Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 INTERNATIONAL PAPER DOLL CONVENTION Email #8: Museum tour and more...

Email #8
More on the Wednesday Group Trip

BUT FIRST..... some convention updates and looming deadlines......
Registration forms:
Those of you who haven't sent them yet, please send them to Linda Ocasio without delay.  We need them for headcounts, and you need to make sure you get into workshops you want, and can secure a seat on the bus to the Wednesday tour — there are still seats left but they are going fast!
We also need to submit the tally of our Saturday night dinner food choices to the hotel next week, so if you haven't sent in your registration form yet, even if it's in the mail, please email Linda Ocasio at linda(at)geb(dot)net right away and let her know — chicken, steak or you can request vegetarian ... but only if we find out this week!  After this week the numbers will be given to the hotel and it will be more difficult to make special arrangements.
Absentee souvenir orders:
The clock is ticking!  The souvenir pack this year is chock full of fab paper dolls depicting stars of the Swinging 60s, from Twiggy to James Bond — don't miss out!  We have to send the souvenirs to print soon, but the cutoff date for ordering has been extended to July 7th ... only a few more days left to order the souvenirs as an absentee.  (Ordering info is at the bottom, there's an additional shipping fee for overseas orders, email Linda or Valerie for details)
Hotel special rates ending soon!
The hotel's cutoff date for the special convention rate of $129 per night (Tues 8/8 thru Sat 8/12) ends July 8th, after that you will have to pay the standard room rate (last we checked it was $209 per night). Book your room now!  Even if your convention registration is in the mail, we suggest you book your room immediately, you will still have time to cancel.


Our tour combines a trip to the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) with a gander at genuine 60s designer clothing in a really exciting way.


We are starting off by visiting PMA’s annex, The Perelman Building, for a special appointment to view selections from one of the foremost costume collections in the country.  Museum staff will be presenting a selection of actual vintage clothes from the 60s in their Costume and Textiles Study Room, which is a resource for people to study and learn about fashion design by examining the real items up close. 

This fantastic opportunity is available by appointment only, with study room capacity limited to 20 people at a time, so we will divide up into sub-groups which will take turns viewing the garments.  When you're not in the study room, you will be able to view the exhibits on display in the Perelman’s exhibition galleries, or have a cup of tea in the Gallery Café and enjoy the splendid architecture of the building itself.  The Perelman is a gorgeous Art Deco building on the outside and a modern feast for the eyes on the inside; a masterful blending of old and new.
The Perelman Building houses one of the largest and oldest costume and textiles collections in the country, and there is always something exciting on display.  In addition, the PMA's entire Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs is housed the Perelman Building, as is one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary design in the U.S., ranging from appliances and furniture to ceramics, glass, and lighting.


After lunch our bus will ferry us across the parkway to the main building – the amazing, iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art proper.  There you have free reign to enjoy PMA’s offerings until 3:30 when we will gather to get back on the bus and return to the hotel.
Current special exhibits at the PMA which will still be on display in August:

• Explore the work of legendary photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols: artist, technical innovator, and ardent advocate for preserving natural habitats.

• Cy Twombly’s Fifty Days at Iliam returns to the Museum from a retrospective of the artist’s work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

• Among Francisco Goya's greatest achievements during his time as court painter to four successive rulers of Spain, were four series of etchings that chronicle the transformation of Spanish society and his own personal visions.

While you are in the illustrious PMA, you can view whatever your heart desires, though I recommend going to their website to make some plans because there is SO MUCH to see!  To name just a few highlights from the permanent exhibits PMA has to offer: 
• The world’s largest and most important collection of works by Marcel Duchamp
• The greatest collection of sculpture by Constantin Brancusi outside Europe
• Superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including Paul Cézanne’s The Large Bathers, Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and important paintings by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas
• Exceptional American painting, sculpture, furniture, silver, and ceramics — including the remarkable creations of the Shakers and Pennsylvania Germans — that reflect Philadelphia’s central role in American history
• Extraordinary “period rooms” and architectural ensembles from around the world
• Ancient works of art gathered from across the globe


 If you happen to be a big fan of sculptor August Rodin, and you’d rather not miss the finest public collection of his sculpture in the United States, you could skip PMA in favor of a short walk down the parkway to the Rodin Museum (entrance is included with your museum admission).  It’s a tough choice, I know, but for fans of this master of sculpting the human form this might be worth the sacrifice.  The museum is relatively small, but houses over 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters, representing every phase of Auguste Rodin’s career.

The Costume and Textiles Collection:

Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Rodin Museum:

The tour cost $42 per person, which covers transport in a tour bus to and from the museums, as well as entrance to all three above-mentioned museums.  It does not include lunch, which we will enjoy either at the Perelman Cafe or in the Main Building (TBD).
August 9 - 13, 2017
Airport Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartram Ave., Philadelphia, PA






[  ]  Registration:  $295
[  ]  Absentee Registration (Souvenirs):  $100.00 USD  
[  ]  Guest Registration (3 Meals/No souvenirs) $150.00

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