Art and Music

Art Gallery Shows and Music Performances

The Philomathean Society frequently hosts art shows and music performances in its Art Gallery; such events and happenings are posted in this category. In addition, members often visit the Philadelphia Orchestra and numerous Penn ensembles, the results of which may also be posted here.

The Philomathean Bicentennial Concert

1266557_10200747061983437_262203291_o7:30PM Wednesday, October 2nd | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Please join Philo in celebrating 200 years of raising hell with our brains at our Bicentennial Concert! This concert will feature performances by the Daedalus Quartet, Radhika Mahidhara, James Kwak (Philo ’14), and Davis Butner of works by Schubert, Korngold, Brahms, and Rachmaninov. A reception and Q&A will follow.

This concert, like all our events, is free and open to the public.

Daedalus has received copious praise from critics, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Boston Globe, and has served as the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006.
For more information about the outstanding musician who make up this quartet, please visit

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Philomathean Art Gallery presents “Popular Permutations”: Opening Gala

MitchellPoster6:00PM Thursday, April 4th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Please join the Philomathean Society in welcoming Mitchell Anderson’s “Popular Permutations” to the Art Gallery during our opening gala.

Mitchell, born in Chicago in 1985, currently lives in Switzerland and spends periods in Marfa, Texas. He produces embroidery, paintings and sculpture in abundance. His instillation explores ideas of abstract change by distortion of form, context, and place. Come experience a play on popular ideas of the gloomy, the exciting, the sexy and the scary altered such that they become indistinguishable from one another.

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Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle

6:00 PM Wednesday 1 December 2010 | Philomathean Halls

Featuring Michael Taylor, the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Join the Philomathean Society for a special preview of “Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle,” opening in March of 2011 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Taylor will provide a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what goes into organizing an exhibition at a major museum as he discusses Chagall’s early career as an aspiring painter living in bohemian Paris and revolutionary Russia. The exhibition will feature Chagall’s masterpieces from the 1910s and ‘20s, including the Museum’s Half-Past Three (The Poet) of 1911, as well as paintings and sculptures by his French and Eastern European contemporaries.

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Art Exhibit: Undressing Race

4:00 PM Sunday 14 November 2010 | Cohen Hall’s Fox Art Gallery

Undressing Race is Penn Race Dialogue Project’s Fall Art Exhibit Find the event on Facebook.

“Undressing Race” examines the intersection of race and human exteriors. Our collection of t-shirt designs probes race as an appearance that an individual is unable to choose, as a shirt one can never take off. Underneath our clothing, skin color also subjects individuals to a set of assumptions. A photography piece explores the diversity of the human skin tone gradient. In the Philomathean Art Gallery, mixed media pieces by a Philadelphia artist explore layered identities.

Contributors to our exhibit include: Philadelphia artist Sophie Sanders, Shrestha Singh (C’12), and other Philadelphia and Penn student artists!

Opening event featuring Excelano Project, DJ Rico, and free food: Sunday 11/14 at 4pm in Cohen Hall’s Fox Art Gallery (Cohen Hall Ground Floor, entrance between Terrace Room and G-17) Gallery will run from 11/14 – 12/8 (Closing event, “Redressing Race” on 12/8)

For more information: contact racedialogueproject (at) or visit the Race Dialogue Project website!

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XXY: This is not Pornography

3 – 18 December, 2009 | 4th floor, College Hall

The Philomathean Art Gallery presents…
XXY: This Is Not Pornography**
Featuring the work of FNAR-283: The Body and Photography,
Kalina Isato, and Professor Gabriel Martinez (Design)

Opening Reception
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
4:30 PM

Prof. Gabriel Martinez and the students of FNAR-283 present a photographic exploration of the human body, with a performance by Kalina Isato.
Refreshments will be provided.

XXY: This Is Not Pornography will be on display in the Philomathean Society Art Gallery until 18 December, 2009.

To learn more, check out the DP article: Photography Show Goes from ‘Mild to Wild.’

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Past Event: Happy Birthday: the Art Gallery presents Artie Vierkant

9 September – 7 October, 2008 | 4th floor, College Hall

The Philomathean Art Gallery presents

A solo exhibition featuring the work of Artie Vierkant

Opening Reception
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
7:30 PM

Come celebrate the opening of this aptly-titled exhibition with a reception on the artist’s birthday. Refreshments will be provided.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY will be on display in the Philomathean Society Art Gallery until 7 October, 2008.

For more on the artist, visit

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