On the occasion of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States, the Association for Public Art (aPA) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) are pleased to announce the installation of Robert Indiana’s AMOR (1998) sculpture on the Museum’s East Terrace, facing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. On loan from the Morgan Art Foundation, courtesy of Simon and Marc Salama-Caro, the sculpture will overlook the celebration of the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, which culminates the World Meeting of Families 2015. AMOR will be on view September 2015 – April 2016.
Robert Indiana is the artist behind the iconic LOVE sculpture, located at the opposite end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in John F. Kennedy Plaza. He created this Latin/Spanish version of the sculpture in response to the changing demographics of the US and his desire to speak to his fellow citizens.
The installation of AMOR outside of the Museum and overlooking the city is also emblematic of an important civic and cultural collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with its landmark building and internationally renowned art collection, and the Association for Public Art, which has placed sculpture throughout Philadelphia since 1872, notably along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
PRESS CONFERENCE: September 22, 10:30am, Philadelphia Museum of Art, East Terrace
Special thanks to those who helped make AMOR possible:
- The Association for Public Art Board of Trustees, Staff, and Members
- Artist Robert Indiana
- Marc and Simon Salama-Caro – Morgan Art Foundation
- Timothy Rub, Gail Harrity and staff – Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
- World Meeting of Families
- Brian Communications
- Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors and Finn Partners
- Lorenzon Contractors
- Bruce Gitlin and staff at Milgo Bufkin
Founded in 1872, the Association for Public Art commissions, preserves, promotes and interprets public art in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia’s art museum: a landmark building with world-class collections, exhibitions and programs. More information about Robert Indiana can be found at robertindiana.com.
Thank you to Philadelphia Parks & Recreation for their support!
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