University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology http://wrti.org en Curator of MAYA 2012: LORDS OF TIME at the Penn Museum http://wrti.org/post/curator-maya-2012-lords-time-penn-museum <p>Popular culture would have it that, according to Mayan lore, the world will end in December, 2012. A new exhibition at the <a href="http://www.penn.museum/sites/2012/" target="_blank"><strong><span class="st">University of&nbsp;Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology</span></strong></a> in&nbsp;Philadelphia aims to dispel this myth and provide a clearer picture of who the Maya were and are.&nbsp;</p><p>WRTI&#39;s Jim Cotter speaks with Loa Traxler, MAYA 2012&rsquo;s curator.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 09 May 2012 15:10:43 +0000 Jim Cotter 3838 at http://wrti.org Curator of MAYA 2012: LORDS OF TIME at the Penn Museum Rising Local Opera Star Meagan Miller--Imagine Africa at Penn Museum--Insect Illustrations at ANS http://wrti.org/post/rising-local-opera-star-meagan-miller-imagine-africa-penn-museum-insect-illustrations-ans <p>David Patrick Stearns profiles Meagan Miller. The West Chester soprano is a rising star in the opera world.</p> <p>We explore an innovative exhibition at the Penn Museum. The look and content of <i>Imagine Africa</i> will evolve over the coming year through visitor and local community feedback.</p> <p>And Susan Lewis takes us to an exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia of the insect illustrations of a world-renowned entomologist.</p> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 21:13:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns, Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis 2647 at http://wrti.org Rising Local Opera Star Meagan Miller--Imagine Africa at Penn Museum--Insect Illustrations at ANS AVA Resident Artist Michelle Johnson--Smartphone Public Art--Lenape Exhibition at Penn Museum http://wrti.org/post/ava-resident-artist-michelle-johnson-smartphone-public-art-lenape-exhibition-penn-museum <p>David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Michelle Johnson. The Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Winner sings Donna Anna in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of Mozart's <i>Don Giovanni,</i> opening on Saturday, April 30th.</p> <p>Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition viewable only through the screens of smartphones.</p> <p>Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 15:42:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns, Eric Brannon & Susan Lewis 2526 at http://wrti.org AVA Resident Artist Michelle Johnson--Smartphone Public Art--Lenape Exhibition at Penn Museum Secrets of the Silk Road--Choral Mendelssohn Club--Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Metropolitan Paradise http://wrti.org/post/secrets-silk-road-choral-mendelssohn-club-composer-diego-luzuriaga-metropolitan-paradise <p>Jim Cotter takes us to the Penn Museum's latest, newly revamped, exhibition Secrets of<br /> the Silk Road. Susan Lewis looks at how the Mendelssohn Club is expanding the concept of choral performance, with help from its audiences.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns profiles the Equadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer Diego Luzuriaga. And Jim Cotter speaks with historian David Contosta and landscape architect Carol Franklin, authors of Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City, Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020.</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & David Patrick Stearns 2499 at http://wrti.org Secrets of the Silk Road--Choral Mendelssohn Club--Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Metropolitan Paradise PA Horticultural Soc.'s Jane Pepper--Pianist Di Wu--The Lenape Nation of PA--Philadelphia on Stone http://wrti.org/post/pa-horticultural-socs-jane-pepper-pianist-di-wu-lenape-nation-pa-philadelphia-stone <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Jane Pepper who retires in May, 2010 after almost 30 years as President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns profiles Di Wu. The Curtis-trained pianist is one of classical music's most talked-about rising stars.</p> <p>Susan Lewis considers the Penn Museum exhibition <i>Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in PA.</i></p> <p>Tom Keels takes us to <i>Philadelphia on Stone,</i> an exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia exploring how local lithographers have depicted their city from the 1800s to the present day.</p> Sat, 29 May 2010 13:02:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, David Patrick Stearns & Susan Lewis & Tom Keels 2355 at http://wrti.org PA Horticultural Soc.'s Jane Pepper--Pianist Di Wu--The Lenape Nation of PA--Philadelphia on Stone Philly's 'Perfect Square'--Secret Lenape Ancestry--Skin & Bones--Mischianza http://wrti.org/post/phillys-perfect-square-secret-lenape-ancestry-skin-bones-mischianza <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen about her recently published history of Rittenhouse Square, <i>The Perfect Square.