This exhibition chronicles Pop art's emergence as a global movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Although Pop arose in distinct forms within each region, artists expressed a shared interest in mass media, consumerism, and figuration. International Pop navigates a fast-paced world packed with bold and thought-provoking imagery, revealing a vibrant cultural period shaped by widespread social and political revolution.
Conceived by American artist Joseph Kosuth, this installation includes a selection of his work along with a group of seminal works by Marcel Duchamp from the Museum's collection. The installation takes as its point of departure Duchamp's notion of "elementary parallelism," coined to refer to his pictorial treatment of time and movement in Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2), from 1912. This same expression finds concrete resonance in Kosuth's ‘An Elementary Parallelism', from 2013, which is the starting point for the installation unfolding across four gallery walls. For Kosuth, the phrase serves as a springboard to investigate the multiple ways in which his work intersects with that of Duchamp.
For artist Joseph Marioni, the primary function of painting is to advance the experience of color through the interaction of light and paint pigments. Building on experiments in American abstraction since the 1950's - particularly those of Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Robert Ryman - Marioni's paintings inspire attentive, sustained looking. At first appearing monochromatic, Marioni's canvases produce color sensations that shift with changes in light and viewpoint. In fact, each work features several distinct layers of acrylic paint of contrasting colors and intensities. Through unhurried contemplation, viewers can gain a deeper understanding that color is not a fixed entity, but rather subject to fluctuations of light and perception. "Notations" is an ongoing series of gallery installations named after a book by John Cage, an American composer, writer, and visual artist widely celebrated for his experimental approach to the arts. The series serves as a flexible tool to explore contemporary art.
"Breaking Ground" reveals the variety of ways in which artists in the 1940's and 1950's pushed the boundaries of printmaking. Through a selection of innovative prints as well as ceramics, textile, and sculpture - all drawn from the Museum's collection - this exhibition conveys the vibrant spirit and extraordinary growth of the arts during these decades.
'Art After 5' is a weekly event featuring live musical performances in an intimate cabaret setting. Tonight, Philadelphia's infamous Martha Graham Cracker evokes the 1960's and invades the Great Stair Hall at this not-to-be missed event.
"Inside Out" brings large-scale, high-quality replicas of favorite works from the Museum's collection to neighborhoods in and around Philadelphia. Head outdoors and experience beautiful images by Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and other artists right in your community. Picnic in the park alongside Monet's waterlilies, visit Brancusi's "Kiss" on a romantic stroll, or get transported to Paris while brunching with friends on Main Street. This year "Inside Out" debuts in twelve new communities throughout the region. Visit the Museum's website for a list of locations and maps.
Set at the terminus of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the views of and from the Philadelphia Museum of Art are justifiably renowned. Join the Park House Guides to tour the East Terrace for an informative and fun hour as they explore the magnificent architecture and outdoor sculpture of the Museum. Discover the building's fascinating history and delight in the wealth of details that adorn this classically inspired building making it a uniquely beautiful part of Philadelphia's urban landscape.
'Art After 5' is a weekly event featuring live musical performances in an intimate cabaret setting. Tonight, enjoy the "golden voice of Liberia," Fatu Gayflor, who opens the night at 5:45 pm with African pop sounds. Then, stick around for a performance featuring the infectious and joyful music of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, a band that has toured extensively to raise awareness for humanitarian causes.
"Art After 5" is a weekly event featuring live musical performances in an intimate cabaret setting. Tonight, bassist and composer Chris Coyle will share new music inspired by artwork by adults with disabilities.