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October 2014


Saturday, October 25
Collection Tours
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

This tour focuses on the Museum's extraordinary collection of American art, including Colonial and Federalist-era paintings, furniture, and decorative arts as well as treasures of rural Pennsylvania.
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Starts at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Public Programs
This course presents a broad overview of nineteenth-century European painting and the social and political contexts from which it emerged.
  • Lecture 1 From Reason to Emotion: Neoclassicism and Romanticism
  • Lecture 2 Realism and the Painters of Modern Life
  • Lecture 3 Impressionism and Post Impressionism
  • Lecture 4 At the Turn of the Century
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Children's Art Classes
 
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 27 - December 6, 2014
Location: Education Studios


Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

  • Children ages 3–4
    Children ages 5–6

    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Children ages 7–8
    Children ages 9–12
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
 
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Museum store on the balcony, first floor

Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania bring objects from the permanent collection to life during a 45-minute conversation in one of the Museum’s two hundred galleries. All programs are subject to change.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Delight in the Museum's extraordinary collection of French treasures.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

From dramatic panel paintings to colorful stained glass to ornate architectural elements, discover the Museum's superb collection of treasures from Medieval Europe.
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Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Tours gather in Museum's West Entrance
Please note that tours are weather dependant and will not take place in excessive heat or rain. Moderate walking is involved.

Take a stroll around the Museum and into the new Anne d’Harnoncourt Memorial Sculpture Garden to explore some of its outdoor artwork and landscape views. This one-acre site hosts two gallery areas, which currently contain the stone sculptures of Isamu Noguchi. The plantings along the lawns and terraces contain trees, shrubs, and perennials that support local wildlife and bloom at various seasons.
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Starts at 1:00 p.m.

Take an "inside" look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, block-printed wallpapers, ceramics, and more representing a uniquely European aesthetic.
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Starts at 1:00 p.m.

From the spiritual to the salacious, this tour explores how images of love, pleasure, sexuality, and erotica have been codified in art to reflect different ideas about beauty, morality, social roles, and sexual stereotypes of men and women from different eras and cultures. Please note: this tour is geared toward the adult visitor.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 27 - December 6, 2014
Location: Education Studios


Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

  • Children ages 3–4
    Children ages 5–6

    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Children ages 7–8
    Children ages 9–12
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Alfred Stieglitz once said that “In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more than reality.” With this quote in mind, this course explores the photographic medium, from its inception to the present.
  • Lecture 1 The Daguerreotype and the Popularization of Photography
  • Lecture 2 Photography as Art: From Alfred Stieglitz to Paul Strand and Jeff Wall
  • Lecture 3 Documenting and Studying Ourselves: Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Sociological Photography
  • Lecture 4 Photojournalism and Pulitzer Prize Photography
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Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Explore the art of the Impressionist era, learn about the artists that defined and influenced the movement, and see how their work inspired the masterpieces of modern and contemporary art that would follow.
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Sunday, October 26
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

From medieval architecture to rare treasures from various parts of Asia, this tour promises to stir the imagination.
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10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Young visitors and their families enjoy the galleries through picture books and hands-on art projects. Free tickets required.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
 
Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 11:30 a.m.
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Movement, play, and hands-on activities make up this fun tour designed especially for young visitors and their families.
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Starts at 11:30 a.m.
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Discover the Museum's collection on these interactive tours led by Museum educators.
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Starts at 12:00 p.m.

The art of Spain, Mexico, New Spain, and Latin America take center stage in this inspiring tour.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

This tour focuses on the Museum's extraordinary collection of American art, including Colonial and Federalist-era paintings, furniture, and decorative arts as well as treasures of rural Pennsylvania.
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12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All family members can drop in anytime to sketch, doodle, or create a masterpiece in the Museum galleries. Artists are on hand to provide materials and encouragement.
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Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Tours gather in Museum's West Entrance
Please note that tours are weather dependent and will not take place in excessive heat or rain. Moderate walking is involved.

Set at the terminus of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the views of and from the Philadelphia Museum of Art are justifiably renowned. Join the Park House Guides to tour the East Terrace for an informative and fun hour as they explore the magnificent architecture and outdoor sculpture of the Museum. Discover the building's fascinating history and delight in the wealth of details that adorn this classically inspired building making it a uniquely beautiful part of Philadelphia’s urban landscape.
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Starts at 1:00 p.m.

Explore the art of the Impressionist era, learn about the artists that defined and influenced the movement, and see how their work inspired the masterpieces of modern and contemporary art that would follow.
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Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Members attend free (Member invited guests $8).

