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Five Reasons The Art World Will Be Focused On Philadelphia In 2012
One Major Reason All Eyes Will Be On Philly: The Barnes Foundation’s Relocation To The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
2012 is going to be a blockbuster year for art in Philadelphia. Incomparable works from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy will make a rare U.S. appearance at the James A. Michener Art Museum. The Barnes Foundation will relocate its collection from nearby Merion, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. And the Philadelphia Museum of Art will mount an exhibition that brings together masterpieces from Gauguin, Cézanne and Matisse for the first time. Before, during and after these exciting artistic endeavors, fans of the visual arts can tour the newly reopened Rodin Museum, home to the largest collection of the artist’s works outside of Paris, and enjoy the first American show of British artist and light designer Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens.
Here are just five reasons to get artistically inspired in Philadelphia in 2012:
Relocations & Re-openings:
- On May 19, the vast art collections of the Barnes Foundation will complete its $150-million relocation from suburban Merion, Pennsylvania to a spectacular new building on Center City Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, marking the first addition to the Parkway in 60 years. Once in their new home, hundreds of works by Impressionist, post-Impressionist and early modern masters, plus African masks and Pennsylvania Dutch decorative arts, will be on view in a structure that combines the vision of their original owner Dr. Albert Barnes with a contemporary and green execution. The addition of the Barnes Foundation to the Parkway will further cement the boulevard’s status as one of the premier arts and culture corridors in the world. 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, barnesfoundation.org
- In July of 2011, the Rodin Museum unveiled its redesigned outdoor sculpture garden, and in July 2012, museum officials will open the doors to a fully renovated interior. The relocation of many sculptures back to their rightful place in the garden has opened up indoor space for a reconfiguration of existing items, modernized visitor amenities and areas for lively public programming. A highlight of the revamped museum, which is currently closed to the public, will be the main gallery placement of a marble replica of The Kiss. 22nd Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 568-6026, rodinmuseum.org
New Events & Exciting Exhibitions:
- 2012 promises to be a banner year for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia brings together masterpieces from the three artists for the first time. It runs from June 20-September 3. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
- Incomparable works from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy will travel to the James A. Michener Art Museum for Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery, running April 21-August 12. The show features two tapestries and approximately 40 oil paintings created by artists as masterful as Botticelli, Titian, Tintoretto, Parmigianino and Cristofano. The pieces, which span the 15th to the 17th centuries, all depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments and relate to the themes of angels, forgiveness and the Eucharist. 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, (215) 340-9800, michenerartmuseum.org
- The earth and sky will light up with the first American show of Bruce Munro, a British artist and light designer, at Longwood Gardens from June 9-September 29. Light Installations by Bruce Munro places site-specific lights throughout the indoor and outdoor gardens in arrangements that depict tangible objects like flowers, raindrops and multi-hued towers. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org
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Fall Means Cutting-Edge Theater, Cabaret, Outfest & More In Philly
Fall in Philadelphia is always a thrill: Theaters debut productions. Festivals invigorate city streets. Charitable events unite the city. This year, autumn’s arrival offers even more for LGBT visitors. The season begins with it the Fringe Festival, a 17-day citywide bonanza of cutting-edge contemporary live arts—many of which spotlight the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience. From September to December, Bearded Ladies Cabaret artistic director John Jarboe resurrects his irreverent and bawdy cabaret series Get Pegged. And that’s just on the stages. Come October, Philadelphia will host the nation’s largest coming out party in OutFest and put on the city’s...
Philadelphia Fetes Community And Culture This Fall
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More time to stay means more time to play. To maximize the season’s offerings, visitors can book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring free hotel parking, at visitphilly.com.
- Urban Axes introduces the newest craze from Canada to Philadelphia with the opening of the nation’s first indoor
11 Things To Know: Latino Philadephia
Strength In Numbers:
- The 2010 U.S. Census reported 187,611—that’s 12.3%—of Philadelphians are Latino.
- 121,643 are Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent.
- 15,531 are Mexican or of Mexican descent.
- 3,930 are Cuban or of Cuban descent.
- 46,507 are of other Hispanic descent.
