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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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Introduction to Nineteenth-Century European Painting
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Starts at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Public Programs
This course presents a broad overview of nineteenth-century European painting and the social and political contexts from which it emerged.

  • Lecture 1 From Reason to Emotion: Neoclassicism and Romanticism
  • Lecture 2 Realism and the Painters of Modern Life
  • Lecture 3 Impressionism and Post Impressionism
  • Lecture 4 At the Turn of the Century

History of Photography
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Alfred Stieglitz once said that “In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more than reality.” With this quote in mind, this course explores the photographic medium, from its inception to the present.

  • Lecture 1 The Daguerreotype and the Popularization of Photography
  • Lecture 2 Photography as Art: From Alfred Stieglitz to Paul Strand and Jeff Wall
  • Lecture 3 Documenting and Studying Ourselves: Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Sociological Photography
  • Lecture 4 Photojournalism and Pulitzer Prize Photography

The Dark Side of Hollywood: Film Noir
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Media Room, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members)

Lecturer: Andrew J. Douglas, Director of Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Film noir is a cycle of pictures that emerged, in the 1940s, from the confluence of Hollywood’s detective and gangster movies, hard-boiled fiction, and the aesthetics of German Expressionism. Typified by stark lighting, bleak urban settings, and corrupt, broken characters, noir has a fascination with doom, male anxiety, and transgression, the threats of which the spell-casting femme fatale embodies. Join us as we explore exemplary works from the genre, including The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity, among others.

This course is offered in collaboration with Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Michelangelo and the Medici
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members); ticket required. Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members). To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Elizabeth A. Anderson, independent art historian
This course explores works of art created by Michelangelo and investigates the complex relationship between the gifted artist and members of the wealthy and politically powerful Medici family of Florence, who were also major art patrons and collectors.

  • Lecture 1: The Florentine Traditions of Michelangelo’s Art
  • Lecture 2: Papal Patronage and the Roman High Renaissance
  • Lecture 3: Mannerism: Outgrowth of or Reaction to the Renaissance
  • Lecture 4: Baroque Beginnings: Architecture and City Planning in Sixteenth-Century Rome
  • Thursday, October 30, 2014, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 6, 2014, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014, Starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, Starts at 10:30 a.m.

Introduction to American Architecture
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members); ticket required. Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
This course examines the major monuments of American architecture from the Colonial period to the present.

  • Lecture 1 Building the Foundation: Early American Architecture
  • Lecture 2 Reaching for Illinois: The American Skyscraper
  • Lecture 3 From the Saltbox to the McMansion: American Residences
  • Lecture 4 American Architecture after World War II
  • Thursday, October 30, 2014, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 6, 2014, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Japanese Art, 1400-1900
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Tomoko Sakomura, Associate Professor of Art History, Swarthmore College
This course explores Japanese art of the late medieval and early modern periods through four themes designed to complement the exhibition Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano.

  • Lecture 1: Art in/and Architecture in Japan
  • Lecture 2: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art
  • Lecture 3: Japanese Ink Painting
  • Lecture 4: Text-Image Relationships in Japanese Art
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015, Starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015, Starts at 10:30 a.m.

The Bucket List: Major Monuments in Art and Architecture
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
This course explores some of the most important objects and architectural works from around the world. In the first lecture, we’ll examine a host of massive and often mysterious structures, including The Great Wall of China, Great Zimbabwe, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, and The Burj Khalifa. In Lecture 2, our focus shifts to important European paintings and sculptures before 1900, investigating why masterworks by Leonardo, Michelangelo, and others continue to inspire us. The course continues with a look at the rise and fall of modernist art and concludes with a journey to the world’s most sacred sites.

  • Lecture 1: The Grand Tour: Civilization’s Largest Structures
  • Lecture 2: European Art Before 1900
  • Lecture 3: Modern Masterpieces: The Apotheosis of the Canvas
  • Lecture 4: Seeing the Light: Spiritual and Religious Sites
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015, Starts at 2:00 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.

