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Fault Lines: Contemporary Abstraction by Artists from South Asia

Woodcuts: Groove and Grain

Horace Pippin: From War to Peace

A Collector’s Vision: Highlights from the Dietrich American Foundation

Off the Wall: American Art to Wear

Kōgei: Art Craft Japan

Marisa Merz

Now, She: Two Sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard


Fault Lines: Contemporary Abstraction by Artists from South Asia
Through October 25, 2020
Alter Gallery 276: Main Building

The power of a line: for the six female artists featured in this exhibition, it’s both an infinitely malleable form and a poetic metaphor for the borders and divisions that make up our world. Discover abstract paintings, sculptures, textiles, and works on paper that uniquely embrace and rethink the minimalist approach to explore questions about memory, home, and belonging.

Artists in the Exhibition
Tanya Goel (born 1985, New Delhi; active New Delhi)
Sheela Gowda (born 1957, Bhadravati; active Bangalore)
Priya Ravish Mehra (1961–2018, born New Delhi; active New Delhi)
Prabhavathi Meppayil (born 1965, Najibabad; active Bangalore)
Nasreen Mohamedi (1937–1990, born Karachi; active Baroda [present-day Vadodara])
Zarina (born 1937, Aligarh; active New York)

Woodcuts: Groove and Grain
Through May 3, 2020
Main Building: Korman Galleries 221–223

Explore a selection of woodcuts—from the 1500s to the present—that illustrates the many ways that artists have pushed the boundaries of the medium.

Focusing on line, color, and the block of wood itself, this exhibition encourages us to look at how a print was made as well as what’s depicted. The variety of works—by artists like Albrecht Dürer, Kerry James Marshall, Helen Frankenthaler, and more—reveals a multitude of possibilities for negotiating the relationship between material and process.

Horace Pippin: From War to Peace
Through December 2020
Main Building:: Fernberger Family Gallery 208

Injured during World War I, Horace Pippin turned to painting to help mend his body and spirit. In the process, he created works of great power and poignancy and distinguished himself as one of the most original artists of his generation. This gathering of six paintings highlights Pippin’s pursuit of a range of themes, from racial violence and the alienation of war to the serene beauty of his home in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

A Collector’s Vision: Highlights from the Dietrich American Foundation
Through June 7, 2020

A rare selection of American art from the 1700s and 1800s, including portraits of George Washington, a teapot made by Paul Revere, and silver from colonial Philadelphia. Explore H. Richard Dietrich Jr.’s vision as a collector and his foundation’s mission to share important examples of American art with the public.

About the Collector
H. Richard Dietrich Jr. (1938–2007) began to collect American art and artifacts for himself as a young man and later to furnish his home in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He saw his extensive collection as a tool for understanding American history, often acquiring objects by known makers or with a strong family history.

In 1963 he established the Dietrich American Foundation, to which he contributed much of his wealth, energy, and time. The foundation has lent works from its collection to more than a hundred institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In addition to pursuing a career in business, Dietrich devoted his time to the museum—as a patron and a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the American Art Advisory Committee—as well as to other public institutions in the region. The foundation’s long-term loans to the museum, including objects in this exhibition, began in 1966 and continue to this day.

Off the Wall: American Art to Wear
Through May 17, 2020
Perelman Building

Delight in the astonishing inventiveness and techniques of a generation of mixed-media artists who pioneered a new art form designed around the body. Coming of age during the dramatic cultural shifts of the 1960s and 70s, the artists in this distinctively American movement explored nontraditional materials and methods to create adventurous, deeply imaginative works.

Free with museum admission

Kōgei: Art Craft Japan
Through summer 2020
Galleries 241–243, Main Building

Craftsmanship is a major hallmark of Japanese design. This installation celebrates Japanese kōgei—one-of-a-kind, handcrafted objects made with traditional techniques and natural materials. The works on display highlight the specialized skills of contemporary kōgei artists working in clay, glass, and fabric.

Marisa Merz
Through summer 2020
Gallery 171, Main Building

A selection of sculptures and drawings celebrates the life and legacy of pioneering Italian artist Marisa Merz (1926–2019). Occupying a unique and pivotal position in postwar European art, Merz’s work combines keen attention to materials with a deeply personal symbolism.

This gallery features a number of the artist’s recurring visual motifs, such as the female head, the flowing fountain, and musical instruments whose sounds are heard only in the viewer’s mind. With their delicate and textured surfaces, Merz’s works beckon us into a cosmos all her own.

In memoriam

Now, She: Two Sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard
Through April 13, 2020
Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden

A pair of monumental works by one of the most influential sculptors working today

Explore two majestic works by renowned artist Ursula von Rydingsvard in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. First constructed in cedar and then cast in bronze and urethane resin, these lyrical sculptures exemplify the artist’s complex approach to scale, material, and technique. Now, She coincides with a major exhibition devoted to the sculptor’s work at the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

About the Artist
Born in Deensen, Germany, Ursula von Rydingsvard has lived and worked in New York since the 1970s. Her work has been broadly exhibited internationally and is represented in the collections of major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art; the National Gallery of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center; and the Storm King Art Center. To see more of the artist’s work, visit her website.

Alice Beamesderfer, the Pappas-Sarbanes Deputy Director for Collections and Programs

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