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CANCELLED: Open Door with Penn Museum and Arthur Ross Gallery

March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Helen Frankenthaler, Freefall, 1993 Artwork © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, NY


Open Door offers unique behind-the-scenes tours at Philadelphia’s most intriguing cultural sites.

Join us for two special tours at the University of Pennsylvania. We will start at the Arthur Ross Gallery for a tour of their exhibition Frankenthaler on Paper, which presents prints and painting created between 1970 and 1993. With a career spanning six decades, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) is considered one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. These rarely seen works on paper reflect her painterly process.

Our second tours will be at the Penn Museum to explore their new Mexico and Central America and Africa Galleries. Our tours will be led by members of their Global Guides, immigrants and refugees who will share historical information about the artifacts on display combined with personal experiences and stories supporting the interpretation of objects from their countries of origin.

The new Mexico and Central America Gallery showcases 250 stunning artifacts – many on display for the first time. The Gallery covers more than 3,000 years of history and human experiences, from ideas about politics and the divine world to a common calendar. It highlights major developments of the region’s ancient civilizations – including urbanism, writing, organized religion and where they diverged. Organized in thematic sections, the Gallery also includes a section on the traditions of Maya living today.

Mexico and Central America Gallery, Penn Museum. Photo: Eddy Marenco

The new Africa Galleries celebrate the richness and diversity of Africa’s artistic creativity, moral and spiritual practices, family and gender relations, languages and organization of social, economic and political systems. They explore the histories and connections of African material culture as a way to better understand our shared world. Using nearly 300 fascinating objects from 21 countries on the African continent, accompanied by interactive media, the galleries illustrate the breadth and depth of one of the largest collections of African artifacts in the U.S.

This event is free – space is limited. RSVP is required to Mikaela Hawk, mhawk@printcenter.org.


March 25
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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