Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)

Creatively Speaking
10:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Frank Gehry's Plan for the Transformation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Iconic Building

In architect Frank Gehry's master plan, the heart of the Museum will be opened up, creating a clear sight line through the ground-floor and first-floor galleries that will greatly simplify wayfinding.

After more than a decade of planning, The Philadelphia Museum of Art is unveiling a blueprint for a major, multi-phase renovation and expansion designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the transformation of the iconic structure will be nearly invisible from the outside. 

Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens July 1st and runs through September 1st.

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Creatively Speaking
7:23 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Continually Collecting: The Philadelphia Museum Of Art's Wide Range Of Works

Flowers, 1964. Andy Warhol, American, 1928 - 1987. Screenprint on canvas, 24 x 24 x 1 inches. Partial and promised gift of Anne d'Harnoncourt and Joseph Rishel in memory of Sarah Carr d'Harnoncourt, 2001. © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Over the years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection has grown to as many as 250 thousand objects.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a special exhibition highlights recent acquisitions that reflect the variety of the museum’s holdings.

First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia runs through September 8th. In addition to the approximately 125 objects on view in the First Look gallery, several hundred other new acquisitions on view in the permanent galleries are identified with First Look labels.


Creatively Speaking
11:30 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Golf: Painting It & Playing It In Victorian Britain

The Golfers, 1847, by Charles Lees. Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 84 1/4 inches (130.8 x 214 cm). Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The modern game of golf comes from Scotland, where in the mid 19th century it also became a subject for artists. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers the relationship between art and golf in Victorian Great Britain, as a Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition spotlights an 1847 masterwork: The Golfers. Museum Curator of European Painting Before 1900 Jennifer Thompson says the large painting is one of the most celebrated in the genre.

The Art of Golf runs through July 7th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jail Was Heat. Purvis Young, American, 1943-2010. Paint on weathered Masonite with nailed-on pieces of various types of weathered scrap wood, 43 x 34 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The term "outsider art" came into use in the early 1970s from a French description for unrefined art. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the preferred term today is “self-taught,” and a single collection of such work is the focus of a new, major exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Critic-at-Large
1:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Art Review: 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

WRTI's Lesley Valdes provides the back story of Winslow Homer's The Life Line, which is on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a special exhibition that runs from September 22 - December 16, 2012.

News & Views
7:27 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Visions of Arcadia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Large Bathers, 1900-1906, Paul Cézanne, French, Oil on canvas
Philadelphia Museum of Art

A summertime exhibition explores the centuries-old idea of a utopian place called Arcadia and how it influenced some of the key figures in the development of modern art. Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through September 3rd.

Creatively Speaking
1:02 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

VISIONS OF ARCADIA at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Large Bathers, 1906, Paul Cézanne, French, Oil on canvas
Philadelphia Museum of Art

WRTI's Susan Lewis explores how the idea of "utopia" captivated the imaginations of early 20th-century artists, as the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens its new exhibition: Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia.

At the heart of the show are three monumental canvases, each an acknowledged masterpiece and each, in its own distinctive way, a powerful response to the Arcadian tradition: Paul Cézanne’s enigmatic The Large Bathers; Paul Gauguin’s Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?; and Henri Matisse’s Bathers by a River.

News & Views
8:25 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Van Gogh Up Close at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Artist Depicting Nature in a New Way

Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Composer Steve Mackey's TONIC--VAN GOGH UP CLOSE--Producer of THE MOUSETRAP Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen

David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Steve Mackey as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia readies the world premiere of Mackey's Tonic.

Susan Lewis takes us to Van Gogh Up Close at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jim Cotter speaks with Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, worldwide producer of The Mousetrap. The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia is presenting its production of the longest-running play in history though March 4th.

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Creatively Speaking
4:06 pm
Sat May 21, 2011

Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham--Artist and Designer Roberto Capucci

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. She's featured in concert performances of the Berlioz masterpiece The Damnation of Faust with the Philadelphia Orchestra on May 27th and 28th.

Susan Lewis considers the Italian artist and designer Roberto Capucci, whose work is now on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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