Arts & Culture

Creatively Speaking
4:14 pm
Sat December 22, 2012

No Booze at The Constitution Center

As the National Constitution Center stages a major exhibition on Prohibition, Susan Lewis looks at the early 20th-century ban on alcohol and its consequences for American culture.

Creatively Speaking
3:47 pm
Sat December 22, 2012

Is Everyone Still Here?

According to a widely misunderstood Mayan prophecy, the world should have ended on December 21st. Jim Cotter speaks with Loa Traxler, the curator of MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, an exhibition at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, to learn more.

Creatively Speaking
11:05 am
Sat December 15, 2012

The Trial of Fallen Angels: A Novel

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia lawyer-turned-novelist James Kimmell, Jr. His first work of fiction, The Trial of Fallen Angels, is published by the high-profile Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam  imprint. The novel follows the surreal journey of a trial lawyer searching for answers in the afterlife.  There, she is called upon to return to her profession, prosecuting and defending other souls at their eternal judgment.  At one point she even puts God on trial for the great flood. 

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Creatively Speaking
11:00 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and "The Life Line"

The Life Line, 1884, Winslow Homer, American, Oil on canvas, 28 5/8 x 44 3/4 inches (72.7 x 113.7 cm) The George W. Elkins Collection, 1924, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Susan Lewis explores an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the American painter Winslow Homer and the American tradition of lifesaving.

Creatively Speaking
11:48 am
Tue December 11, 2012

New Book On Barnes Aims To Dispel Myths

After years of controversy about its move from Merion, and just months after the Barnes Foundation has settled into its new home in Philadelphia, a new book by former Harvard University President and current Barnes board member, Neil Rudenstein has been published,  titled: The House of Barnes:  The Man, the Collection and the Controversy.

The book grew out of research Rudenstein did to inform his decision about whether he was prepared to join the newly expanded Barnes board prior to the move.  

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Creatively Speaking
8:12 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Dancing Around Marcel Duchamp's Bride At The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Bride, 1912, Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), Oil on canvas, 35 1/4 x 21 7/8 inches (89.5 x 55.6cm) The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art boasts the world’s largest collection of works by French Artist Marcel Duchamp, known best for his avante-garde works that incorporate common materials.  The Museum is now exploring  his American legacy – in not only visual art,  but dance and music.  In addition to showcasing over 40 works by Duchamp, the interdisciplinary exhibition juxtaposes more than 60 works by fine artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, music by John Cage, and performances of choreography by Merce Cunningham. 

The work that drew these four younger artists to Philadelphia to better understand Duchamp was his, then, best-known masterpiece – The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even - also called, The Large Glass, finished in the 1920s.  It is, in fact, two large frames of glass that contain pictures created with materials such as lead foil, wire, and dust. 

Jim Cotter speaks with exhibition curator Carlos Basualdo, (the Museum’s curator of contemporary art), about Duchamp’s impact on these artists, and his relationship with Philadelphia.

Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through January 21, 2013.

Information here. 

Creatively Speaking
10:09 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Walnut Street Theatre Celebrates Artistic Leader's 30th Anniversary

Jim Cotter speaks with Bernard Havard, the Walnut Street Theatre’s president and producing artistic director. Havard is celebrating three decades at the helm of America’s oldest theater.

Creatively Speaking
4:11 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

James Kimmel, Jr.'s Novel: The Trial of Fallen Angels

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia lawyer-turned-novelist James Kimmel, Jr. His very compelling first novel is published this week.

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Creatively Speaking
3:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

A New Arts & Culture Plan for Montgomery County

Inside the historic Ambler Theater

A new master plan for cultural and economic development in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - Creative Montco - is investigated by Susan Lewis.

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Creatively Speaking
3:24 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

The Curtain Rises In Norristown

The Centre Theater in Norristown

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns explores how Norristown is successfully modeling itself as a serious theater destination.

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