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The Philadelphia Inquirer | PAFA closes historic building to reimagine permanent collection

On the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer today, Peter Dobrin writes Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts closes historic building to reimagine permanent collection.

Today, nearly all of the 200 or so paintings and marble sculptures dotting the museum’s interior have been pulled and lifted from their longtime perches.

The favorites will return one day, but not until after an elaborately choreographed round of musical chairs over the next several years that will leave the permanent collection of Philadelphia’s august, 217-year-old museum profoundly changed.

Read the full article here.


Image: Building a temporary wall in front of Benjamin West’s Christ Rejected over which works from Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America will be mounted.

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the United States’ first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers a world-class collection of American art, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and educational opportunities in the fine arts. The PAFA Museum aims to tell America's diverse story through art, expanding who has been included in the canon of art history through its collections, exhibitions, and public programs, while classes educate artists and appreciators with a deep understanding of traditions and the ability to challenge conventions. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.