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Adult Programs

Be entertained, enlightened, and engaged by experiences that go beyond the limits of gallery viewing. Better understand and appreciate the Museum's collection and exhibitions through programs and events aimed at all adult learners, specialist and non-specialist alike.

Preregistration is suggested for all ticketed programs. Prices do not include Museum admission unless noted. Programs, topics, and speakers are subject to change. Please arrive early as we reserve the right to release seats at the start of the program.

Performances

Let the good times roll with music, dance, and cabaret.

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Final Fridays: King Britt Presents
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Experience the vision, connections, and expertise of producer, musician, and musical maverick King Britt.

Detour: The Missed Guided Tour
5:00–8:45 p.m.
Tour begins in Tuttleman Gallery 174.
King Britt has tapped some of his favorite artists—Xenia Rubinos, Suphala, and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste—to create a soundtrack for our galleries. In this cell phone audio tour, artist Olinda Del Mar interprets their words. Listen to their experiences of creating musical compositions inspired by artworks from our collection.


Music Lab: Beat Making 101
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Gallery 111, 1st floor
Learn some basic steps of music production and build your own beat with sounds created by Philly-based DJ Jabair in this hands-on, drop-in workshop.


DIY Art: Scribble a Song
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Tonight’s sound artists have created a playlist to inspire impromptu art making. Let the music move you.


In-Gallery Performance: Ursula Rucker
6:15 p.m.
Brodsky Gallery 188, 1st floor
Experience subversive pop-up poetry with one of King Britt’s oldest friends and collaborators.


Performances: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, King Britt, Suphala & Xenia Rubinos
7:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
In January musical artists Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, King Britt, Suphala, and Xenia Rubinos composed songs in our galleries as part of artist residencies. Now hear their interpretations of works from our collection.

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
This Brooklyn-based composer, designer, and performer explores notions of industry, identity, and environment. Composition in response to Henri Regnault’s Study of Three Heads, gallery 155

King Britt
Tonight’s curator of events takes the stage with his experimental composition, in which he uses chance to produce an improvisational performance. King Britt is a 2007 Pew Fellow and Silk City’s original DJ in residence. Composition in response to Ellsworth Kelly’s Seine, gallery 175

Suphala
This New York native brings a playful sense of experimentation to her mastery of the tabla (an Indian percussion instrument). Composition in response to Indian Pillared Temple Hall, c. 1550, gallery 224

Xenia Rubinos
The powerful voice of this music maker is influenced by Caribbean rhythms, beat music, and indie rock, all delivered with a soulful, punk aura. Composition in response to Vasily Kandinsky’s Little Painting with Yellow (Improvisation), Kaiserman Gallery 168

Caleb & Carolyn
Friday, March 2, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Enjoy the evocative harmonies of acoustic folk duo Caleb & Carolyn, who play music rooted in storytelling. Percussionist Owen Osborne and violinist Jake L’Armand join them this evening.

Eva Cortés
Friday, March 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Honduran vocalist Eva Cortés performs original songs and Latin American classics from her record Crossing Borders.

Music in the Galleries
d’Harnoncourt Gallery 182, 1st floor

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • More Than Meets the Eye
    • Saturday, March 10, 2018, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      The revolutionary art world of Marcel Duchamp fuses with a magnetic program of contemporary flute music performed by Emma Resmini.

      ​Curtis Institute of Music performances are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.
  • Cultural Greetings
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Enjoy works by composers influenced by Chinese traditional music and Western classical music, including Chen Yi, composer-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music.

      ​Curtis Institute of Music performances are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.

Gumbo Social Club
Friday, March 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Music from around the world with a New Orleans second-line beat, jazz swing, and Dixieland strut. Philly-based bassist Bert Harris and string player Jocko MacNelly are joined by Kimpedro Rodriguez on drums, Richard Orr on woodwinds, and V. Shayne Fredrick on vocals.

Mike Casey Trio
Friday, March 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Three of the brightest rising stars in jazz—led by saxophonist Mike Casey—perform modern original music and creatively reimagined classics.

Final Fridays: Spring Fling
Friday, March 30, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Trade your cabin fever for spring fever. Let loose with seasonal cocktails, a spring break–themed story slam, and infectious tunes by New Orleans indie-pop band Sweet Crude.

The Jost Project
Friday, April 6, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This jazz quartet applies the physics of swing and bebop to classic rock. Featuring Paul Jost on vocals and harmonica, Tony Miceli on vibraphones, Doug Hirlinger on drums, and Kevin MacConnell on bass.

