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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: Wild
Friday, July 28, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an eco-centric evening that’s all about conservation—of art and the environment.

DIY Art: Art Splash
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Dorrance Program Space, first floor (Enter through gallery 100 or the Wild exhibition)
Enjoy ​​​extended hours for Art Splash. Make art, read a children’s book, or burn off some energy through creative play.

​Campfire Stories
5:15pm & 7:15pm
Dorrance Galleries, first floor
Artists Dave and Ilyssa Kyu spent last summer exploring six national parks for Campfire Stories, an anthology of legends collected in and around parks. Gather round as local artist Gina Murdock interprets and performs these tales.

Music: DJ Jersey Dan
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, first floor
Jersey Dan spins your favorite dance tunes on nothing but vinyl.

Detours with Jeffrey Collins
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Colket Gallery 151, first floor
Jeffrey Collins of the US National Park Service shares his perspectives on American landscape paintings and scenes from the natural world.

The Peaceable Kingdom
6:15 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, first floor
Inspired by Edward Hicks’s famous painting The Peaceable Kingdom, performance collective Orbiter 3 presents a utopian fable of a mythical Quaker colony inhabited by wild creatures. Witness two cultures encounter each other for the first time and consider how ecosystems are impacted by invasive species.

Talk: Protect & Conserve
7:00 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161, first floor
An environmental scientist and art conservator discuss what conservation means to them. With Stefanie Kroll, The Patrick Center for Environmental Research, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; and Nancy Ash, The Charles K. Williams, II, Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper. Moderated by John Vick, Collections Project Manager.  

Music: The Secret Sisters
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, first floor
Muscle Shoals, Alabama—hometown of Wild photographer Michael Nichols—is world-famous for producing great music. The Secret Sisters entertain with vintage honky-tonk, gospel, and swampy southern gothic melodies fit for a July campfire.

Rogê
Friday, August 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Blending bossa nova and samba with sounds from around the globe, this Latin Grammy nominee represents a new generation in Brazilian popular music. Co-composer of the Rio 2016 theme, he’s traveling with a full band to bring Brazil to Philly.

Josh Lawrence
Friday, August 18, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The jazz trumpeter and a quartet of Philly favorites present Color Theory—music that explores traditional color theory and the phenomenon of synesthesia. Let all of your senses come out to play, with tunes for both your ears and eyes, and flavors to savor from Starr Catering.

Final Fridays: Last Chance Summer Dance
Friday, August 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Dance the night away with booty-shaking Brazilian music by PhillyBloco.

Linda May Han Oh
Friday, September 15, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall, first floor

Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, this jazz bassist's rhythm-driven compositions explore all that can be said without words. Her New York–based quartet consists of Ben Wendel on tenor sax, Matthew Stevens on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano, and Rudy Royston on drums.

Music in the Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Tapestries
    • Saturday, October 7, 2017, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Gallery 206
      ​Make musical connections to cultures along the Silk Road with the Al-Bustan Ensemble.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall, near the entrance to the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations facilitated by Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Mrs. Peale Lamenting the Death of Her Child (Rachel Weeping), 1772, enlarged 1776; retouched 1818, by Charles Willson Peale
    • Thursday, August 3, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 4, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 5, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Tapestry showing the Triumph of Constantine over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, 1623–25, figural composition designed by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Thursday, September 7, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, September 8, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, September 9, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

A Glorious Enterprise
Sunday, August 20, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members) Admission not included

Celebrate summer with a tour through Fairmount Park, with stops to look at buildings, vistas, and sculptures. A visit to Lemon Hill concludes the afternoon.

Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: The Museum and the City
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Parkway Center Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Free
Free; no ticket required

How do museums serve the needs of today and tomorrow? ​Museum directors, artists, and civic leaders from around the world share their perspectives.


10:00 a.m.–noon
“Civic Space in the 21st Century”
Moderated by David Brownlee, the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of 19th-Century European Art, University of Pennsylvania

Speakers:
Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
Richard Gluckman, Partner, Gluckman Tang Architects
Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Julian Siggers, Williams Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain


2:00–4:00 p.m.
“The Audience of the 21st Century”
Moderated by Gail Harrity, President and COO, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Speakers:
Wilfredo Bení­tez, Executive Director, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
Carmen Febo-San Miguel, Executive Director, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Sarah McEneaney, artist, Philadelphia
Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design, Honolulu

Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania

Jane Goodall
Saturday, September 16, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
SOLD OUT

Join the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees as she reflects on her work advocating for animal welfare and conservation. This program has been made possible by Leslie Miller and Richard Worley.

Stories of the Workers
Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meets in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members) No admission included

Explore the lives of both free and enslaved people who toiled at Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove, and Strawberry Mansion.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ticket includes trolley transportation, admission to houses visited, and parking validation for the Museum garage at regular visitor rates. Does not include admission to Art Museum. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of program start time to check in.

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.

  • A Curator’s Perspective: John G. Johnson
    • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Discover the man behind the Johnson Collection with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
  • Creation Made Visible
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Debuts and Discoveries from Storage
      • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        Discover newly conserved paintings that haven’t been on view in decades with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
      • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Between Our World and the Picture’s
        • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Bosch/Not Bosch
        • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Keeping Up with El Greco
          • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Unveiling Titian
          • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            • 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.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

Gallery-based interactive art history courses.

This is a three-part course (sign up for either Wednesday evenings or Thursday afternoons).
  • Changing Fashion
    • Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
      • Thursday, September 28, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
          • Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            • Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
              • Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                See how artists throughout history depict everyday activewear, elegant eveningwear, and fabulous costumes.
                Instructor: Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning

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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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Yoga
Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Beginning the first week of June yoga will take place in the The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Weather permitting.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

Sketching in the Galleries
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Be an artist for a day. Draw inspiration from artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils will be provided.

Location provided at any admissions desk

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.

  • A Curator’s Perspective: John G. Johnson
    • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Discover the man behind the Johnson Collection with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
  • Creation Made Visible
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
      • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Between Our World and the Picture’s
        • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Bosch/Not Bosch
        • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Keeping Up with El Greco
          • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Unveiling Titian
          • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            • 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.

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