Shades of Gray: Captured Images by Great Photographers
June 9 – August 4, 2014
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
This exhibition displays 32 photographs donated to The Drexel Collection by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ingersoll in 1985. Mr. Paul Ingersoll (1929–2012), a great-grandson of Anthony J. Drexel, embodied the Drexel family’s love and support of the arts, being an avid collector and a contributor to the cultural community. Ingersoll opened the Philadelphia office of Christie’s Auction in 1979, where he worked for 30-plus years. He was a trustee to the Atwater Kent Museum (now the Philadelphia History Museum), the Library Company and founder of Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The collection of photographs generously donated to The Drexel Collection includes some of the most influential and pioneering photographers including Eugene Atget, Edward Weston and Eadweard Muybridge, creating an indispensable asset to the collection.
The exhibition is divided into three main types of photography: Street, Art and Nature. Street photography is a way to chronicle everyday life, documenting ephemeral moments in time. Art photography is an interpretation of the world through the eyes of the artist. Nature photography is devoted to sweeping landscape views and intricate close-ups to portray the grandeur of nature in its entirety. The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from June 9th through August 4th.
COINED: Ancient Coins & Civilizations
August 11 – October 6, 2014
These ancient coins tell the tale of cities and civilizations, not only chronicling the rise and fall of rulers but revealing the lives of everyday people. This exhibition of ancient coins delves into the histories of Greece, Egypt and Rome through the manufacture, symbolism and uses of these coins.
Fired Works: Ceramics from Around the World
October 20 – December 18, 2014
The Drexel Collection contains objects originating from as many as 71 countries around the world. This exhibition of the fascinating ceramics in The Drexel Collection is your passport to the countries and cultures that produced these works.