PAFA Exhibits The Innovative & Inappropriate Photography Of Thomas Eakins

 

A selection of Thomas Eakins’ photography, originally assembled by his student Charles Bregler, whose widow would sell the collection to PAFA | Photo: Emma Lee, for WHYY

A selection of Thomas Eakins’ photography, originally assembled by his student Charles Bregler, whose widow would sell the collection to PAFA | Photo: Emma Lee, for WHYY

  • A new exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts marks the centenary of painter Thomas Eakins’ death with a display of some of his private photography, some of which would ultimately get him fired by the same institution in 1886. As NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins explains, the nude photographs, taken to aid in his instruction of figure drawing, did not mesh well with late-Victorian cultural politics, and “turned out to be professional suicide.” “Thomas Eakins: Photographer” will be shown in PAFA’s Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery through January 29.
  • New renderings for Alterra Property Group and MIS Capital’s Lincoln Square mixed-use development for 1000 South Broad finally allude, says Curbed Philly’s Melissa Romero, to how KM Architects plans to incorporate the site’s historic train shed—once the black-bunted layover for Abraham Lincoln’s body—into the design, while pointing to marked changes from previous iterations of its nine-story residential component, namely the use of materials more in keeping with Washington Avenue’s industrial legacy, and its trimming off of 34 of the originally sought 356 units.
  • In its choice of inductees to the Avenue of the Arts’ walk of fame this year, the Philadelphia Music Alliance has decided to honor some of the city’s jazz greats: musicians Benny Golson, Christian McBride, and Jaco Pastorius, and radio broadcasters Bob Perkins and Joey DeFrancesco.
  • A newly acquired set of 18th century instruments used by surveyors and architects are now on display at Fairmount Park’s Woodford Mansion, notes Geekadelphia. “On Tuesday and Sunday, at 11AM and 2PM, Woodford’s guides will be giving special insight on the instruments— a theodolite, a compass, and a set of drafting tools—and how they were used in different professions.”
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