'Shades of Gray' Exhibit Now On Display in Main Building

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“Shades of Gray: Captured Images by Great Photographers,” the new exhibition in the Main Building’s Rincliffe Gallery, displays 32 photographs donated to The Drexel Collection by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ingersoll in 1985. 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 work by some of the most influential and pioneering photographers, including Eugene Atget, Edward Weston and Eadweard Muybridge, creating an indispensible 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 the Main Building from June 9 through Aug. 4.

The Rincliffe Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The Gallery is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lynn Clouser, assistant curator, The Drexel Collection, at 215.895.2414 or