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March 27, 2014

Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Auctions His Personal Art Collection, Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30

Material Culture houses a wealth of global furniture, art and artifacts, and hosts a weekend-long exhibition and auction this weekend, March 29-30 (Photo courtesy Material Culture)

Art aficionados and cinephiles alike are sure to take note of Material Culture’s latest auction.

The 60,000-square-foot cultural space, housed in the former train garage of the Atwater Kent Radio Factory, hosts Direct from the Eye: The Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art, on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30.

The expansive auction will include more than 900 lots of superb, self-taught art from the personal collection of the Oscar-winning director, famous for classic masterpieces like The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia.

Demme has been gathering these eclectic pieces during his travels over a period of more than 30 years, and his finds hail from places across the globe.

Patrons can stop by Material Culture to get a free, close-up look at the works at now through Saturday. A free party will be held to celebrate the event from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, March 28. There’s no charge to attend the party, but an RSVP is required.

The official auction commences at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but bring your checkbook if you plan to make any purchases.

Direct from the Eye: The Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art
When: Auction, Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m.; Party, Friday, March 28, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Material Culture, 4700 Wissahickon Avenue
Cost: Free to attend, but purchases are pay-as-you-go
More info: www.materialculture.com

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