Style Within: Interior Design of the 19th Century
January 16 – March 27, 2015
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
Combining images of historic interiors and examples of furniture and decorative arts, this exhibition offers the viewer a sense of the decorating techniques found during the dramatically changing world of the 19th century.
The 19th-century home was a refuge from the fast-paced outside world introduced by the Industrial Revolution between 1750 and 1900. The styles in these homes expressed the belief that historical reference suggested good values and taste and was a way to experience life in a past seen as wonderful, beautiful and rich.
Revivalism predominates in the design of furnishings and buildings of the 19th century. Furnishings that recreated past styles were familiar and less threatening in the changing world. They offered the newly wealthy and middle class, who might be unsure about good taste, a gauge for fashion and gentility. They gave nations a visual way of reinforcing their political structure or unifying under a common past. Revivalism in interior design eased the growing consumer population of the 19th century into the new world of mass production, greater choice and disposable goods.The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from January 16 through March 27. The Rincliffe Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gallery is free and open to the public.
Gershon Benjamin (1899 - 1985): Modern Master
April 27 – August 7, 2015
In the 1920s, the Romanian-born, Montreal-educated Benjamin arrived in New York City, and was soon befriended by a group of progressive artists who favored European modernism to the popular American Scene and Regionalist art of the day. Milton Avery and Benjamin became close and life-long colleagues, but their circle included Rothko, Gottlieb, Gorky, Sloan and the Soyer brothers, among others. Exhibiting together, they were labeled "expressionists" and praised for their individualistic style and use of color. The Rincliffe Gallery exhibition will feature portraits, still lifes, landscapes and city scenes from Benjamin's prolific seven-decade career.
Awareness: Larry Clark's Tulsa Photo Series
August 28 – November 13, 2015
Larry Clark (b. 1943) is an American photographer, film director and writer. From 1963–1971, using photography, Clark documented his life and the lives of his friends and their drug use. The culmination of this series of photographs was a book, Tulsa, published in 1971, that shed light on the reality of drug use in suburban America.
Toys, Trinkets and Trifles: Toys and Miniatures from The Drexel Collection
December 4, 2015 – February 15, 2016
The nostalgia for childhood playthings is especially strong around the holidays. Relive your childhood and learn of the games of the past with this exhibition displaying the extensive collection of miniatures, toys and games from The Drexel Collection.