Red Hot Ramblers
Friday, April 13, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Red hot syncopation, stompin’ rhythms, and lyrical Jazz Age melodies, courtesy of this Prohibition-era jazz ensemble.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Tiffany Jones
Friday, April 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

With her powerful and graceful voice, this Philadelphia vocalist delivers original soulful songs with jazz inflections.

Brindabani Jatra: Weaving Dance & Divinity
Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
SOLD OUT

Local artist Madhusmita Bora practices Sattriya, a major Indian classical dance. She’s joined by the Dancing Monks of Assam on their first US tour. This performance ties ancient history, art, and spirituality to our collection’s Cloth of Vrindavan.

​Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Final Fridays: Body Language
Friday, April 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Get body-positive with a night dedicated to celebrating forms and figures of all shapes and sizes.

The Epichorus
Friday, May 4, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This quintet plays a jazz fusion of Indo-Arabic roots music that explores classical traditions from India to Egypt and Greece. Master vocalist Priya Darshini moves fluidly between Hebrew, Hindi, and Aramaic, backed by oud, violin, accordion, hammered dulcimer, percussion, and upright bass.

​Presented with the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History of Temple University

Joanna Pascale
Friday, May 11, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Vocalist Joanna Pascale delivers modern interpretations of timeless standards in intimate performances with pianist Miki Hayama.

Katie Thiroux Trio
Friday, May 18, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

The Katie Thiroux Trio offers in-the-moment jazz that draws on swing to bebop and beyond. A triple threat, Thiroux has garnered attention for her bravura on the bass, strong vocals, and compelling compositions.

Final Fridays: Hack the Museum
Friday, May 25, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

We’re handing out prizes for our third annual Hackathon on this evening of tech, talks, and terrific tunes.

​This is a Power of Art program, sponsored by the Wind Foundation.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Continuing Curiosity: The Art of the Peales Symposium
Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building

In this daylong symposium, five Peale scholars share their ongoing research in the context of the Museum’s new publication The Art of the Peales: Adaptations and Innovations. With Carol Soltis, Wendy Bellion, Amy Noel Ellison, Lance Humphries, Lauren Lessing, and Linda Simmons.

​This program is made possible by the Center for American Art. Offered in conjunction with the gallery installation The Art of the Peales.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Vishnu Begins the World, around 1600s–1700s, unknown artist
    • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mermaid, 1896, by Edvard Munch
    • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Photomural of temple from Khajuraho, with stone sculptures
    • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Temple of the Attainment of Happiness (Shōfukuji), 1398, Japanese
    • Thursday, March 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Villa at Caprarola, 1746, by Claude-Joseph Vernet
    • Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Fruit Piece with Peaches Covered with a Handkerchief, 1819, by Raphaelle Peale
    • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • A Lady and Her Children Relieving a Cottager, 1781, by William Redmore Bigg
    • Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 30, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 31, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Vanitas, 1661, by N. L. Peschier
    • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saint Francis Defeats the Antichrist, c. 1691–92, by Cristóbal de Villalpando
    • Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Making a Train, 1867, by Seymour Joseph Guy
    • Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • Unveiling Titian
    • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
      Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

In the Artist’s Voice: The Arnold Newman Lecture with Keith Smith
Saturday, February 17, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Media Room, Perelman Building
SOLD OUT

Artist Keith Smith discusses his varied and experimental practice in photography, prints, and bookmaking with Amanda Bock, the Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs. Join us for a coffee reception following the talk.

​Offered in conjunction with Keith Smith at Home, on view in the Perelman Building, February 17–July 8, 2018

Trolley Tour: Peale and Washington’s World
Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Paid tickets required
$40 (32 member)
Cost includes transportation and admission to the Museum, Cedar Grove, and Woodford.

Explore the gallery installation The Art of the Peales with ​Carol Soltis, Project Associate Curator, and learn the Peale family’s close connection to George Washington. Then hop on the trolley to Cedar Grove and Woodford Mansion and see the homes of their political friends and foes.

Community Conversations: The Legacy of MLK
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

What is the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? In what ways does his dream for America still resonate?

Join us for community conversations in the galleries. Quotes from Dr. King’s most famous speeches will be paired with artwork and used as inspiration for dialogue facilitated by educators from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bryn Mawr College, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics. This program is a part of NewCORE’s 2018 MLK Legacy Conversations: 80/80.
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Look Behind the Camera
Friday, February 23, 2018
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; $5 for guests

​​Enjoy a tour of our photography studio and learn about efforts to advance the future of imaging through cutting-edge technology.

