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The Penn Libraries Announces “Victorious Secret” Exhibit Opening and Artist Talk


Press Contact:
Sara Leavens

Philadelphia, PA, October 16th 2015—On Tuesday, October 20th and Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, The Penn Libraries will host artist Angela Lorenz and debut its exhibition of her “Victorious Secret: Entertaining Notions of Elite Ideals for Women, 300 AD” project. The life-sized mosaic panels of “Victorious Secret” feature competitive female athletes from Roman times and honor the 40th anniversary of Title IX, as well as the work of archaeologist Isabella Baldini Lippolis. Lorenz will illustrate how the mosaic panels, created from
buttons and hairpins, relate to her work as a whole, and how art may be used to circulate the findings of archaeologists and other academics.

Events on October 20th will begin at 4:00pm with an informal exhibition viewing and student-focused artist talk at the Education Commons in Franklin Field’s George A. Weiss Pavilion (233 South 33rd Street, between Walnut & Spruce). On October 21st, there will be a formal viewing at 4:00pm at the Education Commons. This viewing will be followed by a faculty-focused artist talk with Angela Lorenz in the Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion (located on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center). To register for the artist talk, please follow this link:

The exhibit will be on view in the Education Commons from October 20, 2015 – February 15, 2016.


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The Penn Libraries serve the world-class faculty and students of Penn’s 12 schools. The Libraries’ collections comprise more than 7 million volumes, over 100,000 journals, some 2 million digitized images, and extraordinary rare and unique materials that document the intellectual and cultural experience of ancient and modern civilizations. Through our collaborative relationships, we supplement Penn’s great local collections with physical access to the Center for Research Libraries (approximately 5 million items), the combined holdings of the Ivies (more than 70 million volumes), and exclusive electronic access to some 2 million public domain titles in the HathiTrust. Today, the Libraries play an instrumental role in developing new technologies for information discovery and dissemination and are noted for groundbreaking work in digital library design. To learn more about the Penn Libraries, visit


About the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

The Kislak Center is a vibrant space that brings together people, technology and unique content.  Located on the top floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, it was redesigned in 2013 to allow several different groups to interact with objects of study simultaneously, increasing the use of primary resources in the University’s curriculum and access to the Libraries’ resources for the larger scholarly community. Today the Kislak Center encompasses the Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Furness Memorial Shakespeare Library, the Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Collection and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. To learn more about the Kislak Center, visit