I spent most of last week in Philadelphia helping my sister and her fiance with their brand-new baby. Baby pics will be coming (promise!) but today I wanted to share a little bit about my visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This was my first visit to Philadelphia and since I was there to help, rather than be a tourist, I didn’t spend a lot of time seeing the sights. I was trying to figure out whether to go to the museum or the Liberty Bell on my last day, and when I saw there was an exhibit on pop art and consumerism, that won out. (I figure the Liberty Bell will be a good stop when I go back with my kids.) It is rare that I have the opportunity to wander through a museum alone and at my own pace, so this was a good decision. I am by no means an art connoisseur, but the museum was impressive from the moment I walked through the door.
My first stop was the pop art exhibit and I loved it. There was a variety of thought-provoking pieces with commentary on culture, politics, celebrity, brands and consumers.
Next I wandered upstairs to European Art where I stumbled upon paintings by Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Renoir, sculptures by Rodin and more. Downstairs there was a huge backdrop painted by Marc Chagall for the Ballet Theatre of New York. I was absolutely in awe.
Next, I wandered out the back to look at some of the sculptures. Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness invoked many images I have seen from the Armenian Genocide, and it stopped me in my tracks. Very powerful.
I enjoyed my visit, but I didn’t even begin to see everything that was there. I will definitely have to go back again. Before I left, there was still one iconic Philadelphia sculpture to be seen.