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Almanac - December 17, 2013 Volume 60 No. 17


Shelby Donnelly: Fabric Impressions
International House

Shelby Donnelly

(above) Riding Heathers, Paris: sewn and appliquéd fabric, screen print, fake hair 2012-2013 with 3D elements from Shelby Donnelly: Fabric Impressions that will open on January 6 at International House and run through March 28. See Exhibits.

Maritime memories
burrison gallery

Maritime Memories
(above) Maritime Memories, a photography exhibit by Andreea Dimofte, a Penn employee, will open on January 12 at the Burrison Gallery. Her photos feature calming, relaxed slices of life that induce the viewer to partake in the visual story line. The show will run through February 21. See Exhibits.

william h. johnson
arthur ross gallery

(above) Jitterburgs (1941), courtesy of Morgan State University, is part of an exhibition of 20 works by William Henry Johnson (1901-1970) who is a pivotal figure in modern American art. The show will open on January 17 at the Arthur Ross Gallery and run through March 23. See Exhibits.

ghosts and numbers
penn humanities forum

Ghosts and Numbers
(above) Ghosts and Numbers (2009) is set in the aftermath of the devastating financial crash of the Thai baht and the Asian monetary crisis journeys with displaced farmers who can no longer work the land for a living and can only eke one out by selling lottery tickets on Bangkok streets. After the film, Dr. Justin McDaniel, Associate Professor for Religious Studies at Penn, and Thai-American political artist Skowmon Hastanan lead filmgoers in a discussion about the spiritual world and economic politics in Thailand. See Films.

ladysmith black mambazo
annenberg center

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Photo by Luis Leal
Ladysmith black Mambazo
Photo by Shane Doyle
(above) On January 31, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be performing at Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre. The undisputed kings of South African a cappella celebrate over 50 years of joyous and uplifting music that marries their South African musical traditions to the sounds of Christian gospel music. The Grammy award-winning ensemble that leaves its audience "in awe of the power and variety of the human voice" See Music.

Les Ballets Jazz de MontrEal
Annenberg Center

Benjamin Von Wong
Gregory Batardon
(above) On January 16-18, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, who deliver sophisticated, technically stunning works by the world's most renowned choreographers, will perform at Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre. The program features the Philadelphia premieres of Harry, a dark comedy by Israeli-American choreographer Barak Marshall, Closer, a romantic pas de deux contributed by Black Swan choreographer and new director of dance for the Paris Opera Ballet, Benjamin Millepied, and Fuel, a new work by Cayetano Soto inspired by music about the modern industrial world of fuel and machines. See On Stage.

Annenberg Center

(above) On January 24, Confetti, dancer/choreographer Gabrielle Revlock will perform in a series of duets at Annenberg's Harold Prince Theatre. See On Stage.

Porco Rosso
International House

Porco Rosso

(above) On January 4, the family matinee, Porco Rosso, will be hosted at International House. See Children's Activities.

40 winks with the sphinx
penn Museum

40 Winks with the Sphinx

(above) On January 17-18 and 24-25, register for the Penn Museum's 40 Winks with the Sphinx sleepover program. See Children's Activities.

World Culture afternoon:
chinese new year
Penn museum

Chinese New Year
(above) On January 25, go to the Penn Museum for music and dance performances, martial and healing arts demonstrations, Feng Shui and folktales, storytelling, arts and crafts, Grand Finale Lion Parade. See Special Events.

Holiday garden Railway
Friday Night Lights
Morris Arboretum

Holiday Rail
Holiday Rail
(above) Come to the Morris Arboretum for Holiday Garden Railway and extra Friday hours. See Exhibits.

Recent acquisitions
penn libraries

Recent Acquisitions

(above) Detail from “The Graces of the Bicycle,” a chromolithograph, 1880, by Currier & Ives, New York, part of a set “Cries of London Trade Cards,” in one of the display cases in the first floor Kamin Gallery at Van Pelt-Dietrich Libary. Recent Acquisitions, including materials from the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the Fisher Fine Arts Library, the Middle Eastern Collection and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will be on display at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center this fall. See Exhibits.

penn museum: black bodies in propaganda
Black Bodies in Propaganada

"Keep us Flying," United States, 1943. This is one of 33 posters on view in Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the Penn Museum. The exhibition explores changing messages on race and politics through propaganda—from the American Civil War, to World War I, World War II and through to the African independence movements. Additionally, interactive multimedia allows visitors to explore some of the posters' distinctive iconography, while archival military recruitment films and a related segment from PBS' "History Detectives" enrich the exhibition. This image is courtesy of the Penn Museum. Through March 2, 2014. See Exhibits.

the history of nursing as seen through the lens of art
carol ware lobby, fagin hall

History of Nursing
The HUP Nursing Alumni Association commissioned artist Kathleen Shaver, HUP’76, to create an art installation to honor the history and legacy of 125 years of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. More information here. See Exhibits.

deep in the weeds
Deep in the Weeds, an exhibit on display in Morris Arboretum's Upper Gallery, features the photography of Rob Cardillo, including "Itea" (above). Cardillo has professionally photographed plants, gardens and the people that tend them for more than 20 years. His work has appeared in Horticulture, Country Gardens, The New York Times and many other publications. This photo is courtesy of the Morris Arboretum. Through January 31, 2014. See Exhibits.

audobon's birds of america
This permanent exhibiti at the Van Pelt-Diectrich Library is devoted to the display of John James Audubon's Birds of America (1827-38). Penn's double elephant folio set of the Birds was a gift of Edwin H. Vare, Jr. in 1957-59. The page opening from the volume on display will be changed on the second Wednesday of every month. This photo is courtesy of the Penn Libraries. See Exhibits.

Human evolution: THE FIRST 200 Million Years

Human Evolution
Various fossils on display at the Penn Museum's ongoing exhibit Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years. Visitors have an opportunity to engage with a variety of multi-media programs, as well as view and touch more than 100 casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records. This photo is courtesy of the Penn Museum. See Exhibits.