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A Busy Calendar Of Arts Events Awaits Art Lovers Through 2016
Art connoisseurs will find lots to love in Philadelphia’s art scene, with dozens of exhibitions packing the calendar from now through 2016. These shows offer museumgoers many opportunities to reflect on the works of great masters or discover exciting new talent on the brink of a breakthrough.
Here’s a look at some must-see exhibitions coming up through 2016:
Philadelphia Museum of Art:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org:
- Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life features oil paintings and watercolors from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries. The unusual match-up of masterpieces includes Audubon’s classic hand-colored engravings, Hartnett’s magical trompe l’oeils and Warhol’s humorous pop art. October 27, 2015-January 10, 2016
- The mysteries of the royal courts of Northern India are revealed in Drawn From Courtly India: The Conley Harris And Howard Truelove Collection, features practice sketches, drawings and lightly colored compositions dating to the 16th and 19th centuries. December 6, 2015-March 27, 2016
- International Pop chronicles a global phenomenon that generated distinct art influenced by the cultural, political and social landscapes of the 1950s through the early 1970s. It features 122 works, including paintings, sculptures and films, from 20 artists. February 24-May 15, 2016
- Mexican Modernism: 1910-1950 will make its only U.S. showing in Philadelphia. The exhibit features more than 200 pieces from the collections of the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Arts in Mexico City and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. October 2016-January 2017
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA):
118-128 N. Broad Street (215) 972-7600, pafa.org
- Procession: The Art Of Norman Lewis displays 90 paintings and works by the African-American painter, scholar and teacher dating from the early 1930s to the late 1970s. November 13, 2015-April 3, 2016
- Collectors discover up-and-coming artists during PAFA’s Annual Student Exhibition. The country’s oldest and largest art museum and school previews the works of graduate and undergraduate art students during the yearly show. May 13-June 5, 2016
Woodmere Art Museum:
9201 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org
- Between the start of New Negro Arts Movement in the 1920s and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1970s, local black artists were prolific in creating and experimenting with art. Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s-1970s exhibits more than 70 paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings that reflect the spirit of the times. Through January 24, 2016
- Visitors can trace five decades of the career of a celebrated local realist in The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman Woodmere. Early drawings, prints, oils and watercolors exemplify her skill in applying shape, texture and color to capture the natural beauty of flowers, fruit and arranged still lifes. November 7, 2015-March 14, 2016
Brandywine River Museum of Art:
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org
- Today’s major American artists who create children’s picture book art star in Get the Picture! Recent Children’s Book Illustration. The paintings and drawings of eight talented people demonstrate the range and inclusiveness of the field. July 2-October 9, 2016
- Rural Modernism combines 50 works spanning the modernist styles of Cubism and Fauvism; creations by Georgia O’Keefe and N.C. Wyeth; and scenes from coastal New England, small-town Pennsylvania, Midwestern farms and other rural regions. November 5, 2016-January 29, 2017
More Exciting Exhibits:
- In her first-ever solo exhibition on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Becky Suss uses exaggerated perspective and a flattened technique to re-imagine the mid-century homes and environments of her relatives. Through December 27, 2015. 118 S. 36th Street, (215) 898-7108, icaphila.org
- The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia presents Mind Illuminated: Art and The Brain, a collection of paintings by Philadelphia artist and neuroscientist Greg Dunn that blend art and science. Through January 7, 2016. 19 S. 22nd Street, (215) 560-8564, muttermuseum.org
- The exclusive world-premiere exhibition of The Golden Age of King Midas at the Penn Museum features rare art and artifacts from the Republic of Turkey. They were excavated at the real King Midas’ ancient city of Gordion. February 13-November 27, 2016. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum
- Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change makes its first stop at the Barnes Foundation. Inspired by the Columbus Museum of Art’s Still Life with Compote and Glass and the Barnes’ extensive Picasso holdings, the show features 50 Pablo Picasso works completed between 1912 and 1924, along with 15 other important canvases by his contemporaries. February 21-May 9, 2016. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org
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On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
- Donna Schorr, (215) 599-0782
Fact Sheet: 31 Top Philadelphia Region Attractions
* Note: Most attractions were listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists 2015. Those that were not are marked with an asterisk.
