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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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February 9, 2018

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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. Go behind the scenes of the Miss Guided Tour with John Vettese of WXPN >>


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
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Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. CANCELED
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.
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Friday Nights
 
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.
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Friday Nights
 
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.
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Friday Nights
 
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.
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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.


Music: Jabair
5:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This local DJ puts some spring in your step with an electric sampling of his signature sound.


DIY Art: Paper Posies
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Make a bouquet you don’t need to water at this drop-in, flower-making tutorial.


Detour: What’s Their Sign?
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Gallery 159, 1st floor
Unconventional gallery tours for the adventurous: Join astrologer Sue Morris as she searches the collection for celestial signs about the personalities of our favorite modern artists.


DIY: Art in Bloom
6:00 p.m.
SOLD OUT
Nicole Rossi from Texture Florals demonstrates how to create a beautiful arrangement inspired by Severin Roesen’s Flower Still Life with Bird’s Nest.


In-Gallery Performance: First Person Arts StorySlam
6:15 p.m.
McCausland Gallery 116, 1st floor
Hear stories by people who face the future head-on, whether it’s a self-improvement kick or a doomed romance. Hosted by Geoff Jackson with storytellers Alyssa Al-Dookhi, Nick Kupsey, and Teresa Nutter; accompanied by musician Eric Coyne.
Space is limited. First come, first served.


In-Gallery Performance: First Date
6:15 & 6:45 p.m.
Eglin Gallery 165, 1st floor
Is it queer love at first sight or just another bad date? Find out in this gallery-inspired one-act play written by Emma Goidel, directed by Shira Berger, and performed by actors Hannah Gold and Isabella Sazak.


Music: Sweet Crude
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
These New Orleans musicians set English and Cajun French lyrics to indie rock, connecting their Louisiana roots with tribal rhythms and pop hooks.
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Friday Nights
 
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.
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Friday Nights
 
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
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Friday Nights
 
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.
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Friday, April 27Grid ViewRows View

 
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.
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Friday Nights
 
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
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Friday, May 11Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
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.
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Friday Nights
 
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.
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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 tunes.

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


In-Gallery Tech Demos: Sprint to the Finish
5:00–7:00 p.m.
This year we asked hackers to build an app that helps visitors discover works of art in the collection. See what they’ve cooked up over the past two months and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. App descriptions & demo locations >>

  • ArtBeats: Let your taste in music help you figure out your taste in art.
    McCausland Gallery 116
  • ArtMIND: A random art generator prompts users to input their likes and dislikes to provide targeted recommendations on what to look at next.
    Gallery 155
  • Art Tracker: Inspired by the Carmen Sandiego games, this app asks players to solve cases that will take them through the entire Museum.
    Wallace/Reader’s Digest Gallery 201
  • D.I.N.A.: Personal Aesthete: This augmented reality app helps you connect to the collection by providing interesting details on artworks and artists.
    Resnick Rotunda 161
  • MuseumCrawlers: Tailwind: For those who just want to go with the flow, this app creates customized tours based on visitor reactions.
    Gallery 224
  • PMA ExplorAR: Conduct a museum-wide search for hints to complete a puzzle.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony
  • Sage: Customized, emoji-based searches enable personalized interactions with the collection.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony
  • Team Jefferson JS: Turn your selfie into art. This app alters any smart-phone snapshot to mimic a selected artwork.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony


Space Invaders: Gallery Blackout
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Kienbusch Gallery 248, 2nd floor
Our Teen Ambassador Group takes over the arms and armor galleries. Grab a flashlight and explore medieval suits and shields in a new way.


Hackathon Awards Presentation
7:00–7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Judges announce the winners of the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award—complete with a fat check and confetti cannons.


Music: Swift Technique
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
These gritty groove masters bring a fiery funk extravaganza to the Museum.
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Friday, June 1Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
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.
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Friday, June 8Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
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.
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Friday, June 15Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
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
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Friday, June 22Grid ViewRows View

 
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.
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Friday, June 29Grid ViewRows View

 
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
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Friday, July 6Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
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.
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Friday, July 13Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
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.
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Friday, July 20Grid ViewRows View

 
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.
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Friday, July 27Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Spend an enchanted evening celebrating the mystical and the feminine. In a special performance at 7:15 p.m., My Brightest Diamond presents ethereal explorations of electronic, chamber, and art pop music.

​Offered in conjunction with Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp/The Future Fields Commission
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Friday, August 3Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
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
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Friday, August 10Grid ViewRows View

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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
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Friday, August 17Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
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
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Friday, August 31Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philly-based rap and spoken word artist Ivy Sole and friends 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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