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.
Philadelphia Museum of Art commissioned renowned saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter for a work inspired by the Museum's East Asian art collection, performed by the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Shorter plus pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade). The quartet performed in April 2010 to a crowd of almost 4,000 people at the museum's Friday evening Art After 5 series, breaking all previous series attendance records. The performance featured the debut of the commissioned work, Lotus, and a program of Shorter's past works. Preceding the concert, Shorter and his quartet discussed their influences and creative process in a live panel discussion with music journalist Tom Moon.