Staff Secrets
Resnick Rotunda 161
Membership Required
Free for Members

A casual drop-in discussion hosted by members of our Education staff

  • Friday, March 2, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Community Conversations: Representing Queerness
Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

How is queerness represented in popular and visual culture, both past and present? We’ll consider this question using the exhibition Keith Smith at Home as our starting point.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics.

Day Trip to the Collective Design Fair, New York
Friday, March 9, 2018
Starts at 9:00 a.m.
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

​Experience creative voices from around the world at the annual Collective Design Fair.

History of Your Museum
Sunday, March 11, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perelman Media Room, Perelman Building

Art historian Elizabeth A. Anderson shares hidden stories behind the Museum’s rich holdings, from its Centennial Exhibition origins to the twenty-first century.

Lunch and Learn: The Art of East Asia
Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level members and above

Hear from curators of East Asian art about the transformative reinstallation of these galleries. Also learn about their favorite works and new discoveries as they prepare for an upcoming exhibition. You’ll leave with a fresh understanding of one of our most beloved collections.​​

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups with babies

Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome in our galleries, and we're making it a bit easier for you with our stroller tours. If the baby fusses don't fret---you'll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Trolley Tour: Hear Her Story
Sunday, March 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer) 15 minutes prior to departure.
Paid tickets required
$40; $32 members (does not include Museum admission)
Cost includes transportation and admission to Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, and Woodford.
Paid parking available in the Museum Garage

​​​Hear the compelling stories of early American women who led businesses, engaged in politics, and managed complex households at Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, and Woodford.​

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. These historic sites are not wheelchair accessible.

Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Monday, March 26, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer), ground floor). Tours start every half hour.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Free for members and their guests

​Discover the fascinating history of our landmark building set amid Philadelphia’s urban landscape.

Hard Hat Experience
Monday, March 26, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Free for Members
No reservations required. First come, first served.

Members, get an exclusive look at our new Frank Gehry–designed dining area during its construction. Join us for a hard hat walk-through and explore elements of the Core Project before its completion. For location details, check in with a Visitor Services Assistant upon arrival.

Please note: The space is not fully accessible as it is an active construction zone. Flat, closed-toed shoes are required. You must be over 13 years of age to take part in this tour.

Step into Unknown India
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

​​​Explore a gallery dedicated to visionary collector Stella Kramrisch, and go behind the scenes in our private art storage with Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, and project collaborator Pika Ghosh.​

In the Artist’s Voice: Jean Shin
Saturday, April 7, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

This contemporary artist’s work presents everyday objects in unexpected ways to reveal profound truths about self and community. In this talk, Shin discusses her work and creative process with Joseph Gonzales, Executive Director of the Delaware Contemporary.

​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Jean Shin: Collections

Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Most people spend about 17 seconds looking at a work of art. It’s time to hit pause. Join this global event designed to slow you down with mindful looking, thoughtful sketching, and the art of seeing.

Guided Meditation in the Galleries
10:30–11:00 a.m. & 1:30–2:00 p.m.
Slow down, find your breath, and get centered in meditation sessions with the Shambhala Meditation Center.

Spotlight Gallery Conversations
11:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (at the top of each hour)
Engage in slow looking and thoughtful dialogue as a different artwork takes center stage during these 45-minute gallery conversations.

For Families: Mini-Meditators
11:30 a.m.–noon & 2:00–2:30 p.m.
Chill out, look slowly, and find your center as a family in these guided meditation sessions designed just for kids and their grownups. Sessions are offered in the galleries by the Shambhala Meditation Center.

Slow Sketching in the Galleries
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Hone in on the details in this drop-in drawing program with teaching artist David Krevolin. All materials are provided.

Talk: The Art of Perception
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Ticket required: $20 (members free); includes Museum admission
Author Amy Herman presents insight into how looking closely at artworks sharpens observation, analytical, and communication skills.

Exclusive Look: Making Modern Times
Saturday, April 14, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Media Room, Perelman Building
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sustainer and above ($500+)

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great change. Enjoy coffee and conversation with Jessica Smith, curator of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950, as she shares how artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Jacob Lawrence forged bold new styles to fit the times.

The Art of Perception: Seeing Fast and Slow
Saturday, April 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Amy Herman offers insight into how art sharpens observation, analysis, and communication skills. By looking closely at painting, sculpture, and photography, anyone can learn to hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most pertinent information, understand multiple perspectives, and identify the biases that might impede them.

