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November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13


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

Eileen Ivers
Eileen Ivers captures the magical holiday spirit in her heartwarming show, An Nollaig—An Irish Christmas, with such favorites as "Do You Hear What I Hear" and Irish classics like "Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake." Watch Videoclip...


Undergraduate Thesis Preview Exhibition
Installations and Environments
Charles Addams Gallery

December 1-11, 2006

Andria Bibiloni
Andria Bibiloni
Untitled works by Andria C. Bibiloni


Meyerson Galleries

MFA Final Critiques MFA 2nd Year Exhibition and Auction

MFA Final Critiques; December 8-10, 2006

MFA 2nd Year Exhibition and Auction; November 25 - December 6, 2006


Burrison Gallery
Benjamin Pierce: Photographs 2003-2006
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.


Untitled work by Benjamin Pierce.


International House

Spiritual Unity
December 8, 8 p.m., Spiritual Unity will perform at International House. Founded by guitarist Marc Ribot, Spiritual Unity is dedicated to re-imagining the music of Albert Ayler, one of the pillars of modern jazz who had a significant impact on John Coltrane’s late body of work. Together Coltrane and Ayler became the catalytic force in defining the sound of the tenor saxophone in Free Jazz. In fact, following John Coltrane’s death, Albert Ayler, who performed at his funeral, claimed that Coltrane had invented a ‘Holy Family’, in which Coltrane was the Father, Pharoah Sanders was the Son, and Ayler himself was the Holy Ghost.


Esther Klein Gallery
Art Within Reach
Through December 30, 2006

This exhibition will display the projects of the collaborative effort of Esther Klein Gallery and ArtReach to pair area artists with ArtReach target populations. This project will be held in conjunction with ArtReach’s 20th Anniversary and will highlight the organization’s mission and history. ArtReach is a nonprofit organization that joins the arts and special-needs audiences of all ages through organizations that serve people with disabilities or who are economically disadvantaged. ArtReach's primary activities to overcome financial and physical barriers and make the arts more accessible to those they serve.


Holiday Garden Railway Display
Morris Arboretum
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.


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: Olin/Eisenman 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.


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.


Butabu: Adobe Architecture of West Africa,
Photographs by James Morris
Penn Museum
December 9 Through March 3, 2007


For centuries, complex adobe structures, many of them quite massive, have been built in the Sahal region of western Africa—Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ghana, and Burkina Faso. Made of earth mixed with water, these ephemeral buildings display a remarkable diversity of form, human ingenuity and originality.

British photographer James Morris offers a stunning visual survey of these structures, from monumental mosques to family homes, in Butabu: Adobe Architecture of West Africa, Photographs by James Morris, a traveling exhibition of 50 photographs, on view at the Museum from December 9, 2006 through March 3, 2007.



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.