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October 31, 2006, Volume 53, No. 10


Penn Presents
See www.pennpresents.org for full schedule of performances.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
The National Dance Company of Ireland Simon Shaheen
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal: Philadelphia premieres may include Jirí Kylián's brilliant Bella Figura, Stijn Celis' groundbreaking Noces set to Stravinsky's riveting score, and Didy Veldman's ingenious TooT. Rhythm of the Dance: The National Dance Company of Ireland performs November 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m. Simon Shaheen brings entrancing melodies to the Zellerbach Theatre on November 3, 8 p.m. The virtuoso violinist's styles range from traditional Arabic sounds to western jazz idioms. Audioclip. Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, performs in the Irvine Auditorium on November 15, 7:30 p.m. The Philippines’ oldest dance company will entertain audiences with its graceful movements, glorious costumes and fascinating music.


Charles Addams Gallery

MFA Photography Exhibit
Installation Exhibition
MFA Photography. Through November 11, 2006
Installation Exhibition. November 16-29, 2006


Meyerson Galleries

The Philly Vernacular Spectacular Extravaganza
Zoe Strauss MFA 2nd Year Exhibition and Auction
The Philly Vernacular Spectacular Extravaganza;
Lower Gallery, Meyerson Hall. Through November 24, 2006.
Mid-Atlantic Region Juried Student Snapshot Exhibition; Upper Gallery, Meyerson Hall.Through November 11, 2006. MFA 2nd Year Exhibition and Auction;
Upper and Lower Galleries, Meyerson Hall
November 25 - December 6, 2006


World of Trash–John Waters
November 10, 7 p.m.; rm. B-1 Meyerson Hall

World of Trash
John Waters is a filmmaker, author and photographer based in Baltimore and New York who became famous as “the pope of trash” (William Burroughs) and the “king of suburban exploitation”. Among his best known films: Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Divine, Serial Mom, and Cecil B. Demented. Waters will give a lecture, “World of Trash”, November 10; 7 p.m.; rm. B-1, Meyerson Hall (Fine Arts).


Burrison Gallery
Benjamin Pierce: Photographs 2003-2006
November 9 through December 22, 2006

Burning Bush

Burning Bush (above) photographed at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, by Benjamin Pierce, professor of computer and information science. On November 9, the Burrison Gallery will open an exhibit, Benjamin Pierce: Photographs 2003-2006, where this and additional photos can be viewed. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the exhibit will run through December 22.



International House

Fondwa Cecil Taylor
Life in Fondwa: Daily Struggle, Eternal Hope. A recent Penn graduate, photographer Rebecca Sherman was invited to visit Haiti in March of 2006 to document life in Fondwa where endless challenges are met with practical solidarity. Through exhibition and sales of her photos, this project exposes audiences to the realities of life in rural Haiti and supports Fondwa as it aims to become a model for grassroots change.Through November 12. Cecil Taylor performs his solo piano performance on Saturday, November 4, 8 p.m.


Holiday Garden Railway Display
Morris Arboretum
November 24 through December 31, 2006

Holiday Garden Railway Display Holiday Garden Railway Display
Twinkling lights and holiday décor adorn the Garden Railway during this most magical of seasons! Grand Opening November 24; open daily November 24-December 31 (Closed Christmas Eve and Day) 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m.


Exhibits at the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Gulliver's Reading
Phaedrus, Liberti Fabularum Aesopiarum, (Amsterdam, 1701) from the exhibit, Gulliver's Reading: Jonathan Swift's Library and Reading. Through December 15, 2006. Marcus Tullius Cicero. Tusculanae q[ue]stiones Marci Tullij Ciceronis nouissime. (1525) from the exhibit, Literae Humaniores: Treasures from the University of Pennsylvania Library. Through February 16, 2007.


Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun
Penn Museum
November 12, 2006 - October 2007

Amarna Amarna

Ring bezel, Amarna, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE), faience. Ring bezel decorated with the cartouche of Tutankhamun.  Photo courtesy of Penn Museum.

The city of Amarna was bordered on its eastern side by cliffs of uniform height.  Almost at midpoint of the city, the cliffs are interrupted by a gap (the Wadi Abu Hasan el Bahri).  Viewed from afar, this break in the cliffs creates a large natural silhouette of the hieroglyph for "horizon" (akhet).  Akhenaten may have chosen this site for his new capital city dedicated to his god, the disk of the sun, the Aten, because this natural rock formation created the "Horizon of the Aten" or, as it was known by its ancient Egyptian name, Akhet-aten.  This view is taken from the south.  Photo by David Silverman.

Statue of an Amarna Princess, probably from Amarna, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE), limestone and pigment. Amarna art placed considerable emphasis on the six daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Meritaten, Meketaten, Ankhesenpaaten, Nefernefruaten Tasherit, Nefernefrure and Setepenre.  The identity of this princess is not known.  Photo courtesy of Penn Museum.


Society for Photographic Educators
Addams Gallery, Meyerson Gallery and Fox Gallery
October 30 - November 24, 2006

Society for Photographic Educators


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.


Annenberg Center
Through Mid-December 15, 2006

The Annenberg School for Communication sponsors "CRISES," a multichannel installation of film, digital video and experimental multimedia to commemorate the anniversaries of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. The physical installation is a commentary on the media as both product and omnipresence. Created by Philadelphia artist Romy Scheroder, it consists of more than a dozen televisions bound by cargo straps and stacked in a manner not unlike that of commercial freight, and disaster relief supplies. On display through mid-December.


ICA Exhibits
Through December 17, 2006

John Armleder Fertilizers Fables Irene Fortuyn
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, 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.


Slought Exhibits
Through December 23, 2006

Primal Secretions
Original photographs and video documentation of past performances by Günter Brus from the exhibit Primal Secretions: A Günter Brus Retrospective.
In Search of an Israeli Art, an exhibition featuring photographs by Israeli artist Dani Shoshan, is on display in the galleries through December 23, 2006.


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.


An Early Edition of Los Caprichos by Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Arthur Ross Gallery
Through January 7, 2007

Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828), Los Caprichos, Plate 75 ¿No Hay Quien Nos Desate? Can’t anyone untie us? First edition, 1799. Etching with burnished aquatint. Photo courtesy of Arthur Ross, New York City


Under European Eyes: Conquistadors and Arts of the New World
Penn Museum
Through February 26, 2007

Under European Eyes
Under European Eyes Under European Eyes
Under European Eyes: Conquistadors and Arts of the New World features a dazzling array of more than 40 ancient native Mexican, Central and South American artifacts, selected to reveal how European conquerors arriving in the "New World" perceived of, influenced, and were influenced by the arts of their new subjects. The display was developed to complement the Philadelphia Museum of Art's major special exhibition, "Tesoros/Treasures/Tesouros: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820" (September 20 through December 31, 2006). Above left: Gold zoomorphic pendant set with emerald, Sitio Conte, Panama, ca. 700-900 CE. Above right: Gold headdress ornament, Ecuador, La Tolita.



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.