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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.
Jacob Lawrence was born on this day in 1917 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His unique approach to painting features primary colors and flat, cutout shapes in a narrative representational style, often dealing with themes of social justice and racial equality.Lawrence was among the artists invited to design posters for the 1972 Munich Olympics. Learn more about this poster.
“Olympic Games Munich 1972,” 1971–72. © Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jacob Lawrence was born on this day in 1917 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His unique approach to painting features primary colors and flat, cutout shapes in a narrative representational style, often dealing with themes of social justice and racial equality.

Lawrence was among the artists invited to design posters for the 1972 Munich Olympics. Learn more about this poster.


“Olympic Games Munich 1972,” 1971–72. © Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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