The big story today is that another manager at the Philadelphia Art Museum has been accused of misconduct. My colleague Allison Steele talked with people who worked for him. Also, there’s an ongoing trend of gun violence in Philly, so city leaders met to discuss next steps.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has faced misconduct allegations about a former assistant director, Joshua Helmer. But employees say he wasn’t the only one. At an all-staff meeting, some of the 200-plus employees demanded answers about another well-paid manager, James Cincotta.
Cincotta was hired as retail director in 2015. According to interviews with current and former employees, he slapped, punched, pinched, shoved, grabbed, and verbally berated workers. They reported the behavior. But he kept his job.
Yaniyah Foster was struck in the head by a bullet Wednesday afternoon while sitting on the front step of her own home. Three men were also wounded, and police said more than 20 shots were fired. “It’s like they stole something from me,” her mother said.
In coming years, construction will be underway across from the Barnes Foundation and the Rodin Museum. The project will feature works by Alexander Calder, creator of the mobile. This new site underscores three generations of Calder family artwork as a defining factor of Philly’s cityscape.
Just don’t call it a museum. It isn’t one, said Alexander S.C. Rower, president of the Calder Foundation and the artist’s grandson. He said the idea is to create a more intimate experience for viewers and allow them to get closer to the artwork. “This will not be a picture on the wall. This will be a place of introspection,” he said.
Some days can be a blur, but we can still appreciate this great motion shot of a SEPTA subway train. Thanks for sharing, @chuckseye!
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“History is essentially the city’s brand, one that attracts millions to visit. But history is more than a story or guides dressed up in colonial costumes. History lives in the documents, objects, and artifacts collected over the years — all of which constitute an inheritance that needs constant care and feeding. And that takes money.” — writes the Inquirer Editorial Board on the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s selling commemorative medals as it faces financial struggles.