June 11, 2016 |
"A lot of us know what to do when we go to a baseball game: You buy a hotdog, yell a lot, clap and cheer and whistle," said Ruth Anderson, director of arts education at Doylestown's James A. Michener Art Museum. Less obvious: How you and your kids should approach a staid and seemingly stodgy art museum. Five big-deal venues share tips for introducing children to their collections, exhibitions, and programs - and have fun doing it. Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-278-7200 . Family programming is relatively new - as in, fewer than five years old - at the Barnes.
June 9, 2016 |
Timothy Rub, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Julian Siggers, Rub's counterpart at the Penn Museum, may agree or disagree on most anything. But they are of one opinion about their current collaborative effort, "Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art," an exhibition of selected works from the Penn Museum's collection of African art and artifacts, now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "I am very excited about further collaborations after this," said Siggers.
May 28, 2016 |
Francis Kéré had to travel long and far from his tiny farming village in Burkina Faso , an African nation that skirts the edge of the Sahara, before he ended up with a show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As a boy of 7, he was sent away to a larger town to attend school. Later, he made his way to Germany to study architecture. In 2001, he took his design skills back to his village and fashioned a modern school out of handmade mud bricks. That one-story structure may look like a simple little schoolhouse - albeit one with a rakishly tilted metal roof - but its impact has reverberated around the globe, adding momentum to a movement known as public-interest architecture.
September 3, 2015 |
When artist Shelley Spector based her latest work on the life of the late Philadelphia folk-art historian Frances Lichten, it was, she said, an act of "creative nonfiction. " She assumed Lichten had been in a semi-closeted, 40-year romantic relationship with the author and illustrator Katherine Milhous. "I took all these liberties with the story," she said, "and I always thought that there were no living relatives that would be close enough to this to care about it that were going to call me up. " Then, one did. A week ago - just a month before the exhibition, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Perelman Building, was set to close on Sept.
April 9, 2015 |
Gail Harrity, president and chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, the alliance has announced. Carolyn Boyce, alliance executive director, said Tuesday that Harrity and the Art Museum have "diligently" cared for all of "the historically and architecturally significant buildings" in their care, citing renovation and refurbishing of the Perelman Building, the Rodin Museum, the main building, and the museum's two historic Fairmount Park mansions.
February 20, 2015 |
For more than a half-century, since not long after they were married in 1955, Victor and Joan Johnson have been on the hunt. Joan Johnson says they just fell into it, a by-product of buying and decorating the "little derelict farmhouse" in Huntingdon Valley as newlyweds. The hunt involved a search for the Pennsylvania German folk art known as Fraktur, a form of decorated or illuminated document with distinctive broken letters. The whimsy of Fraktur is what got her, Joan Johnson said - that and the charm.
April 28, 2014 |
Back in the day, there was so much shouting, dancing, and testifying on Patrick Kelly's Paris runways, it seemed as if the audience, the models, and sometimes even Kelly were about two seconds from catching the Holy Ghost. That's because the ebullient Kelly put his soul into his collections - an array of buttoned knits in screaming reds, blues, and greens. His womens-wear pieces were odes to the loves of his life, from Josephine Baker, to the Eiffel Tower, to a piece of half-eaten watermelon.
April 3, 2014 |
Silver and Gold Fashions Since 1960 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, until Oct. 31, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave. Tickets: Included in cost of museum admission. 215-763-8100.
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.
January 26, 2014 |
Many parents don't exactly have the same tastes as their adult children. Not so Petra Stanev, whose taste is so in tune with that of her parents, Svetla Kralevska and Todor Stanev, that she could help reimagine their Center City condominium. Petra Stanev and her husband, Stephan Potts, are partners in a Philadelphia firm specializing in residential architecture. In the case of her parents' condo in a high-rise building overlooking Benjamin Franklin Parkway, she did most of the design.