Gain new insight into the art and culture of Philadelphia with Woodmere’s engaging lectures and gallery talks. Hear from artists, art historians, professors, curators, and writers who offer new perspectives on the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and related topics.
Rafael Villamil, An Impassioned Vision
Saturday, May 11
1:30 pm Panel Discussion at Woodmere
3:00 pm Tour of Villamil’s home
Participants: David B. Brownlee, professor, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania; Rafael Damast, curator, Taller Puertorriqueño
$25, tour and discussion; $15 ($10 members) discussion
A special program in conjunction with artist and architect Rafael Villamil’s first major exhibition at Taller Puertorriqueño, Paradise Has No Memory. Tour Villamil’s unique, multitiered house in Chestnut Hill and learn about the career and artwork of this monumental figure
Goma, Goma: A Musical Narrative of The Old African
Saturday, May 11, 7:00 pm
Performers: Suzanne Burgess, vocals; Frank Butrey, acoustic guitar; Adam Faulk, synthesizer; Greg (Juju) Jones, drums; Doug Pablo Edwards, percussion; Warren Oree, bass and narration; Larry Price, saxophone
$22 ($12 members)
Music and voice bring to life the powerful stories of I Want to Be and The Old African, a tale about a shaman-like character who leads his people from a life of enslavement back to freedom in Africa through a magical journey across the ocean floor. This story of resilience inspired the title, “Goma, Goma,” which translates as “Revolt, Revolt.” The original music is composed and arranged by bass player Warren Oree.
Gallery Talk: The Woodmere Annual
Saturday, June 8, 3:00 pm
Lecturer: Eileen Nef
$15 ($10 members)
Join Eileen Neff, juror of Woodmere’s 78th annual juried exhibition, in this gallery talk about the works on view. Gain insight into her selections and the curatorial decisions made for this exhibition.