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Check out our roundup of the best new exhibits from around Philadelphia, with photography, sculpture, and murals just some of the things to see.

LIVE AND LIFE WILL GIVE YOU PICTURES: MASTERWORKS OF FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY

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When: Opened October 8th, 2016
Where: Barnes Foundation

The works of classic French photographers are highlighted in Live and Life Will Give You Pictures at the Barnes Foundation. Examining the progression of photography in France from 1890 to 1950, this exhibit features over 200 vintage prints. Moving away from the aesthetics of early photography, artists in the first half of the 20th Century valued the contemporary experience epitomized in the highly-modern Paris. Masterful images by Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, and  André Kertész are just some of those eatured.

BEN VOLTA: PATTERN PROCESS

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When: Opened September 21st, 2016
Where: Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts

Ben Volta, a Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts alumni, examines art as a catalyst for change, restorative justice, education, and urban planning. His intricate public murals and sculptures for were created with students and recently incarcerated youth throughout Philadelphia. Installations feature a variety of forms, such as neurons, plantlife, geometrical ornaments, and chandeliers. Most of the works involve complex layers of technique and color that come together with the influence of social, historical, and political influences.

PAINT THE REVOLUTION: MEXICAN MODERNISM, 1910-1950

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When: Opens October 25th, 2016
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art

The story of the Mexican Revolution comes to life at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the works of many greats like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros are on display. Culture and politics collide as Paint the Revolution examines what shaped modern art in Mexico through murals, easel paintings, photographs, prints, books, and broadsheets.

THOMAS EAKINS: PHOTOGRAPHER

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When: Opened October 19th, 2016
Where: Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts

To honor the 100th anniversary of Thomas Eakins’ death, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts presents an exhibition of over 60 photographs, sculptures, and paintings by Eakins. Artistic explorations of gender and sexuality frame Eakins’ adoption of photography and his influence on American figurative art. Formal portraits of himself, casual images of his family and friends, as well as both scientific and artistic explorations of the nude figure create an exhibition with outstanding visual breadth.