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May 11 2016

Major Philadelphia Art Exhibitions For Summer 2016 & Beyond

Philly Museums Celebrate Braque, Mau, Eakins, Lewis, McCurry & Other Greats

Long known as a hub for creativity and artistic expression, Philadelphia is slated to showcase a blockbuster lineup of art exhibitions this spring and beyond. At museums throughout the region, visitors can experience themes of all kinds: Mexican modernism in Paint the Revolution at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, world conflict in World War I and American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, mixed media works of love in Dear Julia at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens and the beauty of the ailing body in La Maladie at the Mütter Museum.

Here’s a look at what art fans can look forward to in the months ahead:

Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,

  • Breaking Ground: Printmaking in the US, 1940-1960 examines the importance ofmid-20th-century printmaking. Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the selected works—prints, textiles, sculpture and ceramics—convey the vibrant spirit and extraordinary growth of the arts during these decades. Through July 24, 2016
  • The museum takes life-size reproductions of its masterpieces outside as part of Inside Out, a national effort funded by the Knight Foundation to bring art into communities. People strolling Philadelphia neighborhoods and towns notice large-scale replicas of Monet’s Water Lilies, Brancusi’s Kiss or one of the other 60 pieces installed outdoors. Through November 1, 2016
  • Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection honors a recent major gift from the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection. The duo began to amass art as students at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, their holdings comprise one of the foremost contemporary art collections in the United States. June 28-September 5, 2016
  • Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House showcases a set of furniture designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe and made in Philadelphia in 1808 for the home of William and Mary Wilcocks Waln. The museum’s 10 surviving pieces will be on display, and large-scale computer renderings and interactive elements will fill in the house’s two drawing rooms. September 3, 2016- January 1, 2017
  • Philadelphia is the only U.S. city to host the most comprehensive exhibition of Mexican modernism to be seen in this country in more than 70 years. Organized in partnership with Mexico’s Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 tells the story of this period through a range of images—from masterpieces by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo, to works by their contemporaries Dr. Atl, María Izquierdo, Roberto Montenegro, Carlos Mérida, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and many others. October 25, 2016-January 8, 2017

Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, (215) 763-8100,

  • The summertime showcase Creative Africa includes five exhibitions, all of which embrace art and design from the African continent. Pieces range from centuries-old bronze sculptures of the kingdom of Benin to contemporary fashion, photography and architecture.
    • Works by a selection of photographers who capture images of Bamako, Cairo, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi and Tombouctou make up Three Photographers/Six Cities. Through September 25, 2016
    • Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage reveals how a Dutch textile design house used its graphic prints to become a fashion leader in West and Central Africa.
      Through January 22, 2017
    • Threads of Tradition focuses on the traditional patterns in West and Central African textiles and the techniques used to create them. Through January 2017
    • The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community engages an artist known for work that emphasizes collaboration to create a site-specific, immersive environment. May 14-September 25, 2016
    • The centerpiece of Creative Africa, Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art draws from the Penn Museum’s renowned collection and spans 400 years, reflecting the diversity among African cultures. On view: bronze sculptures, full elephant tusks, textiles and ritual figures. May 14-December 4, 2016

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200,

  • With Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, the Barnes offers a mid-career survey of Ward’s found-object art. The New York artist’s work pulls elements from African tribal art, examining subjects that include black culture, the dynamics of power and politics and Caribbean diaspora identity. June 22-August 22, 2016

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 128 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600,

  • With more than 1,000 works on view and for sale, the 115th Annual Student Exhibition is the largest and longest running of its kind. The show features work by certificate, BFA and MFA students. May 13-June 5, 2016
  • More than 60 photographs and three seminal paintings make up Thomas Eakins: Photographer. The exhibition explores how Eakins’ early adoption of photography changed his career—and the course of American figurative art. The prolific artist taught at PAFA.
    October 19, 2016-January 29, 2017
  • World War I and American Art is the first major exhibition devoted to the ways American artists reacted to World War I. Some were passionately engaged in swaying public opinion, while others communicated their responses in private. Artists include Ivan Albright, Lewis Hine, Horace Pippin, Norman Rockwell and Claggett Wilson. November 4, 2016-April 9, 2017

Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, (215) 898-7108,

  • Rodney McMillan: The Black Show presents L.A.-based McMillan’s mediations on class, economic status, culture, race, gender and history. The show features a selection of his recent paintings, sculptures and videos that deal with blackness as a subject. Through August 14, 2016
  • One of Philadelphia’s hometown artists takes the spotlight in Paper Louise Tiny Fishman Rock. Through miniature paintings, handmade books and other constructions, the exhibit celebrates Louise Fishman’s five-decade career. Through August 14, 2016
  • Using pieces as varied as wood sculpture, video installations and poetry, Descent sheds a light on the concept of inheritance across generations of families and artists. Through August 14, 2016
  • Through works of music and art, The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now presents the multifaceted world of the African-American avant-garde during the 1960s, alongside a selection of contemporary artists’ interpretations of this heritage.
    September 14, 2016-March 19, 2017

