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WHYY | Gift/Deeds exhibit at PAFA highlights selections of 20th century art

WHYY Host Priyanka Tewari sat down with Philadelphia-based artist, activist, and collector, Ofelia Garcia and Dr. Brittany Webb, curator of Gift/Deeds: Collectors at PAFA, to speak on how and why people collect art. Listen to or read the full interview here.

"[T]here comes a time when you want to share these things. A way of sharing things [with the public] that have given you pleasure. PAFA is a very distinguished institution, [it] has a lot to offer and a long reach into the community. I’m also been involved in higher education all of my life. And I really thought that an institution that serves the public and has a student body is a perfect combination." —Ofelia Garcia

Gift/Deeds: Collectors at PAFA is on view through January 8, featuring 20th century and contemporary art from the permanent collection highlights selections from six significant art collections.

Image: Hope and Despair Greet the New Century (1990). China Marks (b. 1942), Four color lithograph with chine collé and sculptural attachments, sheet (irr.): 22 1/2 x 32 1/2 in. (57.15 x 82.55 cm.). Gift of Ofelia Garcia, 2019.50.8.

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January 23, 2023 - 11:40 AM

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.