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‘Dance’ exhibit combines forms of expression at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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It takes a gifted visual artist to explore the tempo, sound, movement and improvisation of dance.
“Dance: Movement, Rhythm, Spectacle” shows how artists have expressed the active artform of dance in prints, drawings and photographs now through Aug. 2 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Are there artists I would recognize?
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Wharton Esherick …
What else will intrigue me?
How far back the artist’s fascination with capturing the human body in motion goes. There are even drawings of costume and set designs by Russian avant-garde artists Léon Bakst, Natalia Sergeyevna Goncharova, and Mikhail Larionov, who worked with Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Also take note how broad the world of dance is. The exhibit, drawn entirely from the Art Museum’s collection, includes famous performers like Martha Graham, Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Merce Cunningham; nightlife scenes; vaudeville; burlesque and the Jazz Age.
Where will I find it?
The Berman Gallery on the ground floor. The museum is at 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.
What are the hours?
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, till 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Closed on Memorial Day and Independence Day.
How much does it cost to get in?
Adult admission is $20, $18 for seniors 65+, $14 for students and youths 13-18, free to children 12 and under and museum members. Admission is “pay-what-you-wish” to all on the first Sunday of the month and every Wednesday after 5 p.m.
Where do I go for more information?
Call (215) 763-8100, email visitorservices@philamuseum.org or visit www.philamuseum.org.

Untitled, Savoy Dancers (Jitterbug), c. 1937. Lucy Ashjian, American, 1907 - 1993. Gelatin silver print, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Gregor Ashjian Preston, 2004. Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

Untitled, Savoy Dancers (Jitterbug), c. 1937. Lucy Ashjian, American, 1907 – 1993. Gelatin silver print, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Gregor Ashjian Preston, 2004.
Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jitterbugs (No. 2), c. 1941. William Henry Johnson, American, 1901 - 1970. Color screenprint on board, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2004. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum or Art

Jitterbugs (No. 2), c. 1941. William Henry Johnson, American, 1901 – 1970. Color screenprint on board, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2004.
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum or Art

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