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William Kentridge at the Arthur Ross Gallery & the Penn Museum

  • Arthur Ross Gallery 220 South 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States (map)
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Open Door offers unique behind-the-scenes tours at Philadelphia's most intriguing cultural sites.


Join us for two special tours at the University of Pennsylvania. We will start at the 

Arthur Ross Gallery for a tour of their exhibition William Kentridge: Universal Archive, which features a series of 79 linocuts printed onto pages from dictionaries and encyclopedias.


Following, Dr. Stephen Tinney, Deputy Director and lead curator of the new Middle East Galleries at the Penn Museum will give us a tour of the new installation, which is the first in a series of transformative gallery renovations taking place over the next several years. The collection features objects from 10,000 years of human history, including the 4,500-year-old crowning jewelry of a Mesopotamian queen, one of the world's oldest wine vessels, a baby's rattle, a school child's first writing tablet, a workman's tool and over 1,200 more fascinating items through we will explore how ancient Mesopotamian societies gave rise to the world's first cities - cities not so very different, in many ways, from our own. 


This event is free - space is limited and RSVP is required to Mikaela Hawk,

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Later Event: November 1
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