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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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Visages of the Underground Move-In Performances
Free

Art objects, installations, and other elements of Philadelphia Assembled will move through the city in public processions to the Perelman Building.

Economic Sovereignty
Thursday, August 17
7:00 p.m.
Starts at African Cultural Art Forum (221 South 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19139).
Movement of a carved wooden boat from African Cultural Art Forum

Reconstructions: Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood
Friday, August 18
11:00 a.m.
Starts at 1335 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122.
Movement of elements from the framework of an affordable house.

Land Sovereignty
Saturday, August 19
2:00 p.m.
Starts at Philadelphia Urban Creators (2315 North 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19133).
A trail of soil forms a path from this urban garden to the Perelman Building.

Conceived by Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez of Amber Art & Design, this series of performances is collectively titled Visages of the Underground. For more information, visit phlassembled.net.
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017, Starts at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 18, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017, Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Josh Lawrence
Friday, August 18, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

The jazz trumpeter and a quartet of Philly favorites present Color Theory—music that explores traditional color theory and the phenomenon of synesthesia. Let all of your senses come out to play, with tunes for both your ears and eyes, and flavors to savor from Starr Catering.

Final Fridays: Last Chance Summer Dance
Friday, August 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Dance the night away with in-gallery dance performances, then head to the Great Stair Hall for booty-shaking Brazilian music by PhillyBloco.

Music: DJ Sylo
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Start the night with an eclectic blend of hip-hop, house, electro, and funk.

Performance: Three Aksha Dance Company
5:30 p.m.
Indian Temple Hall (Gallery 224)
This dance troupe preserves and promotes Bharatanatyam, a traditional Indian dance form. Tonight they perform Saha, an ensemble of moves dedicated to different deities.

Detours with Amy Smith
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Wallace Gallery 201.
Go on an experiential journey through the medieval galleries with Amy Smith, cofounder of Headlong Dance Theater. Additional creative input from theater artist Adriano Shaplin.

Performance: Almanac Dance Circus Theatre
6:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries
This acrobatic performance ensemble responds to Wild: Michael Nichols through storytelling and daring physicality.

Dance: Ballroom Philadelphia
6:45–7:15 p.m.
Got two left feet? No worries—Vuthy and Brandi Ou from Ballroom Philadelphia will be on hand to teach beginners salsa and cha-cha moves.
Free tickets required

Music: PhillyBloco
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Resnick Rotunda 161
Modeled after the block parties of Brazilian carnival, PhillyBloco will perform a raucous mash-up of samba, funk, and New Orleans second line.

Ballroom Philadelphia
Friday, August 25, 2017
6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161
Free tickets required

Got two left feet? No worries—Vuthy and Brandi Ou from Ballroom Philadelphia will be on hand to teach beginners salsa and cha-cha moves.

Diane Monroe
Friday, September 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This violinist's versatility and artistry bring audiences to their feet. Ms. Monroe has led ensembles for over 15 years, appearing at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, among many other venues. For this jazz performance she's joined by pianist Tom Lawton and bassist Steve Beskrone.

Linda May Han Oh
Friday, September 15, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, this jazz bassist's rhythm-driven compositions explore all that can be said without words. Her New York–based quartet consists of Ben Wendel on tenor sax, Matthew Stevens on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano, and Rudy Royston on drums.

Combo Melaza
Friday, September 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

The Puerto Rican Day Parade is on the Parkway this weekend. Start the celebration early with a lively night of salsa music. Join us and our friends at Concilio as we welcome Combo Melaza to the Great Stair Hall.

Storytelling & Spoken Word
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Starts at 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Storyteller Denise Valentine and poet Ursula Rucker premiere works inspired by Philadelphia Assembled and the oral histories of North Philadelphians. With musicians Owen “Fiidla” Brown Jr. and Tim Motzer

Final Fridays: Word Up!
Friday, September 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Celebrate the art of words and language, with workshops and performances throughout the galleries.

Enchanted Forest
Sunday, October 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

The Pennsylvania Ballet II brings Snow White to the Museum. Catch a performance, make your own magical masterpiece, and discover spellbinding treasures in our galleries.

Snow White performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Ryley Walker
Friday, October 6, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Experimental jazz meets intimate folk in the lush terrain of Ryley Walker's compositions. Enjoy an evening with the artist whom Pitchfork calls "a songwriter using his record collection to his advantage, making music that aligns him with a long lineage of artists, without becoming indebted to their rulebooks."

Music in the Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Tapestries
    • Saturday, October 7, 2017, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Gallery 206
      ​Make musical connections to cultures along the Silk Road with the Al-Bustan Ensemble.

Hot Club of Philadelphia
Friday, October 13, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Hot Club of Philadelphia is an acoustic ensemble dedicated to European Gypsy Jazz, the musical genre pioneered by Django Reinhardt's legendary Hot Club of France. Using guitars, bass, violin, and vocals, this quintet melds the vintage Parisian style with modern influences.

Caitlin Canty
Friday, October 20, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This singer-songwriter pairs her dusky alto with a 1930s Recording King guitar to craft songs with a big lyrical punch, veering nimbly between Americana, blues, and folk. Canty harnesses the grit and spark at the very heart of American music.

