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Philadelphia Museum of Art announces 2013 Exhibition Program

Submitted by on January 7, 2013 – 8:24 am

Jon Serl, American, 1894–1993, Family Band. Oil paint on fiberboard, 43-3/4 x 104 inches (111.1 x 264.2 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection.

Journeys to New Worlds:
Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art in the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection
February 16–May 19, 2013

This exhibition presents outstanding paintings, furniture, and works in silver and ivory from Roberta and Richard Huber’s collection of Spanish and Portuguese colonial art. Journeys to New Worlds offers compelling evidence of the new visual culture created by the global empires of these two nations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Including elegant religious sculptures, ornate silverwork, and vibrant paintings of Catholic saints and South American aristocrats, this exhibition offers rare insight into a world of dramatic change and converging cultures.

“Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection
March 3–June 9, 2013

Featuring nearly 200 drawings, paintings, and sculptures ranging in date from the 1930s to 2010, this exhibition highlights twenty-seven artists who worked outside the boundaries of the modern and contemporary art world. Using unconventional materials in innovative ways, “outsider” or “self-taught” artists have drawn upon their life stories and surroundings, as well as popular culture, to create highly personal and intensely compelling objects of rare accomplishment and compelling beauty.

The Art of Golf
March–June 2013

Installed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s renowned British period rooms, The Art of Golf is a revealing study of the sport: its history, enduring popularity, and representation in art. The centerpiece of the exhibition is The Golfers, (1847) an iconic work by the Scottish painter Charles Lees that depicts a critical moment of play on the links at St Andrews. Lees’ masterpiece will be shown alongside some twenty works—portraits, oil sketches, photographs, trophies, golf balls, clubs, and clothing—that demonstrate the relationship between art and sport in Victorian Britain.

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
June 28–September 22, 2013

This exhibition of drawings and watercolors by Jerry Pinkney presents an overview of the artist’s long and varied career as a designer and illustrator. Touching upon personal and cultural themes such as the African American experience, the wonders of classic literature, and the wisdom of well-loved folk tales, the works in this exhibition celebrate both small yet extraordinary moments as well as significant historical events, reflecting the transformative power of visual storytelling in our lives. Pinkney’s The Lion and the Mouse (2009) was the winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal.

Fernand Léger and the Modern City
October 2013–January 2014

Returning to Paris after military service in World War I, the French painter Fernand Léger encountered a changed city, infused with a new boisterous energy that inspired him to create one of his landmark achievements, the monumental painting he would call The City (1919). The creation of this work signaled the beginning of one of the most experimental periods in Léger’s work, lasting through the mid-1920s, when the artist and his contemporaries challenged and redefined the practice of painting by bringing it into active engagement with the urban popular and commercial arts. Comprising approximately 100 works, including loans from public and private collections in Europe and the United States, the exhibition will unite The City with other important paintings from this period by Léger with examples of film, theater design, graphic design, architecture, and decorative arts by the artist and his avant-garde colleagues.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include a landmark main building; the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building; the Rodin Museum, and two historic houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts, and films.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
www.philamuseum.org

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