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Current 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 5-February 14

Due to floor re-finishing in the front hall of the Athenaeum, the exhibition will be closed from January 5 - 10


Special Events:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 12:00PM - Gallery Talk

Join Looking Forward Co-Managers Bruce Laverty and Michael Seneca for a gallery talk on the Looking Forward exhibition.  RSVP to events@philaathenaeum.org or 215-925-2688.

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 3:00PM - Looking Forward: Meet the Winners. 

Brief presentations by professional winners of the Looking Forward architectural competition with an opportunity for questions and answers following.  Free. Space limited.  RSVP to events@philaathenaeum.org or 215-925-2688.  The Athenaeum will be open from 11:00am-3:00pm.  Feel free to arrive early to see the exhibition.

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:00PM - Gallery Talk

Join Looking Forward Co-Managers Bruce Laverty and Michael Seneca for a gallery talk on the Looking Forward exhibition.  RSVP to events@philaathenaeum.org or 215-925-2688. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6:00PM -  "Looking Backward, Looking Forward: a Comparison of the Athenaeum’s 19th & 21st Century Architectural Competitions"

Lecture by Curator of Architecture Bruce Laverty, co-sponsored by ICAA and SAH.  ICAA, SAH and Athenaeum Members Free. RSVP to events@philaathenaeum.org or 215-925-2688.  All Others $10. Online payment.

 

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