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October 22, 2014

Tonight Picks: Witch Craft Beer Crawl In East Passyunk, Terror Behind The Walls, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday, Ghost Tours, Philadelphia Film Festival And More

East Passyunk

Tonight, witches and warlocks will make their way to East Passyunk Avenue for the annual Witch Craft Beer Crawl.
(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Rainy Wednesday evenings call for museum visits, bar crawls and haunted fun. Luckily, the city of full of rainy-weather appropriate happenings this evening.

Both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Museum of American Jewish History swing open their doors for whatever price you’d like to pay for the weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday promotion.

East Passyunk hosts its annual Witch Craft Beer Crawl complete with craft beer specials, costumed bar crawlers and more at 13 restaurants throughout the neighborhood.

Eastern State Penitentiary continues its Terror Behind the Walls haunted house this evening (it’s rain or shine!) with Hollywood-quality special effects and lighting, custom props and more than 200 actors. Terror Behind the Walls in the rain? Done.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Witch Craft Beer Crawl in East Passyunk

From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., witches and warlocks will gather on East Passyunk Avenue for the annual Witch Craft Beer Crawl. A ticket fee of $6.66 gets you a witch hat, $3 craft beer at 13 participating bars and a witch craft stamp card to win raffle prizes. Participating bars include Cantina los Caballitos, Pub on Passyunk East, The Bottle Shop, Stateside, Garage and Stogie Joe’s. Registration will take place at Garage, and a limited number of tickets will be available at Garage beginning at 5:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Participating bars and restaurants
Cost: $6.66 plus $3 per beer

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Halloween spirit continues full force at Eastern State Penitentiary as it continues its Terror Behind the Walls haunted house. Tickets tonight at $19 in advance and $25 at the door. Save $3 when you purchase tickets to Terror Behind the Walls online using discount code VISITPHILLY31. Boo!

When: Wednesday, October 22, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: $19 in advance, $25 at the door

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

From 5 to 8:45 p.m., the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens up to after-hours guests for its weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday promotion. Enjoy yoga at 6 and 7 p.m., themed tours, poetry performances and more.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Spend your evening at the museum as the National Museum of American Jewish History continues its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday promotion in celebration of its current exhibition, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American. Stroll the galleries while checking out the exhibition, which closes on October 26.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 5-8 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Pay what you wish

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Visit the National Museum of American Jewish History tonight as it wraps up its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday promotion.
(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

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October 22, 2014

Mo’ne Davis Stars In Touching New Commercial That Debuted During Last Night’s World Series; Watch The Full Spike Lee-Directed Documentary

Mo’ne Davis won over the hearts of Philadelphia this summer when she and the Taney Dragons made an amazing run in the 2014 Little League World Series.

Well, prepare for her to win over your heart all over again with this awesome and empowering new commercial she stars in for Chevrolet.

The Spike Lee-directed ad features a montage of shots showing Mo’ne in her hometown – she runs in from the outfield of her home field, Anderson Yards at 18th and Fitzwater, with the Philadelphia Skyline prominently on display in the background; she eats pizza with her friends at Lazaro’s on South Street; she drains a half-court shot inside at Marian Anderson Rec Center; and she hangs out with her family at her house.

All leading up to her delivering one of signature 70-mph fastballs straight over home plate, while Mo’ne, in a voice-over, says: “I throw 70 miles per hour. That’s throwing like a girl.

Here’s the full script of Mo’ne’s voice-over in the commercial:

“Dear United States of America: I’m 13 years old. This summer was the best summer of my young life.

Out of this whole journey, the best part was having my family behind me supporting me through everything I did.

I have a passion for sports. Everyday of the week, I’m playing soccer, basketball or baseball.

I stand for girls that want to play sports with the boys and to be a role model for people, young and old.

I throw 70 miles per hour. That’s throwing like a girl.

Sincerely, Your Daughter – Mo’ne Davis

It’s a great commercial. Mo’ne continues to make us all proud.

