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Almanac - November 20, 2007, Volume 54 No. 13

Burrison Gallery Exhibit

In the Style of Jackson Pollock: A Family Exhibition
Through December 15

"Forsythia" by Susan Davis


Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun
Penn Museum
Extended Through April 2008

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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


Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day

60 of Greg MacGregor’s photographs retracing the journey across the American landscape; Merle-Smith Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Penn Museum.

Through February 10, 2008
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Iran Abdul Ameer, wearing his traditional “aba” long coat and headgear.  Included in,
Exploring Iran: The Photography of Erich F. Schmidt, 1930-1940.
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.


Frozen Architecture
Esther M. Klein Art Gallery
Through December 9

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Photographic prints taken from snow research labs of the U.S. Dept. of Argriculture


Lawrence Halprin: The Choreography of Gardens

Kroiz Gallery
Through February 1, 2008

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ICA Exhibits
Through December 16

ICA presents four new exhibits this fall. 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.


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.


International House
December 7 - January 4


In 2006, Julia Blaukopf traveled to Kenya to work on a reforestation project, living for a month with a family in a farming community at the foot of Mt Kenya, where she discovered a completely different standard of living. Her images of intimate moments between families, strangers in the city and local workers are aimed at creating an alternative documentary. Another objective was to make the imperfect appear beautiful. Anticipated accidents develop into a means for creative solutions. A pallid sky becomes a chemical explosion. Moments of clarity stream into hazy borders. Tree branches form drooping silhouettes, veins on a white, cloudy canvas. Seen through the lens, the subject changes into a matter of extremes.

Above: Chemical Bikers by Julia Blaukopf


Arthur Ross Gallery Exhibits

Treasured Pages: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Free Library of Philadelphia. Featuring both codices and single leaves from one of the most significant collections of Western European illuminated manuscripts in the United States, the exhibition addresses diverse themes based on subject matter and use: Ritual, Devotion and Prayer, Learning and Leisure, and Politics and Law, and the Bible. Through January 6, 2008.


Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center Exhibits

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. Above: George Romney's Lady Hamilton as Sensibility

Emma Hamilton's Path to Fame; Exhibition features items from the collections of Jean Kislak and Penn's Rare Book and Manuscript Library

meta Metasequoia
Morris Arboretum

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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.
Holiday Garden Railway - at the Morris Arboretum from November 23 through December 31.


Coming to the Small Screen: Ormandy & Television
Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

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.