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Material Culture Pitches Tent for King Midas Show at Penn Museum

Penn Museum Presents The Golden Age of King Midas For the opening of The Golden Age of King Midas, Material Culture transformed Penn Museum’s Pepper Hall into an oasis reminiscent of the Turkish Kervansaray, or roadside inns, that offered Silk Road travelers a place to recover from a day’s journey. (Photos Courtesy of Penn Museum) THE GOLDEN AGE OF KING MIDAS: OPENING DAY CELEBRATION SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 10AM - 4PM Penn Museum opens the world premiere exhibition The Golden Age of King Midas—featuring ancient treasures on loan from the Republic of Turkey—with a spectacular day-long public celebration, and an immersive experience into the world of the Phrygian ruler King Midas. More Info Photos Courtesy of Penn Museum View CBS News Coverage of Penn Museum's King Midas Exhibit

February 9th, 2016|Retail Store, Store News|

The Lillian August Auction, Sunday, February 28

The Lillian August Auction, Stamford, Connecticut:  Antiques, Fine Furnishings, Mid-Century Modern, Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Asian Arts, Oriental Rugs, Industrial Design, Americana, Found Objects, Collectibles... Live Auction Location: 26 Market Street, Stamford, Connecticut, 06902 Sunday, February 28, 10am est Exhibition: February 26-27, 10am-5pm

February 9th, 2016|Auctions|

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Throughout the history of Material Culture and its associated companies, our work has been rooted in the lives and the art of the craftspeople in the far-flung countries we visit. Their dedication, artistry and spirit has always served as our inspiration, and we seek to honor them by study and to create projects that foster their work. This, as much as our desire to connect their humanity with yours through the objects of their creation, has formed the backbone of our organization. Consequently, we invite you to explore our projects and studies in the field, to put places, faces and stories behind the artifacts you can find in our store. From our work encouraging weavers in Turkey to bring forth designs of their own imagination, to the Asoso Project for the creation of unique wooden furniture in Ghana, to the sponsorship of the late Nigerian artist, Twins Seven-Seven as artist-in-residence here at our Philadelphia location, to many others, our goal as ever is to bind continents together through the power of the creative will.

January 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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The Worlds of Material Culture

The Worlds of Material Culture come together in the historic landmark Atwater Kent Radio Factory: Store, Auctions, Supper Clubs, Private Catered Events, Lectures, Exhibitions...

January 19th, 2016|Café, Events, Retail Store, Store News|

Thursday Nights At Baba Olga’s | Great Food, Live Music, Old World Hospitality

Join Us for Four Two Very Special Thursday Night Dinner Parties In February With Chef Aliza Green Celebrating The Magic of Spice Blends Tickets: $55 per person/per dinner Live Music, BYOB Limited Reserved Seating (55 Guests) 7:00 to 10:00pm Free Parking   SOLD OUT! Thursday, February 4th, 7 to 10pm Mediterranean Flavors Dinner BYOB Musicians: John and Bill Koutsourous Hummus with Warm Buttery Chickpeas and Yemenite Zhoug Pan-Fried Halloumi Cheese with Dukkah Sprinkle Spicy Moroccan Steamed Mussels with Chermoula Seared Lamb Simit Kebobs with Pistachios, Roasted Cubanelle Peppers & Tomatoes Greek Lemon-Oregano Potatoes Turkish Okra Stew with Tomato & Chickpeas Spiced Sweet Potato Pie Thursday, February 11th, 7 to 10pm Vegetable Lover’s Dinner, vegan-friendly BYOB Musicians: Raji Malik and Joe Tayoun Roasted Vegetables with Tomato Kasundi Chutney Carrot-Ginger Bisque with Poudre de Colombo Ethiopian Lentil Stew with Berberé Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry with Cauliflower, Okra & Cashews Saffron Basmati Rice with Pistachios Honey Adobo-Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges Swedish Gingerbread with Fresh Whipped Cream & Minted Fruit Macedonia Thursday, February 18th, 7 to 10pm Moroccan Spice Dinner BYOB Musicians: Roger Mgrdician and Joe Tayoun Mini Chicken B’Stilla with Cinnamon-Almond Topping Chickpea & Pumpkin Soup with Saffron & Ginger [...]