Note: In addition to the 60-second commercial, which will air twice during each game of the world series, there’s a 17-minute documentary about Mo’ne Davis that Spike Lee also directed. It’s embedded below. Check it out. Also of note, Mo’ne was able to film the commercial and still retain her eligibility for an NCAA scholarship.

More Info:

Mo’ne Davis: Throw Like A Girl Commercial & Spike Lee Documentary [Chevrolet]

Philadelphia featured prominently in Mo’ne Davis World Series commercial [The 700 Level]

A behind-the-scene shot of Mo'ne and Spike Lee at Anderson Yards in Graduate Hospital during the filming of the commercial and documentary. (Photo courtesy Chevrolet)

A behind-the-scene shot of Mo’ne and Spike Lee at Anderson Yards in Graduate Hospital during the filming of the commercial and documentary. (Photo courtesy Chevrolet)

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October 22, 2014

The Woodlands In University City Celebrates Halloween With A Variety Of Family Events On Sunday, October 26

The Woodlands

The Woodlands celebrates Halloween with a ton of fun festivities of all sort on Sunday, October 26. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

This Sunday, October 26, The Woodlands historic mansion and cemetery hosts a day-long Halloween affair with a variety of events for all to enjoy.

The lovely grounds of The Woodlands will welcome a family fun day complete with a mini-Mütter Museum featuring interactive fun with — yup– medical oddities. Check out a life size giant for height comparisons, a 19th-century amputation kit, bone games, a forensic kit and plenty of knowledge from Mütter Museum staff.

At 1 and 2:30 p.m., embark on a Civil War medical walking tour from the historic Hamilton Mansion, once home to Andrew Hamilton. Learn about some of the influential people that are buried at The Woodlands, like a physician who gave his soldiers shock treatment therapy and an amputee Confederate officer.

Throughout the day, explore mansion’s grounds and the cemetery on scavenger hunt to find grave plots of famous residents and fall books hidden throughout. Plus, the Halloween arts and crafts will also be stationed throughout the site.

The festival is free and open to the public, so just show up to participate.

Halloween celebrations in a cemetery? Deal.

Halloween Family Fun at The Woodlands
When: Sunday, October 26, noon-4 p.m.
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Varies
More info: www.woodlandsphila.org

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October 22, 2014

Coming Attraction: The National Constitution Center To Display One Of 12 Surviving Copies Of The Bill Of Rights In Constituting Liberty, Opening, Thursday, October 30

National Constitution Center

A blockbuster lineup of exhibitions are on display in the Philadelphia region this fall, including a landmark display of an original copy of the Bill of Rights at the National Constitution Center. (Photo courtesy National Constitution Center)

The first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution grant the freedoms of speech, of the press, the right to peaceably assemble and many other empowering privileges enjoyed by Americans.

Soon, visitors to Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center will be able to not only learn about the founding documents, but also see the authentic document that enumerates these rights.

For the first time in decades, one of the 12 surviving original copies of the Bill of Rights will be seen in public right here in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center.

Part of a landmark, 100-year agreement between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The New York Public Library, the delicate document will travel from its home in the New York Public Library’s teaching collection to Philadelphia the for a three-year display starting this October.

The Constitution Center will be the very first institution in Pennsylvania to exhibit this 200-year-old historic document to the general public, and will present the rare original copy in the special exhibition Constituting Liberty: From The Declaration To The Bill of Rights.

To celebrate the extended stay of the Bill of Rights in Philadelphia, a brand new exhibition hall has been constructed to house the historic document. The new George H.W. Bush Gallery will display the Bill of Rights alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence as well as a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution.

Constituting Liberty will make a supremely appropriate complement to the center’s existing exhibitions, including Signers’ Hall and its first public printing of the Constitution.

For more on this momentous addition to the National Constitution Center, see the video below and stay tuned for more information.

And make plans now to view this important page from history.

