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Almanac - April 26, 2016 Volume 62 No. 32


Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars

On May 7, Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars will perform at Annenberg Center. Unique ensemble, devoted to the past, present and future of Cuban music. Founded by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, the group features the finest Cuban expatriate musicians in the world today, all alumni of Cuba’s greatest bands. Each dynamic performance captures the undeniable spirit of Afro-Cuban music with a potent mix of driving percussion, a powerhouse horn section and incomparable vocals. See Music.


Common Press at 10— Printing, Writing, Teaching, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Common Press at 10— Printing, Writing, Teaching, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration, an exhibition of works produced in its ten-year history is on display at Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library with a reception on April 20, 3-6 p.m from April 4 through September 2. See Exhibits.


Wrapped Up: Yarnbombing
Morris Arboretum welcomes fiber artist Melissa Maddonni Haims with an exhibit, Wrapped Up: Yarnbombing opening on March 20. She creates yarn graffiti, soft sculpture and large-scale installations with crocheted materials. The majority is produced using recycled, reclaimed and rescued textiles. Her work will be on display this spring through fall (or until it succumbs to the elements). See Exhibits.


The Golden Age of King Midas
(above) Camels travel a dirt path at the site of Gordion in central Turkey, a crossroads of many cultures over the course of four millennia. Prominent in the distance is Tumulus MM, the burial mound of a Phrygian ruler who was probably father to King Midas.
The Golden Age of King Midas will be on display at the Penn Museum from until November 27. The historical King Midas lived in the prosperous city of Gordion, the political and cultural capital of the Phrygians nearly 3,000 years ago. In 1957, Penn Museum archaeologists excavated a spectacular royal tomb believed to be the final resting place of King Midas’ father Gordios. Dating to ca. 740 BCE, the tomb contained a treasure trove of magnificent objects from the time of Midas. This world-exclusive exhibition, developed by the Penn Museum in partnership with the Republic of Turkey, is your chance to view more than 120 dazzling objects, including those from the royal tomb, on special loan from Turkish museums in Ankara, Istanbul, Anatalya, and Gordion. See Exhibits.


Seashells to City Gardens – Watercolors by Lauren Sweeney – Burrison

Seashells to City Gardens–Watercolors by Lauren Sweeney is on display at Burrison Gallery from April 8-May 10 with a reception on April 8. Lauren Sweeney has had a life-long interest in art and biology. A lifetime of scientific observation underpins her interest in capturing the essence of her subjects, which range from still life to interior scenes, streetscapes and seascapes. In most of these compositions, she focuses on glimpses of scenes to capture the essence of the larger scene. See Exhibits.


Rodney McMillian: The Black Show
Rodney McMillian: The Black Show, an extended physical meditation on the United States – sculpture, paintings, room-size constructions, videos and performances that embody our social fabric is on display at ICA through August 14. See Exhibits.


Expanding the Audience for Art in the 19th Century at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Alexander Lawson after William Sidney Mount: Painter’s Study [or The Painter’s Triumph] (left), 1840, engraving, etching and stipple on cream wove paper, 3 5⁄16 x 4 5⁄16 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, John S. Phillips Collection.
This piece is on display at Arthur Ross Gallery from April 8-July 31, as part of Expanding the Audience for Art in the 19th Century at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. See Exhibits.


A Sculpture by Patrick Dougherty-A Waltz in the woods-morris arboretum

Photos (above) by Rob Cardillo

waltz in the woods

A Waltz in the Woods by Patrick Dougherty is on exhibit at the Morris Arboretum until deterioration.

A Waltz in the Woods was created from willow saplings, which were brought in from Fredonia, New York, from a willow nursery. Dougherty likes that his work is relevant to just about anyone. He recognizes that each structure creates different associations for different people, and that it evokes something unique for each individual. In the end, for him, it is all about connections. “Sometimes we all just need to be reminded of our place in nature.”

Photo (left) by Marguerite Miller. See Exhibits.


