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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.


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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Beyond the Water-Lily Pond: Reexamining French Impressionism
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 tickets for the full Course, please call the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Jane E. Boyd, Independent Curator
Look beyond familiar images to examine historical and critical context, innovative artistic techniques, and new subjects of French Impressionist paintings.

  • Lecture 1: Rebels and Critics: French Impressionism in Context
  • Lecture 2: Painting Quickly? Artistic Techniques and Methods
  • Lecture 3: Bridges, Trains, and Factories: The Industrial Landscape
  • Lecture 4: Trading Gazes: Men and Women in the City and Suburbs
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015, Starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.

The Language of Film
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Perelman Media Room
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members)

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

Diegesis, mise-en-scene, and chiaroscuro are not trendy Center City nightspots but rather some of the key terms of film analysis. This course introduces students to cinematic grammar, giving them the vocabulary and frames of reference to view and discuss motion pictures in an insightful and critical manner.

Screenings largely consist of clips from a wide assortment of films illustrating different aspects of the medium’s language, including cinematography, sound, editing, and narrative. In addition, some of the most memorable images in cinema history are showcased and enriched with commentary by the cinematographers who made them.

From a very early age, we are all able to follow—and be delighted by—movies, but far too often, we continue to approach cinema like the same passive viewers we were as children. Join us to learn to engage with the medium on its own terms and to discover some of the techniques by which we make meaning of the movies we see. Understanding the language of film allows you to get more enjoyment out of your cinematic experience—and to impress your friends at the post-movie discussion!

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


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

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Member Feature Film - The Essential Film Noir: Out of the Past (1947)
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Membership Required
Free for Members
Member invited guests $8

Don’t miss this film noir classic, hosted by Dr. Moylan C. Mills of Penn State University. In this thriller, Robert Mitchum finds he can’t escape his former life when Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer entangle him in a web of murder and double-dealings.
This program is generously sponsored by Gloria Pasline.


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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An Italian Maestro: Lino Tagliapietra in Conversation
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required

Lino Tagliapietra in conversation with Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts
In the late 1970s, noted Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra introduced American glass artists to new levels of technical virtuosity as well as the traditional glassmaking techniques of his native Murano. With Elisabeth Agro, Tagliapietra explains how his admiration for the independent spirit and audacity of American studio glass artists changed the dynamic of his own work.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with Tradition Reinvented: Italian and American Glass from the Collection of Geraldine Dattilo Jawer and Edward Jawer in gallery 268.

Art and Design in the Postdigital World
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt auditorium

With Ron Labaco, Marcia Docter Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, and Doug Bucci, Designer and Educator
Ron Labaco, museum curator, will discuss the role that digital fabrication has played in art, design, and architecture since 2005. Doug Bucci, designer and educator, will explain how the digital process allows for creative freedom unfound in traditional hand-made practices.

This lecture is hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: The Afterlife of Piet Mondrian
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required

With Nancy Troy, Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art and Department Chair, Stanford University
Author Nancy Troy discusses her new book on Piet Mondrian, exploring how the post-war circulation, publication and appropriation of the artist’s paintings allowed them to take on new meanings in the 1960s. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Paul Durand-Ruel, Friend and Art Dealer of the Impressionists
Sunday, June 21, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Paul-Louis Durand-Ruel, the great-grandson, and Flavie Durand-Ruel, the great-great-granddaughter of Paul Durand-Ruel. Discover the story of Paul Durand-Ruel, from his early career as an art dealer to his association with the Impressionists, and his long struggle to gain recognition for these artists.


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.

  • To the Universe, 1918, by Rockwell Kent
    • Friday, April 24, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Lute Player, c. 1620, by Theodor Rombouts
    • Thursday, May 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, May 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, May 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Portait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic), 1875, by Thomas Eakins
    • Thursday, June 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, June 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Ink & Gold Tattoo Parlor
Location: Great Stair Hall

Every Wednesday night in April, Philadelphia-based tattoo artists will display original flash art and designs and give visitors free, hand-drawn temporary tattoos inspired by Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano.

  • Olde City Tattoos
    • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Body of Art
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

Stop in for a demonstration of body art inspired by the exhibition Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano. Over several hours, makeup artist Dani Fonesca will transform a model into a living artwork. Fonseca launched her body art and event production company, The Body of Art, in 2005 and has served an array of prestigious clients including MoMA and Lady Gaga.

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.

  • Origami Mania
    • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Learn the ancient art of origami and transform a flat piece of paper into a beautifully-folded design. Make an origami design for yourself, and leave another one at the Museum to be included in a large-scale installation on April 29.
  • Metallics for Mom
    • Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      In celebration of Mother's Day, create macaroni jewelry that shines. Take a walk around the galleries to find artwork inspired by or gifted to special women in artists' lives.
  • Presenting Pointillism!
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Try your hand at a new artistic technique. Use your imagination to create an Impressionist work of your own using only dots of paint to create a larger picture.
  • The White Album
    • Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Use a variety of the white materials provided to create a monochromatic artwork.
  • Islamic Radial Design
    • Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be inspired by the turquoise and blue mosaic tiles from our collection and create your very own design.

"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, April 29, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Free tickets required after Museum admission

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga while surrounded by the Museum’s collection. Class size varies according to gallery location.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
  • Location: Gallery 201
    • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Gallery 206
    • Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

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, May 9, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 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.

Mother’s Day event with Shelley Spector
Saturday, May 9, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Joan Spain Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building & Perelman Cafeteria
Reservations required
$40 for Members, $45 Public

Spend the afternoon with artist Shelley Spector and her mother exploring the exhibition and learning about their family collaboration for this project. Following the tour participants will enjoy a traditional afternoon tea by Stephen Starr Events.

Sketching in the Galleries

Be an artist for a day. Draw inspiration from the artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils are provided.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Last Wednesdays - May

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

  • Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Kensington’s annual Sculpture Derby comes to the East Terrace. Learn about kinetic sculptures and meet the creators behind the masterpieces that have an entire neighborhood dressing up.
  • Streets Dept Presents: The Evolution of Street Art
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Some of today’s most active and exciting artists share how they use public space (both legally and otherwise) to create dialogue, display their work, and enliven the streets of Philadelphia. The panel includes Gaia, Joe Boruchow, Ishknits, Harlequinade, and Kid Hazo. Host Conrad Benner is the founder and editor of, a Philadelphia-focused photo blog that documents and celebrates street art, graffiti, and urban exploration. Benner's work with Streets Dept recently saw him named the city's “Best Art Curator” by Philadelphia Magazine.

Rocha Dance Theatre
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the exhibition Dance: Movement, Rhythm, Spectacle with an in-gallery performance by Rocha Dance Theatre. Based in Brooklyn, Rocha Dance Theatre has been connecting to audiences for over 13 years by using a unique, bold language of dance theater and contemporary choreography and costumes. This program will begin with a curatorial tour of the exhibition.



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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Sewing the Tomato Patch
Paid reservations required
$20 ($15 members)
Call 1-800-235-SHOW (7469) to reserve tickets

Spend the afternoon with artist Shelley Spector and contribute to the exhibition of her work, Shelley Spector: Keep the Home Fires Burning. Participants will collaborate with Spector to create textile tomatoes that will become a part of the artwork in the show. This workshop is limited to 15 participants, ages 12 to adult.

  • Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 14, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CANCELED)


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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