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Almanac - September 4, 2007 Volume 54 No. 2


Charles Addams Fine Arts Library
September 5 through October 21.

Jaguar God of the Underworld by Simon Martin. Tall Vase by Andy Brayman. Untitled by Megumi Naitoh.


Burrison Gallery Exhibit

A Plantsman in Asia
Bamboo Basket Weaver, Guizhou, China, 1999, is one of the dozens of photographs from A Plantsman in Asia: 1979-1999 by Paul W. Meyer, the F. Otto Haas Director of the Morris Arboretum. The exhibition is a photographic view of Asian peoples and their relationships with plants. The Burrison Gallery of the University Club at Penn is displaying these photographs until Friday, September 7.


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.

Other Penn Museum Exhibits

river of gold

Opening September 23 is the Penn Museum’s new exhibit River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures From Sitio Conte. Embossed plaques like this one were attached to the garments of high-ranking members of the ancient society and often served as breastplates during battle, 8.6 x 8.9 inches. This exhibit tells the story of the Penn Museum’s 1940 excavation at an ancient cemetery discovered when the river changed its course.  The exhibit features almost 150 artifacts, including 120 Pre-columbian gold objects more than a thousand years old.


Ruwala (Bedouin) Hunter with Falcon by Carleton S. Coon.  Part of Adventures in Photography: Expeditions of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. This exhibit is on display through September 23.


The Great Society
Esther M. Klein Art Gallery
Through September 29

fire continent
Still from: A Fire is a Fire is Not a Fire by Claire Fontaine, 2006. We Run Out of Continent, Isaac Resnikoff, 2005.


German Video from the Collections of the Kunstmuseum Bonn: Joseph Beuys to Today
Slought Foundation
Through October 13

German video
the first exhibition in the U.S. of video works from the collection; reception September 26, 6:30 p.m.

Through October 13 Stars Shine Bright on Shatter Light:
An Exhibition of Visual Poetry by David Daniels
Kelly Writers House
September 9 through October 18

A presentation on visual poetry and a live reading of selected show pieces; reception: September 11, 7 p.m


ICA Exhibits
Through August 5

ICA presents four new exhibits beginning September 7. The exhibits on display are Ensemble; Project Space: Jay Heikes; Eileen Neff: Between Us; and this year’s ramp project, Fly Thru. Included in the exhibits are sounds, photographs, and installations featuring a pre-fab house and drawings. These exhibits are on display until December 16 with the opening reception on September 6 at 6 p.m.


Untitled by Boursier-Mougenot, Céleste, 1999-2000. Materials: resin with wood armature, motor and heaters, 94 x 9 3/4 inches. iT House by Taalman Koch rendered in “Hedge.” So There’s This Pirate... by Jay Heikes,  2005. Tempera, marker and graphite on photocopy, 30 x 40 inches. Circle in the Rain by Eileen Neff, 2007. C-print mounted on aluminum, 15 x 28 1/2 inches.


Arthur Ross Gallery Exhibits

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.


Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center Exhibit

Spontaneous Appealinair Contemprate Apollinaire, a photocard photoduplicator print by Bob Cobbing, 1968. This work  is part of the exhibit Make Perhaps This Out Sense Of Can You, on display at the Rosenwald Gallery of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center until December 16.

Garden Railway
"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.


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.