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Adult Programs

Be entertained, enlightened, and engaged by experiences that go beyond the limits of gallery viewing. Better understand and appreciate the Museum's collection and exhibitions through programs and events aimed at all adult learners, specialist and non-specialist alike.

Preregistration is suggested for all ticketed programs. Prices do not include Museum admission unless noted. Programs, topics, and speakers are subject to change. Please arrive early as we reserve the right to release seats at the start of the program.

Performances

Let the good times roll with music, dance, and cabaret.

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Music in the Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Trio Mediaeval
    • Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      Location:Knight Foundation Gallery 204
      Captivating and haunting melodies connect past and present.

      This program is made possible by Mr. Anthony B. Creamer III.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Community Conversations: Creative Africa
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Starts at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (Free for Members), includes Museum Admission

From identity to aesthetics, join thoughtful conversations about various topics raised in the Creative Africa exhibitions.

Healing in Historic Gardens
Location: Cedar Grove
Free

Learn about early American food and medicine practices from re-enactors, chefs, and demonstrators.

  • Sunday, October 2, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall

Every week a different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations facilitated by Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Thursday, October 6, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 7, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 14, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 21, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 28, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 4, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 10, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 11, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 18, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: Joseph Kosuth
    • Friday, October 7, 2016, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      Joseph Kosuth in conversation with Francis Naumann (curator and art dealer).
  • Ranjani Shettar
    • Friday, October 14, 2016, Starts at 7:30 p.m.
      ​Inspired by nature and her life in India, Shettar uses an incredible range of materials to create enchanting sculptural installations.

      Support for this program is provided by The Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation.
  • Art As Activism
    • Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      Independent curator Pedro Alonzo moderates a panel on artists who explore politics and activism through street art, printmaking, and public art. Panelists include artists Marcos Ramírez Erre (Tijuana/San Diego), Rosario Martínez Llaguno of Lapiztola (Oaxaca), and Joe Boruchow (Philadelphia).

      In collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • José Parlá
    • Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      ​In a conversation with Jane Golden, founder of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Parlá discusses what draws him to mural painting.

      In collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Stephen Burks Man Made
Friday, October 14, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Reservations required
Free after admission

Collab and the Center for Architecture and Design, as part of DesignPhiladelphia, invite you to meet National Design Award recipient Stephen Burks for an illustrated presentation of his work at the Museum, followed by a Collab members-only reception.

Collab members RSVP to Development at 215-684-7750.

The Irma and Herbert Barness Lecture: If Venice Dies
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Venice's increasingly imperiled fate has become emblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as it capitulates to tourists and those who profit from them. Art historian Salvatore Settis argues that "hit and run" tourists are turning landmark urban setting into malls and theme parks and warns that Western civilization's prime achievements face ruin from mass tourism and global cultural homogenization.

Trolley Tour - Art on the Wall
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$66 ($54 members; free for Patron members and up) Includes museum admission

Immerse yourself in themes of revolution, place, and identity. Enjoy a curator-led tour of the exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 followed by a dynamic trolley tour of Mexican- and Latino-inspired murals with artist Michelle Angela Ortiz and a Mural Arts tour guide.

Offered in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Latrobe and Philadelphia: The Waln House and Furniture Revealed and Reconsidered
Friday, November 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$80 ($65 members); price includes Museum admission and lunch

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe assembled a team of artisans in 1808 to execute his designs for the house and furniture of Philadelphia merchant William Waln and his wife Mary. The result was one of Chestnut Street's most conspicuous landmarks: a large house on a prominent corner lot with two small pavilions in front. Inside, drawing rooms painted in "flat Etruscan color, giving only outline on a rich ground" and a set of sumptuously painted and gilded furniture. Join an exciting roster of speakers who will share new scholarship and insights on Latrobe's design for the Walns' house and furniture, outlining its profound impact American on classical architecture and furniture.

A limited number of scholarships are available to select students. To apply students should write a 250-word narrative describing how attendance at the symposium will benefit their studies and send their name, university affiliation, program and graduation year, mailing address, phone and email contact to .

Support for this symposium has been provided by the Center for American Art of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Decorative Arts Trust.