Constituting Liberty: From The Declaration To The Bill of Rights
When: Opening Thursday, October 30
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: Included in museum admission; adults, $14.50; seniors/students/youth, $13; children, $8
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org
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October 22, 2014

Contest Alert: Find Your Perfect Trip To The Philadelphia Countryside And Win One Of A Dozen Prizes From Visit Philly

Take a short quiz and you might score one of a dozen prizes for trips to Philadelphia's countryside.

Take a short quiz and you might score one of a dozen prizes for trips to Philadelphia’s countryside. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Seeking an escape beyond city limits?

Visit Philadelphia just launched the Find Your Perfect Trip To The Philadelphia Countryside contest to give roadtrippers the chance to find out which charming suburban town to visit — and perhaps a prize to help along the trip.

Entering is a cinch.

Just take this short quiz on Facebook to discover which of the six countryside-themed trails make the perfect trip for you.

Are you wine connoisseur? A museum enthusiast? This quiz will answer the question!

The quiz will be available online through Tuesday, November 4, and can be taken once a day.

A random selection of 12 fans will win themed prize packs valued at $100 each.

Happy roadtripping!

Find Your Perfect Trip to the Philadelphia Countryside [Facebook]

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October 22, 2014

Halloween Arrives On East Passyunk Avenue With The Neighborhood-Wide Fall Fest And Spooky Saturday This Saturday, October 25

East Passyunk Avenue

East Passyunk hosts its annual Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday complete with a costume contest, alfresco food and drinks, trick-or-treating, music and more, Saturday, October 25. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

South Philly gets in the Halloween spirit this weekend for the East Passyunk neighborhood’s annual Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday, a day-long festival of free family-friendly fun.

This Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., folks are encouraged to start the Halloween celebrations early by arriving decked out in costumes (yup, adults, kids and dogs!), trick-or-treating and pumpkin painting.

In addition to Halloween fun, a wide assortment of general festival happenings fill the neighborhood, too, centered around the Singing Fountain at Passyunk Square.

Read on for our guide to the fall festival.

The Food and Drink

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a number of food trucks and neighborhood restaurants will set up shop alfresco at the Singing Fountain with a variety of outdoor eats and drinks.

Enjoy Halloween cupcakes and cookies from Ms. Goody Cupcake, cocktail from Stateside, craft beer barbecue pork sliders from Bottle Bar East, tater tots from The Tot Cart, sausages and gnocchi from Mamma Maria Ristorante and more.

Halloween Festivities

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children — and dogs, too — are encouraged to show off their Halloween attire for a costume contest at the Singing Fountain. Prizes will be awarded for the scariest costume, most original and funniest.

Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle hosts a fall plant sale and an afternoon of pumpkin painting in celebration of East Passyunk’s Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Guests are also encouraged to paint pumpkins and shop for autumnal plants at Urban Jungle, trick-or-treat at businesses between the Singing Fountain and Mifflin triangle, a Halloween dance party and more.

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October 22, 2014

Longwood Gardens’ Chrysanthemum Festival Returns, Featuring More Than 20,000 Beautiful Blooms, October 25-November 23

There may be a chill in the air, but Longwood Gardens' conservatory bursts with a flowers and plants that will make you feel warm throughout the fall. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)

With the autumn season now in full swing, Longwood Gardens gorgeous property makes for a perfect place to find nature’s colorful foliage, or to tuck indoors to take in the beautiful blooms of the expansive conservatory.

This Saturday, October 25, Longwood Gardens opens its annual Chrysanthemum Festival, which features more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums grown in extraordinary ways throughout Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.

The highlight of the festival is the nation’s largest chrysanthemum, the Thousand Bloom Mum, with more than 1,300 blooms and measuring more than 11 feet in diameter.

The idea and method for growing the Thousand Bloom (known in Japan as Ozukuri) was introduced in Japan and China more than 200 years ago, and is the most difficult of all the chrysanthemum training styles. The growing technique is a whopping 15- to 18-month prcoess and involves meticulous care to arrange the blooms in a dome shape.

Check out this video of the making of this horticultural marvel.

Also this weekend, the Philadelphia Chapter of Ikebana International, Ameriseki Group of the N.A. Viewing Stone Society and the Brandywine Bonsai Society host a special Ikebana and Bonsai exhibit at Longwood Gardens.

