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The Reading Terminal Market, established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Through its long and interesting history , it has seen times both good and bad, but has emerged in the 21st century as one of the greatest public markets in the country. The neon sign at the door provides a clue to its history and colorful present day reincarnation.
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POMPEII IN PHILLY
This month Philadelphia guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of Pompeii with an exhibition of art, artifacts and objects straight from Italy to the The Franklin Institute in "One Day in Pompeii", opening this weekend. The exhibit tells the remarkable tale of the city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. With more than 150 archeological treasures on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, the exhibit offers an incredible snapshot of life at the height of the Roman Empire. In addition to the objects, multimedia and film elements (like a captivating CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius) complete this remarkable exhibit. Don’t miss it!
PHILADELPHIA MURAL ARTS PROGRAM
In the thirty years since the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program commenced, it has evolved into an internationally recognized leader in public art. Join in the 30th anniversary celebrations this month and explore some of the 3,600 works around the city in celebration of Mural Arts Month. And don’t miss Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts, exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) from November 15. Discover what’s coming up, here.
FARNIENTE IN PHILADELPHIA
You never need to travel far to see great art when staying at Sofitel Philadelphia. Following the success of their Norma Bessières’ Taming of the Stripes exhibit, Sofitel Philadelphia will soon unveil a new lobby artwork exhibit, Farniente, featuring the works of Dutch artist José van Gool.
After establishing herself following five years at the Van Gogh Museum workshop, José portrays her subjects as people who are, as she puts it, “content with their destinies.” Whether they are walking on the beach at sunset, relaxing in a café or dancing, her goal is to forever leave an impression of her subjects’ emotions in our minds. This series of artwork was an easy choice, as Sofitel continue to tie in French elegance with the local culture. And as an added bonus, award-winning Philadelphia Executive Chef Jim Coleman has crafted the perfect fall lunch and dinner menus for Liberté Lounge in light of this new colorful exhibit, guaranteed to exceed your pallet’s expectations. Magnifique!
“I cannot simultaneously see the eyes, the hands, and the feet of a person standing two or three yards in front of me, but the only part that I do look at entails a sensation of the existence of everything.”—Alberto Giacometti, born on this day in 1901 c/o Philadelphia Museum of Art (philamuseum)
Learn more about the artist here: http://ow.ly/pGw9V and see his work at the Museum when next staying with us in Philadelphia.
The Constitution is turning 226 today—and there’s no better place to mark this milestone occasion than in Philadelphia, where framers signed the US Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The National Constitution Center is a great place to start your day with events throughout the day at this wonderful hands-on museum, national town hall, and civic education headquarters just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Enjoy!
Celebrate Philly’s wonderful musical history and enjoy live jazz performances this month as the first Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration presents six dates filled with groovy events, concerts and more.
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GABRIELLE ”COCO” CHANEL
Born 130 years ago today, the late, great Coco Chanel of course needs no introduction. Over four decades since the Parisian couturier’s death, such is the influence of the woman with dark bobbed hair and blazing red lips, that the closely-guarded archives of the prestigious House of Chanel continue to be reviewed, relished and referenced year after year.
In memory of the legend, each Sofitel around North America will celebrate with special fashion events, fragrance, flower or more. We’ll share our favorites right here on Tumblr. Magnifique!
Happy birthday to Marcel Duchamp! A pioneer of conceptual art and Dadaism, the artist famously said, “I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.” Did you know the Museum houses the largest collection of Duchamp’s works in the world?
Image 1: "Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 1),"1911, Marcel Duchamp
Image 2: "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass)," 1915-23, Marcel Duchamp
Image 3: “Fountain,” 1950 (replica of 1917 original), Marcel Duchamp
Image 4: "Étant donnés," 1946–66, by Marcel Duchamp
Image 5: "Chocolate Grinder (No. 1)," 1913,Marcel Duchamp
Image 6: "Why Not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy?," 1921, Marcel Duchamp
Image 7: "Marcel Duchamp (Full Face)." 1933, Carl Van Vechten
Image 8: "Marcel Duchamp (Three-Quarter View)," 1933,Carl Van Vechten
All images © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/Estate of Marcel Duchamp
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM FIND
Renowned Impressionist Edgar Degas, was born in Paris on this day in 1834. The only sculpture exhibited in his lifetime, Degas’s Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen caused a sensation when it was shown in the Sixth Impressionist Exhibition in 1881. Challenging contemporary ideas about sculpture in its presentation and use of unconventional, lifelike materials (including real human hair), the work was equally startling for its scandalous (at the time) subject, an adolescent girl.
You can see this historic work on display at one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, only minutes from Sofitel in Philadelphia.
Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, Executed in wax 1878-81; cast in bronze after 1922, by Edgar Degas.