Final Fridays: Afrofuturist Costume Ball
Friday, October 27, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Come dressed to impress in your best Afrofuturist and sci-fi costumes for a night celebrating the intersection of imagination, art, and activism. With featured musical performances by Moor Mother and King Britt

Presented in collaboration with the Black Quantum Futurism Collective as part of Philadelphia Assembled

Odean Pope
Friday, November 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This legendary saxophonist and his quartet perform an evening of original jazz compositions animated by the themes of collaboration, movement, and spirituality. Pope trained amid the illustrious jazz scene of the mid-twentieth century and has devoted a lifetime to developing a distinctive voice that remains inventive and vibrant.

Feast Your Eyes
Sunday, November 5, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Work up an appetite viewing delectable works of art and dancing to Recess Monkey. Then get your daily serving of creativity with an art project.

Performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Philadelphia Fathering Festival
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

A three-day event promoting equal responsibilities between parenting partners, and advocating for deeper engagement between fathers and the children in their lives. With performances, film screenings, workshops, and public forums.

Organized by Billy Yalowitz, Les Rivera, and Eric Marsh and offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
  • Friday, November 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kavita Shah
Friday, November 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Shah brings her eclectic jazz-based repertoire to the Museum. This New York–born singer-songwriter has been described as having "the insatiably curious mind of an ethnographer, the soul of a poet, and the eye of a painter" (Owen McNally, WNPR). Placing diverse cultural traditions in dialogue, Shah is creating a new genre that reflects our increasingly hybrid world.

Tony Miceli Quartet featuring Larry McKenna
Friday, November 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Some of Philly's finest come together for a night of unparalleled jazz. Miceli, a versatile leader and sideman, is a virtuoso on the vibraphone. He's joined tonight by McKenna, who's known for his velvety sound and bebop-inspired improvisations, on tenor sax.

Final Fridays: Winter Is Coming
Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Jon Snow knew at least one thing—winter can be rough. Get ready for the season with a night geared toward surviving the coldest months.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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A Glorious Enterprise
Sunday, August 20, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members) Admission not included

Celebrate summer with a tour through Fairmount Park, with stops to look at buildings, vistas, and sculptures. A visit to Lemon Hill concludes the afternoon.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall, near the entrance to the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries

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.

  • Tapestry showing the Triumph of Constantine over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, 1623–25, figural composition designed by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Thursday, September 7, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, September 8, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, September 9, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

An Architect’s Responsibility: A Search for the Durable When Everything Is Changing
Friday, September 8, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members); includes Museum admission

​Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, architects of the Barnes Foundation, talk about the role that museums can play in defining civic life in the twenty-first century.

Cash bar: 5:45–6:30 p.m.

This is the keynote lecture for the Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: The Museum and the City, co-organized by the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania.

Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: The Museum and the City
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Free
No ticket required

How do museums serve the needs of today and tomorrow? ​Museum directors, artists, and civic leaders from around the world share their perspectives.

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10:00 a.m.–noon
“Civic Space in the 21st Century”
Moderated by David Brownlee, the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of 19th-Century European Art, University of Pennsylvania

Speakers:
Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
Richard Gluckman, Partner, Gluckman Tang Architects
Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Julian Siggers, Williams Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

2:00–4:00 p.m.
“The Audience of the 21st Century”
Moderated by Gail Harrity, President and COO, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Speakers:
Wilfredo Bení­tez, Executive Director, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
Carmen Febo-San Miguel, Executive Director, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Sarah McEneaney, artist, Philadelphia
Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Honolulu
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Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania

Jane Goodall
Saturday, September 16, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
SOLD OUT

Join the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees as she reflects on her work advocating for animal welfare and conservation. This program has been made possible by Leslie Miller and Richard Worley.

Arcadia Library Lecture: Libraries & Librarians: Agents of Change
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
SOLD OUT

​Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, discusses the critical role of libraries and librarians and their central place in community engagement.

First Friday: Inside Out
Friday, October 6, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet at 2nd and Market Streets, Philadelphia
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; Young Friend guests $5. Space is limited; reservations are required.

Encounter art in unexpected places. Explore the newest Inside Out installation in Old City during First Friday and see how the Museum is bringing its collection into the community. Followed by a nearby happy hour.

Tyler Hays: The Art of Making Everything
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
By invitation only
Free for invitees

Meet the creative mind behind the luxury furniture label BDDW. Then take a self-guided tour of his crafted objects, which will be installed in several period rooms.

Stories of the Workers
Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meets in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members) No admission included

Explore the lives of both free and enslaved people who toiled at Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove, and Strawberry Mansion.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ticket includes trolley transportation, admission to houses visited, and parking validation for the Museum garage at regular visitor rates. Does not include admission to Art Museum. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of program start time to check in.

Eda G. Diskant Memorial Lecture: The Encyclopedia, the Museum, and the Collection
Friday, November 3, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Art historian Steven Conn examines the relationship between the encyclopedias that museums aspired to be and the collections that formed the basis of their displays at the turn of the twentieth century.

