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.
November 23, 2013 |
For those who recognize his vibrant biomorphic style, the work of designer Marc Newson shows up everywhere. Justin Bieber wears Newson's star-spangled G-Star Galaxy hoodie. Qantas airlines passengers travel ensconced in his designs, including the first-class lounges, the plane seats, even the dining utensils. Kanye West tweeted a photo of Newson's Aquariva boat, adding, "I'm inspired to work harder now. " And Newson's riveted aluminum Lockheed Lounge appeared in Madonna's 1993 "Rain" video, and made a cameo as a puppet-scale version in the 2004 film Team America: World Police . Sought by a stream of prestigious clients, the Sydney-born, London-based industrial designer has the rare luxury of being able to turn away work.
July 6, 2013 |
'Buy a paper from Jerry," they used to say, "he may give you a drawing!" That was back in the early 1950s, when now-renowned illustrator Jerry Pinkney worked as a kid at a newsstand at the corner of Germantown and Chelten Avenues. "You couldn't find me without pencils and sketch pad . . . In between selling newspapers I would sketch people waiting for the bus or the trolley," Pinkney, now 73, said recently. "It was a very busy intersection. The department store, Rowell's, was right across from the newsstand and I would draw the window displays.
June 26, 2013 |
WHEN JERRY Pinkney was a boy growing up in Germantown, he and his siblings drew on their bedroom wall. When the kids' artwork filled the space, "My father would simply paint over it, and we'd start over again," said Pinkney. Sound like James H. and Willie Mae Pinkney were permissive parents? Nope. More like prescient. Today, Jerry Pinkney, 73, is one of our country's foremost illustrators, especially of children's books. He's painted pioneering reinterpretations of the Tales of Uncle Remus and John Henry . He's masterfully retold Aesop's fables, Bible stories, and real and fictional tales of African-American families, from slavery through today.