Published: July 2, 2008
Museums and exhibits have varying schedules;please call for exact days, hours and prices.
ABINGTON ART CENTER , 515 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, 215-887-4882. METAMORPHOSIS, Features work inspired by butterflies by more than a dozen local artists. Runs through July 27. JACQUES WILMORE, Features oil paintings exploring various social and political concerns. Runs through April 5. HOVERING ABOVE, Features outdoor sculptures by various artists. Runs through Nov. 30.
ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES , 19th St. & the Parkway, 215-299-1000. BUTTERFLIES, Features dozens of types of butterflies from around the world. Ongoing. PLANTING THE SEEDS OF GENETICS, Features specimens, instruments and interactive displays that outline the life story and scientific legacy of Gregor Mendell, known as the father of genetics. Runs through Sep. 28.
ADOLPH AND ROSE LEVIS SPORTS MUSEUM , 401 S. Broad St., 215-446-3032. PERMANENT EXHIBIT, Features memorabilia from inductees into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Ongoing.
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM , 701 Arch St., 215-574-0380. THE AFRICAN PRESENCE IN MEXICO: FROM YANGA TO THE PRESENT, Features paintings, photos, lithographs and historical texts that trace and examine the impact Africans had on Mexican culture. The visiting exhibit from Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art aims to inspire positive dialogue between African-Americans and Mexicans in the United States. Runs through Oct. 25. MODERN MASTERS, Features selections from the museum's fine art holdings, including landmark paintings, sculptures and prints by Moe Brooker, Romare Bearden and Richard Mayhew. Runs through July 20.
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM , 5th & Court sts., Allentown, 610-432-4333. CUPID AND PSYCHE AND THE COUNCIL OF THE GODS, Features etchings of scenes from mythology by German printmaker Susanne Maria von Sandrart (1658-1716), who worked among other artists in Raphael's studio. Runs through Aug. 3. FAY, Features work by William Wegman in celebration of his muse, Weimaraner Fay Ray. Included are Polariods, chromogenic prints, gelatin silver prints and video segments starring Fay and her pups, Battina, Chundo and Crooky. Runs through Sep. 7. A LIFE IN ART, Features 45 pieces by Philadelphia artist Linda Lee Alter, including fiber art, paintings, metal work and illustrations. Runs through Sep. 7.
AMERICAN SWEDISH HISTORICAL MUSEUM , 1900 Pattison Ave., 215-389-1776. SECOND NATURE, Features stone, wood and bronze work by sculptor Charles Allmond, who finds his inspiration in the natural world. Runs through July 31. NORSE MYTHOLOGY, Features illustrations of scenes from mythology by artist Dylan Carroll. Runs through Sep. 21.
ATLANTIC CITY ART CENTER , Boardwalk & New Jersey Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, 609-347-5837. LOCAL AND REGIONAL ARTISTS, Features landscapes by Ruth Formica, Jane D'Orto's outdoor scenes and Dominick Spolitino's nature photographs. Runs through July 31.
ATWATER KENT MUSEUM , 15 S. 7th St., 215-685-4830. A GREAT COMPANY IN A GREAT CITY, Features highlights from the collection of more than 275 objects, etchings, lithographs and engravings recently transferred from the Insurance Company of North America. Included are painted engine panels, a fire warden's presentation staff and various images of volunteer fire companies in the 1800s. Runs through Aug. 1. EXPERIENCE PHILADELPHIA, Features a 40-by-40-foot Rand McNally map of the region and objects from the collection that help explain the city, its people, its businesses and its recreation. Ongoing. HOW PHILLY WORKS: STREETS AS BAROMETERS FOR URBAN LIFE, Features paintings, photographs, prints, objects and documents that explore Philadelphia street activity over 300 years. Included are objects from the City Records department, individual City departments and the Atwater Kent Museum collection. Runs through Dec. 31.
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM , US Routes 1 & 100, Chadds Ford, 610-388-2700. BEYOND CONTENT, Features decorative wooden boxes from the 18th and 19th centuries. Runs through July 20. ALFRED J. MUNNINGS, Features paintings of horses, racetrack and foxhunting scenes, country portraits and rural landscapes by the British artist. Runs through Sep. 1.
CAMDEN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY , Park Blvd. & Euclid Ave., Camden, NJ, 609-964-3333. CELEBRATING WALT WHITMAN, Features a copy of the 1888 Thomas Eakins portrait on loan from the Whitman House; rare and early editions of Whitman books (including a 1882 self-bound, self-published edition of "Leaves of Grass"); and a map of Whitman sites throughout Camden County. Runs through July 31.
