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Odes to the Beauty Surrounding Us | The Miniatures of Curtis Coyote

On Exhibition Now: The Miniatures of Curtis Coyote Reception & Refreshments | Saturday, May 12, Noon-3pm | Free, Open to the Public "I have always been struck by how we strive for a kind of visual perfection. We look for the straight line, the clean smooth surface, an organized and ordered world. But when I look at our surroundings, the outside world, a beautiful chaos reigns. A chipping, cracking, sagging, debris filled chaos is all around us. Here, in miniature, I try to recreate the largely overlooked world we live in every day. The beauty of a disordered scene, so familiar, but rarely celebrated...." Curtis Coyote With over 30 years as a scenic artist for theatre, film and television, Curtis Coyote worked in many media, creating fully realized scenes and stories, props and contraptions. Curtis worked on television shows like “Northern Exposure”, the remake of “The Fugitive”, “Wheel of Fortune” and “Design Invasion”. His Film Credits include “Invincible”, “The Hunted”, “Rocky Balboa” and “The Ring” to name a few. His passion for creation and the skills and talents he brought to his scenic career, have a wonderful outlet in his Miniature work exploring the beauty of a disordered scene.

2019-02-03T11:30:21-04:00April 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Meet Oliver Crane, Youngest Person in History to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean!

Meet Oliver Crane, Youngest Person in History (b. 1998) to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean! Join Us for Talk & Refreshments | “A Million Strokes to Home” Sunday, April 8, 2PM Free • Open to Public • Unlimited Free Parking RSVP REQUIRED, CLICK HERE (Please include name and number in your party) Note: Oliver's boat will be on exhibition during the talk! At Sea 44 Days, 16 Hours and 9 Minutes, Raising Awareness and Donations for Ocean Conservation and Homelessness Oliver Crane, 19, rowed alone, in a 23-foot vessel equipped with solar panels, navigation equipment, water purifier and a radio. He ate freeze-dried food and tried to sleep in a cabin that was supposed to be water-tight but leaked. “It’s hard to put into words the feeling of standing on a 3-foot high boat, surrounded by waves as big as buildings, crashing around you for as far as the eye can see – the saltiness of the ocean spray.” After six capsizes and 44 days alone in the water, Oliver crossed the finish line on Sunday, January 27, 2018 and achieved a new world record as the youngest solo rower to cross the Atlantic Ocean. He estimated he [...]

2019-02-03T11:30:22-04:00March 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery Return to Material Culture, April 18-22

Please Join the Tibetan Buddhist Monks Of Drepung Gomang Monastery, India, for the Construction and Dismantling of a Sacred Tibetan Sand Mandala, followed by a cultural celebration and performance of traditional Tibetan dance, lively debate, chanting, prayer and meditation. Days 1 thru 4: Mandala Construction | Wed, April 18 - Sat, April 21, 11am-4pm Day 5: Tibetan Cultural Pageant and Mandala Dismantling: Sunday, April 22, 1-3pm Free, Open to the Public, Unlimited Free Parking, Everyone Welcome, Bring Kids During their stay with us, their lovely sacred crafts will also be offered for sale. The sale of these items and donations for their ceremonies and events go to funding the monastery in India. CULTURAL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM, SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 1PM Welcoming His Holiness The Dalai Lama And Offering Of Mandala. According to Tibetan custom, if His Holiness in not physically present, his holy portrait is displayed to symbolize that he is nevertheless the Chief Guest at the function or gatherings. At the same time, one offers all that one values in the Universe by reciting prayers, and visualizing that one is offering these to the guru or lama. Tashi Sholpa (Good Luck Dance) Tashi Shoelpa is the oldest opera [...]

2019-02-03T11:30:22-04:00March 12th, 2018|Retail Store|

Film Screening and Talk | “In Rajasthan” | Feb 24.

