On display through April 23, 2017, "Polaris" brings together a selection of works on paper, photographs, and video pieces by regional artists who have used the Polar regions as a generative subject for their work. The unique discoveries of these diverse artists are united by their backdrop, a seductive but fragile landscape filled with tremendous geologic histories and unusual human stories.
Including installations such as Catherine Jansen's cyanotype "The Blue Room" and Letha Wilson's concrete "Goblin Valley December Hole," "Light & Matter" will reveal how photography's existence in the physical realm cannot be isolated to a screen. Other artists within the exhibition will advance this concept even further by showing viewers---through the use of smart phone and virtual reality technology---how the shallow space of a screen can alter sculptural perception.
A Philadelphia native and Doylestown resident of the Worthington House between 1910-1926, Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) is recognized as one of the founding figures of American modernism for his pioneering work as both a painter and a photographer, with a particular penchant for industrial subjects. This exhibit will begin with an exploration of Sheeler's early period of experimentation: photographs of the Worthington House and modern sculpture, early portraits, and his 1920 film collaboration with Paul Strand, "Manhatta." The core of "Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form," however, are the 85 portraits and fashion photographs on loan from the Condé Nast archives in New York. These photographs embody all the glamour of the Jazz Age-beautiful starlets in fantastic gowns and fabulous jewels, models wearing the latest in couture designs, Ziegfeld Follies dancers, and stage actors featured in the latest Broadway sensation. A number of these photographs will be included in staged, multi-media vignettes incorporating period costumes, additional photographs, and paintings on loan from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yale University Art Gallery, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Gaston Lachaise Foundation, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Additionally, visitors will see for the first time Sheeler's own textile designs, which he produced in the early 1930s. These will be accompanied by a photograph Sheeler took of his dealer, Edith Halpert, wearing a dress made from his textiles, standing between two of his recent industrial paintings. Pieces of the original dress, as well as a recreation of it, will also be included in one of the multi-media vignettes.
Celebrate the accomplishments of over 300 student artists in this exhibition of artwork created throughout the year in the Museum's weekday, weekend, and offsite programs. Paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media works inspired by Michener collections will fill the Education Center.
Over the past thirty years, woodworker David Ellsworth has become known as one of the premier designers of turned wooden vessel forms. Ellsworth developed a process called hollow turning, which results in the creation of thin hollow wooden vessels that are considered both craft objects and formal sculpture. Inspired by his prior experiences working in clay, his love of wood, and Native American ceramic and basketry forms, Ellsworth's creations express the spirit and pulse of his raw materials. Ellsworth's turned wooden forms can be found in museums throughout the world. He has lived in Bucks County since 1981, when he relocated to the area with his wife, seed bead artist Wendy Ellsworth, from Colorado.
Leslie Odom Jr. is a critically acclaimed and award-winning performer who has recently shaken up the world of theatrics in the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton." Leslie not only won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of Aaron Burr, but also won a Grammy Award as a principal soloist on "Hamilton's Original Broadway Cast Recording," which won the 2015 award for Best Musical Theater Album. Visit the Museum's website to enter a sweepstakes for free tickets or to purchase a pass for all three concerts in the "Broadway Cabaret" series at the Michener.
Before film made them international comedy legends, the Marx Brothers developed their comic skills on stage for twenty-five years. In his groundbreaking book, "Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage," Robert S. Bader offers the first comprehensive history of the foursome's hardscrabble early years honing their act in front of live audiences. The Michener will be hosting an engaging illustrated talk by Bader who will make you see the Marx Brothers and their films in a fresh light. A book signing will follow the talk.
The Leeway Foundation funds women and trans artists in the Greater Philadelphia area using their art as a tool for social change. Learn more about Leeway, its grants, and the application processes in this free information session where past recipients will share their experience of applying and Leeway staff will provide tips and best practices on how to prepare your application. Contact Ruth Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the program.
Starting with an introductory slide lecture and a discussion of elements of a building and of architectural terminology, the program includes a guided walk through the Cultural District and historic Doylestown. Led by Ken Hinde, retired Director of Tours at Foundation for Architecture in Philadelphia and Fairmount Water Works, the tour features a complete overview of 275 years of architecture in the borough and an interpretation of the unique properties in the Cultural District.
Started in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, Hot Club of Philadelphia (HCPhilly) is an acoustic ensemble dedicated to playing Gypsy Jazz, the style of music pioneered by the legendary Hot Club of France (HCOF) Quintet that was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli, who were inspired to do their own version of American Hot Jazz as played by stars like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. The HCPhilly mixes the original style of the HCOF with its own modern influences. The band features virtuoso violinist Joseph Arnold, bassist Jim Stager, and University of the Arts graduate Dan Pearce on second guitar.
Eden Espinosa is most recognized for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway production of "Wicked." She has also performed the role of the green witch to critical acclaim in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.Visit the Museum's website to enter a sweepstakes for free tickets or to purchase a pass for all three concerts in the "Broadway Cabaret" series at the Michener.