Among the largest and oldest art museums in the US, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a pilgrimage site for modern and contemporary art professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world, due in part to its extensive holdings of the work of Marcel Duchamp, as well as its Constantin Brancusi sculptures. Through innovative exhibitions and programs, the museum has stayed true to its roots as a teaching institution and to the belief that the arts can positively transform society.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presented James Castle: A Retrospective, the first comprehensive museum exhibition of the work of James Castle (1899-1977), one of America's most prolific self-taught artists. Castle spent his life making art as a deaf, non-speaking man in rural Idaho, and though his work has been widely praised, it has rarely been shown in a museum setting. The exhibition consisted of over 300 drawings, color wash pieces, handmade books, assemblages, and text works drawn from museums and private collections, and was accompanied by a catalogue.