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.

Annual Exhibition

June 14 - September 1, 2014
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Woodmere’s annual juried exhibition highlights contemporary work in a wide variety of media by artists living within fifty miles of the Museum. This year’s juror is artist and community activist Sarah McEneaney, whose own work will be displayed in a concurrent exhibition with selections from the Museum’s permanent collection that relate to the themes of the juried presentation.

Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art

July 26 - October 26, 2014
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“A Century in Art” is the first retrospective dedicated to the work of Theresa Bernstein (1890–2002), an artist who achieved celebrity for “painting like a man” in the 1910s and went on to produce vibrant, expressive canvases for eight more decades.

Jessie Drew-Bear: Stories and Dreams

March 22 - July 13, 2014
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In 1938, at the age of fifty-nine, Jessie Drew-Bear (1879–1962) received a paint set as a Christmas gift from her daughter. With this gift and her wild imagination, Drew-Bear began a remarkable career as a self-taught artist that would include exhibitions at … Learn More »

Quita Brodhead: Bold Strokes

February 8 - June 1, 2014
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In the 1940s and 1950s, Quita Brodhead (1901–2002) developed large-scale, abstract paintings that put her at the cutting-edge of artistic expression in the United States and Europe.

Women and Biography: Selections from Woodmere’s Permanent Collection

February 8 - June 1, 2014
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Showcasing the strength of Woodmere’s collection, Women and Biography explores the personal and public expression of intimate relationships between the artists and their families, partners, children, and one another. It includes works by Mary Cassatt, Helen Corson, Edith Emerson, Martha … Learn More »

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.

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.