Philadelphia Museum of Art

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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The Wayne Shorter Quartet performing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 series, April 23, 2010. Photo by Jason Wierzbicki.

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Former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform in a Cunningham Event in the Philadelphia Museum of Art galleries during the exhibition Dancing around the Bride. Left to right: Emma Desjardins, Melissa Toogood, John Hinrichs, Marcie Munnerlyn, and Brandon Collwes. Dancers appear courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust. Photo by Constance Mensh, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Photo by Felix Clay. Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery.

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Former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform underneath inflatable plastic boxes that Jasper Johns imprinted with images from Marcel Duchamp’s The Large Glass for Merce Cunningham’s Walkaround Time of 1968. Left to right: Emma Desjardins and Marcie Munnerlyn. Dancers appear courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust. Photo by Constance Mensh, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Among the largest art museums in the US, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a pilgrimage site for modern and contemporary art professionals from all over the world, due in part to its extensive holdings of the work of Marcel Duchamp, as well as its extraordinary Constantin Brancusi sculptures. The Museum is also well known for its Art After 5 series, where Wayne Shorter and his quartet debuted a new work, Lotus, in front of over 4,000 attendees in spring 2010—both the performance and the original commission supported through Center funds. Center support has made possible a number of significant exhibitions at the Museum, including retrospectives on the work of Barnett Newman and Arshile Gorky; a mid-career survey of photographs by Philadelphia-based Zoe Strauss; an exhibition examining the influence of Duchamp on John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg; and a reinstallation of the Museum's South Asian Galleries. In 2015, the Museum was awarded an Advancement grant to support Creative Africa, an extensive exhibition and performance series centered on historic and contemporary African art. In 2016, with Center support, the Museum will present Philadelphia Assembled, an interactive, socially-engaged, performance and installation project developed in collaboration with Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk.