant sphinx, and other antiquities. "I'm kind of a museum orphan," he says now, at age 61. "I literally grew up in that museum. " One day, he was tracing hieroglyphs on a 10-foot-tall Mayan limestone monument - his sketches spread all over the floor of the Mesoamerican Gallery - when an older man in a suit stopped and asked the boy what he was doing.
February 10, 2015 |
Growing up in Houston, Franklin Institute chief executive Larry Dubinski "built spaceships and shuttles" with the Lego bricks he played with as a youngster. These days, Dubinski, 45, is playing with Legos on a more adult scale, having managed to snare the work of Lego artist Nathan Sawaya for the Franklin Institute's newest exhibit, "The Art of the Brick," which opened Saturday. The exhibit, with more than 100 works of art, includes a giant T-Rex made with 80,020 snapped and glued Lego bricks.
February 4, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has acquired five major French paintings - a late Cézanne view of Mont Sainte-Victoire, a Manet still life of fruit, a landscape and a cityscape by Pissarro, and a portrait of a young girl by Berthe Morisot - all as a bequest from longtime museum supporter Helen Tyson Madeira, who died last year. In addition, the museum has received two early portraits by Marcel Duchamp, of the parents of his lifelong friend, Gustave Candel, donated by Candel's daughter, Yolande Candel.