  • Carol Jantsch, tuba; Michael Djupstrom, piano; With Greg Battista and Michael Brown, euphoniums, and Landres Bryant, tuba
    • Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as having “a sound as clear and sure as it is luxurious,” Carol Jantsch has been Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006. Her Philadelphia Chamber Music Society debut program features solo repertoire by Lebedev, Koetsler and Debussy as well as arrangements of music by Rossini, Dukas, Nickens and Gates for a quartet of tubs and euphoniums.

Caroling through the Galleries
Location: Meet in the Great Stair Hall; various Museum galleries

Experience some holiday cheer as the Pennsylvania Girlchoir (led by Music Director Vincent Metallo) sings European and American carols through the Museum’s galleries of medieval and Renaissance art. Each performance is approximately thirty minutes. Join us for a few songs or stay for the entire journey.

  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, Starts at 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Music in the Galleries with The Curtis Institute of Music

Join us for these informal concerts in the galleries by the gifted young musicians of the Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to each concert, we look at a work of art and interpret it within the context of the performance. For all ages – music and art lovers alike!

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.
  • Winter Winds
    • Saturday, December 13, 2014, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Knight Foundation Gallery 204
      Curtis Institute of Music musicians return to the museum's medieval cloister gallery in this seasonally inspired program for wind quintet.

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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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Paul Strand Film Series
All screenings at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Paid tickets required
$9 ($7 students and seniors; free to International House members and Museum members)

For more information about the individual screenings and to purchase tickets, visit www.ihousephilly.org

Paul Strand was a vanguard figure in 1930s documentary film in Mexico and the United States, and his subsequent photographic projects were greatly informed by his work in moving pictures. This film series explores cinema that impacted his filmmaking as well as his still photography, and features screenings of his two feature films in the original 35mm format. Each film will feature a short discussion.

In collaboration with International House
  • Joris Ivens, Regen (Rain) (1929)
    Jay Leyda, A Bronx Morning (1931)
    Paul Strand, Redes (The Wave) (1936)

    • Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sergei Eisenstein, Que viva Mexico! (1931)
    • Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Paul Strand, Native Land (1942)
    • Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Robert Rossellini, Rome, Open City (1945)
    • Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Members Feature: How We've Changed! Trading Places 30 Years Later
Sunday, October 26, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Membership Required
Paid tickets required
Members attend free (Member invited guests $8).

Join film critic Carrie Rickey in conversation with noted cultural and architectural historian George E. Thomas, as they discuss how Philadelphia was portrayed in John Landis's landmark 1983 comedy and how the city has changed in the past three decades.
This program is generously sponsored by Gloria Pasline.

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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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Art Insight - Richard Pousette-Dart: In Context
Sunday, November 2, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Meet in Lenfest Hall

Join Anne Cross, Luce Fellow in American Prints, as she offers an in-depth look into Richard Pousette-Dart's works on paper. The discussion will focus on Pousette-Dart's role in the emerging Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s and compare his work to that of contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

Sixth Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium

The 2014 Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium is made possible with support from Charles K. Williams II, Gr ’78, HON ’97 and the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 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 in honor of the late director of the museum.

  • Public Keynote Lecture: Expanding into Motion: Photography and Cinema of Paul Strand
    • Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      With Tom Gunning, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Art History, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the College, University of Chicago
      Tom Gunning’s lecture on Paul Strand’s photography and cinema will follow a screening of Strand’s first film, Manhatta (1921, co-directed with Charles Sheeler). A silent film, Manhatta will be accompanied by a live musical performance of the popular 1890s songs played at the film’s 1921 debut at New York’s Rialto Theatre.


  • Ways of Seeing: Rethinking Paul Strand's Modernist Vision
    • Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
      Location: Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street

      Scholars of art history, literature, and film reconsider the work of Paul Strand, offering new insights into every aspect of his long career with particular emphasis on his extended photographic projects in Mexico (1932-34); New England (1943-46); Luzara, Italy (1953); and Ghana (1963-64), as well as his avant-garde and documentary films of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. The symposium is co-organized by Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Karen Beckman, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media in the History of Art Department, University of Pennsylvania.

