Violet Oakley (1874-1961), a longtime advocate for peace, was sent in 1946 by the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin to capture historic openings sessions of the United Nations. This exhibition is part of the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) and focuses on an important series of portraits made by Philadelphia artist Violet Oakley in 1946 to record the historic opening meetings of the UN.
Woodmere Art Museum will offer a focused investigation of Charles Searles’ early works that showcase his interest in the human figure. The selected works will introduce this little-known phase of Searles’ work, and offer an opportunity for visitors to note his facility with different drawing media. Organized by theme, the show allows viewers to witness Searles’ portrayal of his family, images inspired by some of the urban characters he encountered, and his nude model studies. Through these works the public can see the variety of styles with which Searles experimented and how his figurative art evolved as he engaged with form.
Curated by Maite Barragan, PhD candidate in Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
Modernist painter Ethel Ashton (1896–1975) studied, worked, and exhibited in Philadelphia, participating fully in the city’s vibrant art scene. This exhibition surveys her career through some forty paintings and works on paper, including her highly ambitious River Drive (c. 1960), which depicts an African American family walking on Kelly Drive.
The exhibition will feature works in a wide variety of media from artists living within 50 miles of the Museum. Works will be selected to create a cohesive presentation that explores contemporary themes and ideas within the arts of Philadelphia. The exhibition will be juried by artists Dona Nelson and Rubens Ghenov. In conjunction with the juried show, some of Nelson’s and Ghenov’s own work will be on view, and the artists will select objects for display from Woodmere’s collection that relate to the show’s themes.
On the first Sunday of every month for fifty years, a group of artists in Philadelphia has been meeting to play poker and share ideas about art and life. This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the game, and it explores the work of the artists who are depicted in a 1970 representation of the game by Larry Day (1921-1998). Day’s aptly-titled painting, The Poker Game, is in Woodmere’s collection and it shows the game in progress with artists Armand Mednick (b. 1933), Dennis Leon (1933-1998), David Pease (b. 1932), and Jimmy Lueders (1927-1994).
Woodmere’s collection tells the story of the art and artists of Philadelphia. Over the last two years the Museum’s holdings have grown significantly, and this exhibition focuses on several active areas of collecting and promised gifts, among them works by Pennsylvania Impressionists, Arthur B. Carles and his circle, and contemporary abstract painters. Artists represented in the show include Carles, Jan Batzell, Bernard Badura, William Breckenridge, Quita Brodhead, Amanda Bush, Albert Gold, Elaine Kurtz, Roy C. Nuse, Violet Oakley, Bill Scott, A.K. Stoddard, and Francis Tucker.
Harrisburg, PA in the Governor's Residence
Woodmere is pleased to announce that Violet Oakley and the Women Artists of Paris, an exhibition organized and presented at Woodmere in the Spring of 2011, will be on view in Harrisburg in the Governor’s Residence.
Philip Jamison is a passionate art collector, dedicated to artists of Philadelphia and the region. His interests include realism and narrative arts as well as the evolution of modernism. This exhibition celebrates Jamison’s transformative promised gift of almost one hundred works of art from his collection to Woodmere.
Artists include William Baziotes, Harry Bertoia, Morris Blackburn, Moe Brooker, Arthur B. Carles, Larry Day, Bill Freeland, Earl Horter, Charles Jay, Leon Kelly, Angelo Pinto, Biagio Pinto, Horace Pippin, Abraham Rattner, Warren Rohrer, Benton Spruance, and many others.
Artist Philip Jamison was born and raised in Chester County. Primarily a watercolorist, his work captures the natural beauty and haunting majesty of rural Pennsylvania.
Woodmere is pleased to show works of art from the collection in honor of the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.