Richard Avedon: Family Affairs

Since April 1st the National museum of American Jewish History has had up it’s exhibit featuring work by Richard Avedon on the fifth floor. Avedon was fashion and portrait photographer and his work had a wide impact on the shape of American style and beauty. It’s a very interesting exhibit to see, there’s many photographs politicians and congress people. Also Avedon had a great relationship with James Baldwin, they were close friends.They both had similar opinions on certain topics. Here’s more on the exhibit and Avedon:

Avedon’s striking fashion photography and minimalist, emotion-filled portraiture broke boundaries and, for nearly a half century, helped define Americans’ perceptions of beauty, politics, and power. This exhibition, for which NMAJH will be the only U.S. venue, unites two seminal bodies of work by the influential American Jewish photographer: a series of four portrait murals inspired by the revolutionary atmosphere of the 1960s and early 1970s, and a series of 69 portraits entitled The Family, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine on the eve of the 1976 election.

Check out NMAJH’s website for more details and in depth video,and check out the exhibit IRL(in real life.)

The Reestablishment of the Zoo News!

As some may have noticed STAMP has been short on post about the Zoo, and for a lack of better words this has been caused by the crappy weather Philadelphia had in prior months. Now that it’s warm out I’ve been able to head out to the zoo and really enjoy myself, and because of the wonderful experience I  had I get to write a post about it!

Last Sunday I visited the zoo with my best friend, and because it’s so easy to get lost in the zoo…we got lost. And it was super exciting! The zoo is the best place to get lost in because it’s safe and everywhere you end up has a surprising adventure you can embark on. In fact, I actually think there’s no way to really get lost in the zoo as long as you’re having fun. (And don’t end up in the frog parking lot.)

While visiting the zoo my friend and I saw so many adorable animals. I love animals so seeing them all in one day made me explode from all the adorableness. I love using my STAMP pass at the zoo because in comparison to a school field trip you can stay in one place for as long as you want without having to worry about where your group is. My best friend and I spent A LOT of time in the small mammals house because there were meerkats and I love meerkats. We also fell in love with the petting zoo.

One of the best parts of checking out the zoos different exhibits is seeing how the animals interact. With the meerkats there was a point where one was clawing and destroying a box that the others were in. It was kind of funny because the look on the meerkats face inside the box was like it was just an average occurrence. In the otter exhibit the otters loved the attention and played around. And in the Armadillos habitat they were all just sleeping.  The way the animals interact shows just how different they are even though their all in a close capacity. It’s really fascinating.

And of course while I was at the zoo I saw the GIANT pink bunny rabbits and the life size alligator in the birds exhibit that was made of bubble gum.(Some of it was even chewed!) The cool ‘second nature’ artwork that’s scattered around is an awesome must see.

Plastic Bunnies

National Freedom Day

It’s officially Black History Month and February  1st signals Langston Hughes’ the famous poet and writers birthday.  Today  though, I also learned out about a hidden holiday that Philadelphia created on February 1st, National Freedom day, a day in commemoration of the signing of the third amendment abolishing slavery.

Philadelphia encyclopedia(a very neat site), says that National Freedom Day was  “Created in 1942 by a Philadelphian born in slavery, the annual National Freedom Day commemoration each February 1 calls attention to the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which ended slavery, and the continuing struggle for African American justice and equality.”

I think the remembrance of the beginning abolition of slavery is very important and shouldn’t be forgotten. This holiday is both well placed and necessary, I also love that it was created by Philly.

And of course in remembrance of Langston Hughes I have to share a poem of his:

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

For more information on National Freedom day check out http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/national-freedom-day/

 

Fighting The Cold!

This time of the month it’s getting pretty cold outside. If visiting museums seems like a dreary idea because of the cold weather, think of it this way….

The Phlash bus will take you to all of the museums comfortably and all in the safe warmth of the clean bus.

You don’t have to worry about getting to the next museum once your downtown because the Phlash will pick you up and drop you at any museum in the area for FREE!

Lastly, all of the museums are warm and comfortable and you’ll actually enjoy yourself rather than staying holed up inside.

If you’re still wondering why you should go outside into the bad weather when you could stay home, just think of these great opportunities at each museum:

Well to begin with The Academy of Natural Sciences has an entire exhibit on Chocolate! I’m being completely serious. Unless you’re an alien who hates earth you definitely will enjoy that exhibit.

Although the Barnes doesn’t have a specific exhibit at all times, one of my favorite things about it are the various types of artwork that can be found inside. I also enjoy looking at the water outside.

Eastern state is having a toy drive and although this sounds like it couldn’t affect teens very much, it can be an incentive to go out and try to collect toys for those who aren’t fortunate enough to get them.

The Franklin Institute has an exhibit on animal’s Inside Out, if you’re like me that sounds SO exciting. I for one am very fascinated with what goes on beneath our skin.
There are so many more awesome things to see at each one of the museums STAMP has to offer; it would be silly to miss such great opportunities. The weather might be bad, but you won’t remember it when you think of the fun you had at the museum.