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Preview: What's New - Philadelphia Museum of Art

What's New - Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest and most important art museums in the United States.


Apply today to VAST: A Summer Seminar for Teachers
In this weeklong seminar, we invite K-12 teachers to use art to frame the big questions that impact our students and the world around them. Learn practical teaching tools and strategies that will encourage your students to engage with current social issues through reflection, perspective-taking, and creative self-expression.

Super Bowl Prize: A Portrait of an American Patriot
The Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, and we won our wager with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The spoils? A three-month loan of a remarkable painting by John Singleton Copley, the finest painter in the colonies. Go Eagles!

Register for our upcoming Hackathon
Hackers, developers, and art enthusiasts go head-to-head to develop innovative gallery experiences in our third annual Hackathon. Bring your creativity, curiosity, and tech skills as you compete for cash prizes and Museum glory. Sign up solo or with a team.

Watch: Keith Smith's string book in action
See Keith Smith's Book Number 91 unfold in this video. This artist's book grapples with key elements of Smith's work: movement and pacing. As the pages are turned, strings pull against the paper, growing taut and then slack as they weave through complicated configurations until they finally give way to an arrangement of punched holes. The image Smith presents includes the shadows cast as the pages turn. Though it contains no photographs, he considers this a photographic book since it deals with light, shadow, focus, motif, and sequence.

Preorder Bruce Nauman book
This important publication offers the first in-depth exploration of contemporary artist Bruce Nauman's monumental works "Contrapposto Studies, I through VII." The book surveys Nauman's trajectory from his early works, which set clear precedents for experimentation with video and performance, to his latest installations that combine video, sound, and performative elements to create immersive environmental experiences.

In the Library—Keith Smith: Word Play
Explore the ways in which contemporary artist Keith Smith uses wordplay, poetry, typography, and sequencing to create surprising relationships between image and text in his artist's books.

Spotify Playlist for Design in Revolution
Music, art, and design were deeply intertwined during the 1960s. In this playlist compiled by Pierre Robert of 93.3 WMMR, rock out to songs by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and other iconic acts who helped define the era.

Hotel Package for the Cultured Romantic
Treat your loved one to a romantic weekend in Philadelphia---with a side of culture. Take advantage of our partnership with one of the city's most stylish boutique hotels, the Independent Hotel.

In the Galleries: Literati Pursuits and Marcel Duchamp
Literati Pursuits: Chinese Paintings and Objects from the Scholar in Hollis Scholar's Study 240 and 240a, 2nd floor. Explore our Chinese scholar's study alongside innovative objects by contemporary artist Wang Qin, who pays tribute to the Chinese tradition of calligraphy with glass works that appear to be brushed with abstract ink patterns. Marcel Duchamp in galleries 181 - 183, 1st floor. The world's most renowned collection of works by Marcel Duchamp. Highlights include: Etant donnes, described by Jasper Johns as the strangest work of art in any museum; The Large Glass, which still occupies the space chosen by the artist a half-century ago; and the landmark painting Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2).

Preorder American Modernism book
With an emphasis on painting and sculpture made in the United States between 1910 and 1950, this gorgeously illustrated volume offers a rich introduction to American modernism through the world-class collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Q&A with Artist Jas Knight
Brooklyn-based artist Jas Knight discusses his desire to make art that evokes a sense of the transcendent, the support he has received from followers on Instagram, and a newfound appreciation for the paintings of Titian.

In the Galleries: Geometric Abstractions
See how artists like Odili Donald Odita, Alma Thomas, and Josef Albers used color and shape to create works that dazzle the eye.

Apply for American Art Project Grants
The Center for American Art offers grant opportunities for projects that enhance the national discourse on American art. Average grants are between $2,000 and $10,000.

Call for Applications: 2018 Museum Studies Internship Program
Museum Studies Internship Program, June 4 through August 3, 2018
Every summer, the Museum Studies Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a metropolitan museum. This nine-week, Monday-to-Friday volunteer program promotes an awareness of the broad range of museum careers through experiences not available in most academic settings. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

In the Galleries: Cy Twombly
Sculptures and Works on Paper (gallery 178): While mostly known as a painter, Cy Twombly experimented with other media throughout his artistic career. In this installation, examine how he pushed the limits of established art making to create powerful works of uncommon beauty. Fifty Days at Iliam (galleries 184 & 185): Experience Cy Twombly’s ambitious retelling of Homer’s Iliad. A “painting in ten parts” about the final days of the Trojan War, Fifty Days at Iliam represents the pinnacle of the artist’s lifelong preoccupation with classical mythology.

In the Galleries: Rodin's Bust of Napoleon
Get a first look at a marble sculpture that was recently rediscovered in a New Jersey town hall as a work by Rodin. Also experience two bronzes by the artist, The Thinker and John the Baptist Preaching.

In the Galleries: Chinese Buddhist Art
Explore Buddhist sculpture from China as well as an ornate ceiling from the Zhihua temple in Beijing. Also be among the first visitors to enjoy our latest gallery interactive, which allows you to zoom in and marvel at the ceiling's carvings of dragons, phoenixes, and Buddhas.

