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200 Years of African American Art Going On Display at PMA

Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Annunciation, 1898.

Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Annunciation, 1898.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will kick 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.

Of the collection, PMA says, “we are mindful of the many anniversaries of the civil rights movement that have recently passed or are soon to come, and are thinking equally about the way race remains a key topic of conversation in the United States today—in politics, society, popular culture, and, of course, the arts. … This is an important moment in which to explore the historic development and continuing growth of the Museum’s collections of African American art.”

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Photo via Shutterstock.

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The Seaport Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 13th. | Photo via Facebook.

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2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

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The 38th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show opens today but held its preview party on November 5th. The show runs through Sunday, November 9th.

The craft show is the largest single fundraiser for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has donated more than $11 million dollars to the Museum. These funds provide financial support for educational programs, special exhibits, conservation projects, the acquisition of craft objects for exhibitions, and more.

Nearly 700 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s show, with nearly 100 new exhibiting artists. The preview party started with a cocktail hour, where awards were handed out to 10 outstanding artists who received a blue ribbon and $1,000. Highlighting the craft show is the daily demonstrations from various artists showing how you can create art on your own, whether it’s jewelry, center pieces or an interactive demonstration on using color and material in scarves.

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Corrina Burns | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Corrina Burns | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
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Off-Broad Street Theater
Time and time again, we’ve heard that there’s a dearth of roles for actresses of a certain age. “But I think that might be changing,” says Corinna Burns, the female lead in Azuka Theatre’s The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Last season, the 42-year-old Swarthmore grad was cast in just one show. This season? “I have five shows,” she says, including Revolution Shakespeare’s just-wrapped Macbeth and a Fringe play that won accolades from the New York Times. “I feel very lucky. It’s an embarrassment of riches.”

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