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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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May 2017

This Month's Exhibitions



Tuesday, May 23Grid ViewRows View

 
Starts at 10:00 a.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 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 12:00 p.m.

This tour offers an introduction to the arts and cultures of South Asia, a region composed of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tibet.
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Starts at 1:00 p.m.

Discover exciting, innovative, and sometimes controversial works of art created in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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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 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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Wednesday, May 24Grid ViewRows View

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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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Starts at 12:00 p.m. CANCELED

This tour explores the connection between classical Greek myth and contemporary abstract art in Cy Twombly’s moving visualization of Homer’s timeless poem, "The Iliad".
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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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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 3:00 p.m.

This tour offers an introduction to the arts and cultures of South Asia, a region composed of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tibet.
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5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Inside Out is back with more art in unexpected places.

Come out to the Singing Fountain at the intersections of E. Passyunk, 11th and Tasker Streets​ in East Passyunk​ to celebrate and explore reproductions of beloved artworks from the Museum’s collection with food and drink specials, tours and other activities. Stay late to enjoy the first of the summer's Passeggiatta, with an afternoon farmer's market and evening vendor specials.​​
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Wednesday Nights
 
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Yoga has been canceled for Wednesday April 26, 2017
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

From a nude painting discovered by the Monuments Men to how we got an entire teahouse, you will hear it all on this tour inspired by the most entertaining stories, anecdotes and legends associated with our collection.​​​
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Young Friends $35, Guests $40


​​Connect art, flowers, and cocktails through fascinating stories and up-close discovery. Decode how earlier painters relied on flowers to convey specific messages within their work and the not-so-cryptic symbolism involved. Join us as Joshua Helmer, Assistant Director for Interpretation, translates works from our collection and end the tour with cocktails in the Museum.
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Wednesday Nights
 
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Yoga has been canceled for Wednesday April 26, 2017
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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Thursday, May 25Grid ViewRows View

Members-Only
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

What has been more influential than the invention of the wheel? How about the potter's wheel? Join us to see how the ceramics from 2,500 BCE stack up to today's works.​
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Starts at 11:00 a.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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Courses & Workshops
 
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
$125 ($100 members and BMFI members); includes Museum admission.

Lectures and participatory gallery sessions connect art and film.

The course is co-taught by Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Museum.

Discover surprising thematic and stylistic connections between art and film. Topics include modernity, science fiction, auteur theory, and costumes, sets, and props. Each class includes lectures and participatory gallery suggestions that connect art and film.
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Friday, May 26Grid ViewRows View

Members-Only
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 Technical.ly 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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Saturday, May 27Grid ViewRows View

 
Starts at 11:00 a.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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12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Paul Robeson House, 4951 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19139

Philadelphia Assembled’s Mobile Futures Institute celebrates the Paul Robeson House Museum. This event includes a staged reading of Robeson’s testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Please RSVP to Art Sanctuary.
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Sunday, May 28Grid ViewRows View

 
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Perelman Building Media Room
Members Free. Member guests $10.

Independent art historian Elizabeth A. Anderson helps new and longstanding members discover the Museum's rich history, from our Centennial Exhibition origins to our transition into the new millennium.
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Family Programs
 
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Creative play and participatory conversation make these tours the perfect introduction to art for young visitors and their families.

​Discover how artists are inspired by toys, games, and make believe.
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Family Programs
 
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: In the galleries
Perfect for all ages

Drop in to play games, sketch from the masterpieces, and enjoy hands-on activities.
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Members-Only
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Free for Members

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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Monday, May 29Grid ViewRows View

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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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Take a look at stunning works of art by Vincent van Gogh, and examine the innovative ways in which the artist used color in his paintings.
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Tuesday, May 30Grid ViewRows View

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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Members-Only
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

What has been more influential than the invention of the wheel? How about the potter's wheel? Join us to see how the ceramics from 2,500 BCE stack up to today's works.​
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Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Get to know the artists who defied the established rules of art throughout the 20th century. You'll meet Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Andy Warhol, and a number of others.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 1:00 p.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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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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Wednesday, May 31Grid ViewRows View

 
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
2 NJ or PA hours

Free

Join us to experiment with original, fun teaching ideas in the galleries and see how they might translate to your classroom. There's always something new at each session to test and adapt.
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Wednesday Nights
 
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Yoga has been canceled for Wednesday April 26, 2017
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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Wednesday Nights
 
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Yoga has been canceled for Wednesday April 26, 2017
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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