And of course, the gardens’ Pumpkin Playground and all of its autumnal beauty are also on display.

Be sure to take a trip out to Kennett Square to check out the Chrysanthemum Festival and Longwoods’ hundreds of acres of glowing reds, brilliant golds and bright oranges of nature’s foliage.

Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens
When: October 25–November 23
Where: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: $18, adult; $8, students; $15, seniors
More info: www.longwoodgardens.org

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October 22, 2014

Manayunk Celebrates Halloween With 3-Days Of Events Including A Screening Of Hocus Pocus, Trick-Or-Treating And More, October 23-25

(Photo courtesy Manayunk Development Corporation)

Celebrate Halloween in Manayunk with neighborhood trick-or-treating, a Thriller zombie dance off, a screening of Hocus Pocus, a fall festival and more, October 23-25. (Photo courtesy Manayunk Development Corporation)

Manayunk celebrates Halloween, or Halloweekend, with three days of themed events — from a zombie dance party and trick or treating to a screening of Hocus Pocus and an eerie one-act show.

The Halloweekend festivities kick off with a performance by the Manayunk Theatre Company at Bourbon Blue on Thursday, October 23. Watch the theatrical troupe perform Splatter, a one-act psychological thriller.

On Friday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m., nosh on fare from 7 restaurants throughout the neighborhood as Chew Philly debuts its haunted food tours. On Friday night, visit the new Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center for a free screening of Hocus Pocus at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, October 25, bring the youngsters out for an afternoon of trick-or-treating from noon to 4 p.m. Participating Main Street businesses will be marked with a scarecrow. Kids — and dogs, too! — are encouraged to come in their Halloween best for a costume parade throughout the neighborhood.

From noon to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, head to Pretzel Park for a fall festival complete with food trucks, live music, dance performances and more.

Elsewhere on Saturday, head to Main Street at Cotton Street for the second annual zombie thriller dance-off. Beginning at 3 p.m., put your Thriller dance moves to the test at this giant pop-up dance party. Dancers are encouraged to dress in their best zombie attire.

Competitors will be broken up by age groups — 13 and over and 13 and under. The last dancer standing and best zombie costume will be awarded cash prizes. Free registration is required and available online.

Don’t know the Thriller shuffle? Look to teachers from Merge Dance Studio for guidance before the competition starts.

The festivities close out at 6 p.m. on October 25 with the Halloween fire, floating light barrels down the Manayunk canal.

For the full rundown of events, broken down by day and time, click here.

Halloweekend in Manayunk
When: October 23-25
Where: Main Street, Manayunk
Cost: Free
More info: www.manayunk.com

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October 21, 2014

Halloween In Philadelphia 2014: Our Guide To Costume Parties, Themed Dinners, Haunted Houses, Concerts And More On Friday, October 31

Happy Halloween, Philadelphia! Celebrate the ghoulish holiday at all-night dance parties, bashes at bars, costume parties at museums, late-night concerts and more. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Happy Halloween, Philadelphia! Celebrate the ghoulish holiday at all-night dance parties, bashes at bars, costume parties at museums, late-night concerts and more. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Get ready for a monster of holiday weekend, Philadelphia. We’re pretty psyched Halloween is on a Friday this year, since that means the parties and celebrations can go all weekend long.

Whether you’re looking for activities for pint-sized trick-or-treaters or blowouts for party-ready grown-ups, festivities are in high supply in neighborhoods across the city. Also on tap for Friday, October 31: haunted tours, an Edgar Allen Poe-themed performance, a Sherlock Holmes dinner, costume dance parties, a fantastic Halloween ball and more.

And here’s an idea: Stay over and avoid the hassle of getting home after the halloween parties end. There are several Center City hotels offering some awesome deals on Halloween night — Center City hotel deals start at just $139 per night. Click here for Halloween hotel options.

Below, we’ve highlighted more than 50 events happening on Friday, October 31 for maximum Halloween night celebrations.

