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September 5, 2006, Volume 53, No. 2


Music at International House

Valerie Project
Dengue One Dream
The Valerie Project: September 8, 8 p.m. Philadelphia musicians, led by Greg Weeks, bring new life to a forgotten classic of the Czech New Wave, Valerie and her Week of Wonders. Dengue Fever: September 21, 8 p.m. The vanguard of an emerging global pop sensibility, Dengue Fever is making music that’s both familiar, yet eerily unique. Fronted by Cambodian pop star Ch’hom Nimol, who sings in Khmer, the Los Angeles sextet blends the rhythms of ‘60s Cambodian pop - heavily influenced by American surf, rock and early psychedelic garage bands - with their own eclectic mix of American and international styles. OneDream: September 9, 5 & 8 p.m. & September 10, 3 p.m. OneDream combines brightly colored neon masks, movement and costumes with an original score performed live. Instrumentation includes sitar, guitar, sarod, tabla, trombone and drums.


Crafting a Modern World:
The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noémi Raymond
Meyerson Gallery
Through September 24, 2006

Crafting a Modern World
Crafting a Modern World
Raymond New Studio, Karuizawa, Japan, 1960-63 Summer Studio (for Antonin and Noémi Raymond)
Karuizawa, Japan 1933
Antonin and Noémi Raymond—among the most influential architecture and design teams of the modern age—are the subject of a first-ever retrospective exhibit.  Tracing the Raymonds’ extraordinary forty-year interaction with Japanese culture (1920-37; 1950-73), and the intervening years living and working in the Northeastern United States the exhibition contains some 200 works, many of which are on display for the first time, including drawings, models, photographs, videos, furniture, and other objects.


An Investment in Knowledge: Franklin's Vision for Penn
First Floor, College Hall
Through September, 2006

An Investment in Knowledge Exhibit
Investment in Knowledge An Investment in Knowledge Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin,
Idea of the English School, 1751, p. 1
Portrait of William Smith
(1727-1803), Penn's First Provost
An East Prospect of the City of Philadelphia, 1756. Engraving by Nicholas Scull & George Heap; Image courtesy The Library Company of Philadelphia


Faculty Exhibit: Works on Paper
Addams Gallery
Through October 2, 2006

Faculty Exhibit


Cultural Imprints
International House
Through October 9, 2006

Cultural Imprints
In June 2002, MYX: Multicultural Youth eXchange, a local nonprofit that uses the arts to teach diversity, took four Philadelphia students to Iceland, one of the most geographically volatile countries in the world. While working on a week-long art project, they discovered that the forces which shaped Iceland’s landscape over the centuries­ including frequent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes also played a major role in forging the national Icelandic character, namely a self-reliant people with a live-for-today mentality. MYX set out to discover what elements in Philadelphia’s landscape, have left an indelible ‘imprint’ on our city’s cultural identity. In 2005, MYX conducted print-based workshops with students from Philadelphia. The resulting exhibit, Cultural Imprints, illustrates the environmental forces that have influenced Iceland and Philadelphia - two very different cultures. On display at International House through October 9.


Exploring the Elements - Drawings by South African Artist Alan Bell
International House
September 8 Through October 9, 2006

Alan Bell
With the exhibition of pencil drawings is a collection of 22 pages from an illustrated book produced in the days of the Apartheid regime in South Africa. The works deal with the devastating consequences of racism on all the people - man, woman and child.

Fairy Tale Rail - The Story Continues
Morris Arboretum
Through October 9, 2006

Fairy Tale Rale II
The Garden Railway is a miniature world set in the splendor of a summer garden, featuring historic buildings created entirely of natural materials, each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs. The finished product is an enchanting landscape that never ceases to delight visitors both young and old.


Exhibits at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Kamin Gallery

Alan Bell
Gulliver's Reading
Transforming the Book: New Artists' Books in the University of Pennsylvania Library. Through October 13, 2006. Gulliver's Reading: Jonathan Swift's Library and Reading: Phaedrus, Liberti Fabularum Aesopiarum, (Amsterdam, 1701). Through December 15, 2006.


