May 12, 2016 |
An engineer who sued after he nearly died more than three years ago, when he fell 38 feet through a glass ceiling at the Rodin Museum, has reached a $7.25 million settlement with the defendants, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the museum's security company, lawyers for the man said Tuesday. The settlement was reached last week in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court before jury selection began, said lawyers Larry Bendesky, David Kwass, and David Langsam, who filed the suit on behalf of Phani Guthula.
April 25, 2016
We're often asked how we pick our next destination. One way is through art. Perhaps there is an artist whose work you admire. Why not structure a trip to see his or her masterpieces on display? Planning a journey on that basis can lead to a lifelong global scavenger hunt, exploring places that are famous, and perhaps discovering a few more-obscure locales. We've long admired the powerful works of Auguste Rodin and are fortunate that we could start our quest in the world-class Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
September 14, 2015 |
PARIS - From 1886 to 1889, Vincent van Gogh painted more than 30 head-and-shoulders images of himself, making him one of the art world's most prolific self-portraitists. Lacking money to pay live models, or the reputation to win commissions from patrons, the introspective Dutchman gazed into a mirror and splashed his canvasses with selfies of his soul. The "Van Gogh selfie" has a whole new meaning now at the Musee d'Orsay, the 115-year-old former railway station on the Seine that opened in 1986 as a museum for impressionist and post-impressionist art and that received 3.4 million visitors in 2014.
July 10, 2015 |
For the last 10 years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been systematically digitizing its entire collection of about 230,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, furniture, artifacts, tapestries, rugs, personal artifacts - everything. Photographs, curatorial and conservation details, provenance, and analytical and art-historical minutiae have all been diligently recorded, entered into an increasingly vast database, and placed online. Other museums have also been putting their collections online, but Art Museum officials say they have moved forward with a thoroughness matched by few. Make no mistake, this is a slog.
June 10, 2015 |
Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, for Josephine Procopio Albarelli, 92, of Philadelphia, an educator and museum guide who died Saturday, May 2, of a heart ailment at her home. The services will be held at Dinan Funeral Home, 1923 Spring Garden St. Burial was private. A native of Fulton, N.Y., Mrs. Albarelli enrolled at Alfred (N.Y.) University when she was 15 and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in 1942. Drawn by her love of the Spanish language, she moved to Mexico City, where she earned a master's degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
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 27, 2015 |
The South Asian galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art - the eight second-floor rooms containing such dramatic works as the mammoth Pillared Temple Hall built in the 16th century in southern India - will be closed for more than a year after Sunday. Museum officials said Wednesday that the closure, long in the planning, will allow a complete rethinking of how the South Asian collection is presented to the public. Galleries will be reconfigured, lighting and floors will be upgraded and refurbished, and the stories told through the artworks will be revised, expanded, and refocused.
January 18, 2015
The "Sideshow" column Friday gave an incorrect name for Kris Jenner of Kardashian family fame. The "Changing Skyline" column Friday incorrectly identified the city agency that oversees the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and gave an approval for an 11-story apartment house behind the Rodin Museum. It is the Department of Parks and Recreation.
January 17, 2015 |
The first time that developer David Blumenfeld proposed an apartment house for the strip of land behind the Rodin Museum, he was practically laughed out of the Art Commission. His renderings showed a bland six-story building rising up like a wave behind the tiny classical temple, ready to swallow the Paul Cret masterpiece in its glassy maw. What a difference a few months can make. When Blumenfeld returned to the commission last week with a revised design for 2100 Hamilton by Barton Partners, he was somehow able to talk members into approving the concept.
August 29, 2014 |
The fast-paced growth of Philadelphia's lower Spring Garden neighborhood quickened Wednesday, with the official groundbreaking of a massive, $160 million luxury apartment complex. The project promises to further transform an area that 20 years ago was a dead zone, and that 20 years from now may be unrecognizable. "It's overused in real estate," said Brady Nolan, one of the developers, "but every great project must have three things: location, location, and Whole Foods. " A big Whole Foods - twice the size of the current market nearby - will anchor the building, just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.