​Offered in conjunction with Slow Art Day

Breakfast Tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level sponsor and above

​​Join us for a morning of modernism. Enjoy guided tours of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 accompanied by breakfast in the Great Stair Hall.​

Trolley Tour: LOVE Your Park
Sunday, May 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tour departs from the West Entrance of the Museum.
Paid tickets required
$40; $32 members (does not include Museum admission)
Paid parking available in the Museum Garage

Fairmount Park is home to historic architecture, beautiful vistas, and significant works of public art. This walking and trolley tour explores the Waterworks, Lemon Hill, and many points of interest in the park.

Please note: We’ll walk a half mile on sloped paths to the Waterworks and Lloyd Hall. Transportation available if necessary. Tour continues on the trolley through Fairmount Park to Lemon Hill, which is not wheelchair accessible. The trolley returns guests to the West Entrance.

​Offered in conjunction with LOVE Your Park Week

Dressing for the Photographer: Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Clothes
Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members $16); includes Museum admission

Art and cultural historian Wanda Corn reveals how Georgia O’Keeffe cultivated her image as an artist through her unique sense of fashion. This lecture explores the ways she used her distinctive taste in clothes to model for photographers. Together they created a public persona for O’Keeffe that still dominates the American imagination today.

​This is the Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture. Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Conversation: Museum as Collaborator
Thursday, June 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Complimentary for Associates-level members and above

​​​​​​​Join us for a conversation about the ways the Museum has worked to deepen partnerships with government and community collaborators over the past year—from Parkway Centennial programming to Philadelphia Assembled. Also learn about the Museum’s tremendous economic impact and our ambitious plans for the future.​

Panel includes Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer; Nicole Allen White, Director of Government and External Affairs; and Damon Reaves, The Berton and Sallie Korman Associate Curator of Education for Community Engagement and Access.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Object Lessons
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members); includes Museum admission

The galleries are your classroom in these interactive art history courses.

​This is a three-part course; sign up for either Wednesday mornings or Thursday afternoons.
  • Destination: Philadelphia
    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
      • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
          • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            Explore the globe-trotting journeys that artists and collectors made to bring art treasures to the City of Brotherly Love.

            Instructor: Justina Barrett, Museum Educator, Site Manager for Historic Houses
        • Rebels & Outcasts
          • Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
            • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              • Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                • Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                    • Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                      Explore the idea of “artist as outsider,” a concept invented in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Also examine how artists depicted scenes of rebellion and marginalization, often identifying themselves with their subject matter.

                      Instructor: Greg Stuart, Museum Educator
                  • City Life, Urban Views
                    • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                      • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                        • Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                          • Thursday, May 10, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                            • Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                              • Thursday, May 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                                What can paintings tell us about the urban experience throughout history? Journey through Paris, New York, Rome, Venice, and other European and American city centers and experience them through artists’ eyes.

                                Instructor: Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Adult Learning

Art/Cinema III
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
Paid tickets required
$125; $100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members
Cost includes Museum admission

Discover parallels between the making and study of art and film while gaining a greater understanding of the ways in which we approach creative works. This three-part course includes gallery visits and film clips that will enhance our discussion of photography, formalism, and documentary as represented in the Museum’s collection and world cinema.

​In collaboration with Bryn Mawr Film Institute
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Drop in and draw from Rodin’s masterpieces. Materials provided.

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Saturday, March 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Museum Library, Perelman Building
Free
Museum admission not included

​​Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need to be added or updated. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

​Facilitated by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian in residence at the Science History Institute

Bookmaking Workshop: Two Books with Exposed Spine Sewing
Saturday, March 17, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Perelman Media Room, Perelman Building
All levels welcome; materials provided
Instructor: Sharon Hildebrand, Head Preparator of Prints, Drawings, Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members); includes Perelman Building admission

Learn the fundamentals of bookmaking during this hands-on workshop. Get a brief introduction to basic vocabulary, materials, tools, and techniques before creating two blank books with exposed spine sewings: a soft-cover, three-section book using Tyvek; and a two-section book constructed of binder’s board, book cloth, and decorative paper. Then go on a tour of Keith Smith at Home with the show’s curator, Amanda Bock, the Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs.

