Terecita Fernandez’s Fire at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art – In 2021, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s much-anticipated Frank Gehry-designed master plan comes to fruition. Dramatic changes inside the iconic building include the opening up of spaces not seen by the public for decades.

Among the highlights: a soaring forum, with its inaugural installation of Terecita Fernandez’s Fire (the United States of the Americas) (2017); 20,000 square feet of new gallery space to be filled with art that rethinks the story of Philadelphia and the nation; a renovated Lenfest Hall; views that show off the city skyline from inside the building; and an outdoor portico overlooking the Schuylkill River.

Later in the year, the museum will partner with the Whitney Museum of American Art on simultaneous exhibitions of the work of Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror considered the country’s most significant living artist. Originally scheduled to show in 2020, the unprecedented collaboration will chronologically show paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, books, and costumes that mirror the other’s display, creating an immersive exhibition that itself is a study in Johns’ fascination with reflections. Exhibit: September 29, 2021–February 13, 2022.

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