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Join us this weekend for a #MothersDay edition of the Philly Made Market! ​20+ vendors will be in the South Vaulted Walkway Sat & Sun. Vendors will donate 10% of their profits to @Phillybailout Photos courtesy of #PaintedLily, @raw_opal & #TwoMindsPress.
Tonight marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month in which the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammed. Since it was communicated in Arabic in the 7th century, its messages have revealed wisdom and guidance for Muslims worldwide. Eid Mubarak!
We're celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month by highlighting works on view. #WangFangyu was a celebrated American calligrapher, whose stylized rendering of the word "goose" is in our Chinese galleries. #AAPIHeritageMonth #APAEverywhere
Head to the Café for Sri Lankan comfort food from #SrisCompanyPhilly. Chef Melissa Fernando writes, "Sri Lankan food is constantly evolving with the Indian, Dutch, Portuguese, & English all influencing the cuisine." Available Fri–Sun 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Today through Sun, don't miss #ThePhiladelphiaShow! Along w/ antiques/fine art, enjoy exhibition "Zero to Sixty," celebrating the show’s 60th anniversary. Learn more: & buy combo tix:
“When we do exhibitions about... figures like Matisse, of course we do them in a scholarly way... But we also must apply points of view that are informed by the questions of today.” —Matthew Affron
Tile painter #CornelisBoumeester specialized in large tile panels with harbor scenes, seascapes, & sea battles. See this sailing ship along w/other exquisite examples of Dutch Tiles in our European art galleries.
#MothersDay is right around the corner. Shop the museum store for gifts as unique as Mom!
In "Paper Palms, California," Ruth Thorne-Thomsen pulls back the curtain on her own craft, allowing the edges of the paper props to disrupt the illusion of real space. On view in "Pictures in Pictures."
Join us Sunday for the Pay What You Wish Family Festival "Pet Portraits"! Music by @antsonalogmusic & artmaking w/ @juandtang. Included w/ admission. Learn more: "Cat and Bird" (detail), 1900s, by Nellie Mae Rowe.
"Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas" explores the artist's signature stripes and reflects his bold experimentation with scale and composition. On view now.
Good morning Philadelphia I’m between shooting events yesterday I enjoyed a lovely Philly walk. That big tent on @philamuseum Steps is for The Philadelphia Show @thephiladelphiashow ie antique show, which starts Thursday runs through Sunday .
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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's giant felt “Clouds” are among their most whimsical inventions. Tiles of felted fabric are joined w/ elastic bands into flexible structures useful for decoration or room partition. Now on view "Circus: Bouroullec Designs."
#ThePhiladelphiaShow is almost here! From 4/29-5/1, 40+ antique dealers & fine art galleries will be on the East Terrace exhibiting the best in antiques, fine art, & design. Learn more: Combo ticket:
In accordance with the City of Philadelphia's updated guidelines, wearing masks inside the museum will be optional effective immediately. Visit our website for updated Covid protocols: Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell.
In honor of #EarthDay, read author and naturalist Jim Wright’s blog post on looking closely at a famous Dutch Golden Age painting teeming with life. "Still Life with Flowers in a Vase," 1617, by Christoffel van den Berghe.
John La Farge was born #onthisday in 1901. One of the first American artists to respond to Japanese art, he was inspired by flowing contours & asymmetrical compositions of the East, fusing these elements w/ Western motifs.
What does a protester look like? This question formed part of Judith Joy Ross’s motivation to produce portraits of people protesting the Iraq War. Now on view in "Waiting for Tear Gas"
Baua Devi is one of original Madhubani painters who worked to transfer their paintings from wall murals to paper. Her imaginative work focuses on bold patterns such as this image, "Snake Girls (Nag Kanya)," now on view in our South Asian art galleries.
Hoppy Easter, everybunny! "Easter Bunnies, Philadelphia," 1984, by Burk Uzzle"
Born #onthisday in 1755, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun was one of the most prominent (& popular) French portrait painters of the late 1700s—creating 800+ paintings in her lifetime. "Portrait of Madame Du Barry," 1781, by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
Tonight marks the first night of #Passover, when Jews around the world celebrate their liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt with a ceremonial meal called a seder. Happy Pesach! "Passover," 1928, by Philip Reisman
Join us virtually on Earth Day 4/22 as art historian Elizabeth Milroy discusses the history of public green spaces in Philadelphia from the city’s founding to the end of the 19th century. Free event; registration required:
Following the City of Philadelphia guidance, visitors age 2 and up will once again be required to wear a mask to enter the museum beginning Monday, April 18. Up to date COVID protocols are always available on our website: Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell.
Happy birthday to Philly artist Howardena Pindell! In this 2-part print, Pindell uses fragmented art-historical images & cultural objects to envision the ways collective histories intersect with & shape personal history. On view in "Pictures in Pictures"
#PeoplesPaperCoop will be in the Forum this Sat for art-making & advocacy. Create w/ artists & activists & learn about the fight to end cash bail led by community spotlight partners @Phillybailout. Free with museum admission, 18 & under free.
Active in the desegregation movement, Charles White created lithographs that explore Black identity and fight against bigotry. On view in "Elegy: Lament in the 20th Century."
Kids out of school for #SpringBreak? We've got you covered! Art Kids Studio will be open in the Great Stair Hall Balcony every day from 4/14-17 w/ drop-in art-making. Family gallery tours daily at 11am (registration required). Kids 18 & under are free.
The Algues screen system is based on a single element joined with pegs that in quantity becomes an evocative, seaweed-like web. See this and more work by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in "Circus: Bouroullec Designs," now on view.
NOW OPEN "Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas" presents a comprehensive fifty-year retrospective of the artist. Installation view of "Inset #2," 1973, by Sean Scully (Collection of the artist) © Sean Scully
"The Secret" is considered a companion piece to "The Cathedral." In both works, the space between the hands is meaningful and mysterious. See both sculptures in "Rodin’s Hands" on view at the #RodinMuseum.
To make this piece, Niyoko Ikuta cut individual sheets of glass & used clear glue to attach them to a base. On view in our installation "Kōgei: Art Craft Japan."
We're proud to highlight the work of community spotlight partner @Phillybailout. They're committed to ending cash bail & pretrial detention in the city & they post bail for residents who can't afford to pay. Learn more at: Photo: Brandon Wyche.
"Sean Scully: the Shape of Ideas" opens Mon, 4/11. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of one panel of "Iona," part of Scully's "Doric" series, named for the simplest style of Greek architecture. On view through July 31.
Museum Mindfulness will take place virtually this month. On 4/13, join us via Zoom to reflect on finding refuge in nature. Free registration required. "Ascension," 1900s, by Arpana Caur
Today Philadelphia is giving us some April Showers. "Rainy Day, Queens," 1931, by Martin Lewis
Armor themed April continues w/ Art Kids virtual events! Make your own armor on 4/13 with Armor Club at Home & discover helmets, hats, & hairdos with "Off the Top of My Head" playdate on 4/18. Free registration at:
This weekend is your last chance to discover abstract works that rethink minimalism to explore memory, home, and belonging. "Fault Lines: Contemporary Abstraction by Artists from South Asia" closes April 10."
Next Tues 4/12, #thephiladelphiashow asks, "What is design?" Join assistant curators Alisa Chiles and Colin Fanning via Zoom as they highlight examples from the museum’s collection. Free virtual event, registration required.
Community Spotlight partner @albustanseeds was founded in 2002 as a youth #Arab culture & language summer camp in the wake of 9/11. This year, the camp will be held 6/20-7/1. Learn More: Sign up:
This month, it's Armor All April on Family Sundays! Art Kids Studio moves to the Great Stair Hall Balcony. Join us for drop-in art-making or Family Gallery tours (reservation required). Free w/admission; 18 & under free.
Coming soon: Encounter the poetic sensibility of one of the leading abstract artists of our time. "Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas" opens April 11. "Untitled (Window)," 2017, by Sean Scully (Collection of the artist) © Sean Scully
Beginning today, Muslims across the globe will observe Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and introspection. Ramadan is when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammed during the seventh century.
#SuzanneDuchamp was a French artist whose work was significant to Paris Dada. As a woman, she was overshadowed by her famous brothers, or referred to as "the wife of” fellow artist Jean Crotti, who she depicts in this work. #WomensHistoryMonth
Head to the Café this weekend to experience modern Taiwanese street food by Chef Judy Ni of @baology . Available tomorrow through Sun 4/3, 11:30a–2p.
Everyone: I'm so excited it's spring! Me:
Hear ye, hear ye! The Pay What You Wish Family Festival returns Sun 4/3 w/a day of revelry inspired by our arms & armor galleries! Handle real armor, sketch live costumed models & take in a performance by @Almanac_us Free w/ Pay What You Wish admission.
Vincent van Gogh was born #onthisday in 1853. Few artists have been associated with a specific subject as closely as Van Gogh has been to sunflowers. The artist frequently praised them as symbols of reverie, loyalty, & joy.
As #WomensHistoryMonth comes to a close, art historian Nicole Cook asks, "How do we find & highlight women artists who are represented in our collections, while also talking about what, & whose, art we don’t have & why?" Read more at PMA Stories:
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