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Happiness, Liberty, Life? Politics and Art

Kara Walker's AfricanAmerican photo credit Harry SaffrenAfrican/American, 1998, by Kara Walker (photo: Harry Saffren, 2016)

Overall, the exhibition’s curators did an impressive job of representing a wide range of artists, issues, and eras. From Elaine de Kooning’s 1963 portrait of JFK to Robert Motherwell’s 1980 Put Out All Flags If you are a fan of Kara Walker, this exhibition features two of her over-sized linoleum prints, African/American, 1998, and I’ll Be a Monkey’s Uncle, 1996. And, yes, there are not only famous portraits of George Washington, but a cunning photo op that allows visitors to stick their heads through an image of our Founding Father for Facebook and Snapchat fans.

Me & George(1)The author takes advantage of the photo

1963 portrait of JFK, by Elaine de Kooning ©1963 Elaine de Kooning Trust/National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. 

But, wait, there’s more! A few of the exhibition’s pieces, including de Kooning’s portrait of JFK, are to be found in PAFA’s main building, just across the street. While there, check out PAFA’s permanent exhibition, renowned for its collection of American art. Plus, don’t miss the companion exhibition by PAFA graduate students on the lower level of the Hamilton Building.


If You Go

Happiness, Liberty, Life? Politics & Art runs through September 18 at the Samuel Hamilton Building, Broad and Cherry Streets, Philadelphia.

The museum’s café Tableau offers grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, muffins. and beverages with indoor and outdoor seating. Want something more exciting? The Reading Terminal Market is just two blocks away, offering an exhausting array of international cuisine.

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  • roz warren August 25, 2016 at 6:23 pm