HEART OF THE COLLECTION

Browse the Virtual Print Catalog HEART OF THE COLLECTION | American Self-Taught, Haitian, Jamaican and African Art From the Collections of
 Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler by Ellen Adair PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21, 2017: Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler, two artists who have long collaborated in the world of film, have now joined forces to bring their exceptional art collections to market, in a dedicated auction presented by Material Culture. “Heart of the Collection: American Self-Taught, Haitian, Jamaican and African Art From the Collections of Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler” finds a natural home in Material Culture, a Philadelphia-based auction house that specializes in folk and self-taught art from around the world. The multicultural scope of Demme and Wheeler’s artistic tastes are reflected in their buoyant collections, encompassing Haitian and American self-taught artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as art and collectibles from Africa, Asia, and North America. More than 550 lots will come to auction on Sunday, March 19, 2017 starting at 11 AM EST.  Live online bidding will be available through Liveauctioneers, Bidsquare, and Invaluable. Material Culture’s gallery space will also house an exhibition of the vibrant collections of Demme and Wheeler for several weeks leading up to the [...]

February 21st, 2017|Auctions|

Auction | February Estates

February Estates Live Online* Auction: Monday, February 27, 2017, 10AM EST Public Exhibition: February 25-26, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids PLEASE NOTE: WE SELL APPROXIMATELY 80 LOTS PER HOUR LOTS 1-279: Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Asian Art, Estate Jewelry, Collectibles LOTS 280-462: Ancient Arts: Pre Colombian, Greco-Roman, China LOTS 463-617: International Textile Arts LOTS 618-776: Oriental and Moroccan Rugs and Kilims Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)        

February 8th, 2017|Auctions|

Monika Turtle Trunk Show at Material Culture, Feb. 3, 4 & 5

MONIKA TURTLE TRUNK SHOW! @ MATERIAL CULTURE Copyright © 2017 MonikaTurtle, All rights reserved. After an adventurous eight year hiatus from the fashion industry, nationally recognized Philadelphia designer, Monika Turtle, will show her latest work of hand knits and textiles at Material Culture's new boutique shop, Merchant Monkey! Fri/Sat/Sun, February 3-5, 11am-5pm At Material Culture's New Boutique Shop, MERCHANT MONKEY Monika Turtle Studio - The company began in the early 1990's producing an artfully designed millinery & accessory line. With contemporary appeal and hand-crafted styling, the pieces sold in art-to-wear galleries and boutiques around the world. By mid-decade, the company was manufacturing Monika's signature line of women's clothing. Today, with the same dedication to crafting traditions, responsible production and lasting quality she will be presenting her beautiful new line of hand knits. New textures! New colors & styles - ponchos, shrugs, wraps & so much more! See what's arriving for Spring, browse thru the endless curiosities and don't forget to pop on into Colors by Padmini to fulfill your shopping experience. Visit MonikaTurtle.com

January 27th, 2017|Retail Store, Store News|

SOLD OUT! Baba Olga’s Kitchen Presents a Mughal Empire Dinner with Live Music, Saturday, February 25

Baba Olga’s Kitchen and Chef Aliza Green Present A Dinner Celebrating the Legendary Cuisine of the Mughal Empire, Live Music Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6-10pm, BYOB SOLD OUT! $55/Person, Reservations Required BYOB, Free Parking Join Chef Green and company for a memorable evening of exquisite food inspired by her travels. The meal will be served family-style, with live music and candlelight to enhance the mood, all presented in the unique ambiance of Material Culture where carefully curated antiques and handcrafts, rugs, jewelry, clothing, and furnishings from India and elsewhere around the globe abound. The menu for this splendid multi-course dinner features iconic dishes of the rich and varied Mughal cuisine, which developed in Medieval India and combines the cuisines of nomadic Central Asia, Persia, and Northern India, center of the Mughal Empire. Spiced with aromatic ginger, saffron, kala jeera (royal cumin), cardamom, rich creamy sauces made with almonds and rare white poppy seeds, varied meats, vegetables, tandoor-oven breads, fresh and preserved chutneys, exotic desserts flavored with rose, and pistachio, and beverages like mango lassi and home-brewed spiced chai. Chef Green will be just back from leading a bespoke culinary and cultural tour to the centers of Mughal cuisine: Delhi (India’s capital city and one of [...]

