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March AT PENNExtras!

Almanac - February 23, 2010, Volume 56 No. 23

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.

Above: At the Morris Arboretum, a snow covered Katsura tree, which are native to Japan and China and known for their delicate heart shaped leaves and bright autumn colors.

Silence Dogood

Arthur Ross Gallery

Through March 21


“Silence Dogood: An Installation by Miler Lagos,” which opens at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery on Jan. 27, transforms nearly four tons of recycled newspapers into a sculpted “forest.”


Burrison Gallery

Papua New Guinea: Photos from the Mt. Hagen Singsing

Through April 2

Jerry Porter Photo

Reception: March 18, 4 p.m.


Penn Museum

The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia

Through May


Now through May, the Penn Museum will present The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia, a selection of more than 40 color photographs of people and places in the community, including the one above, taken between 2000 and 2009 by neighborhood children aged 5 to 13. The photography exhibition, on view in the Museum’s Kress gallery, challenges stereotypes and negative biases by highlighting hopeful images in the local community.

Penn Museum

Righteous Dopefiend: An Anthropological Installation on Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America

Through May

Righteous Dopefiend

Righteous Dopefiend: An Anthropological Installation on Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, December 5 through May 2010 at the Penn Museum. © Jeff Schonberg 2009

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

What in the World

Through April 11

Above: From the 1950s What In The World television show, Carleton Coon, Loren Eiseley, and Schuyler Cammann study an object, while Alfred Kidder II moderates. A cameraman is in right foreground. Photographed at WCAU TV Studios, ca. 1955. Photo courtesy of the Penn Museum.

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.

International House

WOMEN: An International Women’s Day Exhibtion

March 8-14



WOMEN: An International Women’s Day Exhibtion, will run from March 8-14 at International House. Through diverse mediums, these artists chronicle their experiences through imagery of women at work, cultural representations of the feminine, and abstract goddess depictions. Artist: Veronica Gledhill. See Exhibits.


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.


Annenberg Center

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Annenberg Center’s Irish Roots Series as Natalie MacMaster returns to the Zellerbach at 7:30 p.m. on March 17. Renowned for her energetic and rhythmically intense performances, the fiddler is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians on both the Folk and Celtic music scenes. See Music.


From the West African nation of Mali, singer and guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most beloved and popular musicians. Koité and his band, Bamada, will perform selections from his newest album, Afriki on March 14, 7 p.m. at the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center. See Music.

Institute of Contemporary Art


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.


Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)

January 15—June 6, 2010




January 15, 2010 - March 21, 2010


Wistar Institute

Nikon Small World Photography Contest

Through March 12


Nikon’s annual Small World photography contest, now in its 35th year, celebrates the complexity and beauty of the world as captured through the microscope. Today’s advanced microscopes are opening new windows on the intricate structures and subtle processes of life, leading to scientific discovery and medical progress. Winning images will be displayed in the main atrium at the Wistar Institute from January 8-March 12, and information will be presented on microscopy and photographic techniques. Seminars regarding advanced imaging technologies will take place on January 7 beginning at 1 p.m.

Above: 2009 Fourth Place winner: Anglerfish Ovary, 2-Channel Autofluorescence, 4X objective by James Hayden, The Wistar Institute Microscopy Core Facility.

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.