PHILADELPHIA – Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia’s premier institution for interpreting the art and culture of the Philadelphia region, announces the opening of five new exhibitions on Sunday, April 3 alongside a full calendar of engaging programs, including a Friday evening jazz series in April, children’s activities, and lectures. The museum will also introduce new visiting hours including extended evening and weekend hours, beginning April 3.
New museum hours (as of April 3) are: Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m.–8:45 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Woodmere is located at 9201 Germantown Avenue in the historic cobblestoned Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Admission to special exhibitions is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and FREE for students and children. For visitor information, call (215) 247-0476 or visit www.woodmereartmuseum.org.
Woodmere Art Museum will present two exhibitions in conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) – Charles Demuth in the City of Lights, which explores the work of one of America’s greatest modernists, and Violet Oakley and the Women Artists of Paris, which offers an intimate look at the Philadelphia/Mt. Airy illustrator, muralist, and stained glass artist.
Visitors to Woodmere will also gain a fresh perspective on the museum through three new exhibitions showcasing objects from the permanent collection, including an exhibition of Impressionist and landscape paintings of Pennsylvania, a second exhibition exploring the murals of Violet Oakley (on view for the first time since receiving conservation work), and an exhibition of objects from the personal collection of museum founder Charles Knox Smith.
An overview of each exhibition is provided below. In addition to these exhibitions, Woodmere will offer family programming, a Jazz music series, lectures and gallery talks, specialty tours, instructional art classes and workshops, and other special events.
William R. Valerio, who was appointed as the Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEO of Woodmere Art Museum in September 2010, has placed more of Woodmere’s permanent collection on public view than ever before. Valerio came to Woodmere from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he served as Assistant Director for Administration.
Woodmere recently renovated the grand Kuch Gallery, the rotunda-like space which houses major exhibitions, as well as the Founders Gallery and Parlor Gallery. In the coming year, Woodmere will continue to improve the museum interior and outdoor landscape.
Woodmere Art Museum staff members, alongside Valerio, collaboratively curated all of the new exhibitions opening this Spring, with the exception of Charles Demuth in the City of Lights which is guest curated by Anne Lampe, the Executive Director of The Demuth Museum.
April 3 – June 26, 2011
Journey to Paris at Woodmere Art MuseumWoodmere Art Museum joins arts and cultural organizations around the city to kick off the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2011 (PIFA). Woodmere will present two special exhibitions exploring the artistic energy and brashly innovative spirit of Paris in the early twentieth century. A special April jazz series will also be presented in conjunction with PIFA.
For more information about Woodmere Art Museum, please visit www.woodmereartmuseum.org.