University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Creatively Speaking
11:10 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Curator of MAYA 2012: LORDS OF TIME at the Penn Museum

Popular culture would have it that, according to Mayan lore, the world will end in December, 2012. A new exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia aims to dispel this myth and provide a clearer picture of who the Maya were and are. 

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Loa Traxler, MAYA 2012’s curator.

Creatively Speaking
4:13 pm
Sat November 19, 2011

Rising Local Opera Star Meagan Miller--Imagine Africa at Penn Museum--Insect Illustrations at ANS

David Patrick Stearns profiles Meagan Miller. The West Chester soprano is a rising star in the opera world.

We explore an innovative exhibition at the Penn Museum. The look and content of Imagine Africa will evolve over the coming year through visitor and local community feedback.

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.

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Creatively Speaking
11:42 am
Sat April 30, 2011

AVA Resident Artist Michelle Johnson--Smartphone Public Art--Lenape Exhibition at Penn Museum

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 Don Giovanni, opening on Saturday, April 30th.

Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition viewable only through the screens of smartphones.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

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Creatively Speaking
12:00 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Secrets of the Silk Road--Choral Mendelssohn Club--Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Metropolitan Paradise

Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City
Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020

Jim Cotter takes us to the Penn Museum's latest, newly revamped, exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road. Susan Lewis looks at how the Mendelssohn Club is expanding the concept of choral performance, with help from its audiences.

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.

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Creatively Speaking
9:02 am
Sat May 29, 2010

PA Horticultural Soc.'s Jane Pepper--Pianist Di Wu--The Lenape Nation of PA--Philadelphia on Stone

Pianist Di Wu

Jim Cotter speaks with Jane Pepper who retires in May, 2010 after almost 30 years as President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Di Wu. The Curtis-trained pianist is one of classical music's most talked-about rising stars.

Susan Lewis considers the Penn Museum exhibition Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in PA.

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Creatively Speaking
11:47 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Philly's 'Perfect Square'--Secret Lenape Ancestry--Skin & Bones--Mischianza

Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen about her recently published history of Rittenhouse Square, The Perfect Square.

Susan Lewis takes us to Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

Jason Peifer delves into the history of tattoos and body art with a visit to an exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
2:30 pm
Sat October 24, 2009

Iraq's Ancient Past at the Penn Museum--Italian Conductor Daniele Gatti--Arshile Gorky at PMA

Lyre with Bearded Bull's Head and Inlaid Panel, Royal Cemetery, Ur, Iraq, Early Dynastic III, 2550-2450 BCE, Wood, lapis lazuli, gold, silver, shell, bitumen, H. 35.6 cm. Penn Museum Object B17694.

Jim Cotter speaks with Richard Zettler, the co-curator of Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery, a new exhibition opening on October 25th at the Penn Museum.

David Patrick Sterns profiles the controversial Italian conductor Daniele Gatti. He leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts this week.

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.

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Creatively Speaking
10:13 am
Tue June 2, 2009

David Hayes--Secret Lenape Ancestry--The Rape of Lucretia--Independence Seaport Museum

Ceremonial Lenape Meesing ring from Penn Museum's Fulfilling a Prophecy exhibition

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.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

David Patrick Stearns previews the latest production from the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Baritone Nathan Gunn and tenor William Burden star in Benjamin Brittens' The Rape of Lucretia.

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Creatively Speaking
2:30 pm
Fri April 10, 2009

Painted Metaphors of the Ancient Maya--Juxtapose--The Elusive Hindemith--Marian Anderson Museum

A Mayan Chama Vase, one of more than 150 objects in the new Penn Museum exhibition.

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.

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.

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.

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Creatively Speaking
10:34 am
Sat January 10, 2009

A is for Art Museum--Fulfilling a Prophecy--Sacred Harp Singing--Philly a Brewery Town?

Philadelphia Museum of Art

We listen back to Jim Cotter's conversation with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, the authors of the children's book A is for Art Museum. We also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis considers the Penn Museum exhibition Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

Jason Peifer explores Sacred Harp Singing, a resurgent a cappella singing tradition that dates back to the early 1800s.

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