April 14, 2014 |
In the months before his death, the Rev. James A. Benson kept working on exhibits for his museum in Lawnside. "He was sick in the hospital, cutting things out of the newspaper and using the nurses' tape," Benson's widow, Ellen, recalls. "He was always asking, 'What's going on at the museum?' " A retired Lawnside postmaster, she's grateful that her husband - who was 81 when he died of leukemia Dec. 8 - doesn't have to hear the answer to his frequent question. The Benson History Museum he founded, owned, and operated (at no charge to visitors)
April 4, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA They were told to make it better - Philadelphia's Art Commission would accept no less from architects designing a proposed $150 million museum devoted to the Revolutionary War. Especially one that would stand just two blocks from Independence Hall. So Wednesday, Robert A.M. Stern Architects delivered. And they were rewarded with unanimous approval of revised designs they had put together for the Museum of the American Revolution at Third and Chestnut Streets. The panel's vote effectively clears the way for building permits to be issued in the months ahead and for construction plans to be drawn up for a hoped-for opening in late 2016.
April 3, 2014 |
The metallic Geoffrey Beene mini in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's exhibit "Silver and Gold Fashions Since 1960" is the sartorial standout of this glitzy gallery show. The dress is just beautiful: Beene scattered shiny hot-pink, orange, and green blossoms throughout its bodice, and he planted a garden of the neon blooms along the collar and hemline. "The year was 1967, and Beene had declared the ball gown passé," said Kristina Haugland, who plucked all of the show's shiny showstoppers from the museum's 30,000-piece costume collection.
March 31, 2014 |
Lucille and Harold never quite recovered from the loss of their son Jacob, who drowned on his eighth birthday. Now in their 70s, they have spent nearly half a century dealing with their regrets, their guilt, their anger. Then one day Jacob shows up at their door - still 8 years old. That's the heartrending premise of Jason Mott's best-selling debut novel, The Returned , an intimate portrait of scores of men, women, and children who inexplicably return from the dead. Released in August, it was issued in paperback Tuesday.
March 29, 2014 |
The Delaware Art Museum is planning to sell as many as four unnamed paintings to cover $20 million in old construction debt and replenish its endowment funds, the museum said Wednesday. "After detailed analysis, heavy scrutiny, and the exhaustion of every reasonable alternative to relieve our bond debt, the trustees had two agonizing choices in front of them - to either sell works of art or to close our doors," museum chief executive Mike Miller said in a statement. "While today's decision is certainly hard to bear, the closure of this 100-year-old museum would be, by comparison, unbearable.
March 24, 2014 |
THE FRANKLIN Institute opens a whole new wing June 14, and there's plenty more to explore, museumwise, in Philly between now and that red-letter date. Get yer history here . . . and your art, your natural science, your anthropology, your baseball and even your Dowager Countess' closet. Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, opened March 13. Already got a sinking feeling this ain't the Phils' year? No worries. This altogether inspiring homegrown exhibit reminds you it's not about winning or losing, it's about how our national pastime became a metaphor - if not a means - for assimilating into the American mainstream.
March 22, 2014 |
Celebrate Pippi Longstocking and all things Swedish Sunday as the American Swedish Museum marks Waffle Day and debuts its interactive exhibition "Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?" From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. indulge in fresh waffles, coffee and beverages while learning the history of the Waffle Day holiday. Starting at 2, guests can experience the exhibition about the children's book character Pippi Longstocking, subject of beloved stories by Astrid Lindgren. Make Pippi masks and socks, do some pretend cooking, smell the spices in Pippi's kitchen, or search through Pippi's dresser and see what fun things you can find.
March 19, 2014 |
George D. Horst came to America from Germany as a young man, made his fortune in the hosiery business in Reading, and then turned his attention to art. In 1911, Horst acquired his first painting. More followed. He bought American impressionists, such as Daniel Garber, and Barbizon painters, such as Corot, many from the annual exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Horst became heavily involved in establishing the Reading Public Museum.
March 18, 2014 |
As a light snow fell on the 55-acre Hildacy Farm preserve in Delaware County, Molly K. Morrison glanced out her office window and appreciated the view outside. "I like looking at snow," said Morrison, president and CEO of Natural Lands Trust. The snow, she said, accentuated the hilly landscape and robust trails in Media, where her nonprofit conservation group has its headquarters. Resolved to protect the Earth's natural habitat, Morrison said, she inherited that interest from her family.
March 17, 2014 |
At the end of July I had the unexpected pleasure of taking a river cruise in Russia with a friend. This was exciting - my mother was from Zvenyhorodka, a town north of Kiev in the Ukraine, my father from a suburb south of Kiev. The cruise started out in St. Petersburg and wound up in Moscow. On a scheduled bus trip in Moscow, we went to the Museum of the Jewish History in Russia, the only Jewish museum and Holocaust memorial in the country. When we got to the museum, the men were laying tefillin - wearing black boxes on their foreheads containing verses from the Torah that serve as a reminder of God's intervention during the Exodus from Egypt - so we were ushered upstairs to the balcony for the service.