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Almanac - April 28, 2009, Volume 55 No. 31

Morris Arboretum
Andrea Baldeck: The Texture of Trees
Through September


Morris Arboretum
The Art of Patrick Dougherty
March 30-April 18

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Renowned artist Patrick Dougherty will be an artist in residence at the Morris Arboretum from March 30-April 18. Dougherty will weave hundreds of sticks and saplings into a whimsical site-specific creation along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek. Arriving at the site of each new installation with no preconceptions as to what he will create, he draws inspiration and materials from the surrounding environment to design a large-scale structure.


Penn Museum
Surviving: The Body of Evidence
Through May 2009


Above: Dr. Alan Mann, co-curated the exhibit


Above: Dr. Janet Monge, Acting Curator of the Physical Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology co-curated Surviving: The Body of Evidence.


Penn Museum
Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in PennsylvaniaThrough September 2009

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Lenape Meesing Candle holder made of metal and paint. Each year, the Lenape of Pennsylvania honor Meesing, the protector of the woodlands, with a fall Meesing ceremony. At the ceremony, a member of the Medicine Society, a group of men responsible for organizing and performing the Meesing ceremony, represents Meesing as a dancer. The Meesing dancer prepares for his task during the year preceding the ceremony by meditating on Meesing and making objects with Meesing’s image, which are given to the Medicine Society.  One year, the Meesing dancer made a series of Meesing candleholders.

A Lenape fan made of beads, deerskin and feathers rests in the hands of Shelley DePaul, director of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and co-curator of Penn Museum’s new exhibition, Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

Photos: Lauren Hansen-Flaschen.


Penn Museum

Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya

Through January 2010



A world-renowned collection of ancient Maya painted pottery, excavated by the Penn Museum nearly a century ago and reinterpreted in light of recent research in the field, provides the centerpiece for Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya, a new exhibition opening at the Penn Museum April 5. It runs through January. The 27th Annual Maya Weekend: Maya Crossroads: Classic Ideas and Goods in Motion Across the Verapaz, April 3-5 complements the exhibit. See Pictured are Mayan Incense Burners from the exhibit.


Arthur Ross Gallery

Thirteen Miles to Paradise

John Moore

Through June 14

Fine Fall Day

John Moore, A Fine Fall Day, 2008, oil on canvas, Private Collection, courtesy Hirshl & Adler Modern, New York


Burrison Gallery

Rita Bernstein Scott Wright-Cul de Sac

Blossoms and Blessings in Color Rita Bernstein's silk and textile art opens at the Burrison Gallery on May 18 through June 26.

Reception May 20, 5:30 p.m.

Signs of Life now through May 15 at the Burrison Gallery. In his recent series of aerial photographs and paintings, artist Scott Wright seeks out places where the landscape takes on the appearance of vast abstract canvases, where humans and nature collaborate to generate living artwork based on layered patterns of growth, entropy and renewal. Above: Cul de Sac (Archival Pigment Print, 2009).


Slought Foundation

Art of Limina: Gary Hill

Through May 1, 2009

Art of Limina: Gary Hill; defined by a sensibility of openness, complexity, and subtlety of language resembling an “open” universe, the exhibit features installations by Gary Hill and an essay by collaborating artist/critic George Quasha; Slought Foundation


Kelly Writers House Gallery

Spin Glasses and Other Frustrated Systems

Wallpaper patterns with selected texts. Through Spring 2009.

Penn Presents

National Dance Company of Spain 2

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National Dance Company of Spain 2 performs at the Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts May 14-16.

Morris Arboretum

Garden Railway 2009: Great American Lighthouses
May 23-October 12


Above: A special Victorian-era ride-on train operates opening weekend only, May 23-25, 2009. The train will transport 24 passengers on rides around the Arboretum every 15 minutes. Rides are $3 for children and $5 for adults.

Right: Garden railway architect Paul Busse designs elaborate three-dimensional structures made entirely out of natural materials. A hightlight of this year’s display is a model of the country’s tallest lighthouse, North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.

Cape Hatteras

Institute of Contemporary Art

Through June 21



Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay; presentation of the work of twenty-two artists who have created significant work in clay, all of which appear to be in some state of flux or growth.


Emma Johnson
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

Image courtesy of the Historical Society of PA

Francis Johnson: Early Music Master of Philadelphia; Celebrating the acquisition of Francis Johnson sheet music from the collection of Kurt Stein.

Eugene Ormandy Gallery through Fall 2009.

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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 revisit the childhood feeling of being in a tree house, enjoy the views and relax in unusual intimacy with these majestic trees.

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A Wonderful Life:
A Daughter's Tribute to a Family of Educators

Pennsylvania Daughter

Pennsylvania Daughter by Joan Myerson. Digital "painting" of the artist's mother as Penn student.

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