Co-Curated by Jeff Bridgman
Opening just in time for Flag Day, the Museum's new summer exhibition, Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today, will showcase 43 rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787.
The flags — many of which have never been exhibited before — trace the evolution of the Stars & Stripes through the addition and subtraction of stars as new states joined the Union and the nation battled through the Civil War. The flags serve as a visual narrative of America's national story. The flags will be showcased alongside historic documents including early printings of more than 16 different state constitutions and the Choctaw Nation Constitution of 1838 to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as it expanded and worked toward creating a “more perfect Union.”
"I am thrilled to expand upon my 2019 exhibit of forty 13 star flags, to share this dynamically visual and historical collection of flags that demonstrates the advance from 13 to 50 (plus a few surprises)," said Jeff R. Bridgman, a leading dealer in antique American flags and political textiles, who is curating the flag portion of the exhibit as well as loaning the flags to the Museum.
"It is my deepest wish that this exhibition will inspire all of us to have an impact on our future by participating in the governance of the United States," said Dorothy Tapper Goldman, a collector and philanthropist. The documents are on loan from the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation following their exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, titled Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions: Creating the American Republic, curated by Dr. James F. Hrdlicka.
About the MoAR:
If you have never been to the Museum of the American Revolution, be sure not to miss this stunning institution. Brand new in 2017, the museum absorbed the collection of Valley Forge, sought and acquired other extraordinary material, and now holds such not-to-be-missed objects as George Washington's field headquarters tent and two stellar, Revolutionary War battle flags. Exceptional in both its conception and execution, this is the ideal example of what a first class museum can be in the 21st century, designed by Stern Architects of NY, expertly appointed, staffed by the most passionate experts, and capable of delighting audiences both young and old.
Where? Located about a block from Independence Hall, on the same side of the street: 101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
When? The exhibit will be on view in the Museum's first-floor Patriots Gallery from June 12th – September 6th, 2021.
Museum Website: www.amrevmuseum.org
I am delighted to be returning to the Lone Star State, where I will be exhibiting at the Round Top Antiques Fair in The Big Red Barn.
Round Top is a huge event with many exhibitors, in many ways similar to Brimfield, Massachusetts, with a string of shows that begin and end, overlapping one-another for a 2-3 week period. The Big Red Barn is the original show and is indoors, primarily focused on Americana, with an attached annex and a nearby high-end style tent with continental dealers, some of whom I have exhibited with at the best shows in America.
When: The show begins Monday morning, March 28th, with an early buyers (VIP) entry available from 9 AM - 1 PM for $20. Regular admission is $15 and begins at 1 PM and the show is open until 6 PM. Each day after the hours are the same, from 9-5, through and including Saturday, April 2nd.
Where: The Big Red Barn Event Center, 475 Texas 237, Round Top, TX 78954
What Else Do I Need to Know?
* I suggest you come into Round Top from Burton, heading Southwest on Rt. 237. If you do so, the Big Red Barn is the first show you will come to and you will avoid traffic all-together. Traffic can be extremely slow in this small town if you plan to come up Rt. 237 heading Northeast from LaGrange. You can come this way, but be sure to allow a good deal of extra time if you do.
For the entirety of my career in the world of antiques I have been inspired by this venerable and auspicious Pennsylvania show. Founded in 1962 and widely recognized as one of the finest in the nation, the event returns this year for the 60th time, making it the eldest charitable show in America.
Among antiques fairs dedicated to American Antiques specifically, The Philadelphia Antiques Show is, plainly and simply, the best. This is where museum-worthy objects find their way from the best dealers to the homes of top collectors. For this reason I am privileged to be among this strong list of veteran dealers.
The Philadelphia Antiques Show Preview Party takes place on Thursday, April 28th, from 5pm - 9pm. 5 PM entry is $600/person. 6 PM entry is $300. Young Collectors (under age 40) may enter at 6 PM for a reduced cost of $150. All preview tickets are good for General Admission throughout the show.
Regular Show Hours ($20 admission):
Friday, April 29 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission Price: $20 ($18 for seniors), $16 for PMA Members, and a guided show tour is available at $25. Call me at (717) 676-0545 if you would like to receive comp tickets for general admission.
Location: The show will be held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
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