Historical Sites & Attractions:
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia*, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. The museum takes a fresh and bold look at the stories of African-Americans and their role in the founding of the nation through the core exhibit Audacious Freedom. Other exhibits and programs explore the history, stories and cultures of those of African
Fact Sheet: Historic Philadelphia Trail
The birthplace of the nation is rich in history—and plenty of it. Philadelphia's Historic District Trail guides visitors to 24 essential sites in the area, which spans from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard Streets. This is the original city. It boasts serious historical cred, but it’s also home to buzzed-about restaurants and beer gardens, owner-operated boutiques and pushing-the boundaries art galleries.
Here is the 24-stop essential guide, available at visitphilly.com/historic:
- Visitors can head to the Independence Visitor Center to pick up their timed tickets to Independence Hall and get expert Philly tips.
Historic Philadelphia Timeline, 1681 To 1801
- King Charles II grants William Penn the Charter of Pennsylvania, which includes an immense tract of land as settlement of a debt owed to Penn’s father, Admiral William Penn. The King names the colony Pennsylvania in honor of Admiral Penn. William Penn begins plans for his “holy experiment” and hopes it will be the “seed of a nation.” His Commonwealth will assure religious tolerance, fair trials, freedom of speech and enlightened laws.
- William Penn leaves England, sets sail across the Atlantic and arrives in Philadelphia, his “City of Brotherly Love.” Find more information at the Philadelphia History Museum,
Aspiring Citizens Get Study Help With New Americans Trail
Prepping for the U.S. citizenship test is no small task, but Philadelphia’s self-guided New Americans Tour makes learning easier—and a whole lot more fun. The city contains approximately half the answers to the 100-question citizenship test study. This means aspiring citizens and others students of U.S. history can glean the knowledge they seek simply by paying visits to Philly’s historic sites and attractions. Best place to start: the Historic District, the original city—and a very pedestrian-friendly one at that. The trail is available at visitphilly.com/newamericans.
Here’s a look at the 16 tour spots:
- Betsy Ross House,
Major Philadelphia Art Exhibitions For Summer 2016 & Beyond
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...
40+ Of Philadelphia's Best Vantage Points
Filled with sensational skyline views, beautiful vistas and stunning street scenes, Philadelphia is easy on the eyes—and the lenses. Photographers and videographers covering Philadelphia for a quick news story, a full-length feature or just because have no shortage of vantage points to choose from in this city between two rivers—the Delaware on the east and the Schuylkill on the west. Here are more than 40 VISIT PHILADELPHIA-approved vantage points and insider tips for capturing just the right angle at each of them.
*Also good for man-on-the-street interviews
In Center City:
- One Liberty Observation Deck: New attraction, 883 feet
African-American History Thrives in Philadelphia
Just as U.S. history is African-American history, Philadelphia history is African-American history. The nation’s birthplace and first World Heritage City is home to the founding church of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination (201-year-old Mother Bethel A.M.E.) and the country’s first major museum devoted to black American history (African American Museum in Philadelphia). Landmarks in Philadelphia’s Historic District, from the Liberty Bell to street-side Historical Markers, tell of the successes, struggles and contributions of African-Americans through the centuries. Beyond the original city, Philadelphia’s vibrant neighborhoods offer glimpses into the pasts of African-American whose impacts live on today (...
18 Reasons To Book A Trip To Philadelphia This Year
Recently named the first and only World Heritage City in the United States and Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” destination for 2016, Philadelphia is enjoying an action-packed year filled with attraction openings and expansions, only-in-Philly events and don’t-miss exhibitions—all happenings that will complement the immensely walkable city’s buzzed-about dining scene, vibrant art offerings, plentiful parks and public spaces and history galore.
Roaring animatronic dinosaurs will lumber into The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for Dinosaurs Unearthed. Historic Philadelphia, Inc. added a new women-focused exhibit to the Betsy Ross House, and America’s most historic square mile welcomes Colonial...
Now Playing In Philadelphia: Big Events & Openings
With 2015 comes plenty of reasons for visitors to plan a trip to Philadelphia. In fact, The New York Times ranked Philly at the #3 spot in its influential article of the
“52 Places to Go in 2015.”
So what’s on the calendar for the rest of the year? The Tall Ships festival, showing off a dozen historic ships on the Delaware River waterfront; Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, featuring 80 works by a who’s-who of painters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland at...