Current and Coming features detailed information about current and forthcoming programs, events, exhibits and activities of historical and cultural institutions in Pennsylvania. Originated as “Currents.” Retitled “Current and Coming,” Winter 2003, and then retitled “Out and About,” Fall 2005. Revived as “Current and Coming,” Winter 2013. Ran regularly, Spring 1984 to Spring 2008, and then occasionally, Winter 2013 to Spring 2015.

Horace Pippin Exhibition

The Brandywine River Museum of Art on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Delaware County, will present the special exhibition Horace Pippin: The Way I See It from April 18 to July 26. The show features more than 60 of Pippin’s works from American museums, universities and private collections.

Pippin (1888–1946) was a self-taught painter who was active in West Chester, Chester County, most of his life. He created colorful compositions of African American life and social, religious and historical scenes. Paintings in the exhibit include his famous self-portrait (1941), John Brown Going to His Hanging (1942) and Saying Prayers (1943).

According to the museum, “The exhibition will look closely at Pippin as an artist with a remarkable singular vision who stood outside the mainstream art world, upholding his own aesthetic sensibility while also engaging in the larger social issues of the day.”

For more information, call 610-388-2700.


Museum Conservation Center Opens in Pittsburgh

The Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh recently opened a new building for professional conservation services. The Museum Conservation Center, located at 1221 Penn Avenue, behind the History Center in the city’s Strip District, provides visitors with expert advice on how to preserve their treasures, including works of art, photographs, wedding dresses, furniture and more. The Museum Conservation Center will also connect visitors with conservators should their heirlooms require professional repair. Regular conservation workshops are held throughout the year.

The Senator John Heinz History Center at 1212 Smallman Street in Pittsburgh is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. With the opening of the Museum Conservation Center, the History Center becomes one of the first museums in the nation to provide professional conservation services directly to the public.

For more information, contact Barb Antel, Conservation Services Manager, at or 412-454-6450.


Early American Decoration Exhibition in Lancaster

The Historical Society of Early American Decoration (HSEAD) will be holding its Early American Art Exhibition at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on April 17, 18 and 19. The exhibit is a celebration of hand-painted objects found in homes of the 18th and 19th centuries with reproductions by HSEAD members. Among the types of decorations represented are stenciling, gold leafing, Victorian flower painting, reverse glass painting and theorem painting.

HSEAD is a nonprofit organization that maintains a core membership of practicing guild artists supporting active programs of education, research and exhibitions to perpetuate and expand the unique skills and knowledge of Early American decoration.

The exhibition is open to the public and is free of charge. Vendors of materials related to the organization’s disciplines will be displaying and selling their products, and HSEAD’s publications, patterns and DVDs will be available for purchase. Painted items by HSEAD members will be raffled off. A special exhibit and silent auction features hand-painted clock dials by the late Carol Buonato, who was a specialist in restoration and reproductions from Kennett Square, Chester County.