Past exhibition: A Sendakian Sampler

Drawings A to Z

From 06/02/2009 to 09/13/2009

This mini exhibition offers a highly informal survey of the art of Maurice Sendak, arranged alphabetically: 26 irreverent topics from Acrobatics to Zilch that show the astonishing scope of his work over half a century.

Past exhibition: Finding Lincoln

21st-Century Abe

From 05/27/2009 to 08/30/2009

Finding Lincoln: 21st-Century Abe is a two-gallery companion exhibit to the 21st-Century Abe web project (21stcenturyabe.org). Finding Lincoln brings together in physical space the 32 Lincoln-related documents at the heart of the web project, along with the work of web-project artists Archive, Bryce Dessner, Maira Kalman, and 1812 Productions and the best art created and submitted by visitors to 21stCenturyAbe.org.

Past exhibition: 21st-Century Abe

From 02/12/2009 to 08/31/2009

Lincoln was born two hundred years ago. Happy birthday, Abe! But why are we in the 21st century still obsessed with this 19th-century man? 21st-Century Abe is an interactive website featuring Lincoln documents from the Rosenbach’s collections; interpretations by scholar Douglas Wilson, and artists ARCHIVE, Bryce Dessner, and Maira Kalman; and opportunities for you to create and share your own Abe art and to add your voice to the conversation.

Past exhibition: Sendak on Sendak

There's a Mystery There

From 05/06/2008 to 05/03/2009

A major retrospective exhibition of artist/author Maurice Sendak that will take you way beyond Where the Wild Things Are, showing how Sendak mixes difficult childhood emotions and haunting personal memories in stories with witty word play, brilliant drawings, and engaging characters.

Past exhibition: Dracula

The Making of a Monster

From 10/02/2007 to 11/04/2007

Dracula, one of the most famous literary characters ever created, first appeared in an 1897 novel written by an Irish theatre manager, Bram Stoker. The Rosenbach preserves Stoker’s notes for the novel; this exhibition features selections from the notes selection chosen to show how carefully Stoker built his fictional world.

Past exhibition: Ruffs, Ribbons, Collars, & Cravats

A Brief History of Neckwear as Illustrated by the Rosenbach Collection of Portrait Miniatures

From 04/10/2007 to 04/10/2007

Art and antiques dealer Philip Rosenbach (1863-1953), the brother of famed rare book and manuscript dealer A.S.W. Rosenbach (1876-1952), purchased a collection of 450 portrait miniatures from English painter Talbot Hughes in 1928. The largest collection of oil on copper miniatures in the United States, it includes portraits painted by English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, and French artists.

Past exhibition: Chosen

Philadelphia's Great Hebraica

From 03/29/2007 to 08/26/2007

Past exhibition: Look Again: African- American History IS American History

From 09/13/2006 to 04/22/2007

Look Again attempts not to display merely a category of “African American collections,” but instead to re-examine its American historical collections. Items on display range from Phillis Wheatley’s first editions and selections from the museum’s extensive holdings of abolitionist material, such as courtroom drawings from the trial of John Brown, to sugar bowls and mahogany furniture.

COMING SOON: “I Am an American!” The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson

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Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar-Nelson (1875–1935), who lived in both Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware, dedicated her life to teaching, writing, and civic activism. Her work was complex, encompassing the study of literature, behavioral health, and African American history and culture, as well as public school and reformatory education.