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Modern and Contemporary Art Department Records

Identifier: MOD
At present this record group documents two exhibitions: "Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Ariadne" (2002/2003), and "Jacques Lipchitz and Philadelphia" (2004). The 2.5 linear feet of records pertaining to the de Chirico exhibition consist of research files. Topics include the artist's drawings at the Musee Picasso, relationship between the artist and the contemporary writings of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzche, de Chirico's influence on pop artist Andy Warhol, and other themes explored in the exhibition and related website. The Lipchitz exhibition records measure nearly 4 linear feet and and document every aspect of the exhibition, from loans and installation to merchandising, publicity and exhibition opening. There are also research files, clippings, gallery label drafts, slides and audiovisual materials. Records beginning in 1990 to a cancelled traveling exhibition featuring Alfred Stieglitz, which was to come to Philadelphia in 2003, are included in the Twentieth Century Art Department Records.

Folder-level inventories are available in the Archives.


  • circa 2002-2008

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Access to institutional records less than 10 years old is at the discretion of the Archivist.

Use Restrictions

The Modern and Contemporary Art Department Records are the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.


52.5 linear feet


None available.

Historical Note

To reflect the coming millenium, the Twentieth Century Art Department became known in the year 2000 as the department of Modern and Contemporary Art. The first exhibition mounted by the department that year, which was held March 25 to July 20, was "Celebrating the Eight: American Modernism from the Potamkin Collection."

Ann Temkin, who came to the Museum in 1989 as Acting Curator of Twentieth Century Art, continued under the new department name as the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. She assumed the endowed curatorial position in 1990. Michael Taylor and Susan Rosenberg were Assistant Curators. When Temkin left the Museum for a co-curatorial position at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the fall of 2003, Taylor was named the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art. The position of Curator of Contemporary Art remained vacant until 2006 when Carlos Basualdo joined the Museum staff.
Guide to the Modern and Contemporary Art Department Records
Finding aid prepared by Bertha Adams, Megan Finn and Ada Sinacore-Guinn
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Funded by a grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Historical Publications and Records Commission
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Revision Statements

  • 6/11/2007: Bertha Adams: June 11, 2007
  • 3/30/2011: Susie Anderson: nhprc

Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States