The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is a wonderful museum. There’s always something new to see every month, which makes it a pleasure to keep you all informed. Amongst the exhibit KAWS ( through January 5th) and the other wonderful things PAFA offers, I have chosen two of my favorite features, that keep me coming back.
First, is the landscape room, it is located towards the rear of the Historical Building and takes my breath away. It is a collection held in four walls, yet the images transport to somewhere farther. With the turn of the head, you can see the forest, the shore or a valley. Every trip to PAFA I take to includes a stop or two in this room. It brings me peace in the hustle and bustle of the city —something I love, and at times feel uncomfortable without. This collection is a haven.
During my first visit to PAFA, it was a work in progress, but now the Works on Paper Gallery is open to the public. It is a cozy pocket located in between the first and second levels of the Historic Building. It is housing a collection called Hidden Treasures Unveiled: Watercolors, which includes 18th to 21st century art from the museum’s collection. When you step into the gallery, it is like visiting another museum. It holds none of the grand, drama the rest of the building does. It is a very intimate look at pieces of art. They are small paintings, with beautiful colors that speak for themselves. Two examples are Philadelphia native Benjamin West’s Portrait of Prince Octavius (1783) and William Trost Richards’ Seascape with Foreground Rocks (1874). It is truly a treat to have another medium in the Historical Building!
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Stay tuned for next month’s blog about the Mural Arts Project!
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This post was written by Amani Bey, a STAMP Teen Council member. Amani attends Science Leadership Academy.