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Timothy Rub, "What a Director Sees"

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 5:30 PM

If, as the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then the director of an art museum has a unique vantage point from which to offer an appreciation of not only the aesthetic merits of the objects in his care, but also the many other aspects—historical, technical, and iconographic—of individual works of art that make them so fascinating to study. Join Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as he discusses his favorite works in the Museum’s collection and the reasons they hold a special interest for him.

Timothy Rub is the 13th Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A specialist in architectural history and modern and contemporary art, he received a B.A. from Middlebury College in 1974 and holds an M.A. and Certificate in Curatorial Studies from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and an M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management. He served previously as the director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This event honors William M. Davison, IV, who recently completed 24 years of service as the Athenaeum’s Treasurer.

This is an event for Shareholders only (Shareholders are welcome to bring one guest).  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org


 


 

Sean Kelley, “Architecture and Justice”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5:30 PM

Eastern State Penitentiary opened on a lonely hilltop overlooking Philadelphia in 1829. This was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire true regret, or penitence, in the hearts of its prisoners. It featured pioneering technology, including centrally heated cells with natural light, running water, and plumbing. More than 300 prisons would eventually copy Eastern’s distinctive “wagon-wheel” floor plan. The facility closed in 1971.

In the decades following, the number of people in American prisons has increased by 600%. A sprawling network of public and private facilities now holds 2.2 million prisoners, costing taxpayers $82 billion every year. More than 5.8 million Americans cannot vote due to a felony conviction.  Recent historic site programing at Eastern raises critical questions about the direction of the U.S. criminal justice system. It includes a massive informational sculpture, an ambitious exhibit centered on the efficacy and fairness of the U.S. criminal justice system, and the hiring of recently incarcerated men and women to lead tours of the facility.

Sean Kelley is Senior Vice President and Director of Interpretation at Eastern State Penitentiary. He has run all programming at the site since 1995 when he was hired as the first full-time employee. He produced the site’s audio tour in 2002 and curated the award-winning new exhibit, Prisons Today. He visits active prisons and writes critically about prison museums. He has taught in the graduate Public History program at Rutgers University. Reception to follow.

This event has received generous support from The Edith Ogden Harrison Lecture Fund.

Athenaeum Members: Free. RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org
Non-Members: $10


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Kelley Lecture (Non-Member)
 
 

Curt DiCamillo, “The Adam Family: The Scottish Architects Who Changed the World”

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 5:30 PM

The Adam brothers reigned supreme in Britain for most of the last half of the 18th century as the ultimate arbiters of taste and style. They designed everything from country houses and London townhouses to theaters, bridges and government buildings. The brothers transformed the direction of architecture and design across the western world. The sublime beauty of the Adam Style in all its permutations will come to life via a lavish PowerPoint presentation by Curt DiCamillo, whose heart beats with a Neoclassical rhythm.

Curt DiCamillo is an American architectural historian and a recognized authority on the British Country House. He has written and lectured extensively in the US and abroad and taught classes on British art and culture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Reception to follow.

This event has received generous support from The Francis R. and Jean L. Grebe Lecture Fund & Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers.

Athenaeum Members: Free. RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org
Non-Members: $10


Qty Description Price
DiCamillo Lecture (Non-Member)
 
 

Society Hill: Hot and Healthy!
Rosalie Elenitsas, M.D., F.A.A.D., “Prevention and Detection of Skin Cancers”

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2:30 PM

Rosalie Elenitsas is Professor of Dermatology, and Director of Dermatopathology at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Free.

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Tempesta di Mare Concert

Wednesday, May 18, 2017, 5:30 PM

Philly-based chamber ensemble Tempesta di Mare, lauded by Germany’s Göttinger Tageblatt for its “technical virtuosity, lucid music making, and joy of discovery,” brings music to the Athenaeum linking composer Felix Mendelssohn to the baroque music revival. The ensemble of two flutes, two violins, cello, harpsichord and lute will perform chamber music by J.S. Bach and some of his younger contemporaries from the collection of the eighteenth-century Berlin salonnière, Sara Levy, who was Mendelsohn’s great-aunt. Celebrating its 15th season, Tempesta has made a name for itself worldwide with its fresh orchestral and chamber performances of established repertoire and rediscoveries of lost masterpieces. Reception to follow.

This event has received generous support from The Alice Beardwood Lecture Fund.

This is an event for Shareholders only (Shareholders are welcome to bring one guest).  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org

Photo: Becky Oehlers



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