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Here’s to Winter!

A wide range of shawls, wraps and throw blankets, tribal,
moroccan and native motifs.

A New Line of Tribal Beddings:
Handmade treasures, a piece of history with a contemporary decor wisdom brought to you in this Gudri pillow. Hand-stitched from vintage cotton quilts found in India. Many layers of soft worn saris were […]

Tibetan Monks Create Sand Mandala at Material Culture, May 2-3

On Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 11am – 5pm
For the Creation of a Sand Mandala of the Medicine Buddha
By the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery, India, For the Healing of the World & Specifically Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal
Please Note: Material Culture will […]

Tibetan Cultural Celebration and Performance at Material Culture, Saturday, April 11

Please Join Us For A Very Special Cultural Celebration and Performance Of Traditional Tibetan Dance, Lively Debate, Chanting, Prayer and Meditation By the Tibetan Buddhist Monks Of Drepung Gomang Monastery, India
Saturday, April 11, 2PM, FREE
Everyone Welcome, Bring Kids!
According to Tibetan custom, if His Holiness in […]

Promoting Peace Through Art

Material Culture Presents: The Afghan Peace Rug Project
For the past 30 years, Afghan war rugs have been highly valued and internationally collected as pieces of modern folk art. These rugs, woven by Afghan village artisans since 1979 following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, depict images of the wars and conflict […]

The Peacebomb Collection at Material Culture

The Peacebomb collection by ARTICLE 22, a jewelry line designed from weapons of mass destruction, is now on sale at Material Culture and will be featured in our “Give Peace” for the Holidays event on December 14th

ARTICLE 22 has been recognized by global consumers and press as pioneering the transformation of weapons […]

Exhibition: Currency and Costume in Pre-Colonial Africa, November 22, 2014 – February 28, 2015

Exhibition, November 22nd-February 28th, 2015
Selections from the Isabella de la Houssaye and David Crane Collection
The population of Africa is one of the most diverse in the world with more than 3000 distinct ethnic groups and over 2100 spoken languages. Prior to colonization, each of these ethnic groups had distinct customs and […]

Exhibition: Artists From the Center for Creative Works

A variety of work by artists from the Center for Creative Works, including paintings, drawings, ceramics and mixed media pieces, are featured at an exhibition and sale in our mezzanine gallery.
Exhibition and Sale: Now through November 2nd, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25th, 1-3 pm
About Center for Creative Works

The Center for […]

Host Memorable Events for 30-300 at Material Culture

This year, hold your event in the dramatic space at Material Culture, a centrally-located center for art, antiques, and hand crafts from around the world. Feast your eyes and your palate at Baba Olga’s Café where the food is exciting and made-from-scratch from the best local and sustainable ingredients. […]

Nicholas Toth, The Last Helmet Maker, July 19, 2pm

Nicholas Toth, The Last Helmet Maker
Award Winning Artist and National Heritage Fellow, Nicholas Toth,
Presents a Gallery Talk and Exhibition
Gallery Talk, Saturday, July 19, 2pm
Exhibition, July 16-19
Free, Open to the Public
Exhibited Items Available for Purchase
As the guest artist and Master Helmet Maker, Nicholas Toth will be showcasing his copper and […]

Baba Olga’s Inaugural Supper Club Party News Release

Baba Olga’s Café & Supper Club at Material Culture
An Event You Don’t Want to Miss!
Philadelphia, PA, June 13, 2014– An evening of music and entertainment, with music by The West […]

Painted Bride Art Center’s 45th Anniversary Celebration

The 45th Anniversary Celebration of Painted Bride Art Center took place on Saturday May 18, 2014 here at Material Culture. Please see the below testimonials and photos from Painted Bride Art Center.
“The Painted Bride Art Center held it’s 45th Anniversary Celebration at Material Culture this past Saturday and it was a […]

A Material Culture Wedding Story

On May 10, 2014, a wonderful wedding was held here at Material Culture. The event was documented beautifully by photographer Inna Spivakova and we wanted to share it with you. See the below descriptions and photos from Inna’s website, Peach Plum Pear Photography.
“I knew I was going to like Rachel and Josh’s […]

Heads Up | Preview a Shipment of Antiques Arriving in 6 Weeks

Preview a Shipment of Antiques Arriving in 6 Weeks! (early July arrival)
Including many Indian and British Colonial 19th/early 20th cabinets and sideboards, all in ready to use condition.
Please let us know if you have any questions, contact

The World of Material Culture Video

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, […]

Jonathan Demme Exhibition Party and Auctions a Great Success!