Start planning your Halloween costume, gather your friends and plan your Halloween night using our handy guide.

HALLOWEEN PARTIES AT BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Halloween at the Haunted Hotel Monaco

Heaven and hell come forth at the Hotel Monaco for its Halloween party. Stratus Rooftop Lounge will transform into heaven, complete with DJ, champagne and cocktails, while the first floor of the Monaco will be decked out in a hellish theme with haunting music, spooky drinks and more. Plus, there’s a complimentary open bar from 10 to 11 p.m. Early bird tickets are $25 and tickets at the door are $30. MORE INFO

Halloween Dance Party at The Trestle Inn

The Trestle Inn’s annual Halloween dance party takes a Brazilian spin with Latin and Brazilian soul music in addition to a costume contest, drink specials (including a complimentary cocktail), go go dancing and more. The party starts at 7 p.m. with a free screening of At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul. Drink-fueled good times and bumping music rock from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. MORE INFO

Night of the Philly Dead: Brews and Brains at International House

International House Philadelphia toasts Halloween with a zombie-themed dance party, costume contest and plenty of craft beer. Look forward to food, cocktails, music until 2 a.m. and even some zombie makeup consultations. Also groove to music by DJ Skeme Richards, a member of the Rock Steady Crew. Admission is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Tickets are available online and include an open bar and food. At the door, ticket prices will increase. MORE INFO

Halloween at Silk City

Dance all night at Silk City’s Halloween costume bash. Come dressed to impress for the chance to win one of numerous prizes and get down to music from a rocking DJ. Cover rings in at $5 for gals and $10 for guys. MORE INFO

Johnny Brenda's

Get dressed up in your Halloween’s finest and head to Johnny Brenda’s for an all-night dance party.
(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Universal Cave Halloween at Johnny Brenda’s

Dance all night at Johnny Brenda’s Universal Cave Halloween, a full evening of music from a solid lineup of DJs. The party lasts from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. downstairs at the well-loved Fishtown music venue. MORE INFO


FOR MANY MORE HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS IN PHILADELPHIA — CLICK HERE.


Making Time at Union Transfer

Dance ’til you drop at Making Time’s Halloween party edition at Union Transfer. Get down to music by headliners Dum Dum Girls in addition to Dave P. and Sammy Slice. The party starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Tickets, $15, are available online. MORE INFO

Seven Deadly Sins at Yakitori Boy

Yakitori Boy hosts a seven deadly sins-themed party this Halloween complete with a costume contest, tunes from a DJ and a complimentary first shot. The best-dressed guests will receive VIP bottle service as a prize. MORE INFO

Sherlock Holmes Dinner at The Treemont

Don your finest tweed for The Treemont’s costumed Sherlock Holmes dinner on Halloween night. Enjoy Sherlock Holmes-inspired drinks and food while wearing clothes that would have appealed to the master detective. Dinner costs $35 per person. MORE INFO

Terror Behind the Walls Dinner at London Grill

Through November 8. Fuel up before getting spooked at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Enjoy the Fright and Bite package from London Grill which includes a three-course dinner, coffee or tea and a ticket to Terror Behind the Walls and a quick pass to beat the line. MORE INFO

Boos and Brews Spirit of Philadelphia Cruise

As part of its recurring Beef and Beer cruise, the Spirit of Philadelphia celebrates Halloween with a Boos and Brews cruise complete with an open bar, a build your own cheesesteak station and prizes for the best Halloween costume, but masks are not allowed. Tickets are $66.90 per person, and all guests must be over the age of 21. MORE INFO

Terror Behind the Walls

Looking for a super spooky way to celebrate Halloween? Head to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Howl-O-Ween at Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar gets in on the Halloween party action with drink specials, plenty of live piano music and a costume contest that includes up to $500 in cash and prizes. The party starts at 5 p.m. MORE INFO

Halloween at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

For a cover fee of $5, dance and enjoy Halloween entertainment at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant’s Halloween Costume party. Dress in your Halloween best for the chance to win one of numerous prizes. MORE INFO

