2015: The Year of the Fraktur
Having attended the opening reception of the exhibit Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Center, we strongly suggest that you make plans to see the finest private assemblage of fraktur in the United States. The fraktur examples are keenly placed in groups, not only related to specific fraktur artists and counties, but in several cases by subject matter. These groups are then juxtaposed with some of the finest examples of Pennsylvania German decorated furniture, boxes, and carvings, expertly chosen to reflect a similar relationship to the design elements and to specific fraktur artists.
To compliment the experience, one can then stroll down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Free Library of Philadelphia exhibition, Framing Fraktur, which explores the relationship of fraktur to contemporary art. And if that is not enough to satisfy the senses, another fraktur exhibit, A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life is currently on display at the Winterthur Museum; it includes the fraktur collection of the late Pastor Frederick Weiser.
Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art February 1, 2015 – April 26, 2015
Framing Fraktur, Free Library of Philadelphia March 2, 2015 – June 14, 2015
A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, March 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016