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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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Art and Design: What's the Difference?
Thursday, April 24, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members) for all four lectures
$30 ($24 members) for one lecture
Ticket includes Museum admission

To purchase tickets to the full Course, call the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Judith Tannenbaum, Adjunct Curator, RISD Museum, Providence
In recent years, the realms of fine art and design have come to overlap and intersect in exciting ways. This course begins with utopian movements in the early twentieth century that planted the seeds for current interdisciplinary approaches in fine art, architecture, graphic design, fashion, and the decorative arts. Major figures from Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States who work on both sides of the art/design divide will also be considered.

  • Lecture 1: A New Century: Wiener Werkstätte, Omega Workshops, Russian Avant-Garde
  • Lecture 2: Between the Wars: De Stijl, Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, International Style
  • Lecture 3: Mid-Century Modern: From Scandinavia to California (Marimekko, Eames, Bertoia, Noguchi, Zeisel)
  • Lecture 4: Postmodernism to Today: Memphis (Milan), Gehry, Miyake, Apple, Chelayan

Art and Ethics: 1900-present
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members) for all four lectures
$30 ($24 members) for one lecture
Ticket includes Museum admission

To purchase tickets to the full Course, call the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Jonathan Wallis, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Moore College of Art & Design
Since the early days of the avant-garde in Europe and the United States, a significant portion of art practice has been marked by controversy, challenging societal standards of right and wrong. This course explores case studies from the history of modern and contemporary art that complicate the relationship between art and ethics, looking closely at the dynamics at work when these two disciplines collide.

  • Lecture 1: Censorship and Artistic Freedom
  • Lecture 2: Animals in Art
  • Lecture 3: Museum Regulation and Audience Participation
  • Lecture 4: Art in Public Space and Environmental Responsibility
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Saturday, May 3, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CANCELED)

Art and Science
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members) for all four lectures
$30 ($24 members) for one lecture
Ticket includes Museum admission

To purchase tickets to the full Course, call the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Jane E. Boyd, independent curator
Artists use scientific principles in their work, scientists use artistic methods to communicate their discoveries, and both rely equally on observation and creativity. This course explores the interconnected histories of art and science in the Western world, from ancient Greek architecture to Renaissance perspective to today’s advanced data visualization techniques.

  • Lecture 1: Antiquity and the Middle Ages
  • Lecture 2: The Renaissance and the Enlightenment
  • Lecture 3: The Industrial Age
  • Lecture 4: The Information Age
  • Saturday, May 10, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 17, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 31, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 7, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Summer Lecture Series: For Instruction and Amusement - The History of Philadelphia’s Museums
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$90 ($72 members) for all four lectures
$30 ($24 members) for one lecture
Ticket includes Museum admission

To purchase tickets to the full Course, call the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Elizabeth Milroy, The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs
Since 1786, when Charles Willson Peale first opened his “repository for Natural Curiosities,” Philadelphians have pioneered in the formation and growth of internationally renowned museums of art and science. In this course, we will explore the city’s museums from Peale’s era to the arrival of the Barnes on the Parkway.

  • Lecture 1: The Athens of America (June 5 