Holding Your Drink: 3,000 Years of Drinking Vessels from the Drexel and Salzberg Collections
December 8, 2017 – March 16, 2018
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
Drinking is a necessary human activity, whether for survival, pleasure, socializing, or rituals. But have you thought about what we drink from?
How and why we drink is different around the world. This exhibition, curated by the Drexel Westphal students and directed by Distinguished Teaching Professor Derek Gillman and Director of the Drexel Collection, Lynn Clouser, displayed a well-selected collection of drinkwares from both the Drexel Collection and Dr. Salzberg’s collection of Chinese porcelain. It has a broad time and geographical span, from ca. 12 century BCE China to 20th century Europe.
You will become more knowledgeable by learning the multiple functions, materials, and ritual meanings of the drinking vessels. The vessels we use to drink are more valuable to us than you may realize. Their importance lies not just in the liquids they hold, but in the meanings we give them.
A significant part of the exhibition was brought to Drexel University through the generosity of Dr. Brian M. Salzberg, Professor of Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine.
The exhibition will be on view in the Rincliffe Gallery, Main Building, 3rd floor, from December 8, 2017 to March 16, 2018, with an opening reception on December 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rincliffe Gallery.
The Rincliffe Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gallery is free and open to the public.
Arts of Asia: Selections from The Drexel Collection
October 6, 2017 – March 30, 2018
Paul Peck Alumni Center, 32nd & Market
Artwork from Asia constitute about one quarter of The Drexel Collection focusing on global design arts. The earliest pieces acquired by the collection, many of which represent the materials and techniques from the Middle East, China, Japan and Southeast Asia, were selected both as aesthetic objects and as a way to teach students good design and fabrication in art, science and industry. These artifacts and the early Drexel Institute’s purpose for collecting them demonstrate how ideas, artistic forms and design circulated across cultures through the mobility of people and products contributing to the creation of productive cultural exchanges.
The exhibition was curated in collaboration with Shushi Yoshinaga, associate professor in the Department of Design, and Pia Brancaccio, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. The exhibition was made possible with the generous support of Hazem D. Maragah, PhD and Drexel Alumni.
The exhibition will be on view in the Paul Peck Alumni Center Gallery, 3201 Market Street, from October 6, 2017 to March 30, 2018, with an opening reception on October 6.
The Paul Peck Alumni Center Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The entrance is located off the Perelman Plaza at the back of the building. Please ring the bell to enter. The Gallery is free and open to the public.
Stories of Self-Portraits
Self-portraits are among the most intriguing and personally meaningful art genres. Moreover, self-portraits as a genre are seeing a broad and renewed interest in light of the unfolding cultural phenomenon of the selfie. Curated by Tim Gorichanaz, PhD Candidate, Department of Information Science this exhibition will tell the stories of the creation of a number of self-portraits by local artists in an effort to convey a "creation myth" for self-portraiture.