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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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Tal Shtuhl
Friday, March 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This postmodern Charlie Parker is joined by special guests Najwa Parkins on vocals and John Swana on trumpet.

Cuban Conjunto Night
Friday, March 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Conjunto Philadelphia pays homage to Cuba’s deep and treasured musical history.

Gabriel Donohue
Friday, March 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Donohue and his all-star assembly of traditional Irish musicians.

Music in the Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

Curtis Institute of Music performances are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.
  • Gateways
    • Saturday, March 18, 2017, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Women's Committee Gallery 164
      The Zorá String Quartet, in residence at Curtis, pairs their award-winning virtuosity with Paul Cézanne’s timeless masterpiece, The Large Bathers.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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Voices in the Family presents Creativity: Life From the Inside Out by WHYY, Inc.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
SOLD OUT

​Explore the psychological role of creativity through the lives of artists with Dr. Dan Gottlieb. He’ll look at Van Gogh’s struggle with mental illness and the emotional support that this legendary artist received from his brother.

Joining Dr. Dan:

Deborah Heiligman is a National Book Award finalist. Her new book Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers is due out in April.

Jennifer Thompson is the PMA Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection

Sara Steele is a Philadelphia-based Artist and Activist

This event will be taped for a Voices in the Family Special to broadcast on WHYY FM.

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

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.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Skylit Atrium
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Jitish Kallat
    • Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      ​Join artist Jitish Kallat and poet Sonia Sanchez for a conversation inspired by his poignant and immersive installation Covering Letter.

Watercolor Salons
Location: Dorrance Galleries
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.

  • Women and Watercolor
    • Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      ​​Hear about women’s contributions to the art of watercolor from artist Eileen Goodman and McNeil Curator of American Art Kathleen A. Foster.
  • Painting with Light
    • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      ​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.

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.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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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).
  • American Identities
    • Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
      • Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Thursday, March 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          Examine the ever-changing American experience through the makers, users, and subjects found in our collection. Meetings will be discussion-based and take place in the galleries.
          Instructor: Justina Barrett, Site Manager for Historic Houses

Watercolor Sketch
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Take a moment to stop and sketch the roses, drawing inspiration from a large scale still life in the Museum's Great Stair Hall. Inspired by both American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent and the upcoming PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, Holland: Flowering the World, join us for an evening of watercolor sketching. No reservations required; all ability levels welcome.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 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.

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

​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).

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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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Voices in the Family presents Creativity: Life From the Inside Out by WHYY, Inc.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
SOLD OUT

​Explore the psychological role of creativity through the lives of artists with Dr. Dan Gottlieb. He’ll look at Van Gogh’s struggle with mental illness and the emotional support that this legendary artist received from his brother.

Joining Dr. Dan:

Deborah Heiligman is a National Book Award finalist. Her new book Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers is due out in April.

Jennifer Thompson is the PMA Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection

Sara Steele is a Philadelphia-based Artist and Activist

This event will be taped for a Voices in the Family Special to broadcast on WHYY FM.

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

Watercolor Sketch
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Take a moment to stop and sketch the roses, drawing inspiration from a large scale still life in the Museum's Great Stair Hall. Inspired by both American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent and the upcoming PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, Holland: Flowering the World, join us for an evening of watercolor sketching. No reservations required; all ability levels welcome.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Skylit Atrium
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Jitish Kallat
    • Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      ​Join artist Jitish Kallat and poet Sonia Sanchez for a conversation inspired by his poignant and immersive installation Covering Letter.

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.

  • Vinocity Wine School
    • Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      The surprise is revealed as we welcome Vicki Miller from Vinocity to demystify wine and help you become more of a wine expert along the way. Take a walk through the galleries and find inspiration within the art that many winemakers infuse into the wines they create. Then, learn the art of wine tasting and see just how much there is to discover from a simple glass of wine. ​​

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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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