This summer, take time to see and appreciate the masterful, world-class works of art on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Summer Exhibitions. At the Museum for a limited time only, these exhibitions showcase the best pieces the Museum has to offer. With carefully chosen and creatively displayed works showing specific themes and concepts like rhythm and movement in art, experimentation with modern photography, or Scandinavian design concepts, the 8 summer exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art shouldn’t be missed.
Inside Out (Now through Mid-November 2015) – The Philadelphia Museum of Art has sent 60 high-quality replicas of its masterpieces into the local community, scattered across local Philadelphia neighborhoods for passersby to unexpectedly encounter and enjoy. Each participating neighborhood, from Fishtown to East Passyunk to suburban towns like Media and Wayne, will feature 10 works of art displayed within a short distance of each other. Additionally, residents from the zip codes participating in the program will receive free admission to the Museum from Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19 with a valid ID listing an address in a participating area.
Adventures in Photography: Gifts from Harvey S. Shipley Miller (Now through August 2, 2015) – A gift from Harvey S. Shipley Miller, one of the leading American photography collectors of the 1970s and 1980s, this collection is a broad look at 20th-century photography. Featuring more than 400 photos, the collection includes rare early photos, examples of the Pictorialist art movement from figures like Peter Henry Emerson and George Seeley, and images from the fields of fashion, journalism
, and science.
Dance: Movement, Rhythm, Spectacle (Now through August 2, 2015) – This collection features prints, drawings and photos celebrating the world of dance, with pieces exploring early burlesque dance to works inspired by the Jazz Age or Russian ballet. This Philadelphia Museum of Art Summer Exhibition explores the ways that dance has melded with visual art since the 1800s and features works from artists like Picasso, Wharton Esherick
, and Alexander Calder.
Take One: Contemporary Photographs (Now through August 9, 2015) – The first of a two-part series of exhibitions, this collection features photographs made since 1975 that display how photography has emerged as a key medium of contemporary art. The exhibition shows how, since the 1970s, artists have used photography experimentally and have taken inspiration from conceptual art instead of making conventionally beautiful landscapes or portraits.
Shelley Spector: Keep the Home Fires Burning (Now through September 27, 2015) – Local artist and gallery owner Shelly Spector presents a gardenlike walkthrough of wood and textile-based sculptures from the Museum’s textile collection. Spector has been engaged in the Philadelphia arts community for years and was invited to design a summer exhibition for the Philadelphia Museum of Art by senior curator Dilys Blum, who was intrigued by Spector’s use of salvaged materials and inventive patterns in her own work.
Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design (Now through October 4, 2015) – This unique exhibition showcases the underlying philosophies and aesthetic traits behind Scandinavian design concepts from the 1900 World’s Fair to the present day. Pieces on display include furniture by Hans Wegner, ceramic designs from Axel Salto, and the popular yet simple video game Minecraft, designed by Swede Markus Perrson.
Into Dust: Traces of the Fragile in Contemporary Art (Now through October 25, 2015) – A look at the ways in which contemporary artists have examined the fragile nature of the human condition through everything from painting and sculpture to video and slide projection. Featuring the works of artists like Alan Saret, Gabriel Orozco and David Weiss, this exhibition explores both human vulnerability and strength.
Cy Twombly: Sculptures (Now through February 2016) – Cy Twombly was an American artist inspired by the Dada movement, whose sculptures evoke themes from an ancient, mythical past. The sculptures selected for this exhibition refer to ancient warfare, with forms of chariots and sharp, triangular edges that make reference to Twombly’s Fifty Days at Iliam, a series of ten paintings of the Trojan War from Homer’s Iliad that are also on display in the exhibition.
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