"Arthur B. Carles and His Expanding Circle" tells the story of Arthur B. Carles (1882-1952) and his influence on the development of modernism and abstract painting in Philadelphia. Best known for his daring use of color and the verve of his personality, Carles was an influential instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) who embraced the modern age and introduced his students to the work and ideas of the European avant-garde. This exhibition offers a rich account of Carles and the generations of artists inspired by him-distinguished students of his circle who became leading modernist voices in Philadelphia, such as Quita Brodhead, and Jane Piper. It will also focus on the artists of the next generation they inspired, including Jan Baltzell and Bill Scott. These artists, in turn, continue to serve as mentors to the emerging abstract painters of today.
This exhibition celebrates the distinctive imagination and storytelling power of Jerry Pinkney (born 1939), Philadelphia native, master watercolorist, and one of the most beloved artists in children's literature. Two of his books based on true stories of American history will be featured. "Black Cowboy, Wild Horses" tells the story of Bob Lemmons, a formerly enslaved man who becomes a cowboy and follows a trail of mustangs across the American West. "Sweethearts of Rhythm" captures the energy and music of the first interracial women's swing band, who performed throughout the United States in the 1930s and 1940s, and toured Europe during World War II.
Humphrey Bogart and Michelle Morgan star in Michael Curtiz's 1944 wartime adventure "Passage to Marseilles". A follow up to Curtiz and Bogart's blockbuster "Casablanca", the film includes much of the cast from that film, including Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Claude Rains.