This is the keynote lecture to the symposium “Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930),” which continues on Saturday, November 4. Cohosted with the Frick Center for the History of Collecting.

Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930)
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Join us for a symposium on collecting in Gilded Age Philadelphia. Topics include collectors John G. Johnson, Peter A. B. and Joseph Widener, and Dr. Albert C. Barnes and the role played by fairs, museums, advisors, and department stores in setting patterns of collecting in the city.

Cohosted with the Frick Center for the History of Collecting

Insights into Contemporary Korean Craft
Sunday, November 5, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

​Hyeyoung Cho, organizing curator of the guest artist program at this year's Craft Show, previews works by Korean artists featured in the exhibit.

Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • A Curator’s Perspective: John G. Johnson
    • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Discover the man behind the Johnson Collection with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
  • Creation Made Visible
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Debuts and Discoveries from Storage
      • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        Discover newly conserved paintings that haven’t been on view in decades with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
      • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Between Our World and the Picture’s
        • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Bosch/Not Bosch
        • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Keeping Up with El Greco
          • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Unveiling Titian
          • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

Roz Perry Memorial Lecture: Exhibiting Intimacy: Rodin, Sex & Modern Sculpture
Friday, November 17, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Art historian David Getsy discusses Auguste Rodin’s themes of sexuality and love, and explores how they influenced his reputation and development as a modern artist.

Collab Design Excellence Award: Patricia Urquiola
Saturday, November 18, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
Lecture and party: $150; $120 Collab member (2 tickets per)
Lecture only: $25; $20 member; $10 for student

Celebrate Patricia Urquiola as she receives Collab’s 2017 Design Excellence Award. Fusing the artisanal and the industrial, this acclaimed international designer creates cool, innovative objects for the home and office. The exhibition Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry explores how she fuses handcraftsmanship with modern materials and technologies.

Lecture: 6:00 p.m.
Party: 8:00 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, 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.

Mass Incarceration: Its History and Its Present
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​This program speaks to rewriting personal and collective narratives of mass incarceration and displacement. Activities include a workshop, a teach-in on the Reconstruction Era with Dr. Allison Dorsey of Swarthmore College, and a public dialogue reflecting on the present state of reentry and imprisonment in Philadelphia.

Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

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 mornings or Thursday afternoons).
  • Changing Fashion
    • Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
      • Thursday, September 28, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
          • Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            • Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
              • Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                See how artists throughout history depict everyday activewear, elegant eveningwear, and fabulous costumes.
                Instructor: Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning
            • Sacred Objects, Sacred Spaces
              • Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                    • Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                      • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                        • Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                          Explore common religious themes found in our collection.

                          Instructor: Kaelin Jewell, PhD candidate in art history, Temple University​

The Language of Film
Perelman Building Media Room
Paid tickets required
$125; $100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members

Presented by Bryn Mawr Film Institute. This lecture-based course introduces students to cinematic terminology, giving them the vocabulary and frames of reference to view and discuss motion pictures in a more insightful and critical manner. Screenings largely consist of clips from a wide assortment of films illustrating different aspects of the medium's language, including cinematography, sound, and editing.

Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Director of Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

On Gentrification and Displacement
Saturday, October 21, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​A daylong series of programs about gentrification and displacement

Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Celebrating Activism—A Philadelphia Forum
Sunday, October 29, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

This forum seeks to celebrate the various forms in which activism manifests today and into the future.

​Led by members of the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia and moderated by Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

On Climate Change
Saturday, December 2, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Building, Perelman Auditorium
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

This panel discussion brings together artists, advocates, and researchers to speak about climate change and sustainability with a specific focus on seeds. Also includes seed-selling and seed-swapping activities.

​Led by Ron Whyte of Deep Green Philly and Nate Kleinman and Dusty Hinz of Experimental Farm Network. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

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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.

From June through September, yoga takes place in the the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden, weather permitting.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

Gameplay
Lois Green Brodsky Gallery 188, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Every Wednesday night in September, enjoy the board game Sorry! with your friends and other visitors.

  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Chef Demo: Eat Your Veggies
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)

​Channel your inner herbivore and learn how eating your greens can be delicious and conscientious.

Sketching in the Galleries
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Be an artist for a day. Draw inspiration from artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils will be provided.

Location provided at any admissions desk
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Beer Garden
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Paid tickets required
$20 ($18 members); day-of pricing $25 ($22.50 members). Museum admission not included.

On Wednesdays in October, the Great Stair Hall Balcony is transformed into an Oktoberfest beer garden. Local craft brews are perfectly paired with either a large Bavarian pretzel or a bratwurst. Beer flights and signature noshes available at a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • A Curator’s Perspective: John G. Johnson
    • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Discover the man behind the Johnson Collection with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
  • Creation Made Visible
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Debuts and Discoveries from Storage
      • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        Discover newly conserved paintings that haven’t been on view in decades with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
      • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Between Our World and the Picture’s
        • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Bosch/Not Bosch
        • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Keeping Up with El Greco
          • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Unveiling Titian
          • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

Chef Demo: ♥ Chocolate
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members); includes Museum admission

Show your love with a special Valentine's Day chef demo of chocolaty desserts.

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