From the chairman to the dead man’s chest: what our furniture says about us
What makes furniture art?
When is a chair more than a chair? How does furniture reveal our tastes and history? Camille Bacon-Smith asks experts at the Barnes and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Features 6 minute read
The Free Library presents ‘Philadelphia: The Changing City’
How we were… and still are
This special exhibition from the Free Library’s Rare Book Department might make you think that the more things change in Philadelphia, the more they stay the same—but there’s plenty to learn about our city along the way. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
Discovering the Woodlands in University City
Culture, alive and well in the cemetery
Looking for something to brighten up summer's dog days? Go visit a cemetery! But not just any cemetery. Pamela Forsythe recommends the Woodlands.
Middle East Galleries open at the Penn Museum
A grand illumination
The Penn Museum's newly renovated Middle Eastern Galleries shine a light on treasures from the past. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
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Mural Arts Program's Monument Lab brought public art to the people
Monuments are a flashpoint around the country, fodder for late-night comics. But in Philadelphia, with Monument Lab, public art had a chance to reinvent itself. Anne Schuster Hunter considers.
Take a tour with Laurel Hill Cemetery's new mobile app
Life after death
Laurel Hill Cemetery's free mobile app offers self-guided, themed tours highlighting the notable historic and cultural stories buried within its gates. Brittany Barbato reviews.
Penn Museum's "Building Transformation" project
When they build it, will you come?
The Penn Museum's "Building Transformation" project will reconfigure the institution's gallery and open spaces, but will it encourage visitors to return? Tieshka Smith considers.
The Fabric Workshop's Louis Kahn exhibition and Kogonada's 'Columbus'
Nice places to visit, but…
Does great architecture serve people? A new show about Louis Kahn, as well as a new film set in Columbus, Indiana, make you wonder: would you really like to live in a museum? Dan Rottenberg considers.
Articles 6 minute read
The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents 'Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture'
The Fabric Workshop and Museum's new exhibition on architect Louis Kahn veers away from the Kahn revealed in a 2003 documentary by his son. Pamela Forsythe considers.
New visiting hours at Eastern State Penitentiary's hospital block
An old prison wing sees new light
The former prison has been gradually restored and reopened since it was shut down in the early 1970s. It’s a treasure to hold dear in a city plagued by preservation crises. Jared Brey goes inside.
Articles 3 minute read