Body Language: The Art of Larry Day
Opening September 25, 2021
This exhibition celebrates Larry Day (1921-1998) in his centenary year, exploring his singular contributions to American art and the lasting power of his observations and imagination.
This multipart exhibition is on view at three venues. At Woodmere, we offer an overview of Day’s career in our Ethel M. Schnader Gallery and a focused presentation of his figurative paintings, drawings, and sketches titled Silent Conversations in our Catherine M. Kuch Gallery. At the University of the Arts, Nature Abstracted (on view October 8- December 3) presents Day’s abstract painting of the 1950s. And at Arcadia University, Absent Presence (on view through November 21) explores Day’s cityscape and architectural subjects.
To learn more about the exhibition, click here.
Watch the exhibition video on our Youtube channel:
Body Language: The Art of Larry Day
Upcoming Events
Opening Reception
September 25, 2021
1 – 4 pm
Please join us for an in-person reception for the opening of Body Language: The Art of Larry Day, on view through January 23, 2022.
Members’ Exhibition Tour
October 10
2 pm
FREE for Woodmere members
Assistant Curator Rachel Hruszkewycz will lead a gallery tour of Body Language: The Art of Larry Day. She will present an overview of the artist’s career and offer insight into the artist’s figurative paintings that are displayed in Woodmere’s galleries.
To register, click here.
Body Language:
The Art of Larry Day
A lecture with Ruth Fine
October 16
2 pm
FREE for Woodmere members
Images from both popular culture and art history are depicted as essential to Day’s painterly identity.  Biographical information will convey Day’s importance to the re-emergence of figurative art in the 1960s, and the role teaching played for this “dean of Philadelphia painters.”
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Family Day:
Games in the Galleries
October 30
11 am – 2 pm
FREE for family membership cardholders
Enjoy playing a variety of games inspired by the paintings of Larry Day. Concoct strategies and a “poker” face while playing games of cards, charades, or pick-up-sticks.
November 6 | 2 pm | Woodmere Art Museum | On Larry Day: A Conversation with Phong Bui
November 11 | 5-7 pm | University of the Arts | Reception
January 22 | 2 pm | Woodmere Art Museum | Curator’s Talk: The Art of Larry Day with David Bindman
Body Language: The Art of Larry Day has been featured in the latest episode of Woodmere’s podcast, Diving Board. To subscribe and listen, click here.
Images, from top to bottom: Narrative: To the Memory of Matteo Giovannetti, 1967, by Larry Day (Gift of Ruth Fine in honor of Irving and Miriam Brown Fine, 2020); A Game of Charades (aka Charades), 1967/1969, by Larry Day (Courtesy of the Larry Day Art Trust); Games, 1967, by Larry Day (Courtesy of Mark Showell Interiors); Miss Charkow and Mrs. Melnicoff, c. 1967, by Larry Day (Gift of Claudia Raab and Natalie Charkow Hollander, 2013); Poker Game, 1970, by Larry Day (Gift of Ruth Fine, 1999).
This exhibition, catalogue, and programming is supported by Ruth Fine, the Imperfect Family Foundation, Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, Elizabeth Glassman, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Terra Foundation for American Art, The Lunder Foundation-Peter & Paula Lunder Family, Leslie Samuels & Augusta Gross, Muriel Fine Sherman & Dr. Neil Sherman, Pamela & Joseph Yohlin, Michael Heizer Studio, Gloria Spivak, Norman Fein, Susan Sillins, Judith Brodsky, Ronald Rumford, and several other generous contributors, including those who wish to remain anonymous.
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