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A drawing of a seated woman from the waist up. She looks tense but confident. She has bushy shoulder-length purple hair.

The Delaware Art Museum presents Collecting and Connecting: Recent Acquisitions 2010-2020

Artists unite

How does a museum add to its collection? And why? Delaware Art Museum’s Collecting and Connecting: Recent Acquisitions 2010-2020 has adventurous answers. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Ralston Crawford’s 1945 ‘Plane Propeller on Tarmac. (Courtesy of the Vilcek Collection.)

The Brandywine River Museum of Art presents ‘Ralston Crawford: Air & Space & War’

An artist takes flight

The Brandywine River Museum of Art takes a high-flying look at the work of Ralston Crawford with ‘Air & Space & War.’ Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Promise and betrayal in early America: ‘Portrait of Lapowinsa’ and ‘Portrait of Tishcohan,’ next to Lenape beadwork. See below for full caption info. (Photo by Joseph Hu.)

Exploring the new early American galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The stories we told ourselves in Philadelphia

The new Robert L. McNeil Jr. Galleries, showcasing art and objects from 1650 to 1850 with a focus on Philadelphia, tell a story many of us still need to hear. Camille Bacon-Smith visits.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Features 7 minute read
The threshold to the new gallery: Odili Donald Odita’s ‘Walls of Change.’ (Image courtesy of the artist and Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents ‘New Grit: Art & Philly Now’

A city as a catalyst

A visit to the recently reopened Philadelphia Museum of Art reveals ‘New Grit: Art & Philly Now,’ the inaugural contemporary exhibition at the heart of it all. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read
A blight on the landscape, or one artist's vision of Time and Nature? (Image courtesy of the Library Company.)

The Library Company presents 'Seeing Coal'

Beauty in blights?

Is coal an ugly pollutant to which we will soon say good riddance? Or is it a thing of lasting beauty that connects us to time and nature? 'Seeing Coal' at the Library Company inspires thoughts deeper than a coal mine. Dan Rottenberg reviews.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

Reviews 3 minute read
A view of the new Williams Forum from level one, facing east, with Teresita Fernández’s ‘Fire’ on display. (Image courtesy of the PMA.)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art opens its new Frank Gehry interior Core Project

Gehry’s egalitarian future

The long-awaited Frank Gehry interior redesign of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is finally open to the public. Does it enhance the museum’s original vision and speak to art in the 21st century? Victor Schermer considers.
Victor L. Schermer

Victor L. Schermer

Reviews 5 minute read
Where history helps us imagine a better future: Alice Dunbar-Nelson in a 1915 photography by Addison Scurlock. (Courtesy of University of Delaware Library, Museums, and Press, Special Collections & Museums.)

The Rosenbach Museum presents ‘I Am an American!’

(Re)discovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson

‘I Am an American!,’ a new digital exhibition from the Rosenbach, explores the life, work, and passion of author, educator, and activist Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
A political voice in the 18th century: women’s names are clearly seen on this Montgomery Township Poll List, preserved in the New Jersey State Archives. (Photo courtesy of MoAR.)

The Museum of the American Revolution presents ‘How Women Lost the Vote’

There’s no place like New Jersey

A new exhibition, now accessible online from the Museum of the American Revolution, explores the years when women had the right to vote in New Jersey, long before the 19th Amendment. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
For many of us, a hard-won right. (Image courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution.)

MOAR presents ‘World Affairs and the Enduring American Revolution: Women’s Rights’

Democracy is never finished

Around the world and especially in the US, women are still campaigning for equality. A livestreamed panel discussion explained some little-known history and reminded us what happens when politicians try to restrict the vote. Pamela Forsythe reports.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Articles 6 minute read
What do museums—especially the strange ones—tell us about ourselves? (Image courtesy of Penguin Books.)

‘The Museum of Whales You Will Never See’ by A. Kendra Greene

What do museums mean?

‘The Museum of Whales You Will Never See’ is an ethereal look at seven unusual museums in Iceland, and what they tell us about ourselves. Elisa Shoenberger reviews.
Elisa Shoenberger

Elisa Shoenberger

Articles 4 minute read