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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: Body Language
Friday, April 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

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

Music: DJ lil’dave
5:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
DJ lil’dave, a member of the Illvibe Collective and host of Eavesdrop Radio on WKDU 91.7 FM, plays a selection of music that combines sounds from soul, hip-hop, Afro-Latin, and house music.


DIY Art: In the Nude
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Brodsky Gallery 188, 1st floor
Join Michael Grimaldi from the New York Academy of Art in this multi-figure life drawing session that celebrates the collaboration between artist and model. Nude models will be present to inspire you. Materials provided; photography not permitted.


Detour: Art Hirstory 101
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in gallery 111, 1st floor.
Explore our collection through a transgender lens with writer, performer, and historian Wesley Flash.


Movement Workshops: Reset & Connect
6:00 & 6:45 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161, 1st floor
Dance artist Katherine Kiefer Stark and cellist Ajibola Rivers of the Naked Stark dance company lead you through simple movements that promote mind/body awareness practices. Space is limited.


Performance: Eleone Dance Theatre
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This multicultural and intergenerational dance company presents works designed to inspire and uplift the body and mind.

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.

Peter Beets
Friday, June 1, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Dutch pianist Peter Beets performs world-class jazz with some of Philly’s finest.

Michelle Lordi
Friday, June 8, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

One of the most sought-after vocalists on the jazz circuit and her band perform three generations of heartfelt love songs.

The Mini-Q’s
Friday, June 15, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A blend of jazz and funk with Luke Carlos O’Reilly on organ, Anwar Marshall on drums, and Ben O’Neill on guitar

Rob Curto’s Forró for All
Friday, June 22, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Rob Curto and his band bring Brazilian accordion-driven party music to the Museum.

Final Fridays: All That Jazz
Friday, June 29, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Nine and vocalist Najwa Parkins bring swing to the Museum.

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

Sumi Tonooka
Friday, July 6, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Pianist and composer Sumi Tonooka returns to her Philly roots with a classic jazz piano trio.

Christie Dashiell
Friday, July 13, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Billboard-charting jazz vocalist Christie Dashiell and her quartet perform inventive arrangements of popular songs and cutting-edge originals.

Behn Gillece & Adam Birnbaum
Friday, July 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Vibraphonist Behn Gillece and jazz pianist Adam Birnbaum offer an evening of brooding, original compositions and fiery, virtuosic playing.

Music in the Galleries: Light, Line, Shadow
Sunday, July 22, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s composition inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting Road and Trees. Performed by Network for New Music.

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

Final Fridays: Summer Magick
Friday, July 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Spend an enchanted evening celebrating the mystical and the feminine.

​Offered in conjunction with Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp/The Future Fields Commission

Farid Barron
Friday, August 3, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Best known for his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Farid Barron brings his trademark sound to ragtime and stride piano melodies of the 1910s.

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

Drew Nugent Trio
Friday, August 10, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Travel back to the Roaring Twenties with ​the Drew Nugent Trio.

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

The Ladybugs
Friday, August 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This quartet infuses songs from the 1930s with country, blues, Latin, and classical music.

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

Final Fridays: Work Your Angles
Friday, August 31, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Explore the intersection between how we see ourselves, how we want to be seen, and how others see us.

​Offered in conjunction with Face to Face: Portraits of Artists

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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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
  • 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.
  • Storm on the Dunes, 17th century, by Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
    • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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.​

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

Paul Cret and Modern Classicism
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building

​Join us for a symposium celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Presented by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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9:00 a.m.: Registration

9:30 a.m.: Morning Session

“Paul Cret and Philadelphia's Modern Classicism”
David Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania

“Between Column and I-Beam: The Architectural Theory of Paul Cret”
Marc Vincent, Baldwin Wallace University

“Cass Gilbert and the City Beautiful”
Gail Fenske, Roger Williams University

“Friendly Rivals: Paul Cret and Arthur Brown, Jr. at Home and Abroad”
Jeffrey T. Tilman, University of Cincinnati

Noon: Lunch Break (on your own)

1:30 p.m.: Afternoon Session

“‘An Artistic Gem’: Paul Cret and the Rodin Museum”
Jennifer Thompson, Philadelphia Museum of Art

“‘Nioc! Nioc-Nioc!’ (Quack, Quack, Quack): Paul Philippe Cret, Penn’s Poilu-Professor, and World War I”
Alisa Chiles, University of Pennsylvania

“The Architect as Collaborator with the Engineer”
Jonathan Farnham, Philadelphia Historical Commission

Robert P. Breading and Barry Eiswerth in conversation, “longtemps après Cret”
Former partners, H2L2 Architects

4:30 p.m.: Conclusion

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

Community Conversations: The Me in the We
Sunday, June 3, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Is there room for individuality in a collective movement? How does your community shape your identity? Share your thoughts in this facilitated conversation, offered in conjunction with the exhibition Jean Shin: Collections.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics.

Marsden Hartley: At Home in Maine and in Our Collection
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Curator Randall Griffey of the Metropolitan Museum of Art discusses painter Marsden Hartley’s engagement with concerns relating to place, identity, and home.

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

The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: Agnes Martin—Lines of Thought
Saturday, June 9, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

​A painter of uncommon discipline who relished solitude, Agnes Martin was also deeply in touch with the most adventurous artists of her time. In this talk, Nancy Princenthal, who has written the first biography of Martin, draws connections between the artist’s work and life, focusing on the 1960s and early 1970s.

​ This program is supported by the Rose Susan Hirshhorn Behrend Endowment Fund. It is offered in conjunction with <Agnes Martin: The Untroubled Mind/Works from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Collection

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.

Trolley Tour: Beer History Taste and Tour
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance) 15 minutes prior to departure to check-in.
Paid tickets required
$25; $20 members (does not include Museum admission)
Cost includes transportation and admission to Cedar Grove.
Paid parking available in the Museum Garage

Celebrate Father’s Day at the historic house Cedar Grove and learn about beer brewing in early America.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Participants 21+ with ID will be offered a beer tasting.
  • Sunday, June 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Discover the stories behind how some colonial families chose a side during the American Revolution with a visit to historic houses Cedar Grove, Woodford, and Laurel Hill.

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

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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
Fee waived for Associates and above ($2,500+)

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.
  • 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.

                Instructors: Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning; and Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Adult Learning

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

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • 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.

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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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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.

Yoga
Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201 most Wednesday nights
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.

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

Join Vicki Miller from Vinocity for an inspired tour of the galleries and tastes of refreshing wines perfect for warmer weather and entertaining. From bubbly to rosés and lighter reds, this tour of summer wines will delight the senses and educate the palate.

Chef Demo: Craft Cocktails & Paired Bites
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)

Join mixologist Tim Cosgrove as he teaches how to make classic drinks. Paired bites will be served.

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