Tag Archives: Philadelphia Museum of Art

today’s holiday: Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday (2015)


Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday (2015)

Born in Boston on this day in 1706, Benjamin Franklin helped edit, and was a signer of, the Declaration of Independence. He also helped to frame the Constitution. When he died in 1790 in Philadelphia, he was given the most impressive funeral that city had ever seen: 20,000 people attended. In Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute Science Museum holds a two-day “birthday bash” that often involves people dressing as Franklin. The celebration takes place on the weekend preceding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is the Monday after January 15. More… Discuss

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today’s birthday: Georgia O’Keeffe (1887)


Georgia O’Keeffe (1887) https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/entity/%2Fm%2F01t807?projectId=art-project

Regarded by critics as one of the most original and important American artists, O’Keeffe is known chiefly for her large,

Visit Georgia O'Keeffe_Mountain at Bear Lake - Taos _1930_ At the White House

Visit Georgia O’Keeffe_Mountain at Bear Lake – Taos _1930_ At the White House (click here to access the Google Art Project)

semi-abstract studies of flowers, bones, and other imagery. Immaculate, sculptural, organic forms painted in strong, clear colors predominate in O’Keeffe’s works, and her pristine abstract designs carry strong elements of sexual symbolism. Her work was first exhibited in 1916 at the 291 Gallery of Alfred Stieglitz, whom she later married. What is “O’Keeffe’s Ghost”? More… Discuss