Film Screening and Talk | “In Rajasthan” With Director/Producer, Katherine Kingsland Winner: Best Documentary, Rajasthan International Film Festival Saturday, February 24, 1:00 PM, Refreshments Free • Open to Public • Unlimited Free Parking In Rajasthan is an intimate look at a disappearing culture in one of India’s most traditional states. It is the story of two families, one Hindu and one Muslim, living in an ancient village in the Thar Desert whose lives have been interwoven for thousands of years with the Rajputs, once their feudal lords and protectors. They speak candidly about marriage, their qualms about their spouses, the caste system, the dubious future of children exposed to the modern world, the afterlife, and the religious differences between them. Today, their traditional way of life is besieged, but their struggles with family, allegiance, religious conflict and death seem timeless. The film is an international collaboration of crew from India, England and the US. It includes internationally acclaimed actor Kabir Bedi as the voice of the storyteller who frames the story, Andrew T. Mackay as the composer of the music score, and Katherine Kingsland as the director/producer. Katherine has worked as a journalist for US and international television networks including [...]

2019-02-03T11:30:22-04:00February 8th, 2018|Retail Store|

Party of the Year! Supper Club, Saturday, March 31

  SOLD OUT! Baba Olga's Supper Club Presents MATERIAL CULTURE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY OF THE YEAR! Saturday, March 31, 7pm-11pm LIVE MUSIC ~The West Philadelphia Orchestra~ ~The Mid East Ensemble~ Special Guest: The Peek-A-Boo Revue, Philly’s Premier Neo-Burlesque Show DINNER Chef Aliza Green Presents Crossroads of Moroccan Cuisine: Arab, Berber, Jewish Saturday, March 31, 7:00PM - 11:00PM $55 per person BYOB Unlimited Free Parking SOLD OUT! MENU COCKTAIL HOUR Maison Arabe Welcome Drink: pineapple, ginger, mint and lime (spike if you like, BYOB) Array of Moroccan Salads: courgette salad, green bean salad, tchakchouka, carrot salad with chermoula, beet salad, eggplant zalouk Lamb Kefte in Spiced Tomato Chermoula Madfouna: Berber Stuffed Bread with Onions & Spices BUFFET Butter lettuce salad with strawberry, avocado & fresh goat cheese & flatbread crisps Essaouira Jewish Chicken Tajine with Lemon and Egg Berber Couscous with Seven Vegetables, Chickpeas and Olives Grilled Beef & Cherry Tomato Kebobs with Ras el Hanout Spice Roasted Gold Potatoes with Caramelized Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil DESSERTS Moroccan Almond Briouat Pastries Candied Orange & Olive Oil Cake Gateau au Chocolat & Café NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES House Still & Sparkling Filtered Water Small World Brewed Coffee/Tazo Tea Assortment   [...]

2019-02-03T11:30:22-04:00February 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Material Culture Summer Sale

Great Savings & Free Delivery* • Organic Live Edge Tables • Antique & Traditional Oriental Rugs & Kilims • Modern Design Carpets • Mid Century Moroccan Rugs & Flatweaves • Antique Asian Furnishings • Rustic Colonial Cabinets & Sideboards • 20 Million Year Old Petrified Teak Wood Side Tables • 18th Century Mughal Architecture • 19th Century Asian Screens • Stone, Wood & Bronze Buddhas • Hammered Copper Bistro Tables • Hand Blown Glass Lighting • Silk Road Textiles, Pillows & Curtains • Tribal & Contemporary Jewelry • Vintage West African Indigo • Stone & Garden Artifacts • Ancient & Ethnographic Arts • Fine, Folk & Outsider Art • Colors of Padmini Boutique: Decor & Fashion • Merchant Monkey Shop: Gifts & Collectibles * Free delivery on purchases over $500 within a 30 mile radius; otherwise deliveries are half price

2019-05-22T11:25:18-04:00February 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

December Estates Auction | Dec 12

December Estates | Fine, Folk & Ethnographic Art | Asian Art | Antiques & Decorative Arts | Jewelry, Silver & Collectibles | Oriental Rugs Live Auction: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: December 15-16, 11AM-4PM Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

2019-02-03T11:30:23-04:00December 4th, 2017|Auctions|