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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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.