Philadelphia Museum of Art Announces Exhibition Through Spring 2015

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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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Is Frank Gehry Really “Apollo Creed-Level Bad for Philadelphia”?

Art Museum and expansion, seen in section. (Philadelphia Museum of Art/Gehry Partners)

In a City Lab piece titled “Philly: Let’s Talk About Frank Gehry,” Kriston Capps writes that Gehry “might be Apollo Creed-level bad for Philadelphia.” Them’s fighting words. Literally.

Capps’ commentary coincides with today’s opening of Gehry’s exhibit at the Art Museum that shows the architect’s plans for his expansion (renderings below), which includes a reworking of the famous “Rocky” steps. So far, the reaction to the expansion has been muted; if anything, it seems to be a relief that we won’t be getting some kind of crazy glass octagonal, pyramidal, Pythagorean, cut-glass, sharp-edged bean pod. Gehry’s interior changes sound — from Inga Saffron’s review of the plans — like they’ll make navigation of the museum and access to the artwork better.

In fact, Capps agrees that even Gehry haters “may find plenty to admire in his plans for the Art Museum. Frankly, it’s not very Gehry.”

So it’s not the architecture per se that engenders this comparison to Apollo Creed. It’s the role Gehry has been chosen to play within what Capps sees as a problematic context. He writes: “Cultural expansions aren’t necessarily a great investment for a city in 2014, and this one almost certainly isn’t.”

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Soft Shell Crab Fest at the Art Museum Tonight

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Tonight at Granite Hill in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chef Gerald Drummond is preparing a soft shell crab fest as part of restaurant’s monthly dinner series.

The opening course will feature classic low country specialties followed by a the diner’s choice of soft shell crab preparations. The Soft Shell Crab Fest is $49 per person and reservations can be made by calling 215-684-7990. Seatings are betweeen 5:30pm and 7:30pm and are a great way to end a Friday night at the Art Museum.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Runway of Love, Straight & Butch, Drag Kings, and A Very Tabu Prom

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The work of a true fashion legend will be debuting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is a fashion exhibit with a slew of inspirations and influences. The late Patrick Kelly, who died of AIDS in January 1990, is an unforgettable African-American designer that challenged the norm and brought new, edgy flair to the fashion world.

His goal was simple: he once said, “I want my clothes to make you smile.” His early work gained the attention of French Elle which featured him in February 1985. He pulled inspiration from his African American and Southern roots, his knowledge of fashion and art history, and the club and gay scenes of New York and Paris.

This is world class art, and definitely the kind of see-and-be-seen event to close off the month. Speaking of world class, one of Philly’s fiercest queens, Brittany Lynn, will be on the red carpet, so try not to show up looking busted. If you want a sneak peek, check out the preview of the exhibit. Click here to get your (free) ticket. Friday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Gehry’s Plans for Museum Would Reduce Number of “Rocky” Steps

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What it won’t be: the image Gridskipper.com created in 2006, when Gehry was hired for the job.

We’ve been hearing whispers of specifics for a long time — since 2006, actually, when Frank Gehry was chosen for the job — but last week, the Philadelphia Museum of Art finally announced the exhibit “Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art” would open in July. Until then, the Inquirer’s Inga Saffron has a preview in her Changing Skyline column this week, the result of a conversation with Timothy Rub, the museum’s director, who’s been very tight-lipped about the project.

Here’s what we know, thanks to Saffron:

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Arts and Business Council Honors Lee Daniels

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The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted its annual awards celebration last night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 10 awards were given out to notable individuals and business who have made a difference in arts and business in Philadelphia.

The honors included The PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in honor of Peggy Amsterdam which was given to InLiquid, Business & Arts Partnership Award: Large Business with an Arts & Cultural Organization, which acknowledged “Art at the Airport” for its expansive art exhibitions. Individual honorees included Andrea Wikerd of Ernst & Young (Business on Board Volunteer Leader of the Year), David Othmer, retired station manager at WHYY (Business Volunteer for the Arts Volunteer of the Year), James Holman, partner, Duane Morris LLP (Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Volunteers of the Year), and director Lee Daniels, who was recognized with the Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence.

After the awards ceremony was a cocktail party with a Stephen Starr buffet and entertainment by the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

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