CLIVEDEN , 6401 Germantown Ave., 215-848-1777. BUILDING BRIDGES: LINKING LIVES AND COMMUNITIES, Features work inspired by the Walnut Lane Bridge by Christopher Morley, Troy Sayers and Keith Ragone. Runs through Dec. 31.
CRANE ARTS BUILDING , 1400 N. American St., 215-235-3405. THE GOLDEN CALF, Features 16 artists' visual meditations on fixation and obsession, as expressed through a broad spectrum of mediums. Curated by Lonnie Graham. Runs through July 10. BETWIXT BETWEEN THESE CROSSED STARS, Features a multimedia installation of paintings, cut paper collages, string and aluminum foil by Tyler Kline, which depicts "kaleidoscopic cityscapes" that connect past and present relationships taking place over great distances. Runs through Aug. 24. Opening reception Thu, July 10, 6-9pm. *
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM , 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington, DE, 302-571-9590. THIS IS WAR, Features more than 40 illustrations and posters related to the portrayal of war in visual media from the American Revolution to the end of the 20th century. Runs through Sep. 10. THIS IS WAR, Features more than 40 war-themed illustrations and posters focussing on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI and WWII. Runs through Aug. 10. CALL ME CHAIRMAKER, Features 52 sculptural chairs constructed by studio furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett. His work is distinguished by the unconventional use of materials such as yellow satinwood, plywood, aluminum, brass and plastic. Runs through Sep. 21.
DELAWARE CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS , 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE, 302-656-6466. SURFACE/DEEP, Features encaustic paintings by Lynda Johnson, abstracted paintings of light-filled rooms by Graham Dougherty and mixed-media work by Anne Oldach. Runs through Dec. 2. PHILADELPHIA COLLECTS: WORKS ON PAPER, Features 51 works on paper on loan from local collectors. Included are portraits by British Pop artist David Hockney; ink drawings by Astrid Bowlby; a five-foot wide lithographic portrait by Chick Close; and a signed print and book by Andy Warhol. Runs through Sep. 22. SQUIGGLELINEAR, Features the interrelated paintings, drawings and sculptures of Creighton Michael, all of which emphasize the transitory movement of lines in space. Runs through Aug. 17.
DELAWARE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY , 4840 Kenneth Pike, Wilmington, DE, 302-658-9111. INVISIBLE INVADERS, AMAZING ALLIES, Features in-depth analysis into the world of micro-organisms. This exhibit explores the beneficial and detrimental roles these tiny creatures play in our daily lives. Runs through Sep. 29. ANIMAL SECRETS, Features five interactive natural settings where children can explore the wilderness from an animal's point of view. Stream, woods, meadow and cave habitats each reveal their own secrets through crafts, demonstrations and games. Runs through Sep. 1.
DESIGN CENTER , Philadelphia University, 4200 Henry Ave., 215-951-2860. PAST PRESENT, Features an installation detailing the development of artist and architect William Cromar. Runs through July 11.
FRANKLIN INSTITUTE , 20th St. & the Parkway, 215-448-1200. THE GIANT HEART, Features a gigantic walk-through model of a human heart. Ongoing. AMAZING MACHINE, Features "exploded" views of everyday machines and more than 25 rarely-displayed machines from the museum's collection, including Mailardet's automaton and a model of the Strasbourg cathedral clock. Also included are three kinetic mechanical art installations by sculptor and architect Ben Trautman. Ongoing. REAL PIRATES: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WHYDAH FROM SLAVE SHIP TO PIRATE SHIP, Features treasure chests of coins and gold, jewelry, weaponry such as cannons, pistols and knives and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board. The three-masted, 300-ton galley Whydah was built as a slave ship in London in 1715 and was captured off the Bahamas by Sam Bellamy in 1717. When it was found by underwater explorer Barry Clifford in 1984, it became the first pirate ship to be discovered in American waters. Runs through Nov. 2.
GRYPHON CAFE , 105 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-688-1988. VISUAL MEMOIRS, Features prints by Linda Dubin Garfield. Proceeds will benefit the Women's Resource Center in Wayne. Runs through July 28. Opening reception Tue, July 8, 7-9pm. *
HAGLEY MUSEUM & LIBRARY , 298 Buck Rd., Wilmington, DE, 302-658-2400. LADIES' HAND FANS, Features fans from the 19th century that were designed for both utility and style. Runs through Jan. 1. GIVE IT YOUR BEST, Features more than 70 graphic posters from workplace situations, from the army to corporations, that promote a strong work ethic. Runs through Jan. 4.
