Sunday, November 23, 2008


These works are not listed in any certain order, but were chosen as my 20 favorite pieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's permanent collection. Click on the title of the piece to learn more about it or it's artist.



(As I "googled" this image, I found that it was actually titled "Interior (The Rape (or Rape Scene)". The PMA didn't list (The Rape) as the title, but it certainly explains the painting's moody atmosphere and tension which is what attracted me to it in the first place.)

Edgar Degas, Interior, 1868


Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, A Reading From Homer, 1885


Jean Charles Cazin, Solitude, 1889


Henri de’Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge – The Dance, 1884-87


Henri Rousseau, Carnival Ending, 1886



Simyan/Rice, Prometheus Vase, 1867



Claude Monet, Morning Haze, 1894



Edgar Degas, The Ballet Class, 1880



Martin Brothers, Jug, 1887
(Inscribed with the text: “Welcome my friends drinke with a noble hearte / But yet before you drinke too much, departe / For though good drinke will make a coward stout / Yet when too much is in, the wil is out.”)



Joan Miro, Lunar Bird, 1966



Jean Charles Cazin, Solitude, 1889



Santiago Rusinol, Interior of a Café, 1892



Rene Magritte, The Six Elements, 1929






Constantin Brancusi, Torso of a Young Man, 1917



Jose Chavez-Morado, The Charlatan, 1942



Marcel Duchamp, Chocolate Grinder (No. 1), 1913



Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Polish Woman, 1919



Isamu Noguchi, Avatar, 1948



Andolph Gottlieb, Pictograph, 1944

Saturday, November 22, 2008


P H I L A D E L P H I A
Day 3

I had the day off today and was considering taking the $20 bus from Chinatown to Chinatown (Philly to NYC). I made the trip in 2007 after Miguel Vasquez suggested the idea - it was an easy, inexpensive way to see the city. After a little thinking, I decided to focus on Philadelphia this year because this may be my last travel season and I would be more likely to plan a personal vacation to NYC vs. Philly later on so I spent most of the day today browsing around city shops and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In my next post I will elaborate on what I decided were my favorite 20 pieces from the museum's collection.


This was a scale model of Philly I saw in a design and architecture bookstore on Arch St. I highlighted my hotel and the art museum:



Old and new architecture of Philadelphia...


The inside of the City Hall courtyard...



The LOVE sculpture near City Hall...




One of my favorite Philly murals (Philadelphia is a city of murals)...




The 'Rocky' statue in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art...



The famous 'Rocky' steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art...




View of the city from the Philadelphia Museum of Art...




Equestrian statue near the Philadelphia Museum of Art...




Roof line of the Philadelphia Museum of Art...




My favorite 20 pieces of the museum's collection. (click photo for a larger image) I will list them piece by piece in my next post...


Friday, November 21, 2008


P H I L A D E L P H I A
Day 2

My second day in Philadelphia began with a beautiful view of downtown being inundated by snow. (see below) The blizzard didn't last long and for the rest of the day the sun shone through out the city. I edited my Powerpoint presentation in the morning and walked the 7 blocks to the Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD) in the early afternoon. The weather was beautiful - clear and crisp.

I met with Miguel Vasquez, the college counselor @ CHAD who, after my few trips to Philadelphia and his trip to Grand Rapids to tour Kendall, has become both a valued professional contact and a personal friend. Of any counselor I have met in my 3 travel seasons, Miguel is the best. He learns the strengths and weaknesses of each of CHAD's seniors and uses this information to pair them up with the art and design schools that best match their temperaments.

The presentation went well, although the audience was small. Due to a change in CHAD's schedule, my presentation conflicted with the Seniors lunch hour and apparently a few students chose food over listening to me speak and I can't say that I blame them. Though there were not many atendees, those present showed top notch work, as I have come to expect from CHAD students. I am especially excited by the work of one student, Ameer Savage. His graphic design and photography skills are beyond most his age. You can see examples of his work here.

After my presentation, Miguel and I had lunch at El Fuego, a Mexican restaurant a few blocks from the school. The school itself is only blocks from Independence Historical National Park, home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and American Constitution were signed.

Later in the afternoon I ventured over to Reading Terminal Market,(photos below) a bustling market filled with fresh produce, meats, breads, and a variety of other retail vendors. Although it isn't as large, it rivals Pike Place Market in Seattle and Toronto's St. Lawrence Market (which Joe and I visited during our trip to Toronto last week) as my favorite urban farmer's market.

Tonight I plan to grab dinner with Miguel and the principal of CHAD, Stephanie Shoning (who had her adorable new Weimaraner puppy at school today.) and then it is back to my hotel to plan tomorrow's adventures...


A snowy Philadelphia morning...





On my way to CHAD. I had to make sure my shirt looked ok - the camera never lies...





The bustling Reading Terminal Market...








Thursday, November 20, 2008

P H I L A D E L P H I A
11/20/2008

I just wanted to post a few pics from my trip to Philly. I am presenting to students from the Charter High School For Architecture and Design (CHAD) tomorrow and then reviewing portfolios at the National Portfolio Day on Sunday. I left GR this afternoon, with a short layover in Cleveland. I arrived at the Lowe's Hotel around 5pm. The photo above is the view from my room on the 21st floor...


The air between here and there...





Large-scale paper airplanes at the Cleveland Airport...




Room 2511 - Art Deco style and a great view...