Arts & Culture

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.

Is Everyone Still Here?

Dec 22, 2012

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.

The Trial of Fallen Angels: A Novel

Dec 15, 2012

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. 

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

New Book On Barnes Aims To Dispel Myths

Dec 11, 2012

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.  

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. 

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.

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

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

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