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Almanac - October 27, 2009, Volume 56 No. 9

Morris Arboretum


Winter Wellness Walks take place at the Morris Arboretum every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. from November until March. Wellness Walks encourage visitors to step outside and get some exercise by walking the Arboretum’s paved paths, in a beautiful, safe environment. Guides point out specimen trees and other features during the brisk, two mile journey. Walkers meet at the Visitor’s Center.


Burrison Gallery

Off the Beaten Track by Laura Mack

Through December 11


Beauty Has No Age: A Kazakh Woman, one of the photographs by Laura Mack, now on display at the Burrison Gallery.


Penn Museum

Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania

Through July

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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.  

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

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetary



Gold bull amulet (Height: 1.5 cm; Width: 1.5 cm) originally part of a necklace of gold. The bearded bull, considered divine in early Mesopotamia, is made of a thin sheet of gold wrapped over a bitumen core. Found loose in the soil at the Royal Cemetery, ca 2550 BCE.


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.

Pictured is a Mayan Incense Burner from the exhibit.

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.


Penn Presents




Doug Elkins & Friends perform Fräulein Maria November 12-14.

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall bring Jazz to the Zellerbach Theatre November 4th.

Cherish the Ladies

Cherish the Ladies, an all-female traditional Irish Band, takes the stage at the Zellerbach Theatre November 15.


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 Meštrovic pavilion in Zagreb, Croatia, and the cultural practices that it has inspired. September 19-November 14.


Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

Interplay: Art*Audience*Architecture

Through February 26


Sculptures from nine artists including Lanny Bergner, Fritz Dietel and Nancy Graves; first floor, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

Arthur Ross Gallery

Jacob Lawrence and the Urban Experience:
Selected Prints 1963-2000

Through December 24

Jacob Lawrence


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. Through March 21.


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-December 6 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: Music Master of Early Philadelphia; Celebrating the acquisition of Francis Johnson sheet music from the collection of Kurt Stein.

Eugene Ormandy Gallery through Fall 2009.

Morris Arboretum

meta Metasequoia


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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 ground. 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.

Student Lounge , GSE
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.