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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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Joanna Pascale
Friday, July 29, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Sway to the rich jazz sounds of one of the premier vocalists on the East Coast.

Jabali Afrika
Friday, August 5, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Revel in the powerful sounds of Afro-rock band Jabali Afrika.

Thana Alexa
Friday, August 12, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Discover the talents of this rising star on the modern vocal jazz scene.

Oran Etkin featuring Lionel Loueke
Friday, August 19, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Renowned Israeli jazz composer Oran Etkin is joined by West African guitarist Lionel Loueke.

Supported by The Consulate of Israel in Philadelphia.

Korey Riker
Friday, August 26, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Back from a year of touring with John Legend, this Philly-based sax player wows with a smooth mix of neo-soul, R&B, gospel, and hip hop.

portrait of myself as my father
Location: Perelman Terrace, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$29 full price / 30% discount for members / $15 for students and 25-or-under

portrait of myself as my father explores black African masculinity. Using a boxing ring as a stage, Zimbabwe-born Brooklyn-based choreographer nora chipaumire, with Senegalese dancer Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye and Jamaican-born Brooklyn-based dancer Shamar Watt, celebrates and critiques the black male body (its presence, presentation, and representation). She also examines the different expectations society has of the black African man—as man, as father, as leader, as hero. Saturday's performance will include a talk-back element with the audience in attendance. Both performances are part of the 2016 FringeArts Festival and are co-presented with FringeArts.

  • Friday, September 23, 2016, Starts at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016, Starts at 7:00 p.m.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Location: Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Museum store on the balcony, first floor

Every week 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.

  • Fountain, 1950 (replica of 1917 original), by Marcel Duchamp
    • Thursday, August 4, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 5, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 6, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Thursday, October 6, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 7, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 9, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 14, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 21, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 28, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 4, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 10, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 11, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 18, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

8th Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium

What if a museum collection was treated like a musical or choreographic score—existing both as a historical document and as the material for an interpretive performance that could be played at any moment? Join us for this thought experiment at the eighth annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: Museum as Score. We’ll discuss how the perception of the museum as a static archive is upended in today’s cultural context in which durational, event-based, and experimental artworks, exhibitions, projects, and programs are on the rise.

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  • Saturday, September 10, 2016, Starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 11, 2016, Starts at 10:00 a.m.

Nora Chipaumire & Tukufu Zuberi
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Skylit Atrium
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

​Chipaumire and sociologist and filmmaker Tukufu Zuberi discuss new perspectives on African art and traditional perceptions of Black cultural production. Moderated by Monique Scott (Bryn Mawr College). Reception to follow.

This is a Dina Wind Power of Art program, sponsored by the Wind Foundation. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is supported by an Advancement grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Annual Library Lecture: Why the Book Still Matters
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

In the digital age, why do we need physical books at all? When digital surrogates can be delivered to our laptops with a single click, do we even need libraries? In this thought-provoking lecture, noted book historian, bibliophile, and digital humanities leader Michael F. Suarez, S.J. considers the importance of books as objects and the future of the library in the twenty-first century.

At 5 p.m., there is a public reception at the Museum's Granite Hill Restaurant.

Healing in Historic Gardens
Location: Cedar Grove
Free

Learn about early American food and medicine practices from re-enactors, chefs, and demonstrators.

  • Sunday, October 2, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Trolley Tour - Art on the Wall
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$66 ($54 members; free for Patron members and up) Includes museum admission

Immerse yourself in themes of revolution, place, and identity. Enjoy a curator-led tour of the exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 followed by a dynamic trolley tour of Mexican- and Latino-inspired murals with artist Michelle Angela Ortiz and a Mural Arts tour guide.

Offered in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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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 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016, 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
Wednesday Nights, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Every week, you'll find different games in the galleries. Play with your friends or with other Museum visitors. We supply the games and instructions; you do the rest!

Make Stuff
Wednesday Nights, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

In this drop-in program, craft handmade objects or make art amid the Museum’s collection. Projects vary from sketching or knitting in the galleries to building a Lego mansion or creating a puzzle. Make Stuff programs are perfect for anyone looking for a relaxed, creative atmosphere.

Yoga
Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga outdoors in the Museum’s sculpture garden. Class size varies. Weather Dependent and cancelled above 90 degrees..

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

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For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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