Past Exhibitions

Just In: Martha Mayer Erlebacher

January 11 - March 2, 2014
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This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Martha Mayer Erlebacher (1937–2013), widely considered one of the most important interpreters of figurative realism in American art. In addition to a selection of her work from Woodmere’s permanent collection, the exhibition showcases a group of her paintings and drawings generously donated to the Museum by her sons, Adrian and Jonah.

On Paper: the Gift of Ann and Don McPhail

November 16, 2013 - March 2, 2014
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Ann and Don McPhail have carefully and judiciously built one of Philadelphia’s great collections of prints and drawings. In honor of their extraordinary generosity in gifting part of this collection, Woodmere is proud to organize On Paper: the Gift of Ann and Don McPhail.

Wild Flowers: Paintings and Drawings by Peter Paone

September 28, 2013 - January 20, 2014
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Peter Paone’s fantastical flowers and vegetal forms are produced with a realist’s precision, but they originate in the artist’s imagination and interact in unsettling ways with characters from Mother Goose and vampire lore. The paintings and drawings in this exhibition are filled with unexpected symbolism. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Paone has exhibited nationally and internationally, but has never before shown these works outside his studio. This visual diary, unlocked for the public for the first time, documents the evolution of Paone’s career from the 1950s through today.

A Christmas Past in the Pennsylvania German Tradition

November 23, 2013 - January 5, 2014
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Step back into the nineteenth century and enjoy the Christmas traditions of the German settlement in Philadelphia with an exhibition of children’s toys and holiday decorations from the collection of the Germantown Historical Society.

Chestnut Hill Past: Photographs from the Chestnut Hill Historical Society

November 23, 2013 - January 19, 2014
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Celebrate the holidays and join us at Woodmere to enjoy a selection of historical photographs from the collection of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society.

The Promise of Peace: Violet Oakley’s United Nations Portraits

March 30–June 30, 2013
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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.

Charles Searles: A Focus on the Figure

March 26 - June 15, 2013
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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.

Private Artist/Public Life: Ethel V. Ashton

April 6 - June 30, 2013
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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.

In Front of Strangers, I Sing: 72nd Annual Juried Exhibition

May 25 - September 2, 2013
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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.

The Poker Game and Its Circle

July 20 - October 26, 2013
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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).