In this installation, Modigliani explores the history of two works in PAFA's 19th century sculpture collection by examining the changing role of civic engagement through culture. Based on research of the archives that Modigliani conducted over the past year in PAFA's Study for the Center of the American Artist, she created six new artworks inspired by the fates of two neoclassical figurative sculptures: William Wetmore Story's Jerusalem in Her Desolation (1873) and Giovanni Battista Lombardi's Deborah (1873). Both unveiled to great fanfare at the opening celebration of PAFA's Historic Landmark Building in 1876, these female personifications of the classical world were symbolic of the imagined destiny of the United States as an ascending power rising from the rubble of history. By 1949, however, aesthetic tastes had changed and the works were marked for de-accessioning. Jerusalem was relocated to a park in Frazer, Pennsylvania, while Deborah was destroyed in 1950 after a new owner could not be found. Although too late to save Deborah, in 1972 PAFA embarked upon a years-long process of reacquiring Jerusalem. Story's sculpture finally returned in 1986, underwent restoration to repair decades of damage from being outdoors, and in 1992 was placed back on display where it remains today.
This collection of Robert Motherwell works on paper is brought to you by PAFA's Youth Council who are excited to present range of the artist's prints and drawings from 1958-1990. The Youth Council is a group of teens who play a unique role within the museum. Comprised of local high school students, the collective meets weekly to learn about how museums operate, to plan public events, and to be an advocate for the youth perspective inside the galleries. This is the third exhibition of works from PAFA's permanent collection curated by the Youth Council.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to announce an encore presentation of the 2012 exhibition A Mine of Beauty: Landscapes by William Trost Richards in honor of Mrs. Dorrance "Dodo" Hamilton, a treasured friend of PAFA who passed away on April 18 at the age of 88. Among Mrs. Hamilton's many gifts to PAFA are 110 breathtaking William Trost Richards watercolors, which were first exhibited in 2012. This special presentation of A Mine of Beauty will be on view from May 25 to July 30 as a tribute to her steadfast support and her lasting legacy.
One-week Summer Art Camp sessions take place in PAFA's Historic Cast Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. he daily schedule includes a morning session, light snack, lunch in Lenfest Plaza (brought by each camper), and an afternoon session. Drop off is from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. each day. After-camp sessions are available for an additional fee from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Visit PAFA's website (pafa.org/camp) to see full class descriptions. Call: 215-972-2054 or email: email@example.com.