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    SEPTEMBER 7
    Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern
  • Exhibition opens to the public
    Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
    3420 Walnut Street, first floor, Philadelphia, PA
    and
    Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives
    Lower Level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library
    220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA
    Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am-5pm
    Hours may vary during University holidays and intersessions
    Both galleries will be open Monday, January 17th.

  • SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 10
    An American Tragedy
  • Pre-performance talks will be given an hour before each performance
    Hedgerow Theatre
    64 Rose Valley Road, Media, PA
    610.565.4211
    www.hedgerowtheatre.org

  • OCTOBER 1
    Second Annual Anne d'Harnoncourt Symposium
  • Detailed Symposium Schedule
    Registration

    • 2-4 pm Pre-conference roundtable for collectors
    • Meyerson Conference Center
      2nd floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
      3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

    • 4-4:45 pm Book Signing with Mansfield Bascom author of
    • Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind (2010)
      Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
      3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

    • 5:30 pm Welcome and Keynote Address
    • Wharton Esherick and the Making of Modernism - Dr. Peter Conn
      Hall of Flags, Houston Hall

    • 7 pm Exhibition opening reception
    • Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
      and Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives

  • OCTOBER 2
    Second Annual Anne d'Harnoncourt Symposium
  • Detailed Symposium Schedule
    Registration Required

    • 9 am-4 pm Symposium Sessions
    • Annenberg School for Communication
      3620 Walnut Street, Room 110, Philadelphia, PA

    • 5-11 pm Special Symposium Dinner and Performance
    • An American Tragedy
      Hedgerow Theatre, Media, PA

  • OCTOBER 3, 10 am-1pm
    Tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum
  • Special post-symposium tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum for those symposium participants interested in visiting the Museum
    Registration Required

  • OCTOBER 9, 2-5 pm
  • History of Rose Valley
  • Slideshow presentation and walking tour by Morris Potter and Paula Healy. Rain or shine, wear your walking shoes and be prepared for some rough terrain.
    Meet at Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Road, Media, PA
    Cost: $15, limited to 30
    To make a reservation please call the Architectural Archives
    (215.898.8323) or email Nancy Thorne (nthorne@design.upenn.edu)

  • OCTOBER 16, 1-4 pm
  • Letterpress Improv Workshop with Robin McDowell
  • Common Press letterpress room, Morgan Building
    University of Pennsylvania, 205 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA
    Cost: $10 (for materials), Limited to 10
    To make a reservation please call Andrea Gottschalk
    (215.746.5824) or email gottsch3@upenn.edu

  • OCTOBER 29, 4-6 pm
    Homecoming Weekend Gallery Hop
  • The Gallery Hop begins at the Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives, includes a stop at the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, and features a director/curator at each exhibition site. The Hop concludes at the Institute of Contemporary Art with hors d'oeuvres and dessert.
    For more information and registration:
    www.alumni.upenn.edu/homecoming2010/welcome.html

  • OCTOBER 30, 10-11:30 am
    Homecoming with the Common Press:
    Learn to Print Illustrations
  • In conjunction with the exhibition Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern, Instructor Matt Neff and artist Andrea Gottschalk will show participants how to print an Esherick-inspired linoleum cut on one of the presses at the Common Press, the letterpress printing studio at the University of Pennsylvania. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. Advance registration required.
    Morgan Building, 205 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA
    For more information and registration:
    www.alumni.upenn.edu/homecoming2010/welcome.html

  • OCTOBER 30, 11 an-noon
    Classes without Quizzes:
    The Art of Wharton Esherick
  • Paul Eisenhauer (MA '78; PhD '88), Curator of the Wharton Esherick Museum, will give an illustrated survey of Wharton Esherick's life and work. Known as the "dean of American craftsmen," he laid the foundation for the modern studio furniture movement, creating cubist and expressionist furniture in the 1920s and 1930s, and developing a style based in modernist free-form curves. Advanced registration required.
    Meyerson Conference Room
    2nd floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
    3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
    For more information and registration:
    www.alumni.upenn.edu/homecoming2010/welcome.html

  • NOVEMBER 6
    A Day with Wharton Esherick

    • 10:30am- noon Special tour of the exhibition by guest curator Mark Sfirri
    • Tour begins in the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