- The hub of Latino culture and life in Philadelphia, El Centro de Oro, centered at 5th Street and Lehigh Avenues in the city’s Fairhill section of North Philadelphia, is home to residents descending from almost every Latin American country, a strong concentration of Puerto Rican families, along with non-profit organizations and many Latino-owned businesses.
- Each year,
16 Things To Know: African-American Philadelphia
Strength In Numbers:
- The 2010 U.S. Census reported 661,839—that’s 43.37%—of Philadelphians are African-American, the city’s second largest ethnic demographic. More recent estimates show this population has increased by approximately 1% in the past six years.
- The largest concentration—82%—of African-American Philadelphians live in North Philadelphia west of Germantown Avenue, Point Breeze in South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia and in parts of Southwest Philadelphia.
- Important African-American business corridors include 52nd Street between Walnut and
Arch Streets and Baltimore Avenue between 40th and 52nd Streets, both in West Philadelphia; and Stenton Avenue between Broad Street and Walnut Lane and Ogontz
15 Things To Know: LGBT Philadelphia
Marks Of Pride:
- On July 4, 1965, Independence Hall was the site of the United States’ first major LGBT rights demonstration. A state historical marker at 6th and Chestnut Streets commemorates this peaceful protest and the four that followed each July 4 through 1969, known collectively as the Annual Reminders. nps.gov/inde, phmc.state.pa.us
- Nearly 70 rainbow street signs proudly adorn the Gayborhood, a Center City neighborhood of LGBT restaurants, bars, businesses and homes spanning 11th to Broad Streets and Pine to Chestnut Streets. Another neighborhood notable: rainbow crosswalks, at 13th and Locust Streets.
- Giovanni’s Room is
New LGBT Historic Markers, Equality Forum & The Democratic National Convention Make For A Historic July In Philadelphia
July 2016 is shaping up to be a monumental month for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents and visitors in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Philly kicks off the month by loving freedom during the weeklong Independence Day celebration Wawa Welcome America. Next comes qFLIX, a festival of groundbreaking homegrown and international films. And later in the month, the Democratic National Convention (DNC), welcomes the largest-ever group of LGBT convention delegates to Philadelphia, which coincides with dedication ceremonies for two historical markers honoring LGBT pioneers and Equality Forum, the nation’s oldest LGBT rights summit.
Beer Gardens & Outdoor Drinking Spaces Bloom In Philly
There’s only one place for beer lovers to be this summer, and that’s Philadelphia, where beer gardens abound and where craft beer is king. In past years, the city earned countless awards and glowing reviews for its outdoor drinking spaces. This year, these warm-weather venues are back—better, bigger and more numerous than ever. Among the most attention-grabbing: Spruce Street Harbor Park, a bustling oasis celebrating its third year on the Delaware River, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Gardens, located in two different spots this year, and the highly anticipated SkyGarten, an alfresco German beer hall 51 stories up.
New Reasons To Visit Historic Philadelphia This Summer
Philadelphia’s historic district—now called Historic Philadelphia—simmers with summer excitement as the city’s oldest neighborhood debuts new activities and exhibitions. Visitors launch their very own presidential campaigns in Headed to the White House at the National Constitution Center, and the Independence Seaport Museum mischievously observes sailors’ lives from the 20th century through today. Along popular Penn’s Landing, outdoor hangouts Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park promise more fun than ever, and Fourth of July bash Wawa Welcome America injects fresh components to a good old-fashioned block party.
A two-day Historic Philadelphia Pass makes the must-dos even easier—and more affordable. The pass,...
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A Tale Of Two Host Cities: Philadelphia And Cleveland Put On 2016 Political Conventions
While presidential candidates are going head-to-head in heated discourse, the great American cities of Philadelphia and Cleveland are pushing political banter aside to ready themselves for the national spotlight as they host the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) and Republican National Convention (July 18-21), respectively. Cleveland’s last political convention was the 1936 RNC; that same year, Philadelphia welcomed the DNC. The cities will be part of history again in 2016.
Both destinations have a loyal fan base; residents love their respective city’s arts and culture, history, music and food, and visitors clamor over much of the same. Here’s a look...