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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.


LAST WEEK: Ronaldus Shamask: Form, Fashion, Reflection, on view in the Perelman Building through this Sunday, March 10!

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ronaldus Shamask burst onto the runway with thoughtfully spare, minimalist works during a time of buoyant excess.
Disregarding trends, Shamask drew on his background in illustration, architecture, theater, and dance as well as collaborations with choreographers and artists to create a timeless body of work that paved the way for the minimalist fashions of today.

Check out this throwback interview of Shamask, taped in 1984. Thanks to Duke University Libraries for digging this out of the archive.


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