Art History

‘In These Times: The Intricate Riddle of Life’

The first three episodes of the OMNIA podcast’s fourth season discuss the link between making art and making meaning, and how creativity shines a light on the way out of adversity in tough times, past and present.

Keepers of the cultural memory

In wartime, saving human lives is a top priority. But secondary considerations often include preserving the cultural heritage also under siege. Penn experts offer their thoughts as the situation in Ukraine continues to unfold.

Michele W. Berger

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In the News

WHYY (Philadelphia)

Regional roundup: September 12, 2022

On a “Radio Times” segment, Simcha Gross of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses his project at the Penn Museum to make incantation bowls more understood and accessible.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Hey Mural Arts, graffiti is art, too. It always was

In an op-ed, doctoral candidate Razan Idris of the School of Arts & Sciences writes that Mural Arts Philadelphia’s legacy is mired by a legacy of urban racism, including discrimination against local graffiti artists.


WBUR Radio (Boston)

What makes the world’s first bar joke funny? No one knows

Phillip Jones of the Penn Museum explains the history behind a Penn Museum collection of Sumerian tablets, including the world’s first documented bar joke.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Claes Oldenburg, 93, created giant sculptures that became icons of Philly

University Curator Lynn Marsden-Atlass comments on the Split Button sculpture that dominates the entrance to the Van Pelt Library.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Penn researchers find mental health benefits in visiting museums, including reduced anxiety

Katherine Cotter and James Pawelski of the School of Arts & Sciences are quoted on their work showing that visiting a museum can have measurable mental health benefits.


Christian Science Monitor

Not just seascapes: Winslow Homer’s rendering of Black humanity

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the art of Winslow Homer.