Syrinx Journey Day 137: “Syrinx” at the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania

This afternoon I visited the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, a wonderful exhibit space housed in the Fisher Fine Arts Library. I profiled this Frank Furness building in previous Syrinx Journey postings. Founded by philanthropist Arthur Ross in 1983, the gallery presents changing exhibitions of an eclectic range of visual arts and artifacts. I was graciously welcomed by Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Director of the gallery. The acoustics are very resonant with a lingering echo that made me feel like I was playing a duet with myself.

The current exhibition, 9 Perspectives on a Photography Collection, features photographs from the gallery’s collection. It was very interesting to see works by photographers including Helmut Newton and Edward Steichen who appears below. Steichen enlisted in the US Navy in World War II and created the US Naval Aviation Photographic Unit to document the war.


With Lynn Marsden-Atlass


Victor Jorgensen, Edward Steichen Aboard the USS Lexington, 1943

2 thoughts on “Syrinx Journey Day 137: “Syrinx” at the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania”

  1. Beautiful! This is quite a voyage of exploration. I spent three years of my life in that library when I was doing my coursework for my Ph.D. In Art History. It is an amazing building. I’m so glad they resorted it.

    1. Hello Martin,
      Thank you for your kind note. I also love the Fine Arts Library. It was interesting to learn of your close connection with it!
      All best,

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