Victoriana Reimagined

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Victoriana Reimagined – Contemporary artwork installation within the Victorian interiors of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion presented by

Past Present Projects and curated by Heather Gibson Moqtaderi. The works, created by local artists Talia Greene, Jacintha Clark, and Melanie Bilenker will take direct inspiration from the interiors and facets of Victorian life that are on display in the house to blend the past with the present. Artist Talia Greene has previously created site-specific installations, including her installation at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York City. Her proposed display will involve the gasolier in the dining room, drawing on both the imagery and content that it offers in reference to one of Aesop’s fables, “The Fox and the Grapes.” Jacintha Clark is a mixed-media artist that combines both sculptural approaches and architectural restoration into her artistic practice; she recently had a solo show, Threshold, at Philadelphia Magic Gardens. Her piece will draw inspiration from the Steiff piano in the parlor to create sculptural work that can be part of a performance. Lastly Melanie Bilenker is a jeweler that creates delicate hair art pieces; her works are found in many museum collections, including New York city’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her prospective installation will be a modern take on the 19th century hair art displayed in the Lady’s bedroom.

Opening reception for Victoriana Reimagined is Saturday, March 24, 2018, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Meet the artists, view this amazing exhibit and enjoy light comestibles. Reservations to attend this reception are required. For reservations call 215-438-1861.

Free admission, including Mansion tour and exhibition access, will be offered to all visitors on the following dates: Saturday, March 31st, Saturday, April 7th, Saturday, April 14th, Saturday, April 21st and Saturday, April 28th. Beginning March 28th through September 1st, individuals living in the 19144 zip code may view the exhibition and tour the Mansion free of charge.

The Mission of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is to showcase Victorian era Philadelphia through the architecture, grounds/gardens, and collections; and to educate, entertain and inspire the public through onsite educational programming, tours, theatre productions, literature and lectures.