Exhibition Extension and New Show at Berman Museum

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College is extending one exhibition and opening a new show based on portraits from the permanent collection on May 27.

Diary of the One Swelling Sea is extended to June 15 in the Upper Gallery. What would it be like to step outside our lives and into someone else’s day-to-day existence? To experience something bigger than we are, bigger than all of humanity? How would it feel to live as deep and long as the sea, to love a moon so far away you could never touch her, only show her your adoration in millions of shimmering waves?

In Diary of the One Swelling Sea, visual artist Corinne Duchesne, composer Garrett Hope, and poet Jill McCabe Johnson have created an alternate world in which to contemplate and connect with the sea, the earth, and cosmos. Combining large-scale drawings, original poems, and newly-composed music, the exhibition is an invitation to step into oceanic experience and feel the surge and sympathy of one’s own inner tides.

77 Portraits, a new exhibition, will open May 27 and run through Sept. 21 in the Main Gallery. Coming from a straightforward premise and drawn entirely from the collection of the Berman Museum of Art, 77 Portraits brings together a total of seventy-seven works across a range of mediums and time periods, all of which feature the human face or figure. The works on display vary from a sixteenth-century oil painting to photographs printed in the last few decades, demonstrating that across the ages, the urge to make pictures of people—to make portraits—endures. With that in mind, what story (or stories) does this cross-section of portraits have to share? What can careful looking at these  works tell us about their subjects, their artists, and history—and about more current methods of making, keeping, and sharing portraits of ourselves and others?

NEW SUMMER HOURS – Closed Sundays, May 27 – August 25

Closed for holidays Saturday, May 24, and Friday & Saturday, July 4 & 5

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Museum is closed Sundays May 27 through August 25, Mondays and college holidays. Admission is free. The Museum is one of two on campus museums in Pennsylvania accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is accessible to visitors with disabilities. Admission is free.