Sex: A History in 30 Objects - penn museum

Sex: A History in 30 Objects, an exhibit that highlights the ways that societies across time have approached sexuality and identity is on display at Penn Museum now through July 31, 2016. See Exhibits.



Slought welcomes Erasures, an exhibition of photographs by Fazal Sheikh and related historical documents tracing the dispossessions and displacements of the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, and their impact on Palestinians, Bedouins and Israelis. It is on display from March 22-May 1. See Exhibits.



Astrogenesis, an exhibit on the formation of a star-shaped neuron in the brain and a representation of the human imagination by Nikki Romanello is on display at Esther Klein Gallery with an opening reception on April 14, 5-7:30 p.m. from April 14 through May 27. See Exhibits.


Magic in the Ancient World

Protective amulets, incantation bowls, curse tablets, powerful rings, magical stones and anatomical votives—these objects and more are featured in Magic in the Ancient World at the Penn Museum on display now through April 30, 2017. See Exhibits.


The Stage and All the World: Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Early Maps

The Stage and All the World: Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Early Maps, an exhibit juxtaposing the way exploration and geography are represented in literature and in maps is on display in the Snyder-Granader Alcove, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library with a reception on April 21 at 5-7:30 p.m. from April 18 through June 17. See Exhibits.



Descent, an exhibit animating alternative modes and materials of inheritance across generations of families, artists and artworks is on display at ICA from April 29-August 14 with an opening celebration on April 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. See Exhibits.


Paper Louise Tiny Fishman Rock

Louise Fishman: Untitled (right), 2011, acrylic on rusted metal, 1 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read. This piece is on display at ICA from April 29-August 14 as part of Paper Louise Tiny Fishman Rock. See Exhibits.


Belladonna of Sadness

International House is excited to present the newly restored animated film
Belladonna of Sadness on May 20 at 9 p.m. The 1973 feature film was produced by the Japanese animation studio Mushi Production and distributed by Nippon Herald Films. It follows the story of Jeanne, a peasant woman who is raped which leads to her being accused of witchcraft, and is notable for its graphic and suggestively erotic, violent and psychedelic imagery. See Films.


Annual Plant Sale

On May 7, the Morris Arboretum hosts its Annual Plant Sale, with arboretum experts on hand to give short talks on special selections for your home garden. See Special Events.


The Summer Garden Railway
The Summer Garden Railway, landmarks created from natural materials, will be on display at the Morris Arboretum from May 28 through September 5 & weekends through October 10. This year’s theme is “Awaken the Senses.” Grand Opening activities will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 1-3 p.m. Take part in a kids craft and enjoy free ice cream (while supplies last). See Exhibits.


40 Winks with the Sphinx

On May 6-7 & May 20-21, the Penn Musuem hosts its popular sleepover program for ages 6-12: 40 Winks with the Sphinx. See Children's Activities.


Unearthed in the Archives

Unearthed in the Archives, a trip through Penn Museum’s history looking at the interesting and unusual documents being safeguarded in the collection takes place on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. It is free with admission. See Special Events.


Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy
Penn Libraries

savoy theatre company

Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy, the history of the Savoy Theatre Company is on display through late 2016 in Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. See Exhibits.


Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug
Penn Museum

sacred spaces
sacred spaces
Kariye Camii in Istanbul, Turkey. Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug is open at the Penn Museum. The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of Turkey—is the focus of this expanded, large-scale photography exhibition. See Exhibits.

Native American voices:
The people—Here and now
penn museum

native american poster
native american voices
native american dancing
At Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now, a new long-term interactive exhibition at the Penn Museum, visitors will learn about contemporary issues in Native America. Set against the backdrop of more than 200 objects from the Museum’s expansive collections from the United States and Canada, the exhibition challenges stereotypes and tells powerful stories of Native American successes in achieving independence as sovereign, self-governing Nations. At multimedia stations, visitors will experience audio and video clips of contemporary Native Americans speaking of the many ways in which they maintain their religious, political, linguistic and artistic independence. See Exhibits.


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

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.

audobon's birds of america
This permanent exhibit at 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 by Edwin H. Vare, Jr. in 1957-59. The page opens 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.