Things Fall Apart Exhibition Opening

Public Events
Saturday, June 17, 2017
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Everything falls apart: compounds break down, solids crumble, surfaces rust. The Museum at the Institute presents Things Fall Apart, an exhibition and walking tour exploring the life and afterlife of things—and how and why we fight to preserve them.

Join us for a special day of activities celebrating the opening of Things Fall Apart. Take a hike on our walking tour and discover a city in change. Hear from the curators behind the exhibition. Make sustainable art with Fleisher Art Memorial, enjoy programs with United By Blue and Keep Philly Beautiful, and savor delicious activities by Di Bruno Brothers. Admission is free, but reservations are required for the reception and talk with Di Bruno Brothers (SOLD OUT). 

See below for a full schedule of the day’s activities. For more information, contact Alexis Pedrick at 215.873.8293 or

Join our preservation conversation on Twitter and Instagram: #WhatFallsApart

Event Schedule

11:00 a.m.: Behind the Scenes 

Meet the curator of Things Fall Apart and creator of Things Fall Apart: An Old City Walking Tour as they discuss the inspiration for the exhibition and walking tour app. Afterward, chat with the curator inside the exhibition, and go beyond the walls with the free digital walking tour. 

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Sustainable Art 

Things Fall Apart examines the life and afterlife of things—and why we fight to preserve them. But what about the things we don’t bother to preserve? Using materials collected from a cleanup of Penn Treaty Park, we’ll turn discarded trash into treasure with Fleisher Art Memorial’s mobile art studio, ColorWheels. While you’re engaging in creative artwork, learn about the importance of recycling in the City of Brotherly Love with representatives from Keep Philly Beautiful and United By Blue.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Reception and Talk with Di Bruno Brothers (SOLD OUT)

Did you know there’s a delicious side to decay? Join our talk with Di Bruno Brothers, and learn about the fascinating (and delicious) process of aging cheese; then enjoy tasty samples and a chance to visit the exhibition.

About Our Partners

Fleisher Art Memorial ColorWheels

ColorWheels is Fleisher’s mobile art studio, launched in 2012. Dubbed the “Swiss Army knife of art,” ColorWheels delivers creative experiences directly to community members in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. The van is equipped with the tools and supplies needed for Fleisher’s teaching artists to guide community members in hands-on, culturally inspired mini-workshops, collaborative public art projects, and art technique demonstrations.

Keep Philly Beautiful

A proud Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Philly Beautiful works to convene, equip, and empower people to use community beautification to achieve vibrant neighborhoods. They collaborate, educate, and provide resources to ignite collective action and neighborhood pride.

United By Blue

United By Blue is an outdoor brand focused on ocean conservation. For every product sold, UBB removes one pound of trash from the earth’s oceans and waterways. United By Blue products can be found in more than 400 outlets nationally and in their stores located in Philadelphia, Asbury Park, and New York City.