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! [...]

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

“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 [...]

January 3rd, 2017|Store News|

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 [...]

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

Lecture and Reception: “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery”

 Lecture and Reception: “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery” Matt Friedman, CEO, The Mekong Club Thursday, August 18, 7pm Free, Open to the Public, Refreshments Every five seconds, another person enters slavery somewhere in the world. It is estimated that there are over 45 million people in slavery today — more than [...]

July 25th, 2016|Retail Store, Store News, Uncategorized|

“Dreams of My Brother: Visions of Obama by Folk and Popular African Artists” Aug 6 – Nov 8

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Just In Time For DNC, Visions of Obama by African Artists By Ellen Adair PHILADELPHIA, PA., July 20, 2016: In time for Philadelphia hosting the Democratic National Convention, Material Culture is presenting an exhibition titled “Dreams of My Brother: Visions of Obama by Folk and [...]

July 19th, 2016|Retail Store, Store News|


DREAMS OF MY BROTHER: VISIONS OF OBAMA BY FOLK AND POPULAR AFRICAN ARTISTS August 6 to September 6, 2016 A Retrospective Exhibition of Works Collected in Africa in 2008-2009 Calendar/Exhibition Essay by George Jevremovic, November 4, 2009 WELCOME PROOF THAT THERE IS NO such thing as "the art world," only [...]

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

5 Days In May: Return of The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery

Material Culture is deeply honored to again host the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery, India. Please join us for the Construction and Dismantling of a Sacred Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala 5 DAYS: Wednesday, May 4 - Sunday, May 8, 11am-5pm, Daily DISMANTLING: Sunday, May 8, 3:30 pm Free to [...]

April 19th, 2016|Events, Retail Store, Store News|

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 [...]

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

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|

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

WE INVITE THE PUBLIC TO JOIN US THIS WEEKEND 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: [...]

April 27th, 2015|Store News|

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! PERFORMANCE PROGRAM: WELCOMING HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA AND OFFERING OF MANDALA. According to Tibetan custom, [...]

March 23rd, 2015|Retail Store, Store News|

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 [...]

December 10th, 2014|Retail Store, Store News|

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 [...]

December 3rd, 2014|Retail Store, Store News|

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 [...]

November 16th, 2014|Store News|

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 [...]

October 21st, 2014|Store News|

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. It’s [...]

October 7th, 2014|Store News|

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

Material Culture Proudly Presents: 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 [...]

July 10th, 2014|Store News|

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 [...]

June 3rd, 2014|Store News|

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 [...]

June 3rd, 2014|Store News|

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

May 19th, 2014|Store News|

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, as [...]

May 13th, 2014|Retail Store, Store News|

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!

March 31st, 2014|Store News|

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.

March 8th, 2014|Events, Store News|

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

Isabella de la Houssaye, Curator of the "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 [...]

February 20th, 2014|Store News|

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

October 26th, 2013|Store News|

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

October 25th, 2013|Store News|

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 [...]

October 25th, 2013|Store News|

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

October 22nd, 2013|Store News|

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 Bloom (1968- ) Jim was recently the subject of an essay titled “Stories of Wit and Irony” by Ron Schira in [...]

August 8th, 2013|Store News|

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 [...]

November 4th, 2012|Events, Store News|

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 hand. [...]

November 4th, 2012|Events, Store News|

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 [...]

September 5th, 2012|Store News|

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 [...]

September 5th, 2012|Store News|

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, and [...]

June 23rd, 2012|Store News|

Dalai Lama at the Kimmel Center

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July 16th, 2008|Store News|