Join film critic Carrie Rickey in conversation with noted cultural and architectural historian George E. Thomas, as they discuss how Philadelphia was portrayed in John Landis's landmark 1983 comedy and how the city has changed in the past three decades.
This program is generously sponsored by Gloria Pasline.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Take an "inside" look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, block-printed wallpapers, ceramics, and more representing a uniquely European aesthetic.
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Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Free members event.

Learn about the history and creation of the Museum’s medieval carpets and European tapestries.
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Starts at 3:00 p.m.

From medieval architecture to rare treasures from various parts of Asia, this tour promises to stir the imagination.
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Tuesday, October 28
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

Explore the paintings and techniques of the Early Italian and Northern European Renaissance to reveal the truth behind these golden masterpieces.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Discover the works of one of America's most distinguished Realist painters, Philadelphian Thomas Eakins.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 23 - December 4, 2014
Location: Education Studios


Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Wednesday, October 29
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Take an "inside" look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, block-printed wallpapers, ceramics, and more representing a uniquely European aesthetic.
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10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Media Room, Perelman Building
$125 ($100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members)

Lecturer: Andrew J. Douglas, Director of Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Film noir is a cycle of pictures that emerged, in the 1940s, from the confluence of Hollywood’s detective and gangster movies, hard-boiled fiction, and the aesthetics of German Expressionism. Typified by stark lighting, bleak urban settings, and corrupt, broken characters, noir has a fascination with doom, male anxiety, and transgression, the threats of which the spell-casting femme fatale embodies. Join us as we explore exemplary works from the genre, including The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity, among others.

This course is offered in collaboration with Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Of course art is beautiful and uplifting, but it can also be downright scandalous. So join us, as we reveal the controversies inherent in each brushstroke, nude, and artistic impulse.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 1:00 p.m.

This tour focuses on the Museum's extraordinary collection of American art, including Colonial and Federalist-era paintings, furniture, and decorative arts as well as treasures of rural Pennsylvania.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 23 - December 4, 2014
Location: Education Studios


Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 2:00 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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Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

Of course art is beautiful and uplifting, but it can also be downright scandalous. So join us, as we reveal the controversies inherent in each brushstroke, nude, and artistic impulse.
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Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Discover exciting, innovative, and sometimes controversial works of art created in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
3 NJ or PA hours
Free

Discover the special exhibition Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography, a major retrospective of this critical figure in modern art. Both a photographer and filmmaker, Strand’s work touches on themes of portraiture, identity, community, and explorations of world cultures. Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, will present an engaging lecture that chronicles Strand’s artistic progression and the profound affect he had on modern art. Receive teaching materials for your classroom, explore the exhibition on your own, and make cross-curricular connections with peers and Museum educators.
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Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart

Enjoy a pre-bedtime story, art project, and imaginative play in the galleries. Pajamas welcome!

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission.
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Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Learn about the time-honored practice of yoga through yoga postures with Dhyana Yoga among the beauty of the Museum’s collection.

Two classes offered each Wednesday – 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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Wednesday Night Tour
 
Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Take a look at fashion's role in art.
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Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Meets in the Great Stair Hall

Featuring works by such artists as Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, and others, “The Masterpieces” tour delivers just that—a look at some of the collection’s greatest treasures.
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Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Galleries 283 and 288

Myths, monsters, and gods, oh my! Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School returns and they’re bringing ancient Greece and Rome with them. Be there as amazing costumes bring your favorite mythology creatures to life. It’s a night of live figure drawing sure to please mortals and gods alike. No drawing experience necessary. Use our drawing supplies or feel free to bring your own. Dry materials only please.
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Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Dorrance Galleries

Enjoy a tour of the Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography exhibition with curators Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center and Amanda Bock, Exhibition Assistant Curator. Discover the process of creating a major exhibition from its inception to the galleries you walk through.
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Starts at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about the time-honored practice of yoga through yoga postures with Dhyana Yoga among the beauty of the Museum’s collection.

Two classes offered each Wednesday – 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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Thursday, October 30
Collection Tours
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

This tour explores, through diverse works of art, a few of the many things that bring balance and contentment in life. The focus is on portrayals of harmonious inter-personal relationships, rewarding life experiences and, of course, a few spectacular decorative art objects that most people would be proud to have in their own home.
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Children's Art Classes
 
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 23 - December 4, 2014
Location: Education Studios


Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
 
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Museum store on the balcony, first floor

Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania bring objects from the permanent collection to life during a 45-minute conversation in one of the Museum’s two hundred galleries. All programs are subject to change.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

This tour focuses on the Museum's extraordinary collection of American art, including Colonial and Federalist-era paintings, furniture, and decorative arts as well as treasures of rural Pennsylvania.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 1:00 p.m.

