Shorts presents news briefs about current and forthcoming programs, events, exhibits and activities of historical and cultural institutions in Pennsylvania.

Nearly one hundred watercolors and drawings of fruits, flowers, ani­mals, and saints by artists working in the cities of Jaipur and Bikaner, India, will remain on view at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation through Friday, February 24, 1995. The exhibition of natural history works of art features pieces created in Rajasthan, the desert state of northwest India known for its crafts, poetry, music, and literature. For more information, write: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890; or telephone (412) 268-2434.

 

Opening Monday, January 30, 1995, at the Hershey Museum is “Fields of Dreams: Architecture and Baseball,” an exhibit examining architectural designs for recently constructed ballparks and stadiums. Much of the planning for these new facilities reflects a nostalgic appreci­ation for the intimate parks of the past. Included in “Fields of Dreams” will be designs and plans for Camden Yards in Baltimore, Chicago’s Comisky Park, and the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The exhibition will continue through Thursday, March 16 [1995]. For more informa­tion, write: Hershey Museum, 170 West Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA 17033; or telephone (717) 534-3439. There is a charge for admission.

 

“Muted Voices: Interpreting Pennsylvania Women’s Diaries” is the title of a talk that will be given by Denise Larrabee, reference librarian and curator of the Women’s History Collection for the Library Company of Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, January 10, 1995, at the Warren County Historical Society. The presentation, which is part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s lec­ture series, will begin at 7:30 P. M. Additional information is available by writing: Warren County Historical Society, P. O. Box 427, Warren, PA 16365; or by telephoning (814) 723-1795. Admission is free.

 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will host the critically acclaimed travel­ing exhibition, “From Cezanne to Matisse: Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation,” from Sunday, January 29, through Sunday, April 9, 1995. Eighty masterpieces featured in this exhibition were selected from the collection assembled by the controversial Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951), a Merion businessman and philan­thropist. For more information, write: Philadelphia Museum of Art, P. O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101; or telephone (215) 787-5431. Admission is charged.

 

Twenty quilts on loan from New York’s popular Museum of American Folk Art will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, from Saturday, January 21, through Sunday, March 19, 1995. Dating from the late nine­teenth to the mid-twentieth century, the textiles exemplify the work of Amish quiltmakers of both Pennsylvania and the Midwest. For additional details, write: Brandywine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (610) 388-2700. There is a charge for admission.

 

Nearly two dozen works of art from the Renaissance and Baroque peri­ods will be featured in the exhibition “Continuity, Innovation, and Connoisseurship: Old Master Paintings and Drawings from Pennsylvania Collections,” opening at The Pennsylvania State University’s Palmer Museum of Art on Tuesday, February 28, 1995. In conjunction with the exhibition, which continues through Sunday, April 30 [1995], six internationally recognized schol­ars – each of whom is a specialist on an artist represented in the museum’s per­manent collection – will participate in a symposium to which the public is invited free of charge. For more information about the exhibition and the symposium, write: Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-2507; or telephone (814) 865-7672. There is no admission fee.

 

Works by Carrie Mae Weems, an African American artist who uses pho­tographs, poetic narratives, and humor to address how images shape society’s notions of identity, race, gender, and class, are on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art through January 8, 1995. This exhibition includes a series entitled Family Pictures and Stories about the artist’s family; Ain’t Jokin’ and American Icons, both of which explore the viciousness of prejudice; and Untitled (Sea Island Series) which interprets the folk cul­ture of the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. To obtain additional information, write: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 118 South Thirty-Sixth St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-3289; or telephone (215) 898-7108. Admission is charged.

 

The Monroe County Historical Association in Stroudsburg will mount an exhibition this spring to showcase samplers and fine examples of needle­work drawn from its holdings. “A Fine Thread,” which opens Monday, April 24, 1995, will feature a set of Westtown School teaching globes. During the weekend of May 6-7, demonstrations of needleworking will be offered. “A Fine Thread” will continue through Monday, September 18 [1995]. For additional informa­tion, write: Monroe County Historical Association, 900 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360-2012; or telephone (717) 421- 7703. Admission is by donation.