​Support is provided by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation

Bookmaking Workshop: Expandable Album Structure
Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Perelman Media Room, Perelman Building
All levels welcome; materials provided
Instructor: Rosae M. Reeder, Fine Arts Faculty and Assistant Program Director, Illustration, The University of the Arts
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members); includes Perelman Building admission

Make an album that combines two of the most common book structures: the pamphlet and the concertina/accordion fold. Learn how to fold sections or pages, create an accordion/concertina structure, sew a pamphlet stitch, and combine all the elements to make an expandable album perfect for photos, notes, and cards. Then go on a tour of Keith Smith at Home with the show’s curator, Amanda Bock, the Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs.

​Support is provided by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation

Bookmaking Workshop: Round Robin Books
Saturday, May 5, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Perelman Media Room, Perelman Building
All levels welcome; materials provided
Instructor: Artist Scott McCarney
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members); includes Perelman Building admission

In sports, a round robin tournament is when each contestant is matched in turn against every other contestant. In this workshop, participants will act as the contestants matched in turn with circulating sheets of paper and will contribute using a variety of mark-making techniques (drawing, collage, frottage, tracing, transfers, stamping, etc.). As the papers circulate, we will fold them into sections to define the pages and create our own itineraries through the book. Participants will also bind their single-section books with a choice of simple cover attachments. Everyone will leave with a personalized, one-of-a-kind copy of the collaborative edition.

This workshop also includes a tour of Keith Smith at Home with the show’s curator, Amanda Bock, the Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs.

​Support is provided by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation

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Wednesday Nights

Experience the unexpected every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., when Museum admission is Pay What You Wish.

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Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • Unveiling Titian
    • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
      Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

Gameplay
Every Wednesday night, 5:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Gallery 116, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Enjoy board games with your friends and other visitors.

Yoga
Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201 most Wednesday nights
Indian Temple Hall (Gallery 224) on April 11, 2018
Free tickets required
First come, first served; space is limited.
Free tickets available Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m at any Visitor Services Desk.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

Community Conversations: The Legacy of MLK
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

What is the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? In what ways does his dream for America still resonate?

Join us for community conversations in the galleries. Quotes from Dr. King’s most famous speeches will be paired with artwork and used as inspiration for dialogue facilitated by educators from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bryn Mawr College, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics. This program is a part of NewCORE’s 2018 MLK Legacy Conversations: 80/80.
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Still-Life Sketching
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society creates a still life for your sketching pleasure. Materials are provided.

Gameplay: Mancala
Gallery 119, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play the board game Mancala with friends and other visitors every Wednesday night in March.

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Chef Demo: Hands-On Mozzarella Making
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Paid tickets required
$75 ($70 members)
Space is limited to 30 people; member priority reservations (public spots will be made available if the demo does not sell out).

Guided by Chef Tamara Christians, make and stretch your own fresh mozzarella to take home with you.

Film Premiere: The Montiers: An American Story
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Seating is first come, first served.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

African Americans have long played a leading role in the cultural and political life of Philadelphia. One family’s history, the Montier-Morreys, is a particularly resonant chapter in this undertold story. Join us for the premiere of The Montiers: An American Story, a documentary about the history of the family, their role in Philadelphia, and the artwork that survives to illuminate our knowledge today. Coproduced by WHYY and the Museum, the film features comments from William Pickens III, a Montier-Morrey descendant, as well as curators and scholars.

After the screening, join us for a panel conversation with Deesha Dyer, former Obama Administration Social Secretary; Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw, associate professor of art history, University of Pennsylvania; and William Pickens III. An audience Q&A follows.

Learn more about the Montier family >>
In 1746, three decades before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a free African American woman, Cremona Morrey, was bequeathed 198 acres of land just outside Philadelphia. At the time, it was an amazing occurrence in every regard, but even more so because the bequest was from her white common-law husband, Richard Morrey, son of the first mayor of Philadelphia, Humphrey Morrey. The bequest established a free African American community in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, that later spread throughout the Philadelphia area.

Nearly a century later, Morrey descendant Hiram Montier, a successful bootmaker with a shop near Independence Hall, married Elizabeth Brown. To celebrate their nuptials, they had high-style portraits made. Over 175 years later, these rare paintings—the earliest surviving portraits of an African American couple—are on view at the Museum (gallery 107), a testament to the history and strength of the African American community in Philadelphia.

Gameplay: Clue
Gallery 260, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play the board game Clue with friends and other visitors every Wednesday night in April.

  • Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Gameplay: Othello
Gallery 175, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play the board game Othello with friends and other visitors every Wednesday night in May.

  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Chef Demo: Summer Wines
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)

Sip refreshing wines perfect for warmer weather and entertaining. From bubbly to rosé wines and lighter reds, this tour of summer wines will delight the senses and educate the palate.

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