    • 2-6 pm Special bus tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum
    • Leaving from the University of Pennsylvania campus
      Cost: $15, limited to 20
      Reservation and payment must be made in advance.
      For more information or to make a reservation, please call the architectural Archives (215.898.8323) or email Nancy Thorne (nthorne@design.upenn.edu)

  • DECEMBER 4
    Christmas with Wharton Esherick

    • 10:30am- noon Special tour of the exhibition by guest curator Roberta A. Mayer
    • Tour begins in the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

    • 1-5 pm Special bus tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum
    • Leaving from the University of Pennsylvania campus
      Cost: $15, limited to 20
      Reservation and payment must be made in advance.
      For more information or to make a reservation, please call the architectural Archives (215.898.8323) or email Nancy Thorne (nthorne@design.upenn.edu)

  • DECEMBER 24-26
    Galleries Closed

  • DECEMBER 27-30
    Winter Break Gallery Hours: 10am-5pm

  • DECEMBER 31-JANUARY 2
    Galleries Closed

  • JANUARY 17
    Galleries Open

  • JANUARY 21, 6:30 pm
  • Exemplar in Wood:
    Wharton Esherick and the Emergence of the Studio Furnituremaker
  • Lecture by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts, History of Art, Yale University.

    Wharton Esherick came of age at a time when cultural attitudes about the joy of making useful things, the impact of manual arts education, and the widespread availability of hand tools and power tools combined to offer alternatives to the apprenticeship system. Rather than learning a trade, a person might decide to pursue craftwork as a personal choice. Esherick took full advantage of this permeability, but also parlayed his extensive social connections with Main Line families and intellectual interests in theosophy and European modernism to chart his own path. Due to these connections, his work gained notoriety in the 1930s, culminating in his work with George Howe at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Recognized as "the dean of American woodworkers" in the 1950s and canonized with the first one-person exhibition of an American studio furnituremaker at the American Craft Museum, Esherick's approach and many of his forms served as exemplars for those who followed. Comparison of his work will flesh out this enduring legacy.

    Meyerson Hall, Room B-3
    210 South 34th Street
    RSVP requested

  • JANUARY 29
    Whitman, Esherick, and Song of the Broad-Axe

    • 10:30am- 12:30pm Special tour of the exhibition by Wharton Esherick Museum Director and Curator Paul Eisenhauer
    • Tour begins in the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
      RSVP requested

    • 2-4 pm Book release, reading, and reception
    • Book Release of facsimile edition of Esherick's hand-lettered and illuminated version of the Walt Whitman poem, with remarks, and reception. In addition, Darrel Blaine Ford will be doing a reading of Song of the Broad-Axe in the persona of Walt Whitman. Ford uses his resemblance to Whitman in his impersonation, which celebrates the poet and seeks to introduce him and his work to a new generation.

      Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor
      RSVP requested

  • FEBRUARY 11
    Esherick and Dance

    • 3-4:30 pm Special Tour of the Exhibition
    • Paul Eisenhauer, director and curator of the Wharton Esherick Museum, will give a special tour of the exhibition highlighting Esherick's long term relationship with eurythmy and dance.

      Tour begins in the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
      For more information or to make a reservation, please call the architectural Archives (215.898.8323) or email Nancy Thorne (nthorne@design.upenn.edu)

    • 7:30-9 pm Unheard Voices
      Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble performance
    • In Unheard Voices, the Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble will be performing their version of the Iroquois tale of The Wife of the Thunderer. They will also perform to music by Beethoven, Burghardt, and Debussy, as well as to poetry by the African-American poet E. Ethelbert Miller and others. Eurythmy, whose name stems from the Greek for beautiful rhythm, is an expressive movement art developed in the early twentieth century by Rudolf Steiner. Performed to music or the spoken word, the repertoire of eurythmic movements is connected to the tonal experience of music or to the sounds and rhythms of language. Eurythmy is also used in education, notably in Waldorf schools, and in therapy. To watch an example of an eurythmy performance click here.

      Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum
      33rd Street entrance (south of Spruce Street, across from the main entrance to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
      RSVP requested

  • FEBRUARY 13
  • Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern
  • Final chance to see the exhibition. Both galleries will be open 10 am-5pm.
    Kamin and Kroiz Galleries