Arthur Ross Gallery at Penn "Children of Abraham: Abbas" Exhibit

Children of Abraham: Abbas at University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery

November 21, 2015 – March 20, 2016

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania will present Children of Abraham, an exhibition of 66 black and white photographs of the monotheistic religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam by internationally renowned Magnum photographer Abbas. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, November 21, 2015 and remains on view through Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Since 1978 Abbas has documented through his camera lens the “political and social life of societies in conflict.” This exhibition is the culmination of over 16 years of research and travel by the artist to record religious practices and their manifestations in all parts of the world.

The Arthur Ross Gallery is the exclusive US venue for Children of Abraham, a show that is devoted to theme of religion. Abbas will travel from Paris, France to present an Artist Talk on Friday, November 20, at 5:00 pm in the Arthur Ross Gallery. A series of related programs and events are planned through March 2016 and details are available on our website


Free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted all events are held in the Arthur Ross Gallery.

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM
ARTIST TALK: Children of Abraham by ABBAS

Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 2 all at 12:00 PM

12@12: A Tasty Art Nugget in 12 minutes flat

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM
LECTURE: “Religion, Art, and the Brain”, by Andrew B. Newberg, M.D.
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology

Director of Research, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine

Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital

A panel discussion on religious tolerance is planned for Spring 2016. Please visit our website for details

Student docent tours are available Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 PM.

Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Arthur Ross Exhibition Fund, Mrs. Arthur Ross, Mr. George Gillespie, the Hohns Family ESCAPE Program, the Patron’s Circle of the Arthur Ross Gallery, Campaign for Community at the University of Pennsylvania, Connelly Foundation, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The Gallery is located at 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia (located in the Fisher Fine Arts Library Building), and is free and open to the public.

HOURS: Weekdays 10:00am – 5:00pm; Weekends 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Closed Mondays. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.  To reserve a group tour please contact us at or 215-898-3617

Additional information is available at or 215-898-2083

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