A new Asian wing for the Art Museum — and other major art exhibitions in Philly this fall

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is providing a visual panorama of how Americans responded to one of the most catastrophic events of the 20th century. And at its heart is an epic, CinemaScope-scale painting of a grotesque event, Gassed by John Singer Sargent, on loan from the Imperial War Museum in London.
The great 20th-century Mexican muralists also produced some big pictures, often on big subjects, such as The Epic of American Civilization, by José Clemente Orozco. The Art Museum’s big show on Mexican modernism includes this work, and many others in various sizes and media to provide a comprehensive view of an important and popular artistic and social movement.

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