Discovering Art in Philadelphia, Treasures from Private Collections
If art reflects its creator’s historical time, place and sensibilities, it also reveals much about those who value and collect it. Discover the influence and inspiration of artists and patrons on collecting trends of Philadelphians for more than two centuries. Beyond private exhibitions and museums, Philadelphia was host to many events which inspired broader audiences to appreciate and be stimulated by art. This exhibition is arranged in an order referencing the significant cultural and historical events in the city and environs that inspired the collecting interest for these works including European masters, Pennsylvania Impressionists, mid-century and contemporary Philadelphia artists. The artists and paintings in this exhibition celebrate Philadelphia’s artistic identity and reflect, in part, the Union League’s own collection which originated through the influence and patronage of its membership and their collecting interests.
This exhibit is presented by The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia (ALF), a non-profit charity established in 1996 to “…promote the heritage and spirit of The Union League of Philadelphia by educating and inspiring League members and the greater community.”
The ALF utilizes the priceless collections of the Union League for programming, tours, and presentations which reach over 30,000 people each year. When combined with the Union League’s two other affiliated charities, the Youth Work and Scholarship Foundations, the League’s impact on civic and cultural life of the Philadelphia region remains significant and lasting.
Location: The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Dates: March 30 through August 12
Member Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Public Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 to 6:00pm; Second Saturday of the month, 1:00 to 4:00pm
About The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia
The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia (“the ALF”) was established in 1996 to enhance, maintain and exhibit the historic collections of archives, manuscripts, library material, objects and art of The Union League of Philadelphia, and to use the League’s collections to conduct educational programs for League members, scholars, students and the general community. The ALF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and is a separate legal entity from the Union League itself.
In 2011, the ALF completed construction of The Sir John Templeton Heritage Center (“the Heritage Center”). The Heritage Center is an 8,500 square-foot research, program and exhibit space on the ground floor of the Union League. This space allows direct access to the Heritage Center from Broad Street. It encompasses an exhibit room, programming space, office space, a research area and a state-of-the-art collections storage vault. The ALF shares the office space within the Heritage Center with the League’s other two charities – the Youth Work and Scholarship Foundations.
The ALF presents exhibits, lectures, and other educational programs that focus on the history and heritage of the Union League and the Civil War. These programs reach thousands of students and scholars each year. Most of these programs are provided without charge. For more information on the ALF, or the Union League, visit www.ulheritagecenter.org.
About Philadelphia History Museum
Reopened to the public in September 2012 with the completion of a total interior renovation, the Philadelphia History Museum unveiled redesigned galleries to showcase its outstanding collection of historical objects, art, and artifacts. The Museum provides historical context for issues of contemporary urban life using its premier collection of over 100,000 objects, paintings, and photographs in exhibitions, programs, and interactive media. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.philadelphiahistory.org.