This tour offers an introduction to the Museum’s extensive collection of Asian art, specifically that from China, Korea, and Japan.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 23 - December 4, 2014
Location: Education Studios


Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.
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Location: Gallery 119
Members $8, Space is limited

Join us for this special screening of Craft in America. This Peabody Award-winning series explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode, Service, is the story of creativity, healing and our nation’s soldiers and veterans. This program will held in the galleries and feature an introduction and Q&A by curator Elisabeth Agro, who is highlighted in the episode.
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Starts at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
$120 ($96 members); ticket required. Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members). To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Elizabeth A. Anderson, independent art historian
This course explores works of art created by Michelangelo and investigates the complex relationship between the gifted artist and members of the wealthy and politically powerful Medici family of Florence, who were also major art patrons and collectors.
  • Lecture 1: The Florentine Traditions of Michelangelo’s Art
  • Lecture 2: Papal Patronage and the Roman High Renaissance
  • Lecture 3: Mannerism: Outgrowth of or Reaction to the Renaissance
  • Lecture 4: Baroque Beginnings: Architecture and City Planning in Sixteenth-Century Rome
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

Discover history’s most notable and elite through period rooms, decorative arts and portraits.
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Starts at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
$120 ($96 members); ticket required. Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
This course examines the major monuments of American architecture from the Colonial period to the present.
  • Lecture 1 Building the Foundation: Early American Architecture
  • Lecture 2 Reaching for Illinois: The American Skyscraper
  • Lecture 3 From the Saltbox to the McMansion: American Residences
  • Lecture 4 American Architecture after World War II
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Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Take an "inside" look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, block-printed wallpapers, ceramics, and more representing a uniquely European aesthetic.
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6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Reservations required
Associates Level Required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

The arresting imagery of a powerful weapon aimed straight at the viewer has been used in the visual arts from the late medieval era to today. Learn about the fascinating history, symbolism, and startling discoveries that surround this subject from Dirk Breiding, The J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor.
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Friday, October 31
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Take an "inside" look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, block-printed wallpapers, ceramics, and more representing a uniquely European aesthetic.
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Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

Discover history’s most notable and elite through period rooms, decorative arts and portraits.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
 
Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Museum store on the balcony, first floor

Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania bring objects from the permanent collection to life during a 45-minute conversation in one of the Museum’s two hundred galleries. All programs are subject to change.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

This tour explores the dazzling Chinese porcelain made during the reign of the Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722), on display in the Palace Reception Hall. It examines the extraordinary technical and artistic achievements in the production of the ceramics as well as the hidden meanings in the decorative motifs. These ceramics were part of an important private collection that was given to the Museum. The installation will close in the not-too-distant future.
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Starts at 1:00 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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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 3:00 p.m.

This tour focuses on the Museum's extraordinary collection of American art, including Colonial and Federalist-era paintings, furniture, and decorative arts as well as treasures of rural Pennsylvania.
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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia Soul/R&B band Natural Selection has been an integral part of the city’s original music scene for almost two decades. Tonight, they depart from their usual set of material to provide a soundtrack for Halloween. Take a spooky art tour and see local fashion design students model costumes inspired by the Museum collection. Face painting will be availabe and costumes are encouraged.
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Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Explore paintings dated from 1850–1900 (including Academic Art, the School of Barbizon, and Realism) leading up to Impressionism, as well as paintings that came after Impressionism (Cézanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art Nouveau movement).
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Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Halloween is a time of ghosts and goblins, a time when scary things go “bump in the night." Although few objects in the Museum collection were specifically made with Halloween in mind, many are scary and relate to themes we associate with Halloween. This tour will begin with the only acknowledged ghost in the museum!
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Art After 5 Tours
 
Starts at 7:00 p.m.

Discover a variety of styles and techniques in the Museum's superb collection of nineteenth-century art.
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7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery 247

Join Dirk Breiding, the J.J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor, on a special Halloween tour and experience the arms and armor galleries in a different light! Get introduced to some of the curator’s favorite objects and hear ghostly tales that involve magic weapons, the wild hunt, and a cursed knight whose dead body has resisted decomposition for centuries.
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