Fired Works: Ceramics from Around the World
October 24 – December 18, 2014
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
Both decorative and durable, ceramic animal and human figurines have survived from as early as 24,000 BC. The first functional ceramics, used to store food and water, were produced in 9000 BC. Since the earliest years of production, ceramic technology and application have undergone continuous development and refinement, eventually achieving the numerous forms and elaborate colors found in ceramics today. Every step in the process of making a ceramic has an effect on the end result: anything from selecting the body type to changing the type of fuel used in the kiln can change the outcome. Individual cultures manipulated these techniques to create pieces specific to their regions, traditions and tastes.
This exhibition of ceramics spans the world, covering multiple continents and time periods, demonstrating the diversity of ceramic-producing cultures as well as the interrelationships between them and the wide range of outcomes a single material can achieve. The Drexel Collection contains objects originating from as many as 71 countries around the world; let the ceramics in this exhibition be your passport to the countries and cultures that produced these fascinating works. The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from October 24 through December 18. 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.
Style Within: Interior Design of the 19th Century
January 16 – March 27, 2015
Combining images of historic interiors and examples of furniture and decorative arts, this exhibition offers the viewer a sense of the decorating techniques of the 19th century. Take a step inside the homes of the past and explore the objects in their original context.
Gershon Benjamin (1899 - 1985): Modern Master
This is a retrospective exhibition on the artwork of Gershon Benjamin, an early Modernist artist active in New York in the 1920s and 1930s and associated with artists such as Milton Gottlieb, Mark Rothko and John Sloan.