And now for your enjoyment, an elephant sunbathing in some bushes.
”Elephant,” c. 1860–1880, photographer unknown
Now open: “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart”
American artist Richard Pousette-Dart is best known as an Abstract Expressionist painter. His work was distinctive for its spiritual content and his elaborate layering of materials. See it now.
”Garden Poem/In the Forest,” 1956–58, by Richard Pousette Dart (© 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Rodin’s “The Thinker” is one of the most iconic public sculptures in the city, and we want to see your pictures of it. Tag your photos #THINKpublicart for a chance to win camera swag and a Museum membership. Your shots will also be a part of a photomosaic of “The Thinker” on bus shelters in Philadelphia.
In association with the Association for Public Art.
”The Thinker,” modeled 1880–81, enlarged 1902–04, cast 1919, by Auguste Rodin (Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum)
Fashion Friday: Runway Revolution
Join us for a runway revolution. On Wednesday, September 17, we’re showing the first film in our “Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love” series, “Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution.” Director Deborah Riley Draper illustrates how ten women and five American ready-to-wear designers challenged the five lions of French haute couture in a showdown that transformed the fashion business forever. Get your tickets here.
(Image courtesy of Honey Dijon for Style.com)
Happy birthday to Elsa Schiaparelli.
The irreverent Italian fashion designer was born today in 1890. Acknowledged by her contemporaries as the style arbiter of the 1930s, Schiaparelli donated her clothing archive to the Museum in 1969 and was the subject of a retrospective and catalogue here in 2003. Explore her remarkable collection here.
”Elsa Schiaparelli,” 1948, by Irving Penn (©1984 Irving Penn, courtesy of Vogue)
Just by looking at this painting, can you tell that it’s a satire of decadent French society? Join us on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m. for a Spotlight Gallery Conversation on this piece.
”The Thorny Path,” 1873, by Thomas Couture
Artist Richard Pousette-Dart adored the tension created by juxtaposing opposites, such as black and white, which he called “the guts of all color.”
See how Pousette-Dart transformed his artwork over the decades by visiting “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart,” on view starting September 13.
”To Approach a Point, Ending,” 1977, by Richard Pousette-Dart (© Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart/Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)