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Philadelphia Museum of Art  The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the cultural heart of a great city—the place for creative play, with a surprise around every corner. #philamuseum

Are you scared to walk by the river after dark because your Abuela kept you up at night with tales of #LaLlorona? Long story short if you’re not familiar with the gruesome tale: There was a beautiful woman in white who “lost” her children by the river in the midst of a passionate love affair, who now spends eternity crying and searching the banks for them. Be careful, she might mistake you for one of her children and take you with her. #HispanicHeritageMonth

“Bride Dancing," 1940, by Emilio Amero

The Museum is deeply saddened by the death of its longstanding friend and frequent collaborator, architect #RobertVenturi (1925–2018). Born in Philadelphia, #Venturi was beloved and highly regarded by the art, architecture, and design community in the city, and achieved global status through his joyful, experimental, and exuberant built and designed forms. He will be remembered as a giant who profoundly changed his field, and the lives of those who encountered his work, no more so, than the many friends he made over the years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“‘Gothic Revival’ Chair," designed 1979–84 by Robert Venturi; made 1984 by Knoll

Join us TONIGHT in the Perelman Building to celebrate “#YaelBartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned,” and enjoy a preview of the show with artist herself. Cash bar and complimentary snacks will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public. Check out our Facebook event for more information.

Still from “And Europe Will Be Stunned: Zamach (Assassination),” 2011, by Yael Bartana (Image courtesy of the artist)

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Meiji period, an era when Japan made rapid political and social changes and opened to the West for the first time. At the first world’s fair in the US—the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876—Americans got their first look at Japanese craftsmanship. "Philadelphia Collects Meiji," an exhibition highlighting the collections of four Philadelphians, is now on view in the main building.

“Fall of the Castle," 1902, by Otake Chikuha

Despite the high regard that #VincentVanGogh had for his cousin Anton Mauve (whose work strongly influenced #vanGogh’s early style), Mauve and his fellow Hauge school painters only recently have regained some of the great reputation they enjoyed in their own day.

“The Return of the Flock, Laren," c. 1886-1887, by Anton Mauve

G’mar Chatima Tova, to all of our friends observing #YomKippur, which starts tonight.

“Scene in a Synagogue,” 1868–70, by Jacques-Émile-Édouard Brandon

This painting, a complete invention of a mythic place of ancient sacrifice to a lost god, borrows an idol from Easter Island and a fence decorated with skulls influenced by Maori body art. Visit this land of Gauguin's imagination, on view in our galleries.

“The Sacred Mountain (Parahi Te Marae)," 1892, by Paul Gauguin

Experience the drama and glamour of some of the most creative feminine fashions ever designed. "#FabulousFashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now" opens October 16.

“Dress," c. 1994, designed by Pierre Cardin © Archives Pierre Cardin

The invention of photography ushered in the age of celebrity. Artists and writers quickly learned that photographs were an indispensable tool to fashion their public identities and spread their fame. "Face to Face" presents a sampling from our extraordinary collection of photographic portraits of artists.

#BillieHoliday with Her Dog, Mister," March 23, 1949, by Carl Van Vechten

Award-winning vocalist Alita Moses entertains with alluring jazz arrangements ranging from George Gershwin to Esperanza Spalding with Friday Nights performances.

“What do you do? ‘I Got Music’,” 1995, by Barbara Westman © Barbara Westman

Happy #MexicanIndependenceDay! #OnThisDay in 1810, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the call to arms, called the “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores,” that started the Mexican War of Independence. The Virgin of Guadalupe is an important symbol in Mexican culture, and Hidalgo and his troops used the image as their insignia. ¡Viva Mexico!

“The Virgin of Guadalupe,” 18th century, made in Mexico

Join us for a free public performance next Saturday, September 22, that starts at @independencenps and ends at the Museum. Bridging funerary tradition, military ritual, and personal testimony, “Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies!” by #YaelBartana will create a living monument to end violence. For event details visit our Facebook event.

Poster for public performance, 2018, designed by Gila Kaplan and Avi Bohbot

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