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Edward Tabor shares the discovery of hidden illustrated books in Harvard's Botanical Museum and how it connects to Shakespear and a PAFA student from the 1970's.    "These paintings illustrated all of the plants mentioned by Shakespeare, and they showed how extensive Shakespeare’s knowledge of…

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Florine Stettheimer, (1871-1944) "Picnic at Bedford Hills" (1918)

Thomas Hine's review of the recently opened exhibition Women in Motion: 150 Years of Womens Artistic Networks at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will delight the art history lovers.

"The premise of the show, as suggested in its subtitle, is that women needed to develop networks — which…

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Clarity Haynes, with her painting "Janie" (left), at the “Taking Space:

Megan Voeller reviews Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale for The Inquirer, in a piece that artist Clarity Haynes made her "feel seen and understood." Read about the generation-spanning artists and works, including Haynes, Deborah Willis, Faith Ringgold, Ana Mendieta…

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NPR's Susan Stamberg recently sat down with PAFA Museum Director Brooke Davis Anderson and "Taking Space" exhibition curators Jodi Throckmorton and Dr. Brittany Webb to discuss the ways women are taking up space in our galleries and more. Our curators discuss the work of Elizabeth Colomba, Judy…
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Awakened in You installation view
Visit Philly's 2021 guide to celebrating Black History Month includes a wide array of ways to engage and connect, and highlights PAFA's current exhibition, "'Awakened in You': The Collection of Dr. Constance E. Clayton".
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"The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has reopened in a big way, with big art on big walls that take your breath away with their sheer size," reports WHYY's Peter Crimmins of Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale.
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Only Tony installation view
WHYY's Tonya Pendleton previews the reopening of PAFA's museum and its current exhibition lineup.
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Constance McBride rounds up the latest arts and culture events for Chadds Ford Live, highlighting PAFA's "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" exhibition.
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PAFA's Museum reopening and new exhibitions were highlighted over at uwishunu.com for its January guide to what's happening around Philadelphia.
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The William Penn and Mellon Foundations have awarded PAFA $400,000 in funding to support area arts organizations during the pandemic.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Peter Dobrin reports:

The arts-funding package going to 37 groups is the most recent assembled by William Penn since March, when…

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María Berrío, The Oracles’ Silence (2019). © María Berrío
Discover PHL's guide to upcoming exhibitions puts PAFA in the spotlight, with "Only Tony: Portraits by Gilbert Lewis" and "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" making the list.
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Marie Watt, "Skywalker/Skyscraper (Allegory)" (2012). © Marie Watt | image: aaron johansen
In Thomas Hine's roundup of fall museum exhibitions for the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" makes the list.
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Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.