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David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA

First major U.S. art exhibition for the renowned filmmaker

David Lynch at PAFA

David Lynch: The Unified Field is a comprehensive look at the renowned filmmaker's art and artistic process. Credit: David Lynch


September 13, 2014-January 11, 2015


Renowned filmmaker David Lynch has made a profound impact on the world of cinema with his surreal works including Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive. A student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the late 1960s, the new exhibition David Lynch: The Unified Field centers on the artist’s work as a painter, draftsman, photographer and sculptor.

Explore how Lynch’s world and his work in other media emanate from his experience as a painter and as a student at PAFA from January 1966 until the summer of 1967. Marking Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the U.S., the show includes 90 paintings and drawings from American and European collections, as well as from the artist’s studio.

The Unified Field is a comprehensive look at Lynch’s artwork from 1965 to the present day with many rarely seen paintings, drawings and short films made during his time in Philadelphia.

A companion piece to the David Lynch exhibition, Something Clicked in Philly: David Lynch and His Contemporaries recounts the creative inspiration Lynch experienced while living in Philadelphia during the late 1960s. It showcases works by several of Lynch’s contemporaries, including Morris Blackburn, Murray Dessner, Jack Fisk, James Havard, Tom Hatton, Noel Mahaffey, Eo Omwake, Elizabeth Osborne, Tom Palmore, Peggy Reavey, Bruce Samuelson and Hobson Pittman.

David Lynch-Inspired Philadelphia

We’ve put together a list of 11 quirky attractions in the city that embrace David Lynch’s vision of Philadelphia. Check out the fascinating specimens at the Mutter Museum, munch on a David Lynch-inspired treat at Federal Donuts and much more. Click the button below for our full, interactive guide.

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Special Events

David Lynch Revisited: A Retrospective Film Series

September 3, 10 ,17, 25; October 1, 9, 16-26
The Philadelphia Film Society is taking a comprehensive look at the work of David Lynch during a two-month retrospective. Get fully immersed into Lynch’s cinematic world with moderated discussions and film screenings, including a Conversation with David Lynch and screening of Lost Highway at the Prince Music Theater on September 10.

Eraserhood Forever at PhilaMOCA

September 5-27
The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art hosts their third installment of an artistic celebration inspired by David Lynch.

A Celebration of David Lynch at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute

September 9, 10, 13, 17
The Bryn Mawr Film Institute hosts a screening of three of Lynch’s iconic films: The Elephant Man (Sept. 9), Blue Velvet (September 10) and Mulholland Drive (September 17). The highlight of the series is an evening discussion with David Lynch at the historic theater on September 13.

Hidden City Walking Tour: David Lynch’s “Eraserhood”

October 4, November 1
Wander through Philadelphia’s Callowhill neighborhood with Hidden City’s Peter Woodall and discover how it ignited David Lynch’s imagination during the late 1960s.

“It’s A Strange World”: Music of David Lynch

November 6
Philadelphia musicians gather for an evening of incredible live music inspired by David Lynch’s Work. Schedule performers include Northern Arms, Stinking Lizaveta, Pattern Is Movement, Teena Geist, Martha Graham Cracker, James Sugg, Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, and Murmuration.

A “Peek” At Twin Peaks with the Log Lady

November 29
Catherine E. Coulson from David Lynch’s cult-classic television show Twin Peaks visits PAFA for an evening discussion of Lynch’s creative methods and a screening of her three favorite episodes from the show.

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