August 7, 2011
Indicates wheelchair-accessible. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. Authors Margaret Thorell , "Swedes of the Delaware Valley," American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave; 215-389-1776 or www.americanswedish.org . $5 ASHM members, $10 nonmembers. 6 pm Wed. Special Events Pine Barrens Ecology & Wildlife Meet rehabilitated but nonreleasable animals & learn about Pine Barrens ecology. Bring lunch. Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edgehill Rd., Abington; 215-887-6603 $40 9am-4pm Sun 2011 Summer Sampler Learn about the coming year at this evening of community, study, food, music, and more.
June 22, 2011 |
Richard Hodges, director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, which made headlines in the spring when a much-anticipated show of antiquities and mummies was temporarily blocked from exhibition here by Chinese cultural authorities, will be leaving the museum in June 2012. In an e-mail sent Friday to museum and university staff members, Amy Gutmann, university president, and Vincent Price, provost, announced the departure and praised Hodges as a "dynamic and visionary director" since he joined the staff in 2007.
May 15, 2011 |
When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan late in 1979, its soldiers couldn't have known they were about to let slip the rugs of war. Yet in response to the 10-year Soviet occupation, and to the invasion in 2001 by the United States and its allies, Afghan weavers created a new genre of Oriental carpet, the "war rug. " Instead of the traditional flowers and animals, these rugs are decorated with images of military equipment - fighter planes,...
April 12, 2011
Having served under three different directors as deputy director of Penn Museum, I read with interest the April 6 article on the "Silk Road" exhibit ("Penn Museum director declares its abbreviated exhibit of Chinese artifacts a success"). Director Richard Hodges called the show a "success," notwithstanding the debacle over artifacts that Beijing would only allow to be shown for four weeks, not the four months that Penn Museum trumpeted. Hodges was quoted as being pleased that, with this exhibit, Penn Museum went from being a "small cog" to a "major cog" at the university.
April 6, 2011 |
Despite a major diplomatic pratfall that caused artifacts to be spirited back to their homeland two months early, the Penn Museum's Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition managed to draw 42,807 visitors during the 39 days its Chinese materials were in residence. The highly touted show, featuring two mummies and about 130 artifacts from remote desert regions of western China, was originally scheduled to open Feb. 5. But a few days before that, Chinese authorities told Penn that the show had not been approved for Philadelphia and that the artifacts had to be returned, still packed, to China.
March 22, 2011 |
Harry C. Rogers Jr., 87, the A.W. Grosvenor Professor of Materials Engineering at Drexel University from 1984 to 1991, died of pneumonia at Albany (N.Y.) Stratton VA Medical Center on Wednesday, March 2. He was a longtime resident of Berwyn. Dr. Rogers was head of Drexel's department of materials engineering from 1987 to 1990. After graduating as salutatorian at Baldwin (N.Y.) High School in 1941, he interrupted his studies at DePauw University in 1943 to serve in the Army. His son, H. Carton III, said his wartime work helped develop fuses for airplane bombs at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
March 10, 2011 |
In your years of spring cleaning, no doubt you've unearthed a strange something or two from the depths of your pantry or fridge. But that's nothing compared to the jaw-dropping food finds archaeologists discovered in recent years along the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road. Three kinds of cookies, a twisted doughnut, a spring roll, and a wonton, some dating back 2,500 years, are on display now through June 5 as part of the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition at the Penn Museum.
February 9, 2011 |
The Chinese antiquities at the heart of the Penn Museum's beleaguered and depleted "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition were never approved for display in Philadelphia, a Chinese Embassy spokesman said Tuesday, almost a week after the museum announced the pieces had been stripped from the show. The Chinese spokesman in Washington, Wang Baodong, blamed poor planning. "The exhibition has been on display in both California and Houston," Wang said. "For such a big exhibition, you've got to have good planning in the first place.
February 6, 2011 |
What do you do when the museum show you've been planning for 18 months loses out on the very Chinese artifacts it was supposed to showcase, including two mummies? You build "dummy mummies" - as the curatorial consultant called them - that look as close to the real thing as possible. That's what the enterprising staff at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has done, as the museum continues to negotiate the display of the antiquities with the Chinese government.
February 5, 2011 |
Negotiations to obtain necessary releases to allow the display of Chinese antiquities in a major Penn Museum exhibition are under way in Beijing, according to a curator and other sources in Philadelphia. The artifacts, including two mummies, were to form the heart of a blockbuster show that will open with great fanfare Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - although without its most intriguing objects. "There are very high-level discussions taking place right now," Victor H. Mair said Friday.