Eight exhibitions are mounted annually in the museum’s Mainand Upper Galleries and range in content from historical art, such as the etchings of Rembrandt, to contemporary themes.  Recent installations have highlighted the sculpture of Auguste Rodin, a collaboration between Judy Chicago and a network of needle workers, and the Birds of American folios by John James Audubon.  Installations are curated internally utilizing the permanent collection and the resources of a network of museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, by showcasing the current work of contemporaryartists, or brought to the museum through traveling exhibition services or by engaging guest curators.  Several Student-curated exhibitions ranging from Japanese Scrolls to prints by Pop Artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg,  have been mounted utilizing the permanent collection as well.  Partnerships with several regional organizations such as the Wood Turning Center of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Water Color Society, the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity provide a venue for annual juried exhibitions with a particular focus on achievements byartists from the Mid-Atlantic corridor. 

As an educational resource, the Museum supports the College’s expanding program in the arts and reaches out to students of all ages and to diverse communities through programs with contemporary artists in the galleries; exhibition tours; special performances; interdisciplinary artist residences; and other initiatives designed to bring the Museum’s collections and exhibitions to life.

allTURNatives, Form and Spirit installation
allTURNatives, Form and Spirit installation


July 8-October 26, 2014 

2. Michael Putnam Patna, India, 1966 Gelatin silver print © Michael Putnam

From the mid-1960s through the 1970s, New York-based photographer Michael Putnam captured images of people around the world sleeping in public places. His sleepers, found sprawled in parks, curled up on benches, and contorted into all sorts of unlikely positions, were seen in passing, photographed, and left to sleep on. This display of Putnam’s humorous and poignant photographs is paired with an excerpted presentation of Andy Warhol’s first film, also called Sleep (1963). But unlike the photographs, which document public sites and anonymous individuals, Warhol’s Sleep is an intimate, real-time portrait of the poet John Giorno at rest.  Details>