September 17, 1986 |
John T. Dorrance Jr. has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, succeeding Henry P. McIlhenny, who died last spring. Dorrance has been a museum trustee since 1964 and had served as vice chairman of the board for the last six years. Elected to succeed Dorrance as vice chairman was Philip I. Berman, a member of the board since 1980. In his first official act as chairman, Dorrance announced the receipt of a $1-million challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
July 21, 2010 |
Marian Taylor Mitchell, 91, former president of the board of the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent and widow of the prominent sculptor Henry Mitchell, died of lung cancer Friday, June 4, at the Watermark on Logan Square. For 38 years, Mrs. Mitchell was married to Henry Mitchell, whose work included the Impala Fountain at the Philadelphia Zoo, the Winged Ox at Thomas Jefferson University, and the "Running Free" horse sculptures at Drexel University. After her husband's death in 1980, Mrs. Mitchell joined the board of the Atwater Kent and was president from 1984 to 1992.
January 16, 1987 |
It would have been ultra-gauche to have nailed one of her company's green- and-white For Sale signs to the late Henry P. McIlhenny's elegant Rittenhouse Square townhouse, so Barbara Greenfield is spreading the word more selectively. The fabled McIlhenny manse on the southwest corner of the square, the scene over the years of scores of glittering society parties and Art Museum dinners (McIlhenny was chairman of the museum board when he died May 11), has been put on the market by McIlhenny's four nephews, to whom he left it; they are the sons of his late sister, Bonnie Wintersteen.
February 17, 2014 |
Deeply dissatisfied with Robert A.M. Stern's design for a Revolutionary War museum near Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Art Commission has taken the unusual - and welcome - step of asking the prominent New York architect to go back to the drawing board. Although the commission did not reject the $150 million project outright, it sent a clear message to the organizers Feb. 5, saying that the faux-colonial home planned for the Museum of the American Revolution Center did not measure up to authentic colonial-era buildings nearby.
September 13, 2015 |
AFTER TWO years of languishing under the weight of $60 million in bond debt, the Please Touch Museum has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The museum reached a settlement with its bondholders yesterday, according to a release issued by the museum's board. "Today's filing puts Please Touch Museum on a path toward even greater success," said Sally Stetson, the board's chair. Stetson stressed that the museum, housed in Memorial Hall off Parkside Avenue in West Philly, will remain open as it works to find "stable financial ground.
July 31, 1988 |
Upper Darby's Greeks are dreaming big. And the dream, a Greek-American museum that they say would be the first in the country, got a real shot in the pocketbook this week with a $10,000 check from the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs. The check, presented to the Greek museum's board of directors by state Rep. Mario J. Civera Jr., Republican of the 164th District, on Wednesday evening, will be used to turn a home at 223 Powell Lane into the museum, said George Christoforidis, the driving force behind the dream.
November 28, 1997 |
Philip Berman, longtime chairman of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who devoted nearly two decades and much of his own money to his beloved institution, died Wednesday evening after a long battle with cancer. He was 83. Berman, who traveled the world over to build a personal collection of priceless paintings and sculptures, joined the museum board of trustees in 1980. At the time of his death, he was a chairman emeritus and board member. Though he served as chairman of Hess's department stores and of public television stations statewide, his great love was the museum.
November 15, 2013 |
The Please Touch Museum, in default on the debt it assumed to renovate a new home in Memorial Hall, eliminated nine positions Wednesday as part of a budget-trimming process. The cuts represent about a 4 percent reduction in staff. The museum's board is seeking to increase revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government sources, said interim president and CEO Lynn McMaster, and "must demonstrate that the museum is operating as efficiently as possible. " This means across-the-board cuts of about $400,000 on the museum's $9 million annual budget, she said.
August 25, 2011
Claudia Gould, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999, has been named director of the Jewish Museum in New York City. She will assume her new position this fall, succeeding Joan Rosenbaum, who is retiring after 30 years. ICA's budget has tripled under Gould, exceeding $3 million this fiscal year, with exhibition frequency and staff increases reflecting that growth. Gould has sought to strengthen ties between ICA and the rest of Penn, and has supported a number of artists early in their careers, giving their first comprehensive museum shows to Lisa Yuskavage, Karen Kilimnik, Charles LeDray, and others.
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.