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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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Kuni Mikami
Friday, March 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This acclaimed jazz pianist, who’s played with Lionel Hampton and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, leads his quintet for a night of sultry jazz favorites.

Final Fridays: Rebel, Rebel
Friday, March 31, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A night to celebrate art world renegades.

In-Gallery Artist Intervention
5:00-8:00 p.m.
DUDUFALALA
In the spirit of art history’s creative pranksters and the 100th anniversary of Duchamp’s infamous submission of a urinal to the 1917 armory exhibition, the Dufala brothers poke fun at the status enjoyed by collected art and artists by hiding contemporary objects, personal belongings and small sculpture in the museums galleries. A dada inspired scavenger hunt in and among the works of art throughout the museum, this intervention juxtaposes the pedestrian and the rare, intention and accident and comments on the public use of cultural space.

DJ lil’dave
5:30 p.m.
As a member of the Illvibe Collective, Lil Dave has been pushing the boundaries of hip hop turntablism for over 15 years. By mixing genres like funk, broken beat, house, bossa nova, electro, and soul, this maverick DJ is dedicated to creating the freshest sounds around.

Poetry Workshop: Text & Context
 Free ticket required after Museum admission
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets
5:30-7:30 p.m.
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161
Let Emilia Phillips of Philadelphia Poetry Collaboration lead you in a daring exercise in crafting literary art. You’ll use works in the galleries as inspiration for your writing. Come willing to try new approaches to writing as homage to the rule breakers of the written word.

Detour: Chickabiddy
5:45 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Gallery 119
Unconventional gallery tours with unique points of view. Through folksy harmonies, original music, and covers, acoustic duo Chickabiddy shed new light on the American artists who shook up the art world.

In-Gallery Curatorial Talk: The Fountain Scandal
6:30-7:15 p.m.
Anne d’Harnoncourt Gallery 182
Seating is limited; first come, first served
One hundred years ago, Marcel Duchamp turned the art world upside down. Learn all about the Fountain scandal with curators Matthew Affron (Berman Curator of Modern Art) and John Vick as they talk about one of the most notorious works of modern art

Brian Sanders’ JUNK
7:30 p.m.
MY FUNNY BONE
Brian Sanders isn’t your grandmother’s choreographer. Tonight they’ll perform excerpts from MY FUNNY BONE: an irreverent look at life, love, the pursuit of happiness—and all the humor and pain that come with it.

Kris Allen
Friday, April 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

NYC–based saxophonist and composer praised for his savvy and creative compositions.

Ensemble Novo
Friday, April 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Delight in the music of Brazil with this six-piece ensemble.

Music in the Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

Curtis Institute of Music performances are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.
  • Americana
    • Saturday, April 15, 2017, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Gallery 111
      Paintings by Thomas Moran, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins set the stage for modern and traditional solo violin works by American composers.

Joanna Pascale
Friday, April 21, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

One of the premier East Coast jazz vocalists performs with pianist Orrin Evans.

Luke Carlos O’Reilly
Friday, May 5, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This nationally renowned pianist leads an ensemble of the city’s most talented jazz musicians.

ANIMUSMUSIC
Friday, May 12, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of Turkish-inspired music, featuring percussive grooves, exotic harmonics, and expressive vocals of traditional Anatolian decent.

Supported by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the US (TAFSUS)

Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society
Friday, May 19, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Revel in the jazz and blues sounds of the Roaring Twenties.

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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

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.

Groundbreaking Hard Hat Tours
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Take a behind the scenes, sneak-peek tour of some of the construction zones within the Museum. Reservations are taken as walk-up, day-of tickets at any Visitor Services desk.

Because the tour will include visiting the Vaulted Walkway, which is partially exposed to the elements and an active construction zone—it is not fully accessible. Please dress for the weather accordingly and wear comfortable, flat, closed-toed shoes. ​
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., and 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Watercolor Salons
Location: Dorrance Program Room
Paid tickets required
$25 (Free for members); includes Museum and Special Exhibition admission
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets

Lively conversations about American Watercolor and related topics.

Members join a private morning tour to complement these conversations.
  • Painting with Light
    • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
      ​Examine the connections between stained glass and watercolor with artist Judith Schaechter and McNeil Curator of American Art Kathleen A. Foster. Funded by the Graduate Guides.
  • Philadelphia Illustrators
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney and exhibition assistant in American Art Laura Fravel highlight Philadelphia’s role in illustration. Funded by the Center for American Art.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Gallery 277
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Magdalene Odundo
    • Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      Kenyan-born British potter Magdalene Odundo in conversation with Jennifer Zwilling (Curator of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio).

Spring Open House
Location: Cedar Grove
Paid tickets required
$8 (Cedar Grove admission free for members)

​Spring is in the air -- swing by Cedar Grove and see what's going into our early American kitchen garden.

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A Green and Historic Place
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant
Paid tickets required
$20 ($15 for members)

​Art historian Elizabeth Milroy shares surprising stories of Mount Pleasant and other sites in Fairmount Park over the past 250 years. Reception and book signing to follow.

Architecture and Antiques
Sunday, May 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meeit in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 for members)

Spend an afternoon surrounded by stylish objects and fashionable design from our country’s early days at Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Sunday, March 26, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Library, Perelman Building
SOLD OUT

​Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism, focusing on women watercolorists. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. We will provide reference materials and refreshments. The first 25 enrollees will also receive a complimentary same-day ticket to the exhibition American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent.

Facilitated by Mary Mark Ockerbloom (Wikipedian in Residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation) and Sarah Beetham (adjunct lecturer in art history and material culture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts).

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).
  • Art & Science
    • Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
      • Thursday, March 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Discover how science has impacted art, from materials to subject matter.
        Instructor: Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Adult Learning
    • Introduction to the Renaissance
      • Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
        • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          • Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            • Thursday, April 13, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              • Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                • Thursday, April 20, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                  ​Explore the artistic achievements of the Northern and Italian Renaissance.
                  Instructor: Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning

Hackathon 2.0
Paid tickets required
$25 ($20 for members)

Build a team and bring your creativity, curiosity, and tech skills to this extended-format hackathon. You have a month to create a digital game inspired by the Museum.

Enjoy access to wayfinding iBeacons and data about art on view. Experiments with augmented and virtual reality are encouraged. Workspace, food, and staff will be available.

During Philly Tech Week, present your project to a panel of judges and a public audience for a chance to win cash prizes.

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  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Drop in and draw from Rodin’s masterpieces. Materials provided.

  • 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.

Film courses
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members and BMFI members); includes Museum admission.

Lectures and participatory gallery sessions connect art and film.

The course is co-taught by Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Museum.
  • Art/Cinema II
    • Thursday, May 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      • Thursday, May 11, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
        • Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
            Discover surprising thematic and stylistic connections between art and film. Topics include modernity, science fiction, auteur theory, and costumes, sets, and props. Each class includes lectures and participatory gallery suggestions that connect art and film.

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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

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Gallery 277
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Magdalene Odundo
    • Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      Kenyan-born British potter Magdalene Odundo in conversation with Jennifer Zwilling (Curator of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio).

Sketching in the Galleries
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

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.

Location provided at any admissions desk
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Starr Catering Group Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: Museum Cafe
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets

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.

  • Mexican Gastronomy
    • Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      In honor of Mexican Week, held in Philadelphia by the Mexican Cultural Center, the Museum will celebrate Mexican culture and heritage with a guest chef from Puebla, Mexico. Savor authentic Mexican cuisine paired with tequila cocktails during this festive night of food and fun. ​

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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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