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July 17, 2007, Volume 54, No. 1

Summer AT PENN


Now A Plantsman in Asia: 1979-1999; images by Paul W. Meyer, Morris Arboretum; reception: July 20, 6 p.m.; Burrsion Gallery. Through September 7.

special event

8/11 40th Street Summer Series; an alternative arts and crafts exhibit and sale with musical performances, live art, and craft workshops and demonstrations; 2-5 p.m.; 40th Street Field; free.

Deadlines: The deadline for the September AT PENN is Tuesday, August 14. For information see www.upenn.edu/almanac/calendar/caldead-real.html.


The Mennonites: A Rare Visual History

The Mennonites: Photographs by Larry Towell, opens at the Arthur Ross Gallery on July 31. His 50 photographs document a rare visual history of an isolated cultural group. Originating in Europe in the 16th century, the Mennonites are a Protestant religious sect, related to the Amish. Rather than compromise their way of life, they have continually migrated: from Europe to North America, from Canada to Mexico. Mr. Towell’s  friendship with them gained him unique access to their communities. The exhibit, runs through September 23 and  illustrates the Mennonites’ integrity and lifestyle, giving viewers access into a devout religious group living in insular colonies where photography is generally forbidden.

Mr. Towell spent 10 years traveling with the group and documenting its migrant workers. His work identifies intimacy in different contexts, from armed conflict to rural life. His photography reveals the most important and human elements of its subject matter. Known for his photographs and their social commentary, Mr. Towell will be the guest of honor at the Gallery’s “Meet the Artist” reception on September 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. This exhibit is in collaboration with the Penn Humanities Forum’s theme on “Travel” and Magnum Photographs.

At right, Kent County, Ontario, Canada, 1996.



The Great Society: Esther Klein Gallery

The Great Society, a new exhibit opening August 2 at the Esther Klein Gallery will feature artists who undertake a fresh investigation of notions of social progress and the American Dream as they survey a landscape of broken promises—a landscape punctuated by social and economic inequality, crime, lack of independent media, and diminishing natural resources. This exhibition contains three separate investigations: flight, reform, and total disenfranchisement.

The artists in The Great Society explore the use of technology, ingenuity and imagination to offer alternatives to the status quo and challenge long standing catch phrases: freedom, social mobility, progress, prosperity and happiness, capitalism and individualism.

There will be an opening reception: Friday, August 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and a lecture: Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. with Marisa Olson, editor and curator of Rhizome.org and Daniel Fuller, Great Society curator. This exhibition runs through September 29.

we run out of continent

Above, We Run Out of Continent, Isaac Resnikoff, 2005. This artist explore ideas of escapism and dreams of colonization of distant unspoiled land. Courtesy the artist and Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia.


Almanac - July 17, 2007, Volume 54, No. 1