January 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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JANUARY ESTATES AUCTION Online Only* Auction Sunday, January 24, 2016, 10am est New Date: Monday, January 25, 2016, 10am est Exhibition: Friday, Jan. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 24, 11am-5pm, Exhibition Closed: Saturday Jan. 25 Browse the Auction Catalogue and Bid Live On:    *Also Accepting Phone and Absentee Bids! Absentee Bid Form (PDF) | Telephone Bid Form (PDF) | Terms and Conditions (PDF) 700 Lots, Including Items from the Amazing Estates and Private Collections of David Bradley Armstrong, Monterey, Mass; Robert Swan Lindsley and Eric Hoage, Philadelphia; Richard and Jean Kellaway, Framingham, Mass; Piero and Paola Ferro, Milan, Italy; Matthew Friedman, Hong Kong...And Many More! Antiques • Decorative Arts • Fine Art • Folk Art • Ethnographic Arts • Asian and Chinese Traditional Arts • Period Arts & Crafts Furnishings • Oriental Rugs • Collectibles • Americana • Ephemera

January 11th, 2016|Auctions|
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Happy Holidays!

Join Us for a Zero Sales Tax Weekend* Filled with FREE FREE LIVE FOLK WORLD MUSIC PERFORMANCE By Shawn Hennessey and Elliot Levin, Sunday, 2-4pm FREE Wine and Samosas All Day Sunday, Courtesy of Colors By Padmini! FREE REFRESHMENTS Saturday/Sunday Enjoy free complimentary light fare. Revive yourself with a sampling of our homemade mezze dips and spreads, olives & pickled vegetables accompanied by za'atar toasted pita chips. And, have a cup of our Small World coffee or Tazo tea on us! *We pay the sales tax, not you!

December 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|


Swarovsky Film Shoot at Material Culture, Directed by Pier Nicola D'Amico  Watch The World of Material Culture Video on YouTube The World of Material Culture is a constantly expanding universe of art, culture, exhibitions and commerce. We invite you to view a new video documentary of a recent weekend at Material Culture (March 28-30, 2014), which included an exhibition and auction of the Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art, as well as a grand party attended by more than 1000 friends and art lovers.

December 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|

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We will work with you to custom design a special menu for any event of 30 to 300 guests. Below are actual menus from events we have catered. Wedding in April for 200 Reception in Mezzanine Gallery Mixed marinated olives Japanese firecracker rice cracker mix Fennel roasted almonds Muhammara (Turkish pomegranate, walnut & red pepper dip) with crudité vegetables Tuscan chicken liver paté with porcini & bacon DINNER Cold Mezze Sicilian eggplant caponata (sweet & sour eggplant with capers) Vegan Hummus with chipotle chile Vegan Tapenade (Provençal black olive, caper, fennel & orange pesto) Vegan Persian spinach dip (with yogurt and caramelized onions) Turkish white bean salad Vegan Multigrain pita & crostini Hot Mezze Dates in Blankets (Medjool dates stuffed w/almonds, baked in curry pastry) Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Tomato & Ras Al Hanout spice mix Catalan Gambas a la Planxa (seared saffron-pimentón shrimp) with lemon Goat Cheese, Mushroom & Spinach Mini Panini First Course Cyprus Lentil & Grains Salad: farro, barley, French lentils, shredded kale, toasted pumpkin seeds olive oil-citrus dressing Vegan Fattoush Salad: diced cucumber, peppers, tomato, arugula, & toasted multigrain pita squares, pomegranate seeds in lemon-olive oil dressing Main Course Baharat Grilled Farm Leg [...]

December 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Green on Green: How and Why I Cook

Aliza Green, Chef Manager Cook to make people happy: Sharing a meal is a sacred act that brings people together, encourages conversation, and helps us relax, digest, and take pleasure in the small joys of civilized everyday life: friendship, good food, lively discussion, and maybe a bottle of wine to share. Food that calls too much attention to itself and demands quiet adulation gets in the way of lusty enjoyment. Cooking on the Spot: I am inspired to cook food from places that I’ve traveled to or have had the opportunity to learn directly from local cooks. Earlier in my career, as chef of a Northern Italian restaurant, I studied Italian for five years to connect with Italian culinarians and learn their stories and culinary secrets. Here at Baba Olga’s, I emphasize food from the Mediterranean region, especially Greece and Turkey, where I’ve studied cooking;; from Tunisia and Morocco, cuisine that I learned by working with local chefs; from Mexico where I lived in my early teens: from Israel where I attended first grade; and from Brazil, India, and the Caribbean, all places where I’ve had the opportunity to travel and cook. Food should look like what it [...]

November 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|