January 25th, 2017|Baba Olga's Kitchen|

AUCTION | The Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler Collections

HEART OF THE COLLECTION | American Self-Taught, Haitian, Jamaican and African Art From the Collections of Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler LIVE AUCTION: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 11AM EST Exhibition: March 4-18, 11am-5pm Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4, 1pm-4pm Refreshments, Free, Open to the Public PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21, 2017: Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler, two artists who have long collaborated in the world of film, have now joined forces to bring their exceptional art collections to market, in a dedicated auction presented by Material Culture… Read More JOIN US | Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme, Production Designer Ford Wheeler and Material Culture Invite You to Celebrate “THE HEART OF THE COLLECTION” Special Pre-Auction Exhibition Party with Live Music Saturday, March 18, 7pm-11pm Refreshments, Free, RSVP REQUIRED: info@materialculture.com Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Browse the Virtual Print Catalog Purchase a Print Catalogue ($25, free shipping, 136 pages) auctions@materialculture.com  

January 18th, 2017|Auctions|

Fine, Folk, Outsider & Ethnographic Art | Auction: Jan 23

FOLK OUT LOUD | Fine, Folk, Outsider & Ethnographic Art Online* Auction: Monday, January 23, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: January 21-22, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Browse the Virtual Print Catalog

January 7th, 2017|Auctions|

TRIBAL ARTS AUCTION | AFR, PNG, NWC | NO RESERVES

Fine Large Single Owner Tribal Arts Collection | Africa, PNG, NWC & Beyond | No Reserves Online* Auction: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: January 16-17, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:    Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Call to Collectors and Re-Sellers: Material Culture Welcomes the New Year with a No Reserve Tribal Arts Auction Featuring 300 Lots of 1500+ Items From a Private Collection Assembled Over Many Years ~ Please Note: Bidding on All Lots Will Start at $50 ~

January 5th, 2017|Auctions|

“The Plot to Hack America”: Lecture by Bestselling Author and NBC/MSNBC Analyst, Malcolm Nance

Join Us | Lecture and Book Signing by NY Times Bestselling Author and NBC/MSNBC Analyst, Malcolm Nance Lecture and Book Signing: 2PM, Saturday, January 28 Free, Open to the Public, Unlimited Free Parking Books Available for Purchase In The Plot to Hack America, published one month before the 2016 presidential election, New York Times bestselling author and MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance not only identifies the hackers as Russian but digs deep into the biggest political scandal since Watergate. Malcolm Nance (born 1961, Philadelphia) is an American career cryptologic senior chief petty officer, author, scholar and media commentator on international terrorism, intelligence, insurgency and torture. He is an internationally recognized expert in the history, personalities and organization of al Qaeda and its affiliates including the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant ISIL; jihadi radicalization, Islamic extremism in Middle East, Southwest Asian and African terror groups, as well as counterinsurgency and asymmetric warfare. In 2007 Nance wrote an article for the counterinsurgency blog Small Wars Journal titled "Waterboarding is Torture... period." Republished in the Pentagon Early Bird, it set off a firestorm as the first credible description of the torture technique as used in SERE. The article strongly swayed the Pentagon against the use [...]

January 3rd, 2017|Store News|

immaterial worlds | auction, dec. 19

immaterial worlds | buddhist, hindu, shaman, nomad, tribe Online* Auction: Monday, December 19, 2016, 10AM EST
 Exhibition: December 17-18, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:     Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

December 5th, 2016|Auctions|

LOVE IS THE BOMB | Saturday, Dec. 10, Trunk Show Sale, Lecture, Book Signing!

Watch "Buying Back the Bombs" Video The Secret War was waged in neutral Laos between 1964 and 1973.  An average of one bomb-load every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. Of the 250 million bombs dropped, 80 million failed to detonate, leaving a deadly legacy that plagues the agrarian population today. The Philosopher's Style, by Beatrix Ost "Nothing is as it seams. Black and white is just a color. I design jewelry made from bombs detonated in Laos, turning horror into beauty." Since 2015, artist and fashion muse Beatrix Ost has brought design talent and vision to ARTICLE22’s New Luxe Line. With a shared ethos, Beatrix was inspired by the transformation story of Peacebomb.  Her personal transformation story was skin cancer that left a Z-shaped scar on her forehead. Embracing this personal horror, she turned it into beauty by tattooing it light purple.  Visit the Beatrix Ost dot com website  

December 1st, 2016|Retail Store, Store News|