"Practical & Cultural": The Drexel Collection as Teaching Tool
April 14 – June 19, 2017
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
The Drexel Collection was founded in 1891 as one of the original departments of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. Modeled after the South Kensington Museum in London (now the Victoria and Albert), the museum was intended to showcase good design in the decorative and industrial arts both for study by students and for the “popular education of the city.”
This exhibition demonstrates the variety of ways in which how the collection functions as a teaching tool. Students in the Museum Leadership program learn how to plan and design an exhibition. Students interested in the history of art use the collections as a hands-on training ground. Student writers use objects for inspiration. An important part of the University since its founding, the Drexel Collection continues to provide a significant resource to the Drexel community and the public.
The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from April 14th through June 19th. The Rincliffe Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gallery is free and open to the public.
Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration
©2017 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI
Photo courtesy American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY
April 4 – June 18, 2017
Paul Peck Alumni Center, 32nd and Market
Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration is an exhibition featuring oil paintings, works on paper, and accompanying artifacts that highlight the work of Howard Pyle, the father of American illustration, and the generation of celebrated illustrators he taught. Pyle was an instructor at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University) from 1894 to 1900. During his time at Drexel, Pyle taught many notable illustrators, including Maxfield Parrish, Frank E. Schoonover, and Harvey Dunn. He was also a pioneer in educating female illustrators, most notably “the Red Rose Girls”: Jessie Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley.
The Pennoni Honors College of Drexel University is proud to bring this exhibit to the Paul Peck Alumni Center, where students, alumni, and the community can explore the University’s history, of which Howard Pyle plays a significant role. Through Pyle’s work, and that of his fellow storytellers, we are privileged to exhibit an exceptional collection of American illustration.
This exhibition was organized and curated by Judy Goffman Cutler, Laurence S. Cutler and the National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI, along with the American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY. For more information on the Museum and its exhibitions, please visit www.AmericanIllustration.org. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am - 4pm. For more information on the current exhibition, click here.
BADGES & LIFE'S WORK: Photographs by Earl Dotter
June 29, 2017 – September 1, 2017
Earl Dotter is an award-winning photojournalists who has been documenting the lives of American workers for over forty years. His focus is on the occupational and environmental concerns of some of the more dangerous and unhealthy conditions of workers from the Appalachian coal fields to asbestos workers. This exhibition of photographs is sponsored by the Dornsife School of Public Health.
The Founders' Collections
September 15, 2017 – November 27, 2017
Anthony J. Drexel, founder of Drexel Institute, and his life-long friend George W. Childs, the publisher of the Public Ledger, both had significant collections of fine and decorative arts. Many of the pieces from their collections were generously donated to the institute to help grow and develop the Drexel Museum. Today, those pieces are some of the highlights found in The Drexel Collection. Come learn about the collections of these two prominent Philadelphia businessmen and their vision for The Drexel Collection.
Cheers: Drinkware from The Drexel Collection
December 11, 2017 – March 16, 2018
For the second time, students in the Museum Leadership course Museum Exhibitions and Programming will be curating an exhibition for The Drexel Collection. This exhibition's theme is drinkware, ranging from wineglasses to chocolate cups and demonstrating the variety of materials and techniques used to create these everyday objects.