Schedule of speakers

9:00 a.m. Welcome Mark Tucker and Kathleen Foster

9:15 a.m. Alexandra A. Kirtley, The Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts and Peggy A. Olley, Associate Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork Philadelphia Museum of Art
Classical Collaboration: The Waln Commission

10:00 a.m. Jeffrey A. Cohen, Term Professor of Architectural History, Growth and Structure of Cities Department, Bryn Mawr College
Place, Time and Architecture: Materialized Memory and the Moment of Latrobe’s Waln House

10:20 a.m. James B. Garrison, Architectural Consultant
Building the House Around the Furniture –Using Evidence to Recreate a Long Lost Building

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Susan Buck, Ph.D., Conservator and Paint Analyst with Peggy Olley
Over the Top in the New Republic: Documenting Early Nineteenth-century Architectural Decorations with Paint Analysis

11:45 a.m. Elizabeth Paolini, Museum Seamstress/Upholsterer Philadelphia Museum of Art
John Rea and the Upholstery Recreated

12:15 to 2 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Welcome, Matthew A. Thurlow, Executive Director of The Decorative Arts Trust

2:00 p.m. Gregory R. Weidman, Curator, Hampton National Historic Site and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Celebrated in their Profession: The Neoclassical Painted Furniture of John and Hugh Finlay of Baltimore

2:45 p.m. Peter Kenny, Co-President of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and the Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation
Lannuier, New York, and the French tradition in America

3:30 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Emily Eerdmans , Design Historian and Principal of Eerdmans Fine Art and adjunct instructor at the New York School of Interior Design
Regency Redux: Interpreting Neoclassicism for the Modern Age

4:45 p.m. Short Break

5:00 p.m. Keynote: Annabelle Selldorf FAIA, Principal, Selldorf Architects
Architectural Interiors: Space, Scale, Furniture and Craft

Design Excellence: New Generation
Friday, November 18, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
Lecture & Reception (public/member adult): $150; Lecture & Reception (Collab member - 2 tickets per): $120; Lecture ONLY (general): $25; Lecture ONLY (member): $20; Lecture ONLY (student w/ ID): $10; 10 for 8: $1200

​Join fellow Collab members in honoring three of today's most innovative international designers under forty - Oki Sato of Tokyo, Faye Toogood of London, and Zanini de Zanine of Rio de Janeiro. This new program focuses on emerging trends that this next generation of dynamic leaders of contemporary design brings to the field. Ticket purchase required for lecture and gala; discount for Collab members.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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The Art of Film II
Location: Project Room
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members); includes Museum admission

​ Discover surprising thematic and stylistic connections between art and film. This course explores the thematic, visual and historical parallels between major moments in film and objects from the museum's collection. Topics include early cinema, science fiction, auteur theory in Alfred Hitchcock's films, and film techniques. Class sessions are held both in the classroom and in the galleries. The Art of Film I is not a prerequisite to take this course.

This course is co-taught by Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Museum.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CANCELED)

Thou Shalt Not: Pre-Code Hollywood
Location: Project Room
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members); includes Museum admission

​ Delve into the time when Hollywood was more unbridled, salacious, and subversive than any other: the pre-Code era. The “Code” refers to the studios’ Production Code Administration (PCA), a self-censorship body that was in place from 1930-1968.

The pre-Code era encompasses the years 1930-1934, when the Production Code was instituted in letter, though not yet in spirit, resulting in a fig leaf of decency that gave Hollywood license to be even more licentious than before.

Join us to learn about the era, its films, and its stars. These include some you may know (King Kong, 1933; Scarface, 1932), some you may not (Tod Browning’s Freaks, 1932; She Done Him Wrong with Mae West, 1933), and some you thought you knew—Barbara Stanwyck’s role in Baby Face (1933) makes Double Indemnity’s Phyllis Dietrichson look like Mary Poppins—but all are memorable.

This course is co-taught by Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Museum.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

Gallery-based interactive art history courses.

This is a three-part course (sign up for either Wednesday evenings or Thursday afternoons).
  • A Journey through 19th-Century France
    • Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Thursday, October 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Thursday, October 13, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          • Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            This participatory gallery-based course explores French art during the tumultuous and revolutionary nineteenth century, beginning with Neoclassicism and ending with Post-Impressionism. We will discuss the dramatic shifts in style and subject matter of art in this period and the social and political contexts from which it emerged.
            Instructor: Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Adult Learning
        • Exploring Abstraction
          • Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            • Thursday, November 3, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              • Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                • Thursday, November 10, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                    • Thursday, November 17, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                      Picasso. Mondrian. Kandinsky. Take an in-depth look at the varied ways artists utilized abstraction throughout the history of art in this interactive and participatory class. Meetings will be discussion based and take place in the galleries.
                      Instructor: Nathanael Roesch, Ph.D. candidate, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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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.
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

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

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

  • Holiday Food
    • Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      ​Join us for this chef demonstration to learn to make specialty holiday fare just in time for prime party season! With a new arsenal of savory specialties, you can craft exceptional treats at home.
  • Whiskeys Around the World
    • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Warm up with a whiskey tour around the world.

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

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For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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