With more than 1,000 guests attending Jonathan Demme’s Pre-Auction Exhibition Party and the successful weekend-long Auction that followed, we would like to thank those who participated in making all of the events a great success!

Jonathan Demme Pre-Auction Exhibition Party! Friday, March 28, 7-11PM

Join Jonathan Demme with friends in person at Material Culture for a special pre-auction exhibition party on Friday, March 28, from 7-11 p.m., with live music and refreshments. Admission to the party and the weeklong exhibition are free and open to the public. The Friday night party starts off a weekend of auctions dedicated solely to the superb self-taught art collection of Jonathan Demme.

Parting Notes: “Decoding The Veil” Exhibition at Material Culture

Area women talk about the garment’s meaning; Philly exhibit explores the history of why and how women wear them
From The News Journal, Wilmington, DE
By Margie Fishman
Dec 1, 2013

Wajeeha Choudhary began covering her hair at age 15. Adolescence was a tumultuous time, she remembers. Her hijab, or headscarf, protected her […]

Party of the Year 11/1/2013 !

Friday, November 1, 6pm-11pm

Join Us For An Extraordinary Evening of Art, Exhibitions, Music, Dance, Refreshments

RSVP:  or call 215-849-8030

Free, Open to the Public

Mezzanine Gallery Exhibition: Nov. 1 – Dec. 29, 2013

November 1 to December 29
The Veil Code:
A Cross Cultural Survey of Veils and Traditional Dress
From Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Featuring items from the collection of Isabella de la Houssaye, Princeton, NJ
Reception: Friday Nov 1, 7 pm – 11 pm

Inaugural Exhibition: Promoting Peace Through Art

November 1 to 17
Material Culture Presents: The Afghan Peace Rug Project
Reception: Friday Nov. 1 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

For the past 30 years, Afghan war rugs have been highly valued and internationally collected as pieces of modern folk art. These rugs, woven by Afghan village artisans since 1979 following […]

Lecture and Reception 11/2/2013

Saturday November 2, 2 p.m.
Mexican Folk Devotional Retablos
Presented by Joseph F. Chorpenning, Editorial Director at Saint Joseph’s University Press.

This illustrated lecture will focus particularly on the Mexican retablos being offered for sale at the November 3rd auction.

Free, Open to the Public

The Mezzanine Gallery: Summer-Fall Exhibitions

Material Culture presents: Friends
An Exhibition Featuring Works by Jim Bloom, Vladan Gradistanac, Mr. Imagination, Maryann Matlock Hinkle, and Prince Twins Seven Seven

July 1-Aug 30, 2013

Jim was recently the subject of an essay titled “Stories of Wit and Irony” by Ron Schira in Raw Vision Magazine (Spring/Summer 2012 RV 75, […]

Performers at the Colors By Padmini Opening

Material Culture will host an event to celebrate the unveiling of the Padmini boutique line in the store, on November 17, from 6-10 PM. The evening is free and open to the public, and will feature live music, refreshments, door prizes, and a champagne toast at 8 PM.
Below is […]

Material Culture to Feature Colors by Padmini

Material Culture is excited to present a new home for Colors by Padmini, a designer line of soft furnishings, clothing and accessories inspired by the rich hues and vibrant spirit of Indian textiles and the subcontinent itself. These items of fashion and home décor are all individually crafted by […]

The Individual and Tradition: Symposium and Book Signing

Saturday, September 8, 3PM

Symposium and book signing:
The Individual and Tradition, Folkloristic Perspectives
Material Culture invites the community to attend a symposium and book-signing centered around the book The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives, on Saturday, September 8. Containing a collection of essays by artists, writers and scholars in folklore and […]

African Visions of Barack Obama: Folk and Popular Images of America’s 44th President

Lehigh University Art Galleries:
Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center
August 29-December 3, 2012

Material Culture is proud to announce its partnership with Lehigh University in bringing an exhibition titled “African Visions of Barack Obama: Folk and Popular Images of America’s 44th President” to the Main Gallery of Lehigh’s Zoellner Arts Center. […]

Material Culture Presents New Exhibition, “5 Vermont Artists: Sculpture and Assemblages”

Material Culture is proud to announce its next special exhibition, “5 Vermont Artists: Sculpture and Assemblages” which will open on June 30, 2012, and run through July 30. These five talented artists are bound not only by geography, but by a shared communication with natural materials or found objects, […]

Dalai Lama at the Kimmel Center

July 16th, 2008