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May 22, 2007, Volume 53, No. 34


Penn Presents Performances
See www.pennpresents.org for showtimes and tickets.

Axis of Evil
This show features Ahmed Ahmed (Punk'd), Aron Kader (Premium Blend) and Maz Jobrani (The Interpreter), all of whom have some sort of Middle Eastern background. But they're all Americans too, and their comedy encompasses all sorts of topics from politics to dating to deer. Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.


Burrison Gallery Exhibits

Larry Shprintz
Doe Run

Print Show–Larry Shprintz: Origami Monoprints are a combination of detailed design for the origami structure and a spontaneity generated by the process and selection of materials. Through June 8.

56+ Years of Painting & Still Goin’ Strong–Douglas Stenhouse; reception: June 10, 3-5 p.m. Through July 6. Above: Doe Run.

Penn Museum Exhibits

Vanishing Worlds

Engraving Pyramid Tomb of Caius Cestius {From the Le Vedute di Roma (The Views of Rome), 1748-78} from the exhibit, Piranesi: The Grandeur of Ancient Rome. Sixty works by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, one of the major artists of 18th century Italian etching, are featured in this exhibition. Born in Venice and educated to be an architect, Piranesi spent most of his life in Rome, becoming an authority on Roman archaeology. Architectural remains of ancient Rome were a major source of inspiration to Piranesi, whose goal— was realized in numerous, often large-scale etchings of famous ancient sites. A superb technician, Piranesi combined a mastery of draftsmanship and perspective, a strong knowledge and love of Roman antiquities, a sense of drama and an epic imagination in his etchings. This traveling exhibition, coordinated by Blair-Murrah, includes engravings of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, the ancient Roman Forum and the Pyramid Tomb of Caius Cestius, as well as many tombs, ancient amphitheaters, bridges, fountains and temples. Through June 16.

Tapirapé: A wax figurine, Topu, representing the messenger of Kanawana, a supernatural spirit. Photo © Houston Museum of Natural Science from the exhibit, Vanishing Worlds: Art and Ritual of Amazonia. Prior to European contact beginning in the 1500s, between 3 and 5 million people thrived in the Amazon river basin region of South America, an ecologically diverse land mass of 2.5 million square miles. Today, fewer than 100,000 Amazonian native people survive, and the vast majority of people who once occupied the Amazon have disappeared forever. This exhibition features over 150 ritual objects from the Ka'apor, Karaja, Tapirape, Ticuna, Shipibo-Conibo, and Shuar, several Kayapo peoples, and Xingu River region peoples. Colorful headdresses, masks, body ornaments, and full body costumes, as well as domestic and utilitarian pieces like basketry, weapons, pottery and textiles, are showcased. Second floor Dietrich Gallery. Through June 30.


International House Exhibit

Women of International House
From Home: The Women of International House; portrait exhibit by Mary Gaston, I-House’s 2006-2007 Photojournalism Fellow, reflecting on the uniqueness of each I-House resident– their background, studies, dreams and plans amid the common circumstance of being away; reception: 6 p.m.; International House. Through June 1.


My Heritage, My Community
The Rotunda
Through June 28

Untitled work by artist Taufiqq, AVRP ArtWorks! program. Part of the exhibit featuring works by youth in Art Education programs. Through June 28.


Esther Klein Gallery
Through June 30

Started in 2002 by Douglas Repetto, Artbots is an international art exhibition that features robotic art and art-making robots. This exhibition will bring 7 works to the gallery and pair local scientists and artists with Philadelphia public school children to create their own original works of robotic art and to participate in educational workshops.


Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Exhibits

The Art of Reinvention
Common Press
Equus Unbound: Fairman Rogers and the Age of the Horse; Kamin Gallery, 1st floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through June 15. Mixed Media, Mixed Company: Conjunctions at the Common Press. This exhibition looks at some of the collaborations that have come out of the Common Press, the letterpress studio at Penn, in its first year of production, and juxtaposes them against poetry broadsides from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Through August 17.


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
Through August 5

Karen Kilimnik

Crimes of Omission


Phoebe Washburn

From the exhibit by Karen Kilimnik, Steed leaving for costume party on deserted island - emma stays home to work; 2006 Water soluble oil color on canvas 11 x 14 inches Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York.

From the exhibit, Crimes of Omission, Geraint Evans Dumpster (detail), 1998 Acrylic on board friezes 17 1/4 x 31 inches each Set of 7. Courtesy of the West Collection, SEI.

From Phoebe Washburn's ramp exhibit, Minor In-House Brain Storm, 2006-07 Installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, Courtesy: Zach Feuer Gallery, New York Photograph: George Hirose.


Arthur Ross Gallery Exhibits

Torso and Head Gloucester II Gloucester III Nautical Shapes
Hitoshi Nakazato: Print Series: Celebration of this artist, Master Printmaker and veteran curator at the Arthur Ross Gallery, who has worked and taught for forty years at GSFA and the School of Design. Through July 1.
The MennonitesThe Mennonites
The Mennonites: Photographs by Larry Towell: Originating in Europe in the sixteenth century, the Mennonites are a Protestant religious sect, related to the Amish. Rather than compromise their way of life, they have been continually migrated: from Europe to north America, from Canada where photographer Larry Towell first encountered them, to Mexico. The artist’s friendship with the Mennonites gained him unique access to their communities, which he has photographer for over ten years. On display July 31-September 23.

Garden Railway Grand Opening
"Great American Train Stations"
Daily through October 8, 10:00am-4:00pm

Morris Arboretum

Garden Railway: Great American Train Stations
The Garden Railway is a miniature world of model trains running on a quarter mile track, set in the splendor of the Arboretum’s summer garden. The miniature world features historic buildings created entirely of natural materials, each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs. Logs and branches are also used to create unique tunnels and overhead trestles. Nestled among woody plants, colorful annuals and perennials, the finished product is an enchanting landscape that never ceases to delight visitors both young and old. Free with regular admission.

Nick Kelsh at the Arboretum: Roots, Shoots and Leaves
Morris Arboretum
Through May 18, 2008

Nick Welsh A unique look at the Arboretum through the lens of renowned photographer Nick Kelsh. Using close-ups, abstract patterns and juxtapositions of color, Kelsh explores the beauty of the Arboretum through the seasons. Left: A Maple tree from Kelsh's work.


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.