• Area Museum Exhibitions Fall-Winter  2012-2013

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    26th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Phila., PA 19101







    Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and The Life Line



    September 22, 2012 - December 16, 2012



    Winslow Homer’s masterpiece The Life Line (1884) is the center of an exhibition about the making and meaning of an iconic American image of rescue. One of the great popular and critical successes of the artist’s career, the painting engages age-old themes of peril at sea and the power of nature, while celebrating modern heroism and the thrill of unexpected intimacy between strangers thrown together by disaster.




    A small group of prints and paintings made by Homer after 1884 continues his themes of anxiety, struggle, and stoicism in the face of tragedy. Such human narratives receded as more abstract themes of elemental conflict--land, sea, and sky--dominated the last two decades of the artist’s caree






    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

    18 N. Broad St. Phila., PA 19102






    A New Look: Samuel F. B. Morse’s 
Gallery of the Louvre



August 4, 2012 - April 14, 2013



Historic Landmark Building, Gallery 6



    A New Look: Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre tells a fascinating tale about art education, mentorship and practice, and learning from historical art. PAFA’s Morse installation will set the painting into an environment that will mirror what is shown in the picture. While the Morse painting will be on one side of the gallery with objects that help provide a broader context for the themes of artistic practice and identity, the other half of the gallery will be hung salon-style with paintings from PAFA’s collection that highlight the four academic genres taught and exhibited at PAFA in the first half of the 19th century. The exhibition will coincide with the demanding copy class taught at PAFA where students will be encouraged to select works installed in the Morse room. Not only will visitors encounter a gallery resembling the one depicted by Morse, but they will witness artists copying historical pictures in the gallery as is represented by Morse.




    The Barnes Foundation

    2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Philadelphia, Pa






    May 18, 2012–March 18, 2013





    Ensemble: Albert Barnes  and the Experiment in Education



    Through March 18, 2013




    Between 1912 and 1951, Albert C. Barnes assembled one of the world’s most important holdings of post-impressionist and early modern art, acquiring works by avant-garde European and American artists. Barnes continually experimented with the display of his collection, arranging and rearranging the works in ensembles, symmetrical wall compositions organized according to the formal principles of light, line, color, and space, rather than by chronology, nationality, style, or genre.



    The ensembles changed as Barnes made acquisitions, trades and new visual connections between the holdings, which diversified with the addition of African sculpture, antiquities, Asian art, Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles, manuscripts, old master paintings, and European and American decorative and industrial arts. Integrating art and craft, and objects from across cultures and time periods, Barnes sought to demonstrate the continuity of artistic traditions and the universal impulse for creative expression.




    The James A. Michener Art Museum

    138 South Pine St.

    Doylestown, PA 18901

    (215) 340-9800




    Creative Hand, Discerning Heart: Story, Symbol, Self



    September 8, 2012 through December 30, 2012
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries





    Artists are our collective hand and heart, and also our eye, and our voice. But the singular eye is many eyes, and there is no singular voice, but many voices. The creative spirit, it seems, has as many creative "hands" as there are creative people. Artists today work in a dizzying variety of styles, genres, and media, and a painter or sculptor in Philadelphia might just as well be influenced by an artist from halfway around the world as by a neighbor. Organized by the Michener Art Museum, these two exhibits celebrate this incredible diversity among living artists, while also seeking connections that lie, often unseen, just beneath the turbulent surface of the contemporary art world. Both exhibitions were created from submissions by some of the finest and most accomplished artists in the Philadelphia region, using the experience and skills of both Michener curatorial staff and two distinguished curatorial consultants, writer and independent curator Judith E. Stein and Judith Tannenbaum, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design.



    The first exhibition presents the artist as seeker, storyteller, observer, and dreamer. Most of these artists begin and end with themselves as principle reference point, and their work becomes an exploration both of self as self, and self in relation to or affected by the "outside" world.



    Image: Celia Reisman, Snow Letter, 2012, oil on canvas, 40 x 36 inches, Collection of the Artist.











