Tomorrow is Philadelphia Flag Day, and You Can Celebrate on the Art Museum Steps

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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.

WATCH: Philadelphians Sled Down Art Museum Steps on Folding Table


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 »

Young Friends of the Art Museum’s Black-Tie Winter Gala

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 »

11 Things to Do in Philly This Week

18 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

15 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia

Smoking My Pipe by Samuel Joseph Brown Jr. is on display at PMA.

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

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 hereVarious dates and times throughout February, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street. 

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PMA Acquires New Works From Cézanne, Manet, Duchamp and More

Berthe-Marie-Pauline Morisot's Young Girl With a Basket is among the new works recently acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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.

Philadelphia Museum of Art to Be Only U.S. Stop for Major Impressionist Exhibit

Dance at Bougival, 1883 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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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Winter Arts Guide: 10 Arty Things to Do in Philly During the Chilly Season

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!

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