HISTORIC BARTRAM'S GARDEN , 54th St. & Lindbergh Blvd., 215-729-5281. TRAVELS OF WILLIAM BARTRAM RECONSIDERED, Features an eclectic assemblage of artifacts, drawings and specimens, both natural and manmade, collected by Mark Dion as he retraced the journey of 18th-century naturalists John and William Bartram through the southern United States. Runs through Dec. 6.
HOWARD MANN ART CENTER , 45 N. Main St., Lambertville, NJ, 609-397-2300. ABSTRACT ART: A REALISTIC LOOK, Features work by Dali, Miro, Appel, Calder, Agam, Vasarely, Nierman, Friedlaender, Hasegawa, Dussau Marini and Malka. Runs through July 20.
INDEPENDENCE SEAPORT MUSEUM , 211 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-413-8621. BLACK HANDS, BLUE SEAS, Features art, documents, tools, memorabilia, photographs, editorial cartoons, illustrations, music, videos and literature to trace the maritime heritage of African-Americans. The exhibit focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries but begins with African origins, including West African fishing, diving and boat-building practices. Runs through March 22.
INFUSION , 7133 Germantown Ave., 215-248-1718. LA FRUTA, Features work by recent Masterman graduate Julie Kamal based on her experiences during a recent service trip to the squatter village of Maclovio Rojas, Mexico. Runs through July 30. MY PICASSO REPRODUCTIONS, Features Stewart Brodian's reinterpretations of the famous artist's lost paintings, reproduced from the film "Mystery of Picasso." Runs through Aug. 31. Opening reception Fri, July 4, 7-9pm. *
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART , 118 S. 36th St., 215-898-7108. TRISHA DONNELLY, Features an installation composed of the San Francisco-based artist's work made between 1998 and 2007. Included are sculptures, drawings, photographs, text, sound, videos and paintings. Runs through Aug. 3. WOW THAT'S MEAN AND OTHER VEGAN CUISINE, Features an installation by Trenton Doyle Hancock that reveals the next chapter in his mythic war between the Mounds and the evil Vegans. Runs through Aug. 3. MIKE'S WORLD, Features videos by Micheal Smith and Joshua White, including two new works: "Mike" and "Mike's World." Runs through Aug. 3.
JINXED CLOTHING , 620 S. 4th St., 215-978-5469. BACK TO BASICS, Features work by local tattoo artists Patrick Haney and Eric Eaton of Eddie's Chinatown Tattoo. Runs through July 19.
LIBRARY COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA , 1314 Locust St., 215-546-3181. BLACK FOUNDERS: THE FREE BLACK COMMUNITY IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC, Features a detailed look at the history of the African American struggle for civil rights using resources from the Rare Books department. Runs through Oct. 10.
MENNONITE HERITAGE CENTER , 565 Yoder Rd., Harleysville, 215-256-3020. THE WEAVER'S TRADE, Features an exploration of weaving in Pennsylvania's German rural communities. Runs through Oct. 19.
MICHENER ART MUSEUM , 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, 215-340-9800. COLOR, Features mixed-media work by 10 local African-American artists who draw inspiration from African traditions. Runs through July 6. MEMORY TRANSFORMED, Features drawings by Lilli Gettinger inspired by her escape in 1938 from Nazi Germany, religion and music. Runs through Aug. 3. DOG DOGS, Features more than 60 black-and-white photographs of dogs from around the world by Elliott Erwitt snapped between 1946 and 2000. Runs through Aug. 31.
MICHENER ART MUSEUM-NEW HOPE , 500 Union Square Dr., New Hope, 215-340-9800. CREATIVE BUCKS COUNTY, Features the work of visual artists, authors, playwrights, lyricists and composers who have lived and worked in Bucks County. Artists include Pearl S. Buck, Daniel Garber, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Parker, Jean Toomer and Charles Scheeler. Ongoing.
MUTTER MUSEUM OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS , 19 S. 22nd St., 215-563-3737. EXTRAORDINARY BODIES, Features photographs by 16 contemporary artists who find beauty in the Mutter Museum's unconventional, disembodied and deformed specimens. Runs through Dec. 31.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES , 900 Market St., 215-606-0100. MELTING POT WOES, Features a look at patriotism and xenophobia on the home front during WWI. Runs through Aug. 31.
NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER , Independence Mall, 525 Arch St., 215-409-6600. THE STORY OF WE THE PEOPLE, Features film, photographs, text, sculptures and rare historical artifacts, including a letter sent by George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" jacket and items pertaining to Lincoln's assassination, to tell the story of the Constitution. Ongoing. BASEBALL AS AMERICA, Features a 6,000-square-foot exhibition examining the relationship between baseball and American culture. Included are pieces from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Runs through May 11.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY , Independence Mall, E. 55 N. 5th St., 215-923-3811. FORSHPEIS: A TASTE OF JEWISH AMERICANA, Features almost 10,000 items meant to capture the daily lives of American Jews from the 1880s to the present, with emphasis on food and food practices. Included are deli menus, matzo ball recipes and bar mitvah cake designs. Ongoing. SHAPING SPACE, MAKING MEANING, Features design sketches, computer-generated images, texts and video that give viewers an inside perspective on the process of creating a major museum exhibition. Viewers can also make their own contribution to this ongoing project, which will culminate when the museum opens its new building in 2010. Runs through Jan. 1.
NEW CASTLE COURT HOUSE MUSEUM , 211 Delaware St., New Castle, DE, 302-323-4453. EMELINE HAWKINS, Features an exhibit chronicling the story of Emeline Hawkins and her family as they escaped slavery in Maryland through the Underground Railroad. Runs through Dec. 31.
NOYES MUSEUM OF ART , 733 Lily Lake Rd., Oceanville, NJ, 609-652-8848. SIGNATURE ARTIST MEMBERS EXHIBITION, Features work by the museum's new artist members. Runs through Dec. 31. FROM CAPE MAY TO CAIRO, Features landscape paintings by George Washington Nicholson created during the late 19th century. Runs through Nov. 9. SEAMS: CONTEMPORARY ART TO WEAR, Features contemporary fashion works with a sense of humor, including a fur coat of crab arms and a bikini cast from iron. Runs through Aug. 24.
PENN MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY , 3260 South St., 215-898-4000. COUNTERPOINT: ANTHROPOLOGY AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN NEW GUINEA, Features photographs by Austin Supers of Papua, New Guinea natives in traditional face and body decoration and costume. Included is commentary by anthropologist Stuart Kirsch. Runs through Sep. 14. SURVIVING: THE BODY OF EVIDENCE, Features an interactive tribute to the durable genes that have survived millions of years of evolution to shape life as we know it today. A personal perspective on survival of the fittest encourages viewers to examine how evolution has shaped their own bodies and behaviors. Runs through May 3.
PHILADELPHIA FOLKLORE PROJECT , 735 S. 50th St., 215-726-1106. IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: WILLIAM AND MIRIAM CRAWFORD'S DINING ROOM, Features an installation of Bill and Miriam Crawford's actual dining room walls, which are collaged with 40 years of social change memorabilia. The dining room records the Crawford's involvement in the Communist Party, civil rights, Black Power and anti-war movements, the "Stop Rizzo" campaign and more. Ongoing.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART , 26th St. & Ben Franklin Parkway, 215-763-8100. TURNED AND THROWN: ENGLISH POTTERY, 1660-1820, Features more than 50 ceramic works from local Philadelphia collectors. Runs through July 27. TRANSCENDING THE LITERAL, Features more than 40 photographs by Ansel Adams. Runs through Aug. 17. THE FIX ON COLONIAL PHILADELHIA FURNITURE, Features the only remaining copy of the world's first published furniture price book, alongside 23 pieces of of the colonial furniture that it lists. Runs through April 1. EMERGING TO ESTABLISHED, Features work by members of Philadelphia's Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Runs through July 6. FOUR ANIMATIONS, FIVE DRAWINGS, AND A PLAGUE, Features videos and drawings by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales. Runs through July 15. GILBERT AND GEORGE, Features large-scale photographic art by Gilbert and George, English artists who have been working together since the late 1960s. Runs through Nov. 2. RHYTHMS OF INDIA, Features the work of Nandalal Bose, a 20th-century Indian artist considered "the father of Indian modernism." More than 100 of Bose's luminous paintings and drawings explore India's struggle for political independence and the parallel struggle to develop a new, uniquely Indian modern art. Runs through Sep. 1.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF JEWISH ART , Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., 215-627-6747. INFINITE PLACE, Features site-specific works by Elyce Abrams, Paul Oberst and Rebecca Rutstein, who explore the relevance of "place" in Judaism, Jewishness and humanity. Abram's paintings revolve around light as a beacon or portal; Oberst's tent-like portable temple recalls the Israelite's desert tabernacle; and Rutstein's paintings of unfamiliar landscapes suggest underwater and celestial spaces. Runs through Aug. 15.
PHILIP AND MURIEL BERMAN MUSEUM OF ART , 601 E. Main St., Collegeville, 610-409-3500. IN THE MOMENT, Features painting by Richard Goldberg that touch on issues surrounding ocular disorders and visual interpretation. Runs through Aug. 17. EVERYTHING I SEE IS NEW AND STRANGE, Features 59 watercolors, drawings, oils, block prints, ceramics and carvings by Walter Inglis Anderson. Runs through Aug. 24.