Modern Latin Culture: Annemarie Heinrich,
Grande Dame of Argentinian Photography
Arthur Ross Gallery
Through October 15, 2006

Annemarie Heinrich
Annemarie Heinrich Photography Annemarie Heinrich Photography
Between 1930 and 1993, German-born photographer Annemarie Heinrich was the main protagonist in Argentine photography, famous for her portraits of artists and stars that epitomize the heyday of radio and the ascent of the movie industry in Argentina. Experimenting with lighting effects and double exposures, she contributed to such diverse fields as ballet, fasion, landscape, and nude photography.


Connecting Cultures: Kids Across the World
Penn Museum
Through November 26, 2006

Mayan Boy Aboriginal Girl Indian Boy Ecuadorian Girl
Mayan boy at Christmas festival in Belize. Photo by Joan S. Klatchko. Charleen lives in the tropical north of Australia where Aboriginal people have inhabited the land for around 70,000 years. Photo by Joan S. Klatchko. A young boy from India holds his older brother's schoolbooks. Photo by Joan S. Klatchko. An Ecuadorean girl cradles one of her family's farm animals. Photo by Joan S. Klatchko.


ICA Exhibits
September 8 Through December 17, 2006

John Armleder Fertilizers
About Nothing by John Armleder. An installation of hundreds of drawings—hung wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling—this exhibition presents an expansive and experimental view of drawing itself. Selected from private collections and from the artist's studio are works in pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oil, and collage on paper, as well as original books and a special edition of wallpaper created especially for the exhibition. Fertilizers: Olin/Eisenman. This exhibit continues ICA's Architecture & Design exhibition series, launched in 1999 to provide a laboratory for artists and designers to realize their ideas in a visual arts and academic environment and for ICA to explore connections between the contemporary visual arts and the extended world of design, including cutting-edge architecture.
Fables Irene Fortuyn
Fables, a group show of artists who have either fabricated personal histories, or reconsidered history through their own fanciful imaginings, in order to break free of the very conditions of historic and cultural narrative. Ramp Project: Irene Fortuyn: The installation will involve tree branches, cut during the spring and cast in bronze. Natural branching in the tree limbs will create an abstract pattern on the walls of the ramp, which will also be colored and patterned with fireplace ashes. Cool and intelligent, Fortuyn's installations, sculptures, books, public artworks, and drawings create spaces where psychological and emotional effects can be loosened, more freely associated, or contrasted.


Primal Secretions: A Günter Brus Retrospective
Through December 23, 2006

Primal Secretions
Original photographs and video documentation of past performances by Günter Brus


Trouble in Paradise: The Art of Polynesian Warfare
Penn Museum
Through December 31, 2006

Trouble in Paradise
Trouble in Paradise
Classic War Club ('u'u), Ironwood (Casuarina equisetifolia), Marquesas Islands, Object # 29-93-16, Estate of G. B. Gordon, 1927. Photo courtesy Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminar. Beaked Battle Hammer (totokia), Ironwood (Casuarina equisetifolia), Fiji Islands, Object # P3182A, Purchased in 1912-1913 from W. O. Oldman. Photo courtesy Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminar.


meta Metasequoia
Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum meta Metasequoia Morris Arboretum meta Metasequoia
Nestled within the dawn redwood grove, meta Metasequoia will provide a fresh perspective of these wonderful trees. The exhibit will elevate visitors up into the tree canopy of the dawn redwoods by means of an artistic structure with stairs leading to the "basket," an open-air room whose floor is 12 feet above grade. Climbing up into the structure, nicknamed the "Grasshopper," visitors will be able to revist the childhood feeling of being in a tree house, enjoy the views and relax in unusual intimacy with these majestic trees.


Coming to the Small Screen: Ormandy & Television
Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Eugene Ormandy
Drawing by Alfred Bendiner, ca. 1952. Eugene Ormandy dedicated his life to music, from the age of three, when he first picked up a violin, to shortly after his 84th birthday, when he conducted his last concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra. It is with this orchestra that Ormandy's name will forever be associated, by virtue of his serving as its Music Director for 42 years. Image courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives.


A Wonderful Life: A Daughter's Tribute to a Family of Educators
Lobby, GSE

Pennsylvania Daughter

Pennsylvania Daughter by Joan Myerson.
Digital "painting" of the artist's mother as Penn student.