From the Philadelphia Museum of Art
We’re willing to bet that you don’t have Philadelphia Flag Day programmed into your iCalendar, but all that might change. Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, is the high-flying holiday, and there’s a free program on the Art Museum steps where you can show your Philly pride.
2015 actually is the 120th anniversary of the Philadelphia City flag, the first city flag in the nation, and to celebrate, the Partners for Civic Pride will be offering free historic Philadelphia flags while supplies last at the event.
The Flag Day celebration starts at noon on the Philadelphia Museum of Art‘s steps, and attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, wear yellow and blue (the colors of the flag), and play Philly music while the flag is raised above the museum. You can share your Philadelphia Flag Day posts on social media using hashtag #phillyflag.
Philly photographer Adam Wallacavage (the guy who lives in this amazing house) posted a couple of videos of people sledding down the Art Museum steps to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram tonight. No, there’s not quite enough snow on the steps for what you’d call smooth sliding, but that didn’t stop the nuts in the below video from trying it while riding, of all things, a folding table: Read more »
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art annual black-tie Winter Gala lived up to its name Saturday evening thanks to blanket of freshly fallen snow. Young professionals endured Uber surcharges and wait times, and slow roads in the name of charity, but were rewarded with beautiful art, music and culture in the magnificent setting of the Museum’s Great Stair Hall.
Guests were also invited to enjoy the new showing of Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano, the first exhibition in the United States to explore the artistic excellence of the Kano, one of Japan’s most influential schools of painting. The Young Friends event was co-chaired by Elizabeth Lampen Kim and Jacqueline Cassidy who took to the stage after the performance of the Japanese drum group Kyo Daiko to express their thanks to the supporters of the art museum. The mission of the Young Friends is to support Museum acquisitions and education as well as to fund educational field trips that bring more than 750 elementary school students to the Museum for literacy-based gallery lessons. Photos from the Young Friends Winter Gala after the jump »
Smoking My Pipe by Samuel Joseph Brown Jr. is on display at PMA.
“200 Years of African American Art”
Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) kicked off 2015 by pulling from its holdings 75 pieces of artwork by African American artists. The exhibit, called “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” is, like its name suggests, a survey of art that spans two centuries and more than 50 artists. According to the New York Observer, some of the oldest pieces in the collection include Moses Williams silhouettes that date back to 1802, artworks by free and enslaved artists and a sculpture by David Drake. January 10th – April 5th, 10am-5pm, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. —Josh Middleton.
Underground Railroad in Philadelphia
Philadelphia was an important stop along the Underground Railroad in the 1700 and 1800s. Learn all about it at Philly’s Independence Visitor Center, where docents will share stories about the people involved and various locations in the city. February 7th and 8th, 3-3:30pm, Independence Visitor Center, 1 North Independence Mall West.
Catch a discussion about the influence of Jackie Robinson at the Constitution Center | Photo by Charles Gekler
African American History Month at the Constitution Center
There are tons of way to celebrate Black History Month at the Constitution Center: Some highlights include “Breaking Barrier Show,” a conversation series that looks at the lives of influential African Americans, like Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and more. The event aims to highlight their struggles to break barriers so that future generations of African American people could enjoy rightful freedoms. “Decoding the Document: Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop” allows visitors to see the printing of the Emancipation Proclamation. And there will be a Black History Self-Guided Tour to showcase museum keepsakes like President Obama’s inauguration artifacts and the original copy of the Dred Scott decision. See the full list of NCC events here. Various dates and times throughout February, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street.
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Berthe-Marie-Pauline Morisot’s Young Girl With a Basket is among the new works recently acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Big news from the Philadelphia Museum of Art today:
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today several important gifts to its collection. As a bequest from longtime supporter Helen Tyson Madeira are five paintings by French artists, including Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902–6) by Paul Cézanne; Basket of Fruit (1864) by Édouard Manet; Railroad to Dieppe (1886) and Avenue de l’Opéra: Morning Sunshine (1898), both by Camille Pissarro; and Young Girl with Basket (1892) by Berthe Morisot. In addition, two rare early portraits by Marcel Duchamp have been received from Yolande Candel, the daughter of Duchamp’s lifelong friend, Gustave Candel. They depict her grandparents and were painted in Paris in 1911–12.
These works, all of which are currently on view in the galleries, add greater depth to areas of the collection that are already very strong. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has extensive holdings of the works of Cézanne and houses the world’s largest collection of works by Duchamp.
Dance at Bougival, 1883, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Big news in the Philly art scene this week: The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) just announced that it will be the only U.S. city to house an upcoming international exhibition that includes works from Impressionist greats, like Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir, among others.
“Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting” highlights the impact of Parisian art dealer Durand-Ruel, who championed the works of the aforementioned Impressionist painters, giving rise to the medium we know and love today. A description from the Art Museum:
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Photo from Wikipedia Commons
If you’ve been itching for a visit with The Thinker, you better hurry. Philly’s Rodin Museum will close up for a month, starting this Thursday, January 7th, to undergo renovations on a new exhibit that focuses on Rodin’s achievements as a portraitist.