</i></p> <p>Susan Lewis takes us to Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.</p> <p>Jason Peifer delves into the history of tattoos and body art with a visit to an exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum.</p> <p>As part of a series exploring overlooked events in local history, Tom Keels reports on the Mischianza - a citywide party held in Philadelphia during the American War of Independence, in honor of a British army general.</p> Tue, 29 Dec 2009 16:47:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer & Tom Keels 2273 at http://wrti.org Philly's 'Perfect Square'--Secret Lenape Ancestry--Skin & Bones--Mischianza Iraq's Ancient Past at the Penn Museum--Italian Conductor Daniele Gatti--Arshile Gorky at PMA http://wrti.org/post/iraqs-ancient-past-penn-museum-italian-conductor-daniele-gatti-arshile-gorky-pma <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Richard Zettler, the co-curator of <i>Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery</i>, a new exhibition opening on October 25th at the Penn Museum.</p> <p>David Patrick Sterns profiles the controversial Italian conductor Daniele Gatti. He leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts this week.</p> <p>Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art's new retrospective on 20th-century American artist Arshile Gorky, whose work was a bridge between surrealism and abstract expressionism.</p> Sat, 24 Oct 2009 18:30:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, David Patrick Stearns & Susan Lewis 2228 at http://wrti.org Iraq's Ancient Past at the Penn Museum--Italian Conductor Daniele Gatti--Arshile Gorky at PMA David Hayes--Secret Lenape Ancestry--The Rape of Lucretia--Independence Seaport Museum http://wrti.org/post/david-hayes-secret-lenape-ancestry-rape-lucretia-independence-seaport-museum <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Singers Music Director David Hayes. His group is hosting the Chorus America Conference - the annual gathering of choirs and choral groups from around the country.</p> <p>Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns previews the latest production from the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Baritone Nathan Gunn and tenor William Burden star in Benjamin Brittens' <i>The Rape of Lucretia.</i></p> <p>Jason Peifer delves into the history of tattoos and body art with a visit to the Independence Seaport Museum's <i>Skin &amp; Bones</i> exhibition.</p> Tue, 02 Jun 2009 14:13:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns & Jason Peifer 2144 at http://wrti.org David Hayes--Secret Lenape Ancestry--The Rape of Lucretia--Independence Seaport Museum Painted Metaphors of the Ancient Maya--Juxtapose--The Elusive Hindemith--Marian Anderson Museum http://wrti.org/post/painted-metaphors-ancient-maya-juxtapose-elusive-hindemith-marian-anderson-museum <p>Jason Peifer visits 'Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya' at the Penn Museum. The exhibition features 1,300-year-old pottery from the highlands of Guatemala.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at 'Juxtapose,' a new program by Phila.'s contemporary dance company, Jeanne Ruddy Dance. It features a premiere by world-renowned choreographer Martha Clarke.</p> <p>Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns explores the latest developments in the story of a Paul Hindemith piano concerto, and how the only copy of the piece came to be found in rural PA.</p> <p>And we visit the Marian Anderson Historical Residence and Museum. This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.</p> Fri, 10 Apr 2009 18:30:00 +0000 Susan Lewis, David Patrick Stearns & Jim Cotter & Jason Peifer 2111 at http://wrti.org Painted Metaphors of the Ancient Maya--Juxtapose--The Elusive Hindemith--Marian Anderson Museum A is for Art Museum--Fulfilling a Prophecy--Sacred Harp Singing--Philly a Brewery Town? http://wrti.org/post/art-museum-fulfilling-prophecy-sacred-harp-singing-philly-brewery-town <p>We listen back to Jim Cotter's conversation with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, the authors of the children's book <em>A is for Art Museum</em>.? We also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. </p> <p>Susan Lewis considers the Penn Museum exhibition <em>Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.</em></p> <p>Jason Peifer explores Sacred?Harp singing, a resurgent a cappella singing tradition that dates back to the early 1800s.</p> <p>Tom Keels uncovers Philadelphia's history as a brewery town and explores the city's current beer-making renaissance.</p> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 15:34:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer & Tom Keels 2071 at http://wrti.org A is for Art Museum--Fulfilling a Prophecy--Sacred Harp Singing--Philly a Brewery Town?