James A. Michener Art Museum announce details of Grace Kelly exhibition

With fanfare befitting a princess, the official media conference announcing the James A. Michener Art Museum as the only U.S. destination for From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly- Beyond the Icon was held at the Hotel Monaco in the heart of Grace Kelly’s hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Grace Kelly, posing for "Life" magazine. 1954. © Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos

Grace Kelly, posing for “Life” magazine. 1954. © Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos

Details of the James A. Michener Art Museum’s presentation were unveiled and the costumes and designer garb to be shown were highlighted, as well as the personal letters and memorabilia including film clips and archival documents collected throughout Grace Kelly’s life. Visitors to the exhibition will be immersed in the world of Grace Kelly and discover the life and legacy of the Oscar®-winning American actress and Princess of Monaco.

“The opportunity to bring together a comprehensive exhibition that focuses on the depth and breadth of Grace Kelly’s life is an important acknowledgment of her impact on so many facets of the 20th century,” stated Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director & CEO, James A. Michener Art Museum. “Throughout the years, interest in Grace – her compassion, her radiance, her dignity and her individuality – has never waned. Her hometown of Philadelphia is eager to honor this spirit.”

A panel of Grace Kelly experts was on hand to discuss everything Grace including Lisa Tremper Hanover, Michener Director & CEO, who provided an overview of the exhibition and items that will be displayed. In addition, Regina Canfield, Senior Vice President, Director, Client & Community Relations, PNC Arts Alive, discussed the PNC Arts Alive program and the reason they chose to be funders of the Michener exhibit. Christopher Le Vine, Owner, Grace Winery/Sweetwater Farm Bed & Breakfast, and nephew of Grace Kelly, provided the familial and historical perspective on Grace Kelly’s Philadelphia connection. Maguy Maccario Doyle, Consul General & Minister Counselor, Consulate General of Monaco in New York, described Grace Kelly’s impact on Monaco, and spoke about Monaco today. Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, introduced Grace’s lasting legacy through the Princess Grace Foundation. Kristina Haugland, the Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising Curator for the Study Room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and author of Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride and Grace Kelly Style, addressed Grace Kelly’s iconic style and provided a perspective on her influence on the world of fashion. Paul Bencivengo, Marketing & Communications Director, Visit Bucks County, discussed the anticipated regional economic impact of the exhibition. Jed Bernstein, Producing Director of the Bucks County Playhouse, imparted information regarding Grace’s stage debut at the Bucks County Playhouse and the importance of the concurrent exhibition about the Playhouse at the Michener.

Undeniably, the highlight of the day was the concluding special message from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. He spoke of how delighted he is to have the exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum, not far from where his mother grew up. “Those of us who were fortunate enough to know my mother – her family and friends – knew her to be a genuine, warm and loving woman – a woman who always put her family first. I hope that through experiencing this exhibition you will be able to glimpse the real Grace Kelly – the woman beyond he icon, my mother.” His passion and respect for his mother’s legacy were the impetus for the North American tour for this exhibition.

For more information, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call 215-340-9800.