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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.

Courses

Expand your knowledge of artistic traditions and cultural history in one of the Museum's courses. Learn about styles and techniques. See how geography and history have shaped social and cultural development through the ages—with one of the nation's most respected art museums as your classroom.

Prices for courses include Museum admission. Free Infrared Listening Systems are available at the West Information Desk for auditorium lectures.

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Northern European Baroque Art
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members), or for the two Saturday lectures for $60 ($48)

Lecturer: Elizabeth Anderson, Independent Art Historian
Seventeenth-century European art, one of the first international art movements, was dominated by artistic giants Rembrandt, Rubens, Christopher Wren and others. This course examines the art of Flanders, France, Holland, and England, revealing how each country developed its individual artistic identity.

  • Lecture 1: The Roman Foundation of the Baroque Style
  • Lecture 2: Peter Paul Rubens and Flemish Baroque
  • Lecture 3: Nicholas Poussin and Classical Baroque
  • Lecture 4: Rembrandt and the Art of the Protestant North
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 8, 2015, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 15, 2015, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Global Village: Art in the Twenty-First Century
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$60 ($48 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members)

Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
We live in an age in which important art emerges from around the globe, and not just from the major cultural epicenters that were once predominant. With a global approach in mind, this course examines major developments in twenty-first century art, exploring how concerns including national identity continue to trigger new and profound works.

  • Lecture 1: Contemporary Art from the Americans and Europe
  • Lecture 2: African, Asian, and Australian Art of Today
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Framing Fashion: Interpreting Dress in Art
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$60 ($48 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members)

Lecturer: Kristina Haugland, the Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles
What are the people in that painting wearing? Did they really want to look like that? Are they in their real clothing or an invented style? This course explores what artists depicted and why, and how an understanding of the history of fashion and aesthetics can inform the appreciation of art.

  • Lecture 1: Classical to Neoclassical
  • Lecture 2: Romantic to Modern
  • Thursday, October 15, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Quiet Beauty: Silent Cinema
Location: Media Room, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members); ticket required.

Lecturer: Andrew J. Douglas, Director of Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Long before Garbo talked, Jolson sang, or Norma Desmond readied for her close-up, there were silent movies. Some were scandalous, some were glorious, and many have been lost to time. But what remains sheds considerable light on the origins of this form that emerged from the confluence of science, art, commerce, and the Industrial Revolution.

This course introduces students to silent film, a blanket term covering the period in cinema from the Lumières’ Paris premiere in 1895 to the establishment of synchronized sound feature films as the Hollywood standard in 1929. We examine some of the medium’s key precursors, pioneers, and practitioners in technology and technique, and discuss some of the classic films of the age, including novelties, short films, documentaries, and features.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the era that saw the movies go from being dismissed as a fad and petty amusement to being hailed as a major art form and a mighty industry.

This course is in collaboration with Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

To register, please call the Philadelphia Museum of Art Ticket Center 215-235-7469.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Concerts and Performances

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is proud to join with local, national, and international distinguished musicians for an array of concerts and performances inspired by the Museum's collection and current exhibitions. Come and experience the wonderful connection between the visual and performing arts.

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The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
Tickets available only through the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at 215-569-8080 or at pcmsconcerts.org. Museum members receive a 20% discount.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is delighted to continue its collaboration with The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in this series.

  • Jason Vieaux, guitar
    • Sunday, October 18, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Vieaux brings five centuries of music from three contients to the Museum.
  • Tre Voci
    • Sunday, November 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Featuring Grammy Award- winning violist Kim Kaskashian, flutist Marina Piccinini, and harpist Sivan Magen.

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Films

Join other movie lovers for screenings of films and documentaries connected to the Museum's collection and exhibitions.

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Lectures and Symposia

Join distinguished lecturers from both the Museum staff and the local, national, and international academic communities for further exploration into topics related to Museum’s collection and current exhibitions.

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Dina Wind Power of Art Conversation: The Digital Experience
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Join the Museum's George D. Widener Director and CEO Timothy Rub, Lucy Schwartz of Google Art, and artist Mark Tribe, founder of Rhizome, as they discuss art in the digital age—with moderator Erica Battle, our John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art.

A free public reception with refreshments follows.

This lecture is a Power of Art program, sponsored by The Wind Foundation.

A Conversation with Dave Heath
Saturday, September 19, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Honickman and Berman Galleries, ground floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Photographer Dave Heath’s sensitive explorations of loss, pain, love, and hope reveal him to be one of the most original photographers of the 1950s and 1960s. Join Dave Heath; Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Keith Davis, Senior Curator of Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, for an illuminating discussion of the artist’s work.

Conversation will be followed by a book signing in the Museum Store.

