Destined for the Stars
Exhibit

On Display in the Museum’s GlassAccess Gallery,
Friday, August 2 – Monday, December 2, 2019

Destined for the Stars is a solo exhibition of painted glass, aluminum, and mixed media wall-reliefs by artist Ricky Bernstein. In this exhibit, Ricky celebrates victories over life’s everyday challenges. His work features comic book-like characters who struggle with out-of-control vacuum cleaners, tangled telephone cords, ill-timed computer crashes, and more, as they juggle the often mundane chores of their daily lives. As a Museum dedicated to celebrating everyday heroes, we are proud to present an exhibition that honors “tackling the ordinary” and makes the point that we are all heroes in our own right.

Ricky Bernstein is an American artist born in 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island. While the inspiration for his art can clearly be linked to the comical and loving dysfunction of his middle class Jewish family, the anxiety-ridden characters featured in his work present a universal narrative, with a distinctly Americana sensibility.

When asked what makes his characters earn the title of “hero,” Bernstein offered this insightful thought particularly about his female figures. “My work and personal vision honors the lives of ordinary women; mothers whose lives had so much promise, but they settled for less of their own advancement to take care of others. The purpose of my art is to recognize their sacrifices and celebrate how they make it through each day.”


Destined for the Stars kicked off with an Opening Reception on Friday, Aug. 2. Attendees got a first-look at the exhbit, had the opportunity to meet the artist, and as an added bonus, enjoyed a performance of improv comedy,

We are pleased to share these photos from the Opening Night.  We hope you will visit soon.

Photos provided by Connor McHugh

 

 

 

We Can Be Heroes Exhibition –
Call to Artists

Philly Loves Bowie Week (January 3-12) is an annual volunteer production created by a family of committed fans of the superstar David Bowie who felt it was important to gather together as a community to celebrate a truly one-of-a-kind performer. The National Liberty Museum will be participating in these Bowie-themed events with an exhibition in our GlassAccess Gallery called, We Can Be Heroes.

Artists who use glass, clay, paint, pencil, video, and other materials are invited to submit their works which relate to the general theme of David Bowie. Learn more and apply to participate today.

Destined for the Stars
by Ricky Bernstein

Destined for the Stars, a solo exhibition of painted glass, aluminum, and mixed media wall-reliefs. will be on display in our GlassAccess Gallery from August 2 - December 2, 2019. In this limited-time show, artist Ricky Bernstein celebrates victories over life’s everyday challenges, making the point that we are all heroes in our own right. Don't miss the opportunity to see this colorful and imaginative display. Learn more.

Learn about the 2019 Awards of Valor Honorees

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. The 2019 Awards have been presented to this year's honorees, Please click here for the names of the winners.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Read and Romp

Join us with your little learner, ages 2-6, for Read & Romp, an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts in the Museum’s galleries.

The upcoming Read & Romps will be held on Monday morning October 21. Check our events calendar for complete details.