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8 very fine chairs displayed on a gallery wall in two rows. They all have different shapes, colors, and decorative flourishes

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.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Features 6 minute read
A black & white photo of Kennedy, standing at the bottom of Winterthur’s grand curving stairway, looking admiringly upward

Winterthur Museum presents From Winterthur to the White House: Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont

How the White House became an American museum

A new Winterthur exhibition revives the historic collaboration that turned the White House into the museum it is today, thanks to the vision of Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
A Grandma Moses work shows rolling hills crisscrossed by woods and farms, like a quilt, and 2 black horses in the foreground

The Brandywine River Museum of Art presents Dawoud Bey and Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America

Making their presence known

Two exhibitions at the Brandywine River Museum of Art demonstrate bold curatorial vision, with Dawoud Bey: Night Coming Tenderly, Black and Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
A wide shot of the building at an intersection corner, made up of mostly glass windows and paneling.

Reopening for the past and future with the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

New additions, new look, new name

The NMAJH reopens with a new name and a new outlook on the past and future of American Jewish history. Wendy Rosenfield previews.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Previews 2 minute read
A collage-style piece in tan, orange, & blue, including brick buildings that have suitcase handles, and a wood table setting

The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents Derrick Adams: Sanctuary

Know before you go

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary, now on view at AAMP, is inspired by the Green Book travel guide that helped Black motorists plan their trips in the Jim Crow era. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 4 minute read
Richly colored, detailed view of a garden with white pillars, a golden mountain sunset in the distance, all in stained glass

The Delaware Art Museum presents Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection

The pursuit of beauty

Prized Tiffany Studios works, from lamps and windows to humidors and fireplaces, transport Delaware Art Museum visitors to the American brilliance of the Gilded Age. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
A photo by Allan Sekula taken at an outdoor protest at night. A person tips their head back in distress, a hand to their face

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Waiting for Tear Gas

Eyes on uprisings

With Waiting for Tear Gas, the PMA displays more than 100 years of artists considering protest, with words and images that will resonate with many Philadelphians today. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
A fired clay jar with floral and bird designs. The designs are formed within a circle or spiral.

The Barnes presents Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community

Historic pieces, modern practices, and the healing power of art

The Barnes Foundation's newest exhibit will feature historic and contemporary Southwest Native art and explore the healing power of the arts and living traditions. Melissa Strong previews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Previews 3 minute read
Two Black dancers in reds tops, yellow leotards, looking to their left, one standing on their feet while carrying the other

The Weekly Roundup, January 26-February 2

Books, ballet, and neon lights

Blue Stoop hosts a pair of writerly conversations with two new novels, a contemporary neon art exhibit opens in Philly and West Chester, and the past and future of Black dancers are on stage. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Collage art centers a Black woman sitting with legs crossed, paint and found objects decorate the canvas all around her.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents Portals + Revelations: Richard J. Watson Beyond Realities

Moving through time and space in Black America

AAMP brings us a collection of naturalistic and abstract representations of Black history through illustrations, found objects, collages, and more by artist-in-residence Richard J. Watson. Olivia J. B. Baxter reviews.
Olivia J. B. Baxter

Olivia J. B. Baxter

Reviews 3 minute read