Annual Library Lecture - The Art of Oral History: Artists, Discovery, and New Connections
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Reservations required
Free

Guest Speaker: Kate Haw, Director, Archives of American Art
Join Timothy Rub in conversation with Kate Haw as they discuss the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art's Oral History Program. Featured Philadelphia artists will speak about the program--which captures spoken recollections of artists, dealers, and others in the American art community--and how the recordings provide unique insights into their lives and work.

RSVP by September 22 to Erica Land at 215-684-7750 or .

Artist Talk: Ephemerality: From Murals to Museums
Sunday, October 4, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Join artists Odili Donald Odita, Michelle Angela Ortiz, and Caledonia Curry (aka SWOON) in a discussion about ephemeral media, street art, and museums.

In collaboration with the Mural Arts Program’s Open Source project.

Artist on Artist Talk: Shepard Fairey on Jasper Johns
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

Trailblazing LA-based artist Shepard Fairey, whose practice expands from street art to the global OBEY Giant enterprise, will expound upon the influential work of Jasper Johns, whose own pioneering practice encompasses painting, sculpture, and printmaking that inventively utilizes materials, repetition and personal mythology.

This program is in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program’s Open Source project.

7th Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium

New perspectives are presented on the sources and influence of Prometheus Bound by Peter Paul Rubens. Offered in conjunction with The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. The 2015 Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium is organized by the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Generous support is provided by C. K. Williams, II, Gr ’78, HON ’97.
  • Keynote Lecture
    • Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

      Eric Jan Sluijter, from the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age, explores the artists’ terrifying paintings.
  • Scholars Present
    • Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Location: Rose Recital Hall (Fisher-Bennett Hall 419), University of Pennsylvania (34th and Walnut Streets)

      Leading scholars consider the importance of the myth of Prometheus in the early modern period, Rubens’s inspirations, and the impact of the painting on European artists in the seventeenth century.

      • Afterthoughts on the Prado Exhibition, Las Furias
        Miguel Falomir Faus, Museo del Prado

      • The Paradox of Promethean Creativity
        Fredrika Jacobs, Virginia Commonwealth University

      • Goltzius, Rubens, and Artistic Rivalry: Seventeenth-Century Views on Citing and Emulating Another Artist's Work
        Anna Tummers, Frans Hals Museum

      • Lunch Break

      • Rubens and the Third Dimension: Exploring his Sculptural Sources
        David Jaffé, Independent Curator, formerly Senior Curator at the National Gallery, London

      • Prometheus and the Eagle
        Aneta Georgievska-Shine, University of Maryland

      • Put a Bird on it: A Case for Emulation and Collaboration in Jordaens's Prometheus
        Michele Frederick, University of Delaware

      The symposium is co-organized by Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania and Christopher D. M. Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Object Lessons: New Thinking about Still Life
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Prominent specialists come together to share their latest thinking on the genre of still life.

  • Symposium
    • Friday, October 23, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      $36 ($30 members, free to students with valid i.d.)
      Price includes Keynote lecture and special exhibition ticket (valid until 5 p.m.)
  • Keynote Lecture
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Things that Mean Things: Objects and Inventory in American Art
    $10 ($8 members, free for students with i.d., free for Circle Level members and above)

    With Adam Gopnik, essayist and staff writer for The New Yorker
    Still life paintings have always been filled with things. Have American artists used the things of this world in a special way, different from other, European traditions? In this lecture, Adam Gopnik will talk about the history of objects in American art, and show how artists from the very beginnings of American art have had a special interest in the unalloyed, empirical scrutiny of things for their own sake.

    This lecture is the keynote to the Symposium "Object Lessons: New Thinking about Still Life" and is supported by the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Printmaking Now
Sunday, November 1, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Although we live in the digital age, print continues to have urgency and ubiquity in contemporary art and society. In honor of The Print Center's anniversary, Sarah Suzuki, from the Museum of Modern Art, will lead a discussion exploring the inventive uses of print with some of today’s most intriguing artists.

Offered in conjunction with Print Love: Celebrating The Print Center at 100. This lecture is supported by the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Arnold Newman Lecture: Paul Graham
Friday, November 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

The internationally renowned photographer speaks about his work, including his most recent projects photographing his journeys across the United States.

The Arnold Newman Lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.

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Gallery Programs

Experience the Museum’s collection in new ways at one of our gallery programs. Take part in a Spotlight Gallery Conversation for an in-depth look at an individual masterpiece. Join Museum staff, artists, and other guests for art talks and gallery happenings.

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Make Stuff

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.

  • Splash Studio
    • Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      This summer, the Art Splash Studio takes over Make Stuff every Wednesday Night. Enjoy a different art project every week for visitors of all ages! Art supplies will be provided.

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Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Come be inspired by the Rodin Museum and its gardens. On the second Saturday of each month, learn a different sketching technique. Topics vary and include the Rodin Museum’s building, sculptures, and the garden, weather permitting. Materials are provided, though bring your own if you’d like (sketch pads, and drawing or charcoal pencils only, please). This drop-in program is primarily aimed at an adult audience.

  • Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In Transit: Dance|Music|Theater
Begins in Gallery 111

Ballet X, A Change of Harp, and thespians Michaela Moore and Sara Vanasse take you on a performative journey where the American Art galleries take center stage.

This program is a co-presentation with FringeArts.
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Last Wednesdays - September

On the last Wednesday of the month experience a dynamic mix of art, performances, and entertainment.

  • HELP WANTED: Play “Investigators” with Plain Sight Games
    • Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Plain Sight Games is recruiting deductive and inquisitive minds to investigate a mystery. Strange characters have been spotted in the Museum. We suspect foul play, but don't have enough information to make any formal inquiries. Thus, we turn to you, detectives. Join us for an interactive game that will have you searching the museum, solving codes, and uncovering a mysterious plot.
  • Game Night at the Museum!
    5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Connecting with the Museum’s splendid collection is all about fun and games as board games populate the galleries during our Game Night! Marvel at Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic while playing the skill game “Operation.” Checkmate your opponent in a game of chess in the Arms and Armor Gallery.
  • Colonel Mustard in the Library with the wrench…
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School will lead a drawing session inspired by the classic board game Clue. Visitors will draw from live models dressed as Clue characters, who will lead visitors through the British period rooms as a murder mystery unfolds. Clue board games will also be on hand to entertain and confound visitors.
  • Spotlight Gallery Conversation
    Location: Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Museum store on the balcony, first floor

    Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania bring objects from the permanent collection to life during a 45-minute conversation in one of the Museum’s two hundred galleries. All programs are subject to change.

    • A Woman and a Girl Driving, 1881, by Mary Cassatt
      • Thursday, October 1, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Friday, October 2, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Saturday, October 3, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Fish Magic, 1925, by Paul Klee
      • Thursday, October 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Friday, October 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Saturday, October 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Fountain from the Monastery of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, 1125-1150, France (Roussillon)
      • Thursday, October 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Friday, October 16, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Saturday, October 17, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, 1878-81, by Edgar Degas
      • Thursday, October 22, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Friday, October 23, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Saturday, October 24, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Esther Before Ahasuerus, 1738-40, by Pompeo Batoni
      • Thursday, October 29, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Friday, October 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Saturday, October 31, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Tapestry Showing the Baptism of Constantine, 1623-25, by Peter Paul Rubens
      • Thursday, November 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Friday, November 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Saturday, November 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Interior of Saint Bavo, Haarlem, 1631, by Pieter Saenredam
      • Thursday, November 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Friday, November 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Saturday, November 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Dresser, c. 1683, France
      • Thursday, November 19, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Friday, November 20, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Saturday, November 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

    Curator Talk :“I can only work from a model:” Exploring Rodin’s Portraits
    Free after admission

    For more than fifty years, Rodin welcomed models and sitters to his studio and created their portraits in marble, bronze, and clay. Discover his working process and observe his evolving style in this curator-led tour with Jennifer Thompson, the Gloria and Jack Drosdick Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900 and the Rodin Museum.

    • Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 21, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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    Workshops

    Broaden your horizons and immerse yourself in a subject of interest for hours of learning and fun in a relaxed, inspiring environment.

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    Minecraft Design Studio
    Sunday, August 30, 2015
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
    Free tickets required after Museum admission

    Love playing Minecraft? Discover it in a whole new light—as an innovative design object. Join us for a look at Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design, which features the game among many other works. Then, create your own virtual designs inspired by the themes and objects in the exhibition.

    Participants must bring their own laptop and active Minecraft license. Limited to 25 participants, ages 12 to adult.

    Call 215-235-7469 to reserve your ticket.

    Copying and the Unfettering of the Imagination
    Sunday, October 25, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Committee Room
    Reservations required
    $60 ($48 members)

    Patrick Connors, Professor in Painting and Drawing, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, examines why Michelangelo, Rubens and others copied masterworks of painting, sculpture, and printing. Participants will draw from a century-old plaster cast of Laocoön and His Sons (on loan from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), featured in The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. Materials are provided.

    Botanical Art
    Saturday, November 7, 2015
    1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Project Room
    Paid tickets required
    $50 ($40members)

    Get inspired by nature in this botanical illustration workshop with artist Rose Levine. All skill levels are welcome; materials are provided.

    Painting Under the Influence: "Masters in Disguise"
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015
    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Cafeteria
    Paid tickets required
    $45 ($40 members)

    Join us for a fun evening of drinks and painting inspired by the exhibition Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life. Participants will receive a small section of a mystery masterpiece to use as a basis in creating their own art work. A search for the mystery art work follows the painting session. This program includes two alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Participants must be 21 and over.

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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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