Now Open: Jennifer Bartlett: History Of The Universe At The Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe, a contemporary exhibit on display until October 13. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Inside of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Hamilton Building, a brand-new, traveling exhibition fills the walls, and in many cases, truly fills all space from wall to wall.

Jennifer Bartlett: History Of The Universe, is a contemporary exhibition organized by the Parrish Art Museum and, as of today, is open at PAFA until October 13.

PAFA is one of the exhibition’s two stops on its 2013 tour.

The collection is made up of works from 1970 to 2011, many of which center on the subjects of beaches, boats and homes — iconic, oft-used subjects in the art world.

Bartlett is widely known for her use of innovative techniques and the variety of materials used in her work. For example, many of the pieces on display are made up of individual enameled steel plates that come together to create one work.

One of the exhibits largest pieces, Atlantic Ocean is made up of 224 individually painted tiles that make up a sweeping waterfront scene.

Other works on display are made up of dialogues, meticulously written from monumental times in her life, while others feature oil paintings of 24-hour snips of her life.

The Air: 24 Hours paintings are a series of works, each centering on a specific hour in the day and what Bartlett was thinking about or doing at the time.

Throughout the exhibit, guests will also find sculptures relating to certain paintings on display.

PAFA currently has 30 of Bartlett’s varied works on view.

The Locks Gallery in Washington Square hosts a concurrent exhibit entitled Jennifer Bartlett: Chaos Theory, it explores Bartlett’s use of color, shape in patterns since 1971.

See below for select works from the exhibition, and visit soon to take in this incredible retrospective of a great living artist.

Jennifer Bartlett: History Of The Universe At The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
When: June 27-October 13
Where: PAFA’s Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad Street
Cost: Adults, $15; Seniors and Students, $12; Youth (13-18), Children under 12 and Military, $8; Members, Free
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Atlantic Ocean by Jennifer Bartlett
Purple Corridor by Jennifer Bartlett


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