New Book Releases: Building the City Beautiful and The Art of the Peales
Originally published in 1989, Building the City Beautiful is the definitive book on the history of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. On the occasion of the Parkway's centennial in 2017, author David Brownlee has revised the publication (which has long been out of print) adding new material on the Parkway's past and present, including stunning new color photography. The Art of the Peales presents more than 160 works by the Peale family in a variety of media from the renowned collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Active from the late 1700s through the early twentieth century, the Peale family was America's first artistic dynasty.

In the Galleries: Mexican Modernism
Explore how modern artists like Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and David Alfaro Siqueiros created innovative works that reflect Mexico's history, tradition, and identity.

New in the Library: The John G. Johnson Library and Papers
Philadelphia art collector John G. Johnson derived great pleasure and expertise from art books, journals, and auction catalogues. His personal library of nearly 4,000 volumes came to the Museum with his art collection in the 1930s and is still a valued resource for researchers. Included in this display are rare auction catalogues and other treasures from his library.

In the Galleries: John G. Johnson at Home
Examine John G. Johnson's collection of Renaissance textiles and embroideries.

In the Galleries: A Teahouse for Philadelphia
Join us as we celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of our Japanese teahouse with this special installation of teaware and utensils.

Exhibition Trailer: Old Masters Now
In 1917 John G. Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove of European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later, we’re taking a new look at one of this country’s most remarkable collections. Encounter treasures by the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet—and see how we keep making new discoveries about the collection.

In the Galleries: Faith, Chivalry, and Seduction
Biblical stories, knights, and ladies fair are among the subjects portrayed in this installation.

In the Galleries: The Artist, the Nude, and the Studio
A selection of works celebrating the human figure, from the virtuoso precision of old masters to more abstract investigations by artists like Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, and Diego Rivera

In the Galleries: Sculpture from the Johnson Collection
Rarely seen sculptures that reveal the eclectic tastes of a turn-of-the-century Philadelphia collector, John G. Johnson

In the Galleries: Renaissance Revival
Get a closer look at ceramics and other decorative objects that reflect the European vogue for the Renaissance in the 1800s. Included are works that were shown in Philadelphia at the 1876 World's Fair.

New in the Library: Unforgetting and Reconnecting
Explore the complex story of American slavery and freedom through the lens of Philadelphia Assembled collaborator and master storyteller Denise Valentine. Works on view in this installation include rare books dating from the 1700s, manuscripts, illustrations, and a pop-up silhouette book by contemporary artist Kara Walker.

PHLA Kitchen
Local cooks and storytellers share their culinary interpretation of survival, resistance, and victory.

In the Galleries: Masters of American Craft
Alluring works by three key figures in the field of American contemporary craft: fiber artist Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz, sculptor Jack Larimore, and jeweler Sharon Church

Why I Give: Ofelia Garcia
Art collectors share some of the reasons they’ve given works of art to the Museum.

Word, Image, and Domestic Dissent
From bold signs to domestic scenes, this installation features works that use text and image as subversive tools. Included are works by Barbara Kruger, Carrie Mae Weems, Jenny Holzer, Louise Lawler, Lorna Simpson, and Martha Rosler.

In the Galleries: The Art of the Peales
Delight in our unparalleled collection of works by the Peale family. See how the Peales captured family life, documented important figures of the day, and established the American still-life tradition.

Video: Marcel Duchamp
One hundred years ago, Duchamp's Fountain turned the art world upside down. Was it art? A hoax?

Interview with Michael Nichols
On the eve of his first-ever art museum exhibition, Michael Nichols shares how he photographed some of the wildest creatures and places on Earth.

Exhibition Walkthrough: Wild, Michael Nichols
Explore the first-ever art museum exhibition to celebrate the work of legendary photographer Michael Nichols, who brings us face to face with the wild world.

Library Installation: Books in the Wild, Animals in Print
This installation rounds up animal-related books, prints, and photographs from our Library and Archives. Explore animal studies by John James Audubon and a version of Aesop’s Fables by Alexander Calder as well as archival images of Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi, and other artists with their furry friends.

In the Galleries: Painting in France in the 1960s & 1970s
See how artists working in France challenged the conventions of painting during a period of worldwide civil and political unrest. Included are works by Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Daniel Buren, and other artists unwilling to be constrained by medium or tradition.

Exhibition Trailer: Wild
Explore the work of legendary photographer Michael Nichols: artist, technical innovator, and ardent advocate for preserving natural habitats. Be transported through the split-second magic of images captured in some of the most remote areas of the world. Nichols�s stunning photographs offer intense confrontations with the power and fragility of the wild and a reflection of our own humanity.

Artist Interview: Hannah Price
For her City of Brotherly Love series, Hannah Price turned the tables on catcallers in Philadelphia with her camera. Here she shares her thoughts on City of Brotherly Love and how the experience inspired her recent work.

In the Galleries: Wear Words: Text in Fashion
Text on clothing can communicate many things. It can summon a memory, proclaim beliefs or affiliations, or challenge the status quo. This installation explores various intersections of text and fashion, from intimate to in-your-face.

Exhibition Trailer: Philadelphia Assembled
The first exhibition of its kind at the Museum, Philadelphia Assembled joins art and civic engagement. Initiated by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, together with hundreds of collaborators from across the city, the project explores Philadelphia’s changing landscape and tells a story of active resistance and radical community building. Challenging, inspiring, and as expansive as the city, Philadelphia Assembled asks: how can we collectively shape our futures?