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000,

  • The Penn Museum developed The Golden Age of King Midas, a world exclusive exhibition, in partnership with the Republic of Turkey. The art and artifacts excavated from King Midas’ ancient city of Gordion include jewelry, pottery and textiles. Through November 27, 2016
  • With Magic in the Ancient World, visitors discover the role of the supernatural in daily life in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and Egypt, where (and when) people used magical objects for protection and healing, to wield special powers and curse enemies. Through April 30, 2017

Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), 1214 Arch Street, (215) 561-8888,

  • Ally is a collaborative work from visual artist Janine Antoni, choreographer and community artist Anna Halprin and choreographer Stephen Petronio. The exhibit, which will occupy four floors of the museum, combines installed environments, sculptures and repeated movement performances. Through July 31, 2016
  • Continuing her longstanding exploration of textiles, Ann Hamilton will create installations at both FWM and an offsite location. Hamilton draws upon the history of textiles in Philadelphia and personal narratives to craft this multifaceted work. September-Winter 2016

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-8655,

  • As part of the Community Gallery series, guest curator Alex Stadler presents Hello Sailor: The Sailor Icon in Pop Culture to understand and admire the classic image of the American sailor. The exhibit brings together found images and acquired objects—graphics, photos, music, artwork and advertisements—in addition to Stadler’s own playful illustrations. Through Fall 2016
  • Artship Olympia transforms Olympia, the oldest floating steel warship in the world, into an art venue. Created in collaboration with Philadelphia Sculptors, the on-the-water exhibition features site-specific art inspired by the historic vessel’s maritime past. June 25-September 25, 2016

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, 15 S. 7th Street, (215) 685-4830,

  • Selfie alert: Face to Facebook uses portraits to explore how Philadelphians have pictured themselves from the 17th century through today. It includes 25 pieces by artists such as Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Sully, Gilbert Stuart and Benjamin West. Through December 2016

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-0476,

  • Complete Set presents two types of works on paper: complete series by single artists and portfolios by multiple artists. Through series such as circus lithographs by Alexander Calder and portfolios created for Philagrafika and others, visitors can examine how artists use the two formats to tell stories and investigate new techniques. Through July 31, 2016
  • Look Both Ways: Art at the Crossroads of Abstraction and Representation considers the ways in which artists, including Philadelphia innovators Warren Rohrer, Ben Rose, Alex Kanevsky, Neysa Grassi and Ron Tarver, deconstructed recognizable subjects into fields of color or use discernible forms to create allover patterns that alter the sense of space, creating emotional resonance and opening up visually rich possibilities. This exhibit examines innovative crosscurrents, revealing how abstraction has informed the realist tradition in painting, sculpture and photography. Through May 15, 2016
  • The Woodmere Annual: 75th Juried Exhibition, The Condition of Place highlights contemporary work in a wide variety of media by artists living within fifty miles of the museum. This year’s juror is Odili Donald Odita, an abstract painter whose work explores color in both a historical context and a sociopolitical sense. His work will be displayed in a concurrent exhibition. June 4-August 28, 2016
  • Violet Oakley and the Woodward Family celebrates one Philadelphia family’s history of transformative generosity. In the early decades of the 20th century, George and Gertrude Woodward convinced Violet Oakley (1874-1961), an artist who advocated for an integration of the arts into all aspects of community life, and her circle of artists, the Red Rose Girls, to live and work in Chestnut Hill. This exhibition includes portraits by Oakley (1874-1961) and other works related to the Woodwards’ civic involvement. June 8-August 28, 2016

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG), 1020 South Street, (215) 733-0390,

  • Named for PMG creator Isaiah Zagar’s wife, Dear Julia celebrates personal moments of love, passion and strength in the lives of this beloved Philadelphia couple. The display includes mixed media works produced by the Zagars over several decades, as well as pieces by artists across the globe. Through June 26, 2016
  • Cast of Curiosities: Works by Linda Lou Horn features whimsical sculptures made from discarded items that Horn acquired during dumpster dives. A self-taught artist, Horn incorporates found objects and ceramic elements to create figures that tell stories of pain, fear, joy and humor. July 1-August 28, 2016
  • New Alchemy: Works by Ricky of Luna Parc spotlights work by madcap artist Ricky Boscarino, who shares a long artistic history with Isaiah Zagar. Known for his elaborate visionary environment Luna Parc, Boscarino embellishes the gallery walls with original artwork that explores the infinite definitions of art. September 2-November 13, 2016

Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 236-3300,

  • For her video installation Institute of Corrections, artist Luba Drozd uses source materials created for correctional employees, including conferences, training discussions and simulated scenarios, to uncover the system behind incarceration and the dialogue that goes on within field of corrections itself. Through November 30, 2016

Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street, (215) 560-8564,

  • Through the gilded portraits that comprise La Maladie, artist Betsy Stirratt pays tribute to the beauty of the ailing body. Her highly detailed works depict swollen limbs, branching veins and spiraling muscle portrayed in oil paint, wax and gold leaf. Through July 8, 2016

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700,

  • Drawn from the New York Historical Society collection, The Poetry of Nature: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting presents 40 paintings by the renowned Hudson River School artists. The works, created between 1818 and 1886, illustrate Mid-Atlantic and New England scenery through the eyes and brushes of pioneering artists, including Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Albert Bierstadt and William T. Richards. Through June 12, 2016
  • The 25 works of American art in New Terrains: American Paintings from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest sport names such as John Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase and Theodore Robinson. Through November 6, 2016
  • Get the Picture! Recent Children’s Book Illustration appeals to adults and kids alike with contemporary paintings and drawings by eight of today’s most renowned illustrators in the field, including Melissa Sweet, Sophie Blackall, Marla Frazee, Mo Willems and David Wiesner. July 1-October 9, 2016
  • Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City investigates the journey of American modernism to the rural countryside. Pieces by the prolific Georgia O’Keeffe and the Philadelphia region’s own N.C. Wyeth are among the 50 works, most of which were completed between the World Wars. October 29, 2016-January 22, 2017
  • Marking the 100th anniversary of the famed local artist’s birth, Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect showcases more than 100 paintings and works on paper, some well known and others rarely seen. The chronologically organized exhibit illustrates the evolution of the artist’s style and career, looking at the common threads that ran through the decades, while also connecting him more fully to traditions in American and European art. This exhibition is organized in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum. June 24-September 17, 2017

James A. Michener Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, (215) 340-9800,

  • Fashion fans discover the region’s sartorial legacy at Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University. With a stunning display of high-fashion dresses, gowns, shoes, hats and accessories, the exhibit highlights designers and retailers that influenced fashion choices beyond the Mid-Atlantic region (think Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Christian Dior, Callot Soeurs, Halston, Elsa Schiaparelli, Nan Duskin, John Wanamaker and Strawbridge & Clothier). Through June 26, 2016
  • Garber in Spring celebrates a Pennsylvania impressionist known for his Bucks County landscape paintings, portraits and scenes from daily life. Using works from the first half of the 20th century, the exhibit focuses on Garber’s treatment of spring. Through August 7, 2016
  • With Lloyd Ney: Local Color, the museum recognizes a 20th-century painter, sculptor, writer and artistic innovator with roots in New Hope, Bucks County. The paintings represent locals and document life along the Delaware River. June 4-September 11, 2016
  • To celebrate more than 25 years of photographic programming at the museum and look to the future of the medium, Tête-à-Tête: Conversations in Photography presents pairings of museum works alongside photos by artists making their Michener debuts. June 11-September 11, 2016
  • Through documentary paintings, Oh Panama! Jonas Lie Paints the Panama Canal looks back to 1913, when architects and crews built the important passageway. June 25-October 9, 2016
  • Best known for his 1985 National Geographic cover photograph Afghan Girl, Philadelphia-area native and resident Steve McCurry continues to fascinate people with stunning photographs from his global travels. Unguarded, Untold, Iconic: Afghanistan through the Lens of Steve McCurry features images taken throughout his decades-long work in Afghanistan. July 16-October 23, 2016
  • Jonathan Hertzel: When Sparks Fly highlights the artist’s recent work in watercolor alongside one of his dynamic bronze sculptures, Adam Splitting. A former longtime resident of Bucks County, Hertzel recently moved to Santa Fe, a change that prompted a shift in both his medium and subject matter. September 24, 2016-January 1, 2017
  • Shifting the Limits: Robert Engman’s Structural Sculpture is the first monographic exhibition of Engman’s work in decades. While the artist is best known locally for his large public sculptures, this exhibition focuses on his smaller sculptures and jewelry.
    October 22, 2016-February 5, 2017
  • Exploring the significance of impressionism in the Philadelphia region, The Death of Impressionism?: Disruption and Innovation in Art presents juxtapositions of impressionist paintings with more modernist works. At its core, the exhibit reviews the rift between the old guard and the new guard in the late 1920s and early 1930s, as well as the artistic ramifications of this discord. November 12, 2016-February 26, 2017

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