John W. Mosley (1907-1969) is counted among the important photojournalists of the 20th-century. He chronicled the vitality of Philadelphia's black community and life in the segregated city from the 1930s through the height of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Filled with "a million faces" of families, weddings, picnics, musicians, celebrities, athletes, and church events, as well as segregated beaches, civil rights protests, and political leaders, Mosley's pictures offer a rare window onto life in Philadelphia from the early 1940s through 1969.
The exhibition "Harry Bertoia: Free Interpretations" celebrates the relocation of the artist's 1967 sculpture Free Interpretation of Plant Forms to Woodmere's grounds. It includes six large-scale public commissions Bertoia completed between 1967 and 1975.
"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.
Ron Tarver is a distinguished photographer and art historian who worked as a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 30 years. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Pulitzer prize. Jennifer Zaro, Phd. will join in a discussion about Tarver's work at this ART DIVE event.