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Events April 13, 2014

Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013–Sunday, April 13, 2014
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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Painter Jacob Lawrence is known for using a series format to render in colorful expressive imagery and text the narrative stories of historical African American figures like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Each of the eight works on view in Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series (1990) describes a passage from the book of Genesis in the King James version of the Bible.

Bookbindings from the Gilded Age

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013–Sunday, May 18, 2014
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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During the late 19th and early 20th century, fine book binding enjoyed a golden age of creativity and lavish decoration. These handmade, individual and highly personal objects were made not only to protect the texts they contained, but also to be admired and appreciated as portable decorative masterpieces in their own right.

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014–Sunday, May 11, 2014
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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The Japanese art of flower arranging, or ikebana, has inspired the creation of extraordinary ceramic containers. This exhibition outlines the history of some of Japan’s major schools of ikebana and displays a wide variety of contemporary ceramics created in harmony with the most modern floral conventions.

Drop-In Art Activities: Flowers & Vessels

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014–Monday, April 28, 2014
Every Sat, Sun

Time: 10:00 AM–03:00 PM
Every Sat, Sun

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Travel to Japan with us and explore the colors and smells of Japanese flowers! Squish clay into a vase, create new species of flowers with a needle and thread, and design a garden using printmaking! Take inspiration from our special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, as we explore the simple beauty of Asian art!

Walk-In Tour: Highlights of the Walters

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014

Time: 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

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“Highlights of the Walters” explores painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts from antiquity to the 19th century. This is one of the free, weekly walk-in tours. No reservations are required. Just walk in and enjoy!

John & Berthe Ford Annual Lecture in Asian Art with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014

Time: 02:00 PM–03:00 PM

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In the last two decades, there has been an increased interest in Asian contemporary art in the West. Artists from millennial civilizations, such as China and India, often make use of traditional sources and attitudes that are culturally specific and historically rooted. This illustrated lecture by Dr. Vishakha  N. Desai, President Emerita of Asia Society, will explore and highlight the pre-modern traditions that permeate art practices in India and China today.


Featured Events

Learning by Watching: Andean Textiles and the Fabric of Culture

Date: 12/11/14

Time: 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Andean textile specialist Dr. Anne Tiballi, the Andrew W. Mellon Curricular Facilitator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, will present an engaging talk, exploring the production of ancient American textiles, their significance, and their impact on the broader material culture of the ancient Americas.

Folger Consort Performs A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500

Date: 12/14/14

Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

The Folger Consort, the early music ensemble-in-residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, will present a 90-minute concert featuring vocalists, winds, and strings. This premiere performance is inspired by the Walters’ Madonna and Child with Angels, currently on view in our Italian Galleries.

Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey

Date: 01/03/15

Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Join architectural historian Curt DiCamillo as he explores Highclere Castle, the setting for the PBS television series Downton Abbey.

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