Philadelphia Museum of Art

1/9: The Wayne Shorter Quartet performing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5 series, April 23, 2010. Photo by Jason Wierzbicki.
2/9: 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.
3/9: Carlos Basualdo, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, stands before Jasper Johns’ painting According to What (1964) in Dancing around the Bride. Photo by Constance Mensh, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
4/9: Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974, installation view, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2010. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
5/9: Nouvelle Histoire collection, 2011, by Vlisco. Photograph by Carmen Kemmink.
6/9: Zoe Strauss, Daddy Tattoo, 2004. Inkjet print, dimensions variable.
7/9: Installation shot of Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
8/9: CBD, Johannesburg, from the series Shebeen Blues, 2007 (negative); 2015 (print). Ananias Léki Dago, Ivorian, born 1970. Gelatin silver print, approximate: 24 × 20 inches (61 × 50.8 cm), Courtesy of the artist, © Ananias Léki Dago.
9/9: Artist/maker unknown, Edo (Benin Kingdom). Bronze, copper alloy. Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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.


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