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Sitting atop some very famous steps, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Our facilities include our landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. We welcome you to enjoy a variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.
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)

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)

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 RevolutionJoin 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

See something that may not belong? Visit the Alter Gallery 176 and explore the new installation “Notations/Threshold: Sculpture from the Contemporary Art Collection” to find out more.Installation of “Threshold,” 2009, by Meyer Vaisman

See something that may not belong? Visit the Alter Gallery 176 and explore the new installation “Notations/Threshold: Sculpture from the Contemporary Art Collection” to find out more.

Installation of “Threshold,” 2009, by Meyer Vaisman

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