The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ alumni roster reads like a who’s who of the American fine art world: Alexander Stirling Calder, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Benjamin West and many, many more studied within the walls of the historic arts institution on North Broad Street.
But not only great painters are developed at PAFA: renowned filmmaker David Lynch attended PAFA from January 1966 until the summer of 1967, and now the creative mind behind such on-screen classics as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Twin Peakswill return to Philadelphia.
In what will be the first major American survey of his work, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Artspresents a comprehensive exhibition of the wide range of artworks produced by David Lynchfrom 1965 to the present day.
Opening Saturday, September 13 in the Historic Landmark Building, David Lynch: The Unified Fieldexhibits more than 90 works by one of PAFA’s most illustrious contemporary alumnus, and features a wide complement of public programming — including multiple film screenings, of course!
A retrospective of work from all periods of Lynch’s career, The Unified Field will include rarely seen paintings and drawings revealing his early and ongoing studio art practice, as well as early short films made while Lynch was living in Philadelphia, including a previously unscreened film made for a gallery opening in 1967.
To complement the exhibition, PAFA also presents Something Clicked in Philly: David Lynch and His Contemporaries in the Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery, a showcase of more than a dozen of Lynch’s peers exploring the artist’s world in Philadelphia.
Beyond the exhibitions at PAFA, The Unified Field will include a wide range of public programming and celebrations within Philadelphia-area film community at the Philadelphia Film Society, International House Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.
Stay tuned for more on what promises to be a blockbuster Philadelphia exhibition, and mark those calendars now for the public exhibition preview party on Friday, September 12.
Coming Attraction: David Lynch: The Unified Field
When: September 13-January 11, 2015
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Historic Landmark Building, 118 N. Broad Street
Cost: Adults: $15 adults, $12 seniors/students (with ID), $8 youth (13-18), free for children 12 and under and military personnel
More info: www.pafa.org