Philadelphia Presents Full Calendar of Events and Exhibits in Summer 2019

Silent Secret Waterfalls at the Barnes Foundation

Home to one of the world's greatest collections of Impressionist, post-Impressionist and modern European paintings, the Barnes Foundation welcomes 11 new, seven-foot-tall paintings by American artist Pat Steir, which she created for the museum—the first artist to make site-specific paintings for the Barnes since Matisse's The Dance II. Silent Secret Waterfalls: The Barnes Series is the first installation presented in the Annenberg Court, through November 17, 2019.


Fahamu Pecou, Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

This travelling exhibition serves as one artist's action in opposition to overwhelming societal forces, seeking instead to elevate and re-contextualize Black life and death. Through performance, painting, drawing and video, Pecou reframes our view, incorporating references from Yoruba/Ifa ritual, to cultural retentions of hip-hop, to the philosophy of Négritude. Using these elements, Pecou shapes a story that seeks to affirm life via an understanding of the balance between life and death. The exhibit is on display May 25 through August 25, 2019.


Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

Textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark debuts six new works across two floors focusing on a dishcloth that played a crucial role in ending the Civil War, as the South's flag of surrender at Appomattox. The exhibition explores the legacy of symbols and challenges the power of propaganda, erasures, and omissions, through August 4, 2019.


American Beauty at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

The first public display of 50 paintings from the Scaife collection, bequeathed to the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art by philanthropist Richard M. Scaife offers an overview of the evolution of American art in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, through May 27, 2019.


Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

See how dinosaur fossils may have been mistaken for the remains of griffins in this exhibit that traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the most enduring creatures of myth and how they were often inspired by real fossils or living animals, through June 9, 2019.


Welcome the Stranger at the National Liberty Museum

Through cast glass, ceramics, and mixed media, artist Micaela Amateau Amato interprets the likeness of modern and historic figures who rose like “superheroes” to accept seemingly impossible challenges of liberty such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Malala Yousafzai, and many others, on display through June 9, 2019.


Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania

The first large-scale museum survey of pioneering artist Tony Conrad, who helped define American avant-garde in the 1960s, is on display through August 11, 2019.


The Impressionist's Eye at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

In addition to iconic oil paintings, Impressionists also worked in mediums ranging from canvas to watercolors to bronze as they changed the course of visual art. This show offers a new perspective on influential artists like Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt and post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh by bringing together Impressionist sculpture, paintings and works on paper, through August 18, 2019.


Sara Berman's Closet: a small and monumental story at the National Museum of American Jewish History

An exhibit designed to showcase a woman's humble 20th century immigration story is placed adjacent to Independence National Historical Park, the site of the founding of the United States of America. The first-ever public art installation outside of the museum at 5th and Market streets is complemented by an exhibition of original works by Berman's daughter and grandson, Maira Kalman and Alex Kalman inside the National Museum of American Jewish History, through September 1, 2019.


America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far at the Please Touch Museum

An immersive and interactive groundbreaking exhibit focuses on local and international Muslim cultures through art, architecture, storytelling, music, travel, technology and more, through September 2, 2019.


Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at The Franklin Institute

An exhibit highlighting the history, influence and excitement of Marvel – the iconic comic book publisher and entertainment company – through more than 300 rare and original objects ranging from early comic books to theatrical costumes, through September 2, 2019.


Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality at the National Constitution Center

The museum of “We the People” introduces a new permanent exhibit that is the first in the country devoted to exploring the constitutional debates from a turbulent era of American history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, now open.


Outdoor Adventures: Navigating the Nordic Way at the American Swedish Historical Museum

This exhibit explores the history of Nordic navigation, compasses, and the modern-day sport of orienteering at the oldest Swedish museum in the United States, through September 22, 2019.


Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion Piece Animal Adventure at the Philadelphia Zoo

Lego fans will delight in America's first zoo's exhibit of life-sized brick animals across the park that share stories of endangered animals, through September 30.


Mapping a Nation at the American Philosophical Society

Drawn from the extensive collection of the oldest learned society in the U.S., the exhibit explores how early American maps were used to form physical, political and ideological boundaries of the new nation and how mapmakers acted as political agents, through December 29, 2019.


Rethinking the Modern Monument at Rodin Museum

A thought-provoking exhibit that examines sculptor Auguste Rodin's legacy in public monuments and traces his impact on monument design and modern sculpture, through December 2021.


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