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Upcoming Exhibition

Looking Forward: Re-Imagining The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

During its bicentennial year, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia spent much time and effort looking backward over two centuries, celebrating how far this organization has come since its humble beginnings in 1814. And as Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg, “it is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.” But anniversaries are also “fitting and proper” occasions to look forward.   In April 2014 we called on the architects of the world--both student and professional--to imagine an Athenaeum at the midpoint of the 21st century. We challenged them to imagine an organization that in its building, its collections,  and its program-- embraces new technologies while honoring centuries-old principles and mandates.   The drawings, models and digital images on exhibit here show the results of that challenge--to envision an Athenaeum in the not-so-distant future, a generation from now, in the year 2050.

Exhibition Dates: December 6-February 14

Special Events:

Award Presentation and Exhibition Opening

Friday, December 5, 2014.

Reception: 5:30-6:15pm
Award Presentation: 6:15-6:45pm
Exhibition Open 6:45-8:00

RSVP to or 215-925-2688