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December 19, 2006, Volume 53, No. 16


Penn Presents
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Richard Alston Dance Company
England's premier contemporary dance troupe, Richard Alston Dance Companymakes its Philadelphia debut with the irrepressible upbeat ragtime of The Devil In The Detail, performed to Scott Joplin's music. January 18, 7:30 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre; Annenberg Center; Also January 19, 8 p.m. and January 20, 2 & 8 p.m. $32-$44. View videoclip. Amajuba is a vivid and intimate portrayal of growing up in apartheid South Africa based on the real-life stories of the five men and women who make up the cast. An immensely uplifting theatrical work interwoven with dance and unforgettable songs. January 23, 7:30 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre. Also January 24 & 25, 7:30 p.m.; January 26 & 27, 8 p.m. & January 28, 3 p.m. View videoclip.


International House

David S. Ware
Female Gender Stereotypes
The Listening Station
David S. Ware Unit, January 12, 8 p.m. This exciting premiere of Ware’s new quartet features Mat Maneri, best known for his ECM recordings and collaborations with his father and microtonal composer Joe Maneri, as well as Keith Witty and Whit Dickey, one of New York’s finest Free Jazz drummers and one of the original members of the Ware Quartet. $30, $22.50/students; $24/members & seniors.
Exhibit: Female Gender Stereotypes in North America and South Africa: Local students used film, poetry, study articles and dialogue to compare and contrast the ways in which the stereotyping of females negatively affects girls and women in North American and South African society. For their final project, each student worked on a beaded fabric panel illustrating a positive emotion or action that can help society rise above these harmful attitudes towards females. The panels were then assembled into a 8’ x 9’ quilt which will be donated in 2007 to Cape Town Child Welfare, a grass roots organization in South Africa that aids children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. January 2-February 2.

Exhibit: The Listening Station Project is an object for two people to sit on, designed so that the two people must sit close to one another, and facing each other. The Listening Station, conceived and presented by artist Zoe Cohen, is meant to be used by two people who take turns listening to each other for equal amounts of time. Participants will be asked to fill out a simple chart after use of the Listening Station. January 11-February 2.


Panoramas and Other Circular Stories
Esther Klein Gallery
January 12- March 31

Roderick Coover - Panoramas and Other Circular Stories Roderick Coover - Panoramas and Other Circular Stories
Roderick Coover is a multimedia artist and scholar whose work challenges the traditional borders of documentary form through experiments in motion, montage and multi-linearity. His solo exhibition, Circular Stories and Panoramas, includes six video works which have been created using layered photographs, audio and manipulated video recordings. These works are interconnected by common motifs of travel and time and evoke ways that technological imagery permeates the imagination and call attention to the place of desire in sensory experience and in language.

Photography by Didier Clain
Kelly Writers House Gallery
January 8-February 10

Didier Clain Didier Clain
Untitled photos by Didier Clain


Literae Humaniores: Treasures from the University of Pennsylvania Library
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Through February 16

Marcus Tullius Cicero. Tusculanae q[ue]stiones Marci Tullij Ciceronis nouissime (1525).


Nikon's Small World Competition
Wistar Institute

Through March 2
View all images at: www.nikonsmallworld.com

Viktor Sykora, Charles University Institute of Pathophysiology/First Faculty of Medicine Prague, Czech Republic. Seed of a Clematis vitalba shrub (also known as Traveller’s Joy and Old Man’s Beard) (2x). 7th Place.

Charles Krebs Photography Issaquah, Washington: Wing scales of a Urania ripheus (Sunset Moth) (6.25x). 9th Place.


The Art of Reinvention: Travel — Exile — Recuperation
Rosenwald Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

January 16 Through April 13

The Art of Reinvention
Presented in collaboration with the Penn Humanities Forum, this exhibition explores the tales of two artists whose political exile occurred fifty years apart. The Prague-born writer Franz Werfel became expatriated with the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938. He and his wife, Alma Mahler, eventually settled in California and remained at the center of a vibrant émigré community of European artists, musicians, and writers. The exile of conceptual artist Kinga Araya from communist Poland in 1988 informs her work, which includes performance art, photography, sculpture, video, drawing, and writing. Their stories are juxtaposed through the display of artifacts and creative pieces that interrogate notions of identity and homeland.



Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun
Penn Museum
Through October

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.


ICA Exhibits
January 20 through March 25

Luca Buvoli

Carlos Garaicoa; Garaicoa has been working since the early 1990s using a multidisciplinary approach that includes architecture and urbanism, narrative, history, and politics. His works are charged with provocative commentary on issues such as architecture’s ability to alter the course of history, the failure of modernism as a catalyst for social change, and the frustration and decay of 20th-century utopias.

Nicole Cherubini; hand-built from flat little clumps, use-free (they are full of holes), and over-scaled vessels, these G-Pots as they are called, are glazed repeatedly to create a seductive richness of hue. Built in layers, from the bottom-up, then glazed with different colors, the sculptures are then festooned with all manner of baroque appliqué or “bling”: making them willfully exotic in their array of materials and are relentlessly inventive. Locally Localized Gravity features the local scene, expanded exponentially. In cities like Philadelphia, artists have long operated as organizers, often collaborating with other artists to produce events, lectures, performances, concerts. While Philadelphia is the focus, Locally Localized Gravity includes artists from other cities who work in a similar spirit, including Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Portland, Oregon, and New York. The exhibition, which will include over 100 artists, musicians, designers, lecturers, performers, and creators, will be one non-stop event and on view in ICA's first floor galleries and terrace. Photo: Fritz Haeg. Luca Buvoli, composite of two video stills from "A Very Beautiful Day After Tomorrow (UN Bellissimo Dopodomani)," 2006. DVD, color, sound. This title names both the project and the artist's new video that makes its premiere as part of the multi-media installation. The words are also spoken by Marinetti's daughter Vittoria, who Buvoli interviewed as part of the video which presents central themes of Buvoli's recent work: velocity and flight. Photo: Luca Buvoli.


Arthur Ross Gallery Exhibits

Francisco Goya y Lucientes
An Early Edition of Los Caprichos by 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.Through January 7, 2007 Madhvi Parekh, On Way to My Home, 1999, watercolor on paper from the exhibit Modern Indian Works on Paper-Post-Independence Art from a Private Collection; 64 contemporary works owned by Umesh and Sunanda Gaur, who were featured on the cover of the March 2003 Art and Antiques “Top 100 collectors” issue. January 13 Through March 11, 2007.


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

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
Through March 3


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.

Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region
Morris Arboretum
January 7 Through May 13

Ron Cardillo Photography Exhibit Ron Cardillo Photography Exhibit
Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region: An inspired photographic tour of the Delaware Valley's rich and diverse horticultural legacy as seen through the lens of renowned photographer Rob Cardillo. From the majestic estates of Delaware, to the vital community gardens of center city, this exhibit reveals why Philadelphia and its surrounding towns, suburbs and countryside are considered the horticultural epicenter of the United States. Above left: Balustrade surrounding the iconic Rose Garden at the Morris Arboretum; Above right: View to the Mercury Loggia at the Morris Arboretum. Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) in foreground


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.