      Speakers include: Caroline Blinder, Goldsmiths, University of London; Rachael DeLue, Princeton University; Tsitsi Jaji, University of Pennsylvania; James Krippner, Haverford College; Anne McCauley, Princeton University; Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Hunter College; Masha Salazkina, Concordia University; and Terri Weissman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

      Moderated by: Peter Barberie, Karen Beckman, and Amanda Bock, the Museum’s Project Assistant Curator of Photographs.

The Arnold Newman Lecture: Lyle Ashton Harris
Friday, December 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Known for his self-portraits and use of pop culture icons (such as Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson and Zinedine Zidane), Lyle Ashton Harris creates work in photographic media, collage, installation and performance to explore intersections between the personal and the political and the impact of ethnicity, gender and desire on the contemporary social, global and cultural dynamic. He will talk about his recent work and how he challenges the viewer's perceptions and expectations by adjusting the familiar with the extraordinary. The Arnold Newman Lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.

The Irma and Herbert Barness Lecture: The Scandals of Schiaparelli
Sunday, December 14, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Meryle Secrest
Join award-winning author Meryle Secrest as she discusses her newly released biography of Elsa Schiaparelli, the first such study devoted to the grand couturier, surrealist, and embattled figure (her medium was apparel), whose extraordinary work has stood the test of time. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. The Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Fund.

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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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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.

  • Prometheus Bound, by Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Snyders, begun c. 1611 -12, completed by 1618
    • Friday, October 24, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, October 25, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Sine Cerere et Libero friget Venus (Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus Would Freeze), by Hendrick Goltzius, c. 1600 -03
    • Thursday, October 30, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, October 31, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 1, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Nandi, the Sacred Bull of Shiva, c. 1200 -1250, India
    • Thursday, November 6, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, November 7, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 8, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • The Merry Jesters, by Henri-Julien-Félix Rousseau, 1906
    • Thursday, November 13, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, November 14, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 15, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Pancake Baker, attributed to Adriaen Brouwer, c. 1625
    • Thursday, November 20, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, November 21, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 22, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Indestructible Object, by Man Ray, 1965 (replica of destroyed 1923 original)
    • Thursday, December 4, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, December 5, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 6, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Virgin and Angels Adoring the Christ Child, by Luca Della Robbia and Andrea Della Robbia, c. 1460 -70s
    • Thursday, December 11, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, December 12, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 13, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • My Friends, by Viggo Johansen, 1887
    • Thursday, December 18, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, December 19, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 20, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Portrait of Cosimo I de' Medici as Orpheus, by Agnolo Bronzino, c. 1537 -39
    • Thursday, January 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, January 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, January 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saint Thomas Receiving the Virgin's Belt with Saints Michael Archangel, Augustine, Margaret of Antioch, and Catherine of Alexandria, by Neri di Bicci, 1467
    • Thursday, January 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, January 16, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, January 17, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Ritual Water Vessel, c. 11th century or earlier, Bangladesh or India
    • Thursday, January 22, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, January 23, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, January 24, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Bottlerack, 1961 (replica of 1914 original), by Marcel Duchamp
    • Thursday, January 29, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, January 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, January 31, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Rain, 1889, by Vincent Willem van Gogh
    • Thursday, February 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • ”Admiral” Heraldic Carpet, c. 1429–1473, Spain
    • Thursday, February 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Zone, 1961, by James Rosenquist
    • Thursday, February 19, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 20, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Corps de dame, jardin fleuri (Lady’s Body, Flower Garden), 1950, by Jean Dubuffet
    • Thursday, February 26, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 27, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 28, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

"The Masterpieces" with Joshua R. Helmer
Meets in the Great Stair Hall

Featuring works by such artists as Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, and others, “The Masterpieces” tour delivers just that—a look at some of the collection’s greatest treasures.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Presents "Myths & Monsters"
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Galleries 283 and 288

Myths, monsters, and gods, oh my! Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School returns and they’re bringing ancient Greece and Rome with them. Be there as amazing costumes bring your favorite mythology creatures to life. It’s a night of live figure drawing sure to please mortals and gods alike. No drawing experience necessary. Use our drawing supplies or feel free to bring your own. Dry materials only please.

