The current museum building (Historic Landmark Building) opened in 1876. Designed by the American architects Frank Furness and George W. Hewitt, it has been designated a National Historic Landmark. As such, it is recognized as an important part of America's and Philadelphia's architectural heritage. The collection is installed in a chronological and thematic format, exploring the history of American art from the 1760s to the present.
Since its founding, PAFA has collected works by leading American artists, as well as works by distinguished alumni and faculty of its school. From 1811 to 1969, PAFA also organized annual art exhibitions from which significant acquisitions were made. Harrison S. Morris, Managing Director from 1892 to 1905, collected contemporary American art for the institution. Among the many masterpieces acquired during his tenure were works by Cecilia Beaux, William Merritt Chase, Frank Duvenek, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, and Edmund Tarbell. Work by The Eight, which included former PAFA students Robert Henri and John Sloan, is well represented in the collection, and provides a transition between 19th- and 20th- century art movements.
Today, PAFA maintains its strong collecting tradition with the inclusion of works by modern and contemporary American artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, Richard Diebenkorn, Nancy Graves, Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstein, Robert Motherwell, Raymond Saunders, and Frank Stella. Acquisitions and exhibition programs are balanced between historical and contemporary art, and the museum continues to show works by contemporary regional artists and features annual displays of work by PAFA students.
Docent tours meet in the lobby of the Historic Landmark Building and feature highlights of the permanent collection.
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tours are free with admission. Check in with the front desk or call 215-972-2060 on the day of your visit to confirm docent availability.
Inis Nua Theatre Company presents the American premiere of Irish pub play Leper + Chip by Lee Coffey, from February 15 to March 5, 2017, at The Drake (1521 Spruce St). Boy (Leper) meets Girl (Chip) during a fight at a party. He’s out to get even the next day, but antagonism turns to love. Frantic and funny, Leper + Chip is a gritty, inner city Dublin odyssey of two lovers trying to get out. Tickets are $25-35 and on sale at (215) 454-9776 or inisnuatheatre.org.
Malpaso Dance Company, one of Cuba’s hottest and newest multi-cultural contemporary dance troupes, makes its Philadelphia debut, performing two full-company works. 24 Hours and a Dog is a 40-minute work choreographed by Osnel Delgado (Artistic Director Co-Founder/Malpaso). Set to the theatrical and evocative music by Grammy Award-winning jazz composer Arturo O’Farrill, the work is inspired by the daily life of a dancer in Havana -- the rhythms of everyday life and a mysterious invisible character of a dog. NOW Toronto notes “As the theatre begins to vibrate with accumulated energy, you get the feeling that they could dance just about any genre with jaw-dropping style.” Why You Follow choreographed by Ronald K. Brown (Artistic Director/Evidence) is a rousing exploration of the rhythmic pace of Afro-Cuba culminating into a rollicking poly-rhythmic house party to music by Zap Mama, Gordheaven & Juliano, The Allenko Brotherhood, and Heavy Quarterz. Dance Enthusiast notes, it “features vibrant steps performed to infectious Afro-Cuban sounds. African, disco, hip hop, and modern dance forms meld with the performers’ vivacious flair to create a singular, communal style.” www.danceaffiliates.org
(Philadelphia, PA) — The Mt. Airy Art Garage is pleased to announce our partnership with Philadelphia Theatre Companyduring the showing of “Having Our Say” — a play adapted from the book written by the Delany sisters, African American women who were both civil rights activists and pioneers in the fight for equality in this country.
Based on the award winning book, the Delany sisters’ extraordinary stories of racial injustice and personal strife, and eventual success, is as poignant today as ever. This Mt. Airy Art Garage special exhibition seeks to further highlight empowerment through the collective experience of overcoming obstacles and barriers. Featuring works by local artists including Melvin Chappell, Ruth Joray, Daisy Langston Juarez, Jen Hemenway, Arleen Olshan, Kathy Robinson, and Ellie Seif, this exhibition provides a fine art platform focusing on themes of pride and empowerment even in tough times.
Photography by Ellie Seif