For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited – Multi-day, 2021

It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired a New Deal of arts programs, infrastructure investment, and worker protections. The art and objects funded by New Deal programs show us how workers shaped the country in the 1930s. But it’s not just history. The country is again facing a choice: what do we owe our neighbors? What does our country owe us? Continue reading

28th International Sculpture Conference – October 25, 2018 – October 28, 2018

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) will hold the 28th International Sculpture Conference: Defining Moments in the Face of Change in Philadelphia, PA from October 25-28, 2018. This four-day conference will bring together a diverse audience of artists, educators, arts administrators, museum directors, collectors, patrons, students, and sculpture enthusiasts. Continue reading

Vesalius On The Verge: The Book and The Body – Multi-day Exhibit, 2015

Daily 10AM – 5PM

Mütter Museum
College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
Free with museum admission (Museum admission fees)

vesalius_(1)-600x340December 31st marked the 500th birthday of the “Father of Modern Anatomy” Andreas Vesalius. In 1543 Vesalius published De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), a series of seven books based on the dissection and research he conducted while at the University of Padua. This treatise on the human body was a groundbreaking work, with both detailed text and illustrations. To this day the Fabrica is still considered a masterpiece of both medical and anatomical literature. Please visit our exhibit which opened on December 19th, 2014. It features an edition of the Fabrica book as well as other works by Vesalius and specimens highlighting his accomplishments in the field of anatomy.

Defiant Archives: Trans Histories of Existence, Resistance, and Brilliance – Multi-day Exhibit, 2015

mapOctober 1 – December 4, 2015

City Hall, Second Floor, East Corridor (in front of Mayor’s Office)
1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107

In celebration of LGBT Month, Art In City Hall and the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy presents Defiant Archives: Trans Histories of Existence, Resistance, and Brilliance. The exhibit shares a collection of archival and personal items with a focus on the history of transgender activism in Philadelphia, curated and collected by local trans community members. Visitors will be able to watch a collection of oral history videos shared by the Trans Oral History Project, as well as the short documentary video “Transpass” about the work of Riders Against Gender Exclusion, a local activist group who won the fight to end SEPTA’s use of gendered stickers in 2013. The exhibit will also invite participation, as visitors are welcomed to share their own histories on a timeline stretching from 1965 to 2015.

DefiantArchiveCityHall(1)The Defiant Archives exhibit responds to a missing piece in the Reminder 2015 celebration. Before, during, and after the Annual Reminder Day protests (1965-69) demanded gender conformity from participants, transgender and gender nonconforming activists have mobilized for sexual and gender self-determination, social transformation, and collective liberation.


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Gay Love On Display: Taking On the APA – Multi-day Exhibit, 2015

APA_1972_BoothOctober 9-31, 2015

William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

From 1953 until 1973, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) classified homosexuality as a mental disorder, a disease that doctors could treat. Gay activists like Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny first challenged this medical definition of homosexuality as illness through actions such as petitions, lectures, and appearances on television talk shows. In 1970, they moved on to spontaneous demonstrations, or “zaps,” at the APA conference, and in subsequent years Gittings and Kameny became the first gay people to have a voice in official APA panel discussions.

Between 1972 and 1978, Gittings, Kameny, and Gittings’ partner Kay Lahusen created three informational display booths for national meetings of the APA. Portions of these confrontational booths, donated to the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives of the William Way LGBT Community Center by Kay Lahusen, have been restored and are presented together for the first time as part of an exhibit called “Gay Love on Display: Taking on the APA”

Exhibits at The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia – Multi-day Exhibit, 2015

1865Exhibit on view until February 2016. Open Tuesdays and Thursday, 3-6pm and the second Saturday of every month, 1-4pm.

The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145
No RSVP needed.

“1865: Triumph and Tragedy”: On April 9, 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, ending the bloodiest conflict in American history. Six days later, John Wilkes Booth ended the life of President Abraham Lincoln. The year ended with the passage of the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution, ending slavery in America. On May 5, the Union League began a new chapter in its history with the opening of its new clubhouse on South Broad Street. These and other events of the year will be explored in the exhibit on Philadelphia and the Civil War.

Love of Country Leads“Love of Country Leads”: Titled after the motto of the Union League, this exhibit gives the visitor an overview of the League’s 150-year history and was designed to showcase some of the League’s historical collections. Foremost among these is a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed with Abraham Lincoln’s full signature. It is one of an edition of about 48 that League members arranged to have printed and sold at the Great Central Fair in Philadelphia in June of 1864. (Only about 26 of these still exist.) The fair raised more than $1 million for sick and wounded Union soldiers. Love of Country Leads will remain on display indefinitely.”
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100 years in Nursing History & Open House and Tour, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing on October 12th – Ongoing Exhibit, 2015

Exhibit will be ongoing for month of October, Open House Event and Tour of the Center will be on October 12th from 5-7 PM

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
418 Curie Boulevard, Floor 2U, Philadelphia, PA 19104

100 Years in Nursing History will be an ongoing exhibit that explores the rich history of the nursing profession beginning in 1915 and will include photos and selections from the archives of the Bates Center.

Open House and Tour Description for 10/12/15: Come explore the archives of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at Penn Nursing. As one of the oldest and largest archives dedicated to preserving nursing’s rich history, the Bates Center is a rich resource for researchers from across the globe who are interested in the historical development of nursing.

The open house will be held on October 12th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM and will feature the Center’s ongoing exhibit “100 Years in Nursing History,” as well as select items from the archives.

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