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Since its founding in 1915, the PAA has presented the work of artists and designers working in a wide variety of media, from ceramics and jewelry to textiles and sculpture. Each year we present up to twelve new exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and established artists. Rather than understanding “craft” as a class of objects, the PAA encourages visitors to consider “craft” as a verb. This broader definition means that our exhibitions encompass a range of topics and types of work, from useful and decorative objects to sculpture and installations. Our diverse program of exhibitions, inspired by our setting in a masterfully crafted domestic space, can thus be communicated to visitors in engaging and unexpected ways.
The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to present “William Daley: 14 for 7,” an exhibition featuring a select group of Daley’s works made between 1954 and 2013. This exhibition comes on the heels of the publication of William Daley: Ceramic Artist, a career retrospective published by Schiffer Publishing. This exhibition unites 14 works from 7 extraordinary decades, celebrating Daley’s achievements both past and present. In addition to the works on view, the installation will feature a recent short film about Daley and his work, Mud Architect, by Thomas Porett, as well as images, drawings, and sketches from Daley’s studio, providing an intriguing glimpse of his studio. Famous for his intricate drawings and library of forms molds and ingenious handmade tools, Daley draws inspiration from natural and man-made structures from cultures and regions across the globe.
Feb 12, 2014 to Mar 19, 2014
In addition to being professionally heralded as a leading radiologist and philanthropist, Paul Richardson's prolific body of work as a photographer ranged from the exquisite beauty found in nature to the stark ruins of abandoned prisons. The exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance,Through His Eyes, focuses on Richardson's photographs taken at Holmesburg Prison. Built in 1896 and in continuous use until 1995, Holmesburg was notoriously known as the site of a controversial, decades-long pharmaceutical, and biochemical weapons research project involving testing on inmates. Richardson described Holmesburg as a place of "stark, crumbling horrors that once took hope from body and soul." Despite the subject, Richardson's photographs of this dilapidated site reflect his ability to find beauty even in decay.
Born in Manchester, England, Dr. Paul Richardson went to medical school in England and then came to the United States, where he completed specialty studies at Cornell and New York Universities. During a long career, he was chief of radiology at St. Agnes Medical Center. He also worked at Hahnemann University Hospital and Cooper University Hospital. It was while in semi-retirement that Richardson's interest in photography blossomed.