 

Continuing through Sunday, February 12, 1995, at the Woodmere Art Museum is an exhibition of watercolors by world­-renowned architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974). Noted for his distinctive plans for single dwellings and large-scale urban projects, Kahn designed the University of Pennsylvania’s Richards Medical Research Building (1957-1961), hailed by the Museum of Modern Art as “probably the most consequential building con­structed in the U.S. since the war.” The selection of the architect’s travel sketch­es, which have never before been shown in this country, includes depictions of Philadelphia, Egypt, and Bangladesh, among others. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118; or by telephon­ing (215) 247-0476.

 

Forty paintings on handmade paper, created by members of a small tribe of Brazilian Indians who had never worked in that medium before, are featured in a traveling exhibition, “Waura: Paintings by Peoples of the Rainforest of Brazil,” on view through Sunday, January 15, 1995, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. These works of art offer insight into the culture, mythology, and beliefs of the Waura people. The images in this exhibition were selected from more than three hundred works on paper collected by anthropologist Vera Penteado Coelho in the 1960s. To obtain additional information, write: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archae­ology and Anthropology, Thirty-Third and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or telephone (215) 898-4000. Admission is charged.

 

Opening Wednesday, February 1, 1995, at Easton’s Canal Museum is an exhibit entitled “From Parlor Furniture to Office Chairs: Crafting a Manufacturing Culture.” The exhibition addresses three major themes: the history of Gottleib Buehler and Company, a furniture man­ufacturing company active in nearby Allentown from 1892 to 1986; the social and cultural lives of the firm’s work force; and the significance of the compa­ny’s products to the development of American furniture design. “From Parlor Furniture to Office Chairs,” which con­tinues through Sunday, April 30 [1995], will be accompanied by lectures. For more infor­mation about the exhibit and special pre­sentations, write: Canal Museum, Hugh Moore Historical Park and Museums, P. O. Box 877, Easton, PA 18044-0877; or telephone (610) 250-6700. Admission is charged.

 

“Good Sports! Bucks County Athletics Since 1850” will remain on view at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown through Wednesday, May 31, 1995. The exhibit traces the history of local sports from their earliest days, when many were actually banned in Pennsylvania, to today’s colorful and vibrant sporting cul­ture. “Good Sports!” also examines the role of sports in everyday life in the county. For more information, write: Mercer Museum, Bucks County Historical Society, 84 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901; or telephone (215) 345-0210. There is a charge for admission.

 

A survey of what is occurring today in the field of computer-generated works of art, an exhibition entitled “Elastic Visions” is on view at the Erie Art Museum through Sunday, March 26, 1995. The invitational exhibit features works by twenty-one artists from throughout the country, and a “hands­-on” area for visitors equipped with com­puters, scanners, and printers. For more details, write: Erie Art Museum, 411 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or telephone (814) 459-5477. Admission is charged.

 

The brilliant watercolors of George Luks (1867-1933), well-known American painter and member of the rebellious artistic movement, “The Eight,” will be on view at the Westmoreland Museum of Art beginning Saturday, February 11, 1995. “George Luks, Expressionist Master of Color: The Watercolors Revisited” will be the first of its kind to concentrate solely on the watercolors of this Pennsylvania native. Fifty works of art, including many not previously exhibited, will offer a full view of the artist’s talent, including stylistic changes. The exhibit will continue through Sunday, April 9. To obtain more informa­tion, write: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601-1898; or telephone (412) 837-1500. Admission is free.

 

Erected in 1771, Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia was the site of a relentless seven week siege by the British during the American Revolution. During the Civil War, Fort Mifflin garrisoned Union soldiers and held Confederate prisoners. Active as a military installation until 1954, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. On Sunday, April 23, 1995, the complex will welcome visitors during “History Alive,” a one­-day opening celebration for the spring season. Reenactors will offer first-person interpretations of African American life, slavery, colonial era medical practices, and military drills. For more details, write: Fort Mifflin, Fort Mifflin Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19153; or telephone (215) 492-3395 or 492-1881. There is an admission fee.