    Woodmere Museum

    9201 Germantown Ave. Phila., PA 19118 (215) 247-0476






    Generations: Louise Fishman, Gertrude Fisher-Fishman, and Razel Kapustin
October 13, 2012 – January 6, 2013





    The exhibition explores the relationships between the art of Louise Fishman (b. 1939) and the work of both her mother Gertrude Fisher-Fishman (b. 1916) and her aunt Razel Kapustin (1908-1968). Key pieces by the three artists, each of whom is represented in Woodmere's collection, will be exhibited together, underscoring the pictorial, philosophical, and emotive relationships between three distinct artistic voices. Learn More >>





    Murray Dessner: A Retrospective 
October 13, 2012 – January 6, 2013





    Ethereal and mesmerizing, rich in color, bold and dynamic, the paintings of Murray Dessner are recognized for their directness and beauty. Murray Dessner: A Retrospective will be the first exhibition to survey the major achievements of Dessner's career and will include important paintings from Woodmere's collection as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and many distinguished private collections across Philadelphia and the region. Learn More >>



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    Brandywine Museum

    Route 1 Chadds Ford, PA  19317  (610) 388-2700





    Picturing Poe: Illustrations for



    Edgar Allan Poe's Stories and Poems



    September 8 through November 15



    Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre stories and poems of terror and mystery have long resonated with artists and he has come to be one of the most widely illustrated authors in the world.  This exhibition will examine this phenomenon by looking at the work of more than two dozen artists, including Poe’s earliest illustrator, F.O.C. Darley, who was chosen for the task by the author himself. After Poe’s death in 1849, his stories and poems attracted an international cast of artists who will be well-represented in this exhibition. Important artist-interpreters to be featured include Édouard Manet, Gustave Doré, Paul Gauguin, James Ensor, Aubrey Beardsley, Arthur Rackham, Harry Clarke, Barry Moser, and Robert Motherwell.  The exhibition will consist of original paintings, drawings, prints, and first-edition books, and will be accompanied by an illustrated brochure.  



    This exhibition is supported by The Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.   For a list of special programs related to the exhibition, please click here.













    (610) 371-5632





    Animals in Art



    September 29, 2012 - January 13, 2013











    Drawn from The Museum's impressive collection of works on paper, this exhibition examines etchings, engravings, lithographs and watercolors that depict animals. In some works, animals are seen in their natural habitat; in others, they appear as scientific specimens with an eye toward accuracy. Animals also figure prominently in the context of narratives and allegories. Nearly thirty works from the renaissance through contemporary times will be featured. Mammals, birds, insects and other creatures both domestic and wild will be included.






    • 31 N. Fifth Street • Allentown, PA 18101

    (610) 432.4333 •





    Franz Kline; Coal and Steel








    Delaware Art Museum

    800 S. Madison St  Wilmington, DE 19801  (302) 571-9590






    September 1, 2012 – January 6, 2013



    Outlooks Exhibition Series











    The Aesthetic Moment: The Art of Still Life



    This eleven-artist Outlooks exhibition features over 50 still-life paintings diverse in color and texture. The artists’ proportions and perspectives vary widely, and the still-life shapes range from densely clustered to sparsely arranged. Paul DuSold is the guest curator for this exhibition, which is part of the Museum’s Outlooks Exhibition Series.






    October 6, 2012 – January 6, 2013











    "So Beautifully Illustrated" – Katharine Richardson Wireman and the Art of Illustration



    After studying with Howard Pyle, Katharine Richardson Wireman (1878 – 1966) began her career in 1900 as an illustrator of articles and stories for adults and children, advertisements, fashion features and magazine covers. Especially known for over sixty covers for several popular magazines, Wireman ably adapted her versatile style to a variety of subjects through the mid-twentieth century.









    October 20, 2012 – January 13, 2013











    Centennial Juried Exhibition



    In November 2011, the Delaware Art Museum began celebrating 100 years of supporting the visual arts in its community through its collection, exhibitions, and programs. To commemorate the Museum’s past annual exhibitions of painting and crafts—combined to form the Biennial in 1989—a juried Centennial will be on view from October 2012 through January 2013. The exhibition will feature a variety of media—drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation—and include artists living either within the State of Delaware or within 100 miles of the Museum.













    Winterthur, DE 19735 (800)448-3883
















































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