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Almanac - May 31, 2016 Volume 62 No. 36


Harriet Pattison: Gardens & Landscape

Harriet Pattison: Gardens & Landscape, showing the work of Harriet Pattison, MLA ’67, a landscape architect whose work includes significant collaborations with architect Louis Kahn is now on display at the Kroiz Gallery, Architectural Archives through July 15. See Exhibits.


Homeschool Programs

On July 6 & August 17, Penn Museum hosts Homeschool Programs. On July 6, the topic will be Archaeological Adventures: Conservation and Museum Careers, and on August 17, the topic will be Archaeological Adventures: Science and Technology. See Children's Activities.


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.


Penn Museum Storytime Expeditions

Penn Museum Storytime Expeditions will take place on Wednesday & Fridays from 12:15-1 p.m. starting from June 29-August 24. The programs are for ages 4-8. See Children's Activities.


2016 Philadelphia International Children's Festival

(above) Playing By Air
(above) Stories and Songs
(above) The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
(above) Catch Me! (Attrape-moi)

The 2016 Philadelphia International Children's Festival will be June 2-4. Circus, theatre, story-telling and music performances for the whole family. Plus, enjoy the free outdoor FUN ZONE with crafts, activities and performances. See Children's Activities.


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.


50th Anniversary of Navajo Film Themselves

On June 11, Penn Museum presents the 50th Anniversary of Navajo Film Themselves, an experimental set of films made by Navajo people in 1966. See Films.


Wall Writers

On June 25, International House presents Wall Writers, followed by a Q&A and book signing with director Roger Gastman and special guests. See Films.


Drunktown’s Finest

On June 2, International House presents Drunktown’s Finest as part of its Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema. See Films.


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.


Penn Museum Summer Nights
(above) West Philadelphia Orchestra on June 15.

(above) Leana Song on August 10.

Penn Museum Summer Nights Concerts take place from 5-8 p.m. and will kick off with West Philadelphia Orchestra on June 15. See Music.


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 through June 1. See Exhibits.


University Club Members’ Show

The University Club Members’ Show at the Burrison Gallery will run from June 1-August 31. (clockwise from upper left) Monument Valley – Jerry Porter,  Point Judith – Kristin Cummings,  ICW South of Great Bridge bypass and lock – Tom Barber, Beach Day – Maryann Sanitoro, Deep Thoughts – Andreaa Dimofte &  Tulum, Riviera Maya Maya – Marguerite Miller. See Exhibits.


The Arabian Nights: Medieval Fantasy and Modern Forgery

On June 1, Penn Museum hosts The Arabian Nights: Medieval Fantasy and Modern Forgery with Paul Cobb, Islamic history. See Talks.


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.


Moonlight & Roses with The Haverford Trust Company

On June 3, Morris Arboretum hosts Moonlight & Roses with The Haverford Trust Company. The evening begins with cocktails in the Rose Garden at the peak of its bloom. Dinner follows underneath of a clear-top tent with a live band, dancing, and open bar. See Special Events.


Small Tree Tour

On June 11 & June 25, Morris Arboretum hosts Small Tree Tours of smaller specimen trees in the 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 June 3-4, the Penn Musuem hosts its popular sleepover program for ages 6-12: 40 Winks with the Sphinx. See Children's Activities.



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 Spring 2017 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.