• Special Exhibition • Alchemy Illuminated: The Art of Crafting from Trash


Alchemy Illuminated: The Art of Crafting from Trash

presented by the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers

November 5, 2021 – December 19, 2021

A very special group show from Philadelphia’s Dumpster Diver art collective, Alchemy Illuminated is part of Philly’s annual CraftMONTH, in which CraftNOW showcases the city’s craft and making scene through a series of events surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show.

Formed 29 years ago,  the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers are a found object art collective. Join us for this exciting exhibit of assemblage at its finest, with artist appearances and events throughout the show.

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• Friday, November 5th, 4-8pm: First Friday soft opening •

• Saturday, November 6th, 12-5pm: Grand opening of the exhibit • Meet the Dumpster Divers •

Exhibiting artists:

Betsy Alexander
Harry Anderson
Ellen Benson
Neil Benson
George Bilyk
Charmaine Caire
Alden W. Cole
Carol Cole
Len Davidson
James Dupree
Charna Eisner
George Felice
Bruce Gast
Joanne Hoffman
Eve Hoyt
Hugo Hsu
John Jonik
Ann Keech
Diane Keller
Smokie Kittner
Christine Nagata
Taji Nahl
Susan Richards
Leo Sewell
Simone Spicer
Joel Spivak
Jim Ulrich
Ted Warchal
Sally Lilychild Willowbee
Burnell Yow!


Pictured works: Preserve and Protect by Carol Cole, National Wrench by Harry Anderson, Black Lives Matter by Sally Lilychild Willowbee, GRETA by Joanne Hoffman, African American Youth by Simone Spicer

Celebrate Halloween at NMOP


Come to the Museum costumed, ready to compete and trick-or-treat!

We’re celebrating Halloween
Friday, 4-8pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm

We’ll document contestants’ costumes and select winners at the end of the weekend.

Prizes include NMOP pins, mugs, shirts!

• Special Exhibition • Philadelphia: City of Breweries

September 3, 2021 – October 10, 2021

Philadelphia has been a center for brewing since the 1700s. This exhibit draws on the breweriana collection of Larry Handy, focusing roughly on the period from 1850 to 1950, when Philadelphia was known as the “Workshop of the World.” Since 1970, Larry has amassed superb examples of brewery photos, trays, literature and other memorabilia.

This exhibit includes videos from Larry and local beer historian Rich Wagner, as well as opportunities to meet and talk with Larry and other present day participants in the burgeoning craft brewing industry.

In conjunction with Sor Ynez, Nextfab’s Mexican restaurant, the Museum will offer discounted beer specials for museum patrons.

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• Special Exhibition • Seeing Ghosts: 7 Photographers Capture Faded Wall Ads

On view from July 2nd through August 8th, 2021

Across the globe, artifacts from pre-Internet commerce emerge from building facades in hand-painted figures and fonts of vintage advertisements. Known as ghost signs, these faded wall ads are folk art diamonds in the rough of today’s shiny plastic cities. Their fossilized messages, ranging from obvious to obscure, are the focus of our show’s ghost sign hunters, who’ve captured these fading designs and histories in photographs, videos, and interviews.

A live wall painting event will be held at the Museum by Philadelphia sign painter Gibbs Connors on July 3, 2021. Appearances by different photographers will occur throughout the exhibit as will additional demonstrations by Gibbs. Stay tuned for announcements.

Featuring work by Peter Woodall, Frank Jump, Chris Brace, Len Davidson, MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson, Gibbs Connors, and Jordan Keiffer.

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Celebrate Father’s Day weekend at NMOP

We’ve designated space to display your notes and pictures, thoughts and memories. Share with us:

1. Pictures, xeroxes, articles about your Dad

2. Sentiments and poems about Dad

3. What’s it like to be a father? What have you learned?

4. Dad’s hobbies, leisure interests, and games (especially street games)

5. Dad’s links to Philly (if any). What did/does he like to do here?

6. Images and info on “Fathers of Neon” (Georges Claude, Rudi Stern, Neon makers you know or admire)

Bring in write-ups or fill out 3 x 5 cards to post at the museum.

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