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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is your Museum. We welcome you to experience this season’s exciting exhibitions, events, and activities. Connect with art in surprising, lively, new, and memorable ways.

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Please Note: If online ticketing is unavailable, call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets. Programs are subject to change. Please arrive early as we reserve the right to release seats at the start of the program.


May 26, 2017

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Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Free members event.

Journey through the galleries and discover a menagerie of animals and fantastic beasts.​
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Collection Tours
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

With sculptures, reliquaries, stained glass, and objects of architectural interest, this tour examines the Museum's vast collection of treasures from the Middle Ages.
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Family Programs
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesdays, June 27–September 1, 2017; and Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in Education Studios 1 & 2
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Play at the Museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​
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Collection Tours
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

What does Philly do best? No, not cheesesteaks. ART! Featuring works by famous Philly artists, and images inspired by the city’s most colorful characters, this tour is sure to bring out your inner Phanatic.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Discover surrealist art within the Museum.
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Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Explore the art of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras and learn about the artists that defined and influenced the movement, including masters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Georges Seurat.
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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Artist Demos: Technology & Innovation
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

The Artist Microgrant Competition, hosted by Philly, asks artists to create immersive, interactive, or innovative creations that help art come to life through the use of technology. This year’s winning projects are by Kid Hazo and Samuel Cusumano.

Kid Hazo, a Philadelphia-based street artist whose work parodies Philly culture, presents CloneZone. He uses motion-capture technology and stick-figure graphics to mimic pedestrian movements directly on a street sign. Who says you can’t dance your way through a crosswalk?

Artist and sound engineer Sam Cusumano is here to help you understand how things work. His Biodata Sonification system turns the biorhythms of natural objects into sound. You might consider naming one of your houseplants Mozart after this demo.

Meet Up with ChickTech
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
ChickTech is a nonprofit dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing tech careers. Learn more about ChickTech and join Philadelphia Chapter Director Adrienne Hubbard and Communications and Career Events Director Sarah Herrmann at this networking opportunity.

DIY Art with The Franklin Institute
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Design an LED pin inspired by some of your favorite contemporary artists and watch MC Sketcher create Spirograph-like designs on a turntable.

DIY Art with The Hacktory
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Maker collective The Hacktory demonstrates two projects that combine art and technology. The Profile Bot draws your portrait while you wait: sit for the Bot’s web cam and watch it create a pen drawing of your likeness. Looking for something more abstract? Try on a “wearable tech” glove and create video art with your movements.

Detours with Team Electromag Beatbox
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Colket Gallery 151
The winners of this year’s Hackathon share Vibes, a game about leaving impressions. Write and solve clues about works from the collection. But the clue you leave must be subtle—if everyone solves it, you won’t score; if nobody solves, you won’t score. The challenge is to describe a work in such a way that’s neither too obvious nor too vague.

Performance: Quindar
5:45 & 7:15 p.m.
This collaboration between Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and Philadelphia-based art historian James Merle Thomas combines archival research with music and performance. The duo uses historic audio recordings and film to create experimental electronic music and synchronized video projections. Tonight, you’ll experience an original performance using material from the Museum’s rarely seen archives and their upcoming debut LP, Hip Mobility.
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5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 1335 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Join us for a house-raising ceremony and celebration as we put the finishing touches on the framework for an affordable house at the Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood site. The evening continues with a performance of Blurry Edges , a Philadelphia scene by playwright Mona Washington. The play reflects on the possibilities of engaging with and in the community and grapples with issues related to reconstruction, gentrification, and displacement.
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