PLASTIC CLUB , 247 S. Camac St., 215-545-9324. WORKSHOP SHOW, Features plastic works by members and friends. Runs through July 29.
PRINT CENTER , 1614 Latimer St., 215-735-6090. THE TRIUMPH OF DEMOCRACY: INSIDE THE STUDIO, Feature digital prints by Washington, DC artist Benjamin Edward, including several studies relating to a recently completed public commission titled "The Triumph of Democracy." Runs through Aug. 2.
RAREBREED , 530 S. 15th St., 215-280-5599. 10,320 MILES TO COLLINGSWOOD, Features work by Australian artists Askem, Dabs, Dvate, Myla and Sear. Runs through July 14.
READING PUBLIC MUSEUM , 500 Museum Rd., Reading, 610-371-5850. LENAPE: THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE, Features an exploration through art and artifacts of the Lenape people native to the Delaware Valley. In collaboration with Kutztown University's archaeology department, the exhibit presents Lenape history both through artifacts and through storytelling traditions. Runs through Sep. 14.
ROSENBACH MUSEUM & LIBRARY , 2008-2010 Delancey Place, 215-732-1600. THERE'S A MYSTERY THERE: SENDAK ON SENDAK, Features original artwork, rare sketches, never-before-seen working materials and interview footage of Maurice Sendak. Runs through April 30. A MAD TEA PARTY, Features an installation honoring "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," including place settings for the Hatter, March Hare, Dormouse and Alice from the museum's collection of ceramic and silver tea service pieces. Runs through Sep. 1.
ROTUNDA , 4014 Walnut St., 215-573-3234. COLLECTIVE IMPRINTS, Features an installation collectively created by Rotunda patrons and community members celebrating the life and history of the space, local history and folklore and visions for the neighborhood's future. Ongoing.
SCHUYLKILL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION , 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd., 215-482-7300. SWARM, Features work by B.A. Bosaiya, K.T. Carney, Talia Greene, Lisa Murch, Richard Ryan, Matt Stemler and Rosalind Sutkowski. Runs through Aug. 29.
STUDIO 34 , 4522 Baltimore Ave., 215-387-3434. PHILLYIST FRAMED 2008, Features work by local photographers. Runs through July 27.
TYLER ARBORETUM , 515 Painter Rd., Media, 610-566-9133. TOTALLY TERRIFFIC TREEHOUSES, Features one-of-a-kind treehouses built by local architects. Runs through Sep. 28.
UNIVERSITY CITY ARTS LEAGUE , 4226 Spruce St., 215-382-7811. UNDER THE SURFACE, Features textured woodblock etchings adorned with mixed media by Megan Fentzloff. Runs through July 5.
WAYNE ART CENTER , 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, 610-688-3553. STUDENT WORKS 2008, Features works completed by students of the Wayne Art Center during the 2007-2008 season, from paintings to sculpture to stained glass. Runs through Aug. 8. Opening reception Thu, July 10, 5-7pm. *
WHARTON ESHERICK MUSEUM , Horseshoe Trail, Valley Forge, 610-644-5822. WHARTON ESHERICK OUTHOUSE, Features a reconstruction of Wharton Esherick's three-sided outhouse, which was inspired by the 1919 film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligary" and reflects his interest in expressionist and cubist forms. Ongoing.
WHEATON ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER , 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville, NJ, 856-825-6800. TREASURES FROM THE COLLECTION: MUSEUM OF AMERICAN GLASS, Features various glass pieces that document the growth of American glass manufacturing. Runs through Jan. 5. LIVING TRADITIONS PORTRAYED: INDIAN FOLK ART AND CRAFTS, Features work that reflects the values and spirituality of Indian artists. Runs through Dec. 31.
WINTERTHUR MUSEUM & COUNTY ESTATE , 5105 Kennet Pike, Winterthur, DE, 800-448-4907. SILVERSMITHS TO THE NATION, Features work by 19th-century Philadelphia silversmith firm Fletcher & Gardiner. Runs through Sep. 21.
WOODMERE ART MUSEUM , 9201 Germantown Ave., 215-247-0476. EDUCATION AND LIFE, Features sketches and studies for the lost murals of Depression-era painter Leon Siturchak. Runs through Sep. 7.
ZAHAV RESTAURANT , 237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800. JOURNEY THROUGH ISRAEL, Features photographs by CP staff photographer Michael T. Regan of his journey with the staff of Zahav through Israel. The collection of silver gelatin prints chronicles different aspects of the trip, including landscapes, street scenes and compositions. Runs through Sep. 1
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