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October 21, 2014

Must-See Exhibition: The Philadelphia Museum Of Art Debuts The Sweeping Retrospective Paul Strand: Master Of Modern Photography, On View Now Through January 4, 2015

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents the sweeping retrospective Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography this fall, including such iconic photos as Wall Street, New York. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Paul Strand Retrospective Collection, 1915 1975, gift of the estate of Paul Strand, 1980. © Estate of Paul Strand)

Nowadays, everyone is a photographer. Smartphone cameras and Instagram have enabled the general public to take on the photographic medium like never before, giving rise to a widespread contemporary appreciation for the craft.

This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art gives photography fans the chance to cull tips from one of the greatest masters of the art in its new marquee exhibition.

Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography opens today, October 21 at Philadelphia’s Parthenon on the Parkway, and showcases the artist’s entire life’s work, including candid street portraits, close-ups of natural and machine forms, printed books, films and images from his world travels.

The first major retrospective of the iconic American photographer in nearly five decades, the sweeping Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibit displays approximately 250 of Strand’s greatest original prints — but that’s merely a fraction of the museum’s Paul Strand (1890-1976) holdings.

Of the museum’s more than 227,000 objects, the collection includes nearly 4,000 prints by the iconic photographer and filmmaker, a holding just recently multiplied by an acquisition of 3,000 prints from the Paul Strand Archive which created the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of Strand’s work.

Read on for more on this remarkable retrospective.

Paul Strand Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition curator Peter Barberie, shown here, depicts Strand as not only a great photographer, but also a great modern artist. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

The Exhibition

Housed in the spacious Dorrance Galleries, Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography offers visitors a wonderfully in-depth look at Strand’s development as a photographer and an influential American artist.

From Strand’s early works in the Pictorialist style of the 1910s to his then-progressive depictions of urban landscapes to his masterful extended portraits and beyond, the display presents Strand as a great modern artist whose contribution to the art world can still be felt today.

Curated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, the exhibition features approximately 250 of Strand’s finest prints taken during his six-decade career, with a particular focus on projects from the 1910s through the 1960s.

Organized in six themes, the exhibition moves through the galleries chronologically from Strand’s early works as a student at New York’s Ethical Culture School, where he first developed his passion for photography, through his periods of focusing on portraits, nature, landscapes and travel.

The exhibition will also include works of Strand’s contemporaries — the Alfred Stieglitz circle — and exhibit his works alongside paintings by such artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and John Marin, as well as photographs by Stieglitz, who helped to launch Strand’s career.

In addition to his wonderful images, visitors can also see excerpts of three of Strand’s films, including his first foray into moving pictures, the avant-garde Manhatta (1921).

Additionally, museumgoers can follow the audio guide of the exhibition for even more insight into Strand’s background, artistic process and motivation. Not only does the audio guide include narratives from the curators, but it also features stories from those who knew Strand and were photographed by him.

Paul Strand Philadelphia Museum of Art

Among the works included in the comprehensive exhibition is this gelatin silver print The Family, Luzzara (The Lusettis) by Paul Strand. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Paul Strand Collection, purchased with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Hauslohner, 1972. © Estate of Paul Strand)

Special Programming and Events

Though the exhibition of more than 200 works might be engaging along, a variety of special events are happening in conjunction with this show throughout the fall, for members and the public alike.

Those who are serious about the art of photography should register for the History of Photography course Thursday, October 23 and Saturday, October 25, or take one of the many workshops offered this fall.

In collaboration with the International House, a Paul Strand film series explores the cinema that informed Strand’s filmmaking and shows Strand’s films in their entirety on select dates this fall. First up, see three short films on Friday, October 24. Check here for the complete schedule of films.

Additionally, the annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium focuses on Paul Strand this year, and runs Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8.

Note, too, that the exhibition will travel to Switzerland, Spain and England once its debut in Philadelphia has ended.

Don’t miss this snapshot of one of the great American masters.

Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
When: October 21-January 4, 2015
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included with museum admission
More info: www.philamuseum.org

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