A Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

My parents wanted to go to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the Labor Day holiday. My mother is learning to paint in oils, and has been wanting to look at others’ work to get a better understanding of color. But it also turned out that there was a small costume exhibit on at the Perelman Building. Score!

The exhibit was on the relationship between adult and children’s clothing from the 18th C through the early 20th C. It is running until December 1, 2013 (website). There are some interesting pieces, including underpinnings, shoes, hats, gloves, women’s clothing, and men’s suits.

On to the photos. I will post more pictures of individual pieces later. I took these with my parents’ Nikon D5100, so even with a high ISO things came out okay, after some balancing in Adobe Bridge. But there was an issue with photography, and it is related to the one major flaw in the exhibit: the lighting. Like many costume galleries, the exhibit is lit mostly with low lights. The clothing is also behind glass. This is understandable as it helps preserve the artifacts. However, there was also a table in the middle of the room that had a bunch of desk lamps on it, where kids could color their own fashion drawings. That concept was cool, but the result was there was a lot of glare on the glass cases from those desk lamps. Putting a small but relatively bright light source in the middle of the exhibit was probably not the best idea. They should perhaps have put the coloring table behind a low screen, to shield the light from the rest of the room.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

You can see the glare with the desk lamps in the middle of this photo

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Here is an oddity–a girl’s dress that is just a scaled down adult dress, complete with bust pads to fill out the bodice (the pads are the white circles on the floor of the case). Most early children’s clothing was similar to adult versions, but not identical. (Sorry for my expression in this photo, I was weirded out by this dress!)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

In the main building, there was also a small exhibit on 19th C miser’s purses. Lots of lovely beadwork!

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sorry some of these are blurry–I had to turn down my shutter speed in the low light.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

And a family photo–me, my mom, my dad, and my cousin

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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