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Almanac - September 8, 2009, Volume 56 No. 2

Morris Arboretum
Andrea Baldeck: The Texture of Trees
Through September


Morris Arboretum
Tree Adventure
Through September 27


Tree Adventure explores the relationship between plants and people with its central theme, we need trees, and trees need us. Armed with a Passport to Adventure, visitors will travel the expanse of the Arboretum’s 92-acre garden to learn the critical role trees play in our environment while having fun engaging with trees.


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


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 http://paintedmetaphors.museum.upenn.edu/. Pictured are Mayan Incense Burners from the exhibit.

Slought Foundation

Political Speech is Suprematism

Through November 14


Slought Foundation’s Political Speech is Suprematism, an architectural exhibition about the changing history of the Meštrovi? pavilion in Zagreb, Croatia, and the cultural practices that it has inspired. September 19-November 14.


Penn Museum

His Golden Touch: The Gordion Drawings of Piet de Jong

September 26- January 10, 2010


Watercolor reconstruction by Piet de Jong of a group of figures from the Painted House, ca. 500 BCE, excavated at Gordion, Turkey.

Arthur Ross Gallery

West Philadelphia: Building a Community

July 10-October 11


Burrison Gallery


Madeleine Adams Paintings: Around the World and Back at Penn.

August 10-September 25.


Institute of Contemporary Art

September 11, 2009 - December 6, 2009

Tim Rollins

Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History––the first major museum retrospective of work by artist, activist, and teacher Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), a group of artists originally made up of Rollins' students from Intermediate School 52 in the South Bronx.


Dance with Camera is an exhibition and a screening program that explores a crossover between artists and dancers who make choreography for the camera. The exhibition features art works in film, video, and still photography that exemplify the ways dance has compelled visual artists to record bodies moving in time and space.


Video Art: Replay Part 1: Asking Not Telling––a year-long, three-part exhibition offering a snapshot of current video art. On view September 11, 2009-August 1, 2010 in ICA's Project Space, this exhibition, centered around three themes prevalent in video art—documentary, animation, and comedy—will further focus the wide-ranging field of single-channel, projected video.

Van Pelt Dietrich 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.

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 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.