Next BCC Museum Trips

Wednesday, October 27--Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

Our next museum trip will be a joint adventure with Professor Carole Gavin.  French students, Art students and community members can join us for a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to view the African Art show listed below, and to come on a guided tour by the Art History teacher through one of the museum's collections. Tentative topics include: "Modern Art in France and the Influenced of African Art," including the works of Picasso and Matisse.  For information, contact Jayne Yantz or Carole Gavin

African Art, African Voices: Long Steps Never Broke a Back
October 2, 2004 - January 2, 2005
Drawn primarily from the excellent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the exhibition will be organized into thematic categories described by representatives from various African cultures and backgrounds. Personal narrative, interactive media and contextual information will breathe life into the many diverse and beautiful art objects on display. 

Or, check out other shows at the PMA Web Site:

Spring Semester Trips

In February, Art History students, Art students and community members will be traveling with me and Leslie Kaufman to see Christo's  Gates in New York's Central Park.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of Christo's installations in person.  Professor Kaufman, who is a sculptor herself, will be giving a guided tour of the Gates and leading a discussion of the nature of Christo's art.  For information, or to see a show at the Met on Christo's Gates, visit:
The information below is from the Met's web page for this show.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Central Park, New York
April 6, 2004–July 25, 2004
The Erving and Joyce Wolf Gallery, 1st floor

This exhibition documents the evolution of the widely anticipated outdoor work of art The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005, conceived by the husband-and-wife collaborators Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Scheduled for presentation during 16 days in February 2005, the completed project will consist of 7,500 saffron-colored gates set up at 12-foot intervals along 23 miles of pedestrian walkways that lace New York's Central Park. The exhibition traces the development of this project, begun in 1979, through the display of 51 preparatory drawings and collages by Christo, 64 photographs, and 11 maps and technical diagrams. Also on view are components of one of the actual 16-foot-tall gates.
Accompanied by a publication.

The exhibition is made possible by an anonymous donor.
All works in the exhibition are courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Also in February, join me for a guided tour of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology collection of Egyptian Art.  Each February, in honor of African American History month, I take a group of students and community members to Penn to view material that originates on the African continent. Last year, we investigated the art of sub-Saharan African; this February, we will visit the Egyptian collection.

Art History teacher standing by the 12-ton Sphinx of Ramses II, located at the University Museum.  We cover this on our tour. Look for more information as Spring Semester starts.

The following February, in 2006, I will return again to tour the Sub-Saharan collection at Penn. We cover masks, statues and object of everyday use, focusing on an understanding of the beliefs revealed by these objects. We also consider ideals of beauty in African art and the purposes that art objects serve, such as gold weights made by the Asante people.  The gold weight (right) depicts a bird with its head turned backwards.  Each Asante weight, like this one, conveys a proverb that teaches.  This bird, for instance, illustrates the proverb, "There is nothing wrong with learning from hindsight." The message of the proverb is that we need to learn from looking at and building on our past; we must maintain our legacy.  For more information on Asante gold weights and proverbs, visit

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