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Contrary to popular belief, the amazing cultural scene in Philly doesn’t slow down during the winter season: There’s a host of wonderful dance, theater, music, and visual arts events that are lined up during the region’s most frosty months. We surveyed the offerings and picked our ten best Philly bets that will sure to keep you entertained and inspired, even if you have to wear your toastiest winter gear to the venue!
Motown: The Musical, Academy of Music
It's been an insane success on the Great White Way. Now, the musical that CBS called "More than a Broadway show … a celebration of music that transformed America" is on the way to Philly's Academy of Music. Motown: The Musical features over 40 top hits from the likes of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and The Temptations. It is clearly the highlight of the touring Broadway season here in the city. Don't miss our interview with one of the stars of the show, Jesse Nager. (January 6-January 18, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)—Bryan Buttler
The Body of an American, Wilma Theater
Award-winning writer Dan O'Brien brings his gripping, essentially autobiographical, drama The Body of an American to the Wilma Theatre. The work is based on O'Brien's own interactions and friendship with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Watson, who took a photograph of a dead American being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. Two actors, Harry Smith and Ian Merrill Peakes, play over twenty roles in what's being billed as a work that breaks all theatrical conventions. (January 7-February 1, Wilma Theatre, 265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)
Direct from a much warmer Miami comes a dance event that almost defies definition: Is it dance? Theater? Performance art? Drag? Contemporary Ballet? The answer is all of the above. Rosie Herrera Dance has enthralled audiences since 2009; critics have called the troupe's performances "so innovative, searing and disturbing" that they warrant “repeat viewings." The group will be performing their numbers "Various Stages of Drowning" and "Dining Alone" at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre. January 15-January 17, Zellerback Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street. —Bryan Buttler
The Fabulous Philadelphians are lead by the incomparable Yannick Nezet-Seguin for a three-week celebration of master Russian composers during the Philadelphia Orchestra's St. Petersburg Festival. Listeners will be treated to works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich, as well as the North American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's "Piano Concerto." January 15-January 30, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street. —Bryan Buttler
This world-premiere production at the Arden Theatre Company is sure to cause lots of thought-provoking discussion: a man dying of kidney failure asks his estranged daughter to give him one of hers. Under the Skin, written by award-winning playwright and Villanova professor Michael Hollinger, poses questions about organ donation, forgiveness, inheritance and family. January 15-March 15, Arden Theatre, 40 North 2nd Street. —Bryan Buttler
You've probably heard world-renowned flutist Julius Baker at one point or another and just haven't realized it: The Curtis and Juilliard professor is featured on the soundtracks to Fame, Beauty and the Beast, and West Side Story. Now, the Philadelphia-based Dolce Suono Ensemble, lead by one of Baker's top prodigies, Mimi Stillman, will present the first major tribute to Baker after his 2003 death. The concert at the Trinity Center for Urban Life will feature eight new world premieres with guest artist Jeffrey Khaner, principle flute of The Philadelphia Orchestra, who also studied under Baker. January 18, Trinity Center for Urban Life, South 22nd. and Spruce streets. —Bryan Buttler.
"Underline," University of the Arts
Two University of the Arts alumni will present their unique and thought-provoking fibers and textile works for the Philadelphia community. Underline features the works of Maggie Casey, a Pennsylvania native and current Philadelphia resident whose award-winning work has been recognized by the American Craft Council and the Rhode Island School of Design, and South Korea native Yunjung Kang, whose studies have taken her literally around the world. Don't miss the opening reception on January 22 at 5PM. (January 21-February 24, University of the Arts, 333 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)
Matthew Neenan has been called "one of today's foremost dance poets" by The New York Times. Now, Philadelphians will have a chance to see the choreographer in action during the Pennsylvania Ballet's upcoming program Prodigal Son. The performance will feature Balanchine's ballet that tells the well-known biblical story, along with works by the world-renowned Christopher Wheeldon and Gyorgy Ligeti. February 5-February 8, Merriam Theatre, 250 Soutj Broad Street. Bryan Buttler.
David Daniels is widely regarded as the world's leading countertenor, who has performed in opera houses around the globe. Now, Opera Philadelphia brings Daniels to the Academy of Music in Oscar, a new opera that had its world premiere in Santa Fe in 2013. The work is based on the trials and tribulations of iconic literary figure Oscar Wilde, whose private life ultimately became devastated after his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas. February 6th - 15th, 8pm, $19-$239, Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street. —Bryan Buttler.
The legendary Japanese Kano painters, who created intricate large-scale works made of gold leaf and other materials, established a tradition of artistic excellence in their native country. Now, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents the first exhibition outside of Japan to fully examine the Kano painters' works. Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano will feature over 120 works that explore the Kano's academy of professional artists and their various patrons. Expect to see stunning sliding doors and folding screens fit for Japanese royalty. Opens Monday, February 16, 10am, $14-20, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway