COLLEGEVILLE, PA.- The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College continues to open the process of curatorial assessment and study to the public in its WORK(S) IN PROGRESS exhibition which is on view until April 12.
Visitors can return several times, as the rotating collection currently features town/cityscapes and marine/seascapes, as well as three-dimensional Pennsylvania German works of art, until March 13. From March 13 to April 13, the exhibit will feature portraits and three-dimensional folklifes and figurative and abstract works.
Bringing works of art out of the vaults and into the open, in preparation for expansion of the Museum building, the staff has turned the Main Gallery into a laboratory for more than 3,000 works from the permanent collection, rotating sections of the collection. During this time the works will be studied by the museum staff for curatorial, educational, registrarial and conservation assessment as the museum moves toward its new addition, the Henry and June Pfeiffer Wing. An official groundbreaking was held Oct. 30 for the new space, named for longtime museum supporter and college Trustee Henry W. Pfeiffer and his late wife, June. The Philadelphia firm Towers & Miller has designed an open storage addition which will allow the Museums diverse permanent collection to be on display.
Also continuing until April 17 is the exhibit, Impressions of an Age: Ukiyo-e Prints from the Berman Collection, in the Upper Gallery. Curated by Matthew Mizenko, associate professor of Japanese and East Asian Studies at Ursinus, and Frank I. Chance, associate director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, the exhibit showcases the brightly colored woodblock prints which were a popular art form during the Edo period, which began in 1615.
The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus, known for its diverse collection and innovative educational programming, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays and college holidays. The Museum is accessible to the physically disabled and admission is free. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For group tour information, call 610-409-3500.