Classical Splendor showcases a suite of furniture designed in 1808 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe for the house of Philadelphia merchant William Waln and his wife, Mary. Inspired by the classical art of ancient Greece and Rome, the painted and gilded furniture is one of the greatest artistic triumphs of the early national period. This exhibition presents ten pieces from the Walns' original set--all from the Museum's collection--in a new light after comprehensive research and conservation treatment. The Walns hired Latrobe in 1805 to create a fashionable residence for them on the corner of Seventh and Chestnut Streets, just a block from Pennsylvania's State House (now known as Independence Hall). With its construction nearing completion in July 1808, Latrobe set about designing the interior wall treatments and furnishings of the house's social centerpiece--its drawing rooms. The single visual language he developed for these entertaining spaces within the Waln house required the skills of many artisans. The exhibition offers new discoveries about the house and the team who created the furniture with Latrobe: cabinetmaker John Aitken, decorative painter George Bridport, and upholsterer John Rea. Demolished in 1847, the Waln house--described as a grand mansion--is known only through the furniture, a small watercolor, two fire insurance surveys, and a handful of descriptions. The sleek, classical profiles of the Walns' furniture made a huge impact on American design. A year after the commission, Latrobe reconfigured the public rooms of the President's House in Washington, DC, for James and Dolley Madison. Although the Madisons' furniture was destroyed in 1814, Latrobe's drawings show that he built upon and expanded from the successful designs he had created for the Waln house. Furniture made after the Walns' commission showed a trend for this new vision of classical design, revealing the Latrobe suite as a watershed in design history.
This exhibition presents a new work by Bruce Nauman, "Contrapposto Studies, I through VII," which continues the artist's exploration of video, sound, and performance. Characteristic of his work over the last five decades, Nauman transforms a simple and subtle gesture into a complex network of images and sound. Consisting of seven large-scale video projections with sound, the work features footage of the artist as he walks in "contrapposto," a type of pose first seen in Greek classical sculpture.
From the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 to the aftermath of World War II, artists and intellectuals in Mexico were at the center of a great debate about their country's destiny. The exhibition tells the story of this exhilarating period through a remarkable range of images, from masterpieces by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, and Rufino Tamayo to transfixing works by their contemporaries Dr. Atl, María Izquierdo, Roberto Montenegro, Carlos Mérida, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and many others. Paint the Revolution offers a deep look at the forces that shaped modern art in Mexico, the progress of which was closely watched around the world. The exhibition takes its name from an impassioned essay by American novelist John Dos Passos, who saw Mexico's revolutionary murals during a visit to Mexico City in 1926-27. In addition to featuring portable murals, easel paintings, photographs, prints, books, and broadsheets, the exhibition displays murals by the Tres grandes (Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros) in digital form. The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents this landmark exhibition in partnership with the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Drawn from US and Mexican collections, it is the most comprehensive exhibition of Mexican modernism to be shown in the United States in more than seven decades.
In a complete transformation of the Museum's renowned South Asian galleries, one of the world's most significant collections of art from the vast area stretching from Tibet and Nepal through India and even to Iran, Thailand, and Cambodia have come to life in new and exciting ways. Immerse yourself in diverse cultures of the past and present through vivid storytelling, powerful images, and digital interactives. Highlights include a stone temple hall from southern India, courtly Indian miniature paintings, ornate Buddhist works from Tibet and Nepal, colorful textiles, and lively temple sculpture.
Bank of America's Museums on Us offers free weekend general access to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders in Philadelphia. The program's mobile site gives customers access to the full list of markets and museums on-the-go.
Relax. Refresh. Get inspired. Enjoy Pay What You Wish admission to the main building every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45pm. Join a guide and take a stroll through the galleries to learn about art and the people who created it.
Relax. Refresh. Get Inspired. Enjoy Pay What You Wish admission to the main building every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45pm. At 6:00 and 7:00 pm, get centered with Dhyana Yoga on the Great Stair Hall Balcony.
Search for art that echoes characters and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry's adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a bridge to strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by adults. Price includes museum admission for ages 13+. Advance purchase required.
Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome in the galleries, and the Museum's making it a bit easier for you with stroller tours. If the baby fusses don't fret - you'll be in good company. Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Delight in the Yuletide decorations of the historic homes of Fairmount Park. This guided trolley tour visits Lemon Hill, Cedar Grove, and Laurel Hill. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. Price does not include Museum admission. Parking available in the Museum's parking garage at regular visitor rates.
Kick off the New Year with a creative start. Explore the magical effects of shadow, light, and contrast in art and create a light-filled masterpiece of your own. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours
Creative play and participatory conversation make these tours the perfect introduction to art for young visitors and their families. Discover artwork made in the United States from over 200 years ago right up to today.
People of all ages can honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by engaging in community service at the Museum. MANNA will collect art made by you to distribute with the meals they deliver to those in need.
These intimate, 90-minute classes offer first-hand tutorials for creating exceptional food and drink. Local food celebrities and international experts lead interactive demonstrations with assistant chefs on hand to help you perfect the culinary techniques to make these stunning dishes at home. Sample the food prepared during the class and receive recipes for all dishes, as well as a special gift. Hearty stews accompany this class for beginners to whiskey aficionados with whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and the US. Location: The Cafeteria.