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
In the 1920s, the Romanian-born, Montreal-educated Benjamin arrived in New York City, and was soon befriended by a group of progressive artists who favored European modernism to the popular American Scene and Regionalist art of the day. Milton Avery and Benjamin became close and life-long colleagues, but their circle included Rothko, Gottlieb, Gorky, Sloan and the Soyer brothers, among others. Exhibiting together, they were labeled "expressionists" and praised for their individualistic style and use of color. The Rincliffe Gallery exhibition will feature portraits, still lifes, landscapes and city scenes from Benjamin's prolific seven-decade career.