Philadelphia Museum of Art

About the Exhibition

Concepts of imprinting, multiplicity, reproduction, and seriality, as well as printed images and print techniques are frequently used by artists who do not think of themselves as printmakers. As artistic vocabularies have expanded and mixing media has become commonplace, artists have increasingly drawn from inherent characteristics of the print to achieve specific aesthetic and expressive goals.

In keeping with its role as a major repository of the work of Marcel Duchamp, the “father” of Conceptual Art, the museum will feature exhibitions by two artists who translate aspects of printmaking into other mediums, pushing the conceptual boundaries typically associated with the print. Óscar Muñoz explores the ephemeral implications of the imprint with two projects: a new installation of portraits printed in pigment floating on water (shown in-process) and a suite of video portraits that involve a variation of this innovative printing technique. Using imagery inspired by Japanese cultural sources that range from traditional woodcuts to contemporary comics and animations, Tabaimo continues her examination of the complexities of everyday life with the U.S. debut of a 2007 video installation.

About The Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with more than 200 galleries showcasing 2,000 years of exceptional human creativity in painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, decorative arts, textiles and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Founded in 1876, during the nation’s first centennial exposition, the museum was originally called the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, modeled on the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in London. The school was housed apart from the museum in various locations in the city and became an independent institution in 1964, later joining with the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts to form the University of the Arts in 1987.

The collections outgrew the original centennial quarters in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall, and in 1928 the museum moved to a new Beaux-Arts building, in the form of three linked Greek temples, rising majestically at the west end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum’s physical domain expanded in 2007 with the addition of the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, an Art Deco structure that was renovated by the museum, located across from the main building. Today, the museum complex, which also includes the Rodin Museum and two historic houses in Fairmount Park, is home to more than 225,000 works of art and offers a wealth of exhibitions and educational programs for visitors of all ages.


Oscar Muñoz

Panel Discussion: Philagrafika 2010: Perspectives on Print in Contemporary Art


Friday April 9, 2010, from 6:30-9pm-Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings and member of the Philagrafika 2010 curatorial team, will lead a discussion with artists and other Philagrafika 2010 participants about the role of print in their work and the impact of the Philagrafika festival in re-framing the position of print in contemporary art.


  • Cindi Ettinger, Master Printer, founder of C.R. Ettinger Studio, Philadelphia
  • Virgil Marti, artist (work on view in the Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious exhibition at the Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design)
  • Matt Neff, artist, Lecturer in the Fine Arts and manager of Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Caitlin Perkin, artist, member of the artists’ collective Space 1026 and Program Manager for Philagrafika 2010
  • Anabelle Rodriguez, Curator of the inaugural International Curatorial Exchange (ICE) @ Crane Arts LLC; Guest Curator at Painted Bride Art Center; and muralist for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program


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