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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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Music in the Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

Curtis Institute of Music performances are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.
  • Connections
    • Saturday, December 10, 2016, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Located in Gallery 155.
      Music and art converge in this program featuring the Curtis Institute of Music’s ArtistYear fellows.
  • Revolutionaries
    • Saturday, February 11, 2017, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Located in Gallery 169.
      Music by Maurice Ravel and Iannis Xenakis resonates through the enigmatic work of Salvador Dalí and the Surrealists.

Caroling through the Galleries

The Pennsylvania Girlchoir, led by Vincent Metallo, performs a selection of traditional carols.

  • Sunday, December 11, 2016, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.

Eva Cortés
Friday, January 6, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

​Jazz standards and spirited originals by this Honduran-born composer and vocalist.

Darryl Yokley
Friday, January 13, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

​Accompanied by his band Sound Reformation, this saxophonist presents an unforgettable fusion of music and visual arts celebrating African music and culture.

Cunio
Friday, January 20, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Broadway star (Jersey Boys) and former member of Under the Streetlamp, Michael Cunio dazzles audiences with a unique sound and soulful reportoire.

Paula West
Friday, February 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A jazz cabaret legend known for her powerful voice and unique interpretations of standards and classics.

Kendrah Butler
Friday, February 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This composer/pianist and Kimmel Center Jazz Resident merges jazz and faith to create "sacred jazz."

Sullivan Fortner
Friday, February 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

An evening of playful jazz improvisations by this native New Orleanian pianist and 2015 recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall, near the entrance to the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries

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.

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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, December 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Object Lessons
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members); includes Museum admission

Gallery-based interactive art history courses.

This is a three-part course (sign up for either Wednesday evenings or Thursday afternoons).
  • Women, Art, and Society
    • Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Thursday, January 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
          • Thursday, January 19, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            • Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
              • Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                Explore women's roles as artists, muses, collectors, and subjects from the middle ages to the present. Meetings will be discussion-based and take place in the galleries.
                Instructor: Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Adult Learning
            • American Identities
              • Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                • Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                    • Thursday, February 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                      • Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                        • Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                          Examine the ever-changing American experience through the makers, users, and subjects found in our collection. Meetings will be discussion-based and take place in the galleries.
                          Instructor: Justina Barrett, Site Manager for Historic Houses

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

Starr Catering Group Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: The Cafeteria
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)

These intimate, 90-minute classes offer first-hand tutorials for creating exceptional food and drink. Local food celebrities and international experts lead interactive demonstrations with assistant chefs on hand to help you perfect the culinary techniques to make these stunning dishes at home. Sample the food prepared during the class and receive recipes for all dishes, as well as a special gift.

  • Whiskeys Around the World
    • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Warm up with a whiskey tour around the world.

      Hearty stews accompany this class for beginners to whiskey aficionados with whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and the US.

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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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