Philadelphia Museum of Art Announces Exhibition Through Spring 2015

Alexander Girard's "Wooden Dolls" will be on display starting TK in Tk.

Alexander Girard’s “Wooden Dolls” will be on display starting November 22 in “Vitra: Design, Architecture, Communication.”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced its upcoming exhibition schedule, a rotating series of art collections running mid-September through May of next year.

Among them is a major retrospective of prolific American photographer/filmmaker Paul Strand. Two-hundred-fifty of Strand’s best prints will be pulled from the Museum’s archives, including his famous works Blind Woman, and Young Boy. If abstract work is more your speed, “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart” kicks off on September 13th with an array of colorful works by the celebrated draftsman. More information from PMA below:

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PA Billionaire Leaves Art Collection to Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art

Richard Mellon ScaifePennsylvania billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife passed away on July 4th, leaving nearly half of his extensive art collection to the nearby Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art (BCMA.) His will also stated that BCMA receive a 900-acre estate he owned in western Pennsylvania, and $15 million for management.

According to AP, “most of the [donated art] works are by American artists. Scaife had written that he loved 19th- and 20th-century American landscapes but did not care for most French or modern art, though he had acquired some of each.”

BCMA will split Scaife’s collection with Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The will stipulates that each museum can decide how to divide up the collection, with directions that WMAA receive “at least eight paintings by John Kane, an artist who lived most of his life in western Pennsylvania and whose works depicted Pittsburgh during the industrial boom.”

Scaife, 82, died after complications from an untreatable form of cancer. He was heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune, and he owned Trib Total Media, which publishes the Pittsburgh Tribute-Review, among others. His donation follows in the footsteps of his great-uncle Andrew Mellon, who donated a $40 million art collection and millions of dollars to create Washington’s National Gallery of Art. Scaife’s collection, according to his estate rep Attorney H. Yale Gutnick, has yet to be appraised.

Source: AP

What Remains Shows the Faded Glory of Decayed Spaces Via Art

"Edison Stage" by Tracy Levesque

“Edison Stage” by Tracy Levesque

“All of the beautiful places [Tracy Levesque] has photographed in the area no longer exist,” says Sara McCorriston, co-founder of the Paradigm Gallery and host of the rather sobering art show What Remains, which documents and pays tribute to neglected and forgotten spaces in the region.  The show, which features both Levesque’s photography and mixed media by Drew Leshko, aims to create a public awareness about the demolition and destruction of buildings and spaces. Read more »

First Friday Roundup: #phillytype, Corner Store, Meltdown, and More

Our guide to what’s worth browsing this First Friday.

PHOTOS: First Look at Outdoor Installation Along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor


A while back we told you about “psychylustro,” a major project by Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse and Mural Arts that seeks to decorate Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor railway with enormous, colorful artworks. In the end, there will be seven vibrant installations in various locations between 30th Street and North Philadelphia stations, showing up on everything from warehouse walls and small buildings to patches of open green space.

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First Friday Roundup: PAFA Blooms, Marks of Vanity, Failing Words and More

Our guide to what’s worth browsing during the year’s first First Friday of spring:

Looking for other weekend events? We’re keeping a list of the best to-dos on our Philadelphia Event Listings page. Check it out for a rundown of events through June.

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