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's presentation of Tom Chimes: Adventures in 'Pataphysics was the first comprehensive exhibition to examine the work of this distinguished, but under-recognized, Philadelphia artist. Consisting of approximately 100 paintings and works on paper—many previously unseen—the exhibition connected Chimes' images with extensive biographical and archival material, while revealing his remarkable ability to periodically reinvent himself. An accompanying publication and a wide range of on-site programs complemented the exhibition.