Curator Talk on Paul Strand
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Dorrance Galleries

Enjoy a tour of the Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography exhibition with curators Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center and Amanda Bock, Exhibition Assistant Curator. Discover the process of creating a major exhibition from its inception to the galleries you walk through.

Curator's tour: Ghoulish Knights & Ghostly Armies
Friday, October 31, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery 247

Join Dirk Breiding, the J.J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor, on a special Halloween tour and experience the arms and armor galleries in a different light! Get introduced to some of the curator’s favorite objects and hear ghostly tales that involve magic weapons, the wild hunt, and a cursed knight whose dead body has resisted decomposition for centuries.

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.

  • Black and White Inspiration
    • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Create your own interpretation of photographer Paul Strand's black and white portraits.
  • Sketching in the Galleries
    • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be an artist for a day! "Draw" inspiration from the artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils will be provided.
  • Design Challenge
    • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be inspired by the 2014 Collab Student Design Competition and challenge yourself to create your own chair for your ideal home. Materials will be provided.
  • Holiday Card Making
    • Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
          • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            Create your own masterful holiday card for a loved one this season. Art making supplies will be provided.

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, November 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Wednesday Night Look Around

It’s kind of like…Where's Waldo meets the Museum's masterpieces. Actually, that is exactly what it is like. It's a scavenger hunt! Spend an hour or so on Wednesday Nights looking closely at art with friends and family to win prizes. With themes changing monthly, there is always something new to find with the Wednesday Night Look Around!

  • Eating
    • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Stars
    • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Camera Club Meet and Greet
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Museum welcomes photographers of all ages from local camera clubs and communities to explore the exhibition Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography. Starting at 5:30 p.m., join us in the Great Stair Hall to connect with local photographers and curators Peter Barberie and Amanda Bock, as they discuss their vision for the exhibition from start to finish.

Conversation with David Maialetti
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room

Join photojournalist David Maialetti from the Philadelphia Inquirer as he shares his photographs from Luzzara, Italy, and connects his experiences to those of Paul Strand's.

Just Breathe: Yoga White Party
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Get centered before midnight at the museum. Learn about the time-honored practice of yoga through meditative exercises, yoga postures, and breathing techniques among the beauty of the Museum’s collection. After a peaceful stretch, participate in a hands-on art making activity to set an intention for the new year. Henna tattoos, themed tours, and specialty healthy menu items will be available throughout the night. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat and wear white.

Lyrispect Presents: Represent Redux
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Author, poet, and emcee Lyrispect presents some of the finest writers, musicians, and performers in the tri-state area to guide us through an honest, engaging, and celebratory journey of the African-American experience using pervasive themes from the featured artists in the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.

Celebrate Japan

Join us for an evening of activities inspired by Japanese art and culture. Hear the melodic sounds of the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute, as played by Chris Merwin. Try your hand at the ancient practice of origami, and transform a piece of paper into a colorful flower or animal. Finally, watch the University of Pennsylvania Kendo Club demonstrate the "way of the sword," a Japanese martial art using traditional weapons and armor.

  • Make Stuff: origami
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
      6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Japanese flute performance
      6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
      7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.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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Teen Photography Workshop
Location: Studio 1
Paid tickets required
$100 ($80 members)
To register, please call the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Want to take your selfies to the next level? Teens will explore the art of documentary portrait photography during this hands-on workshop. No materials or experience required. Tuition assistance is available upon request.

  • Friday, November 7, 2014, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 14, 2014, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 21, 2014, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 5, 2014, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Focus on the Face: Portrait Photography
Saturday, November 15, 2014
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
Paid tickets required
$75 ($60 members and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center members), includes Museum admission.
PPAC Members will be asked to show their member ID at program check-in.

Utilizing Paul Strand’s photographs as the catalyst to engage in the history and aesthetic of the photographic portrait, this exciting workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to investigate the human form as subject. Participants will learn to think as director, observer, and collaborator as they work with subjects to capture striking portraits. For individuals with a general understanding of their camera's settings, this workshop will introduce various genres of portraiture and inspire participants to see the human form in a new light.
Participants should bring their own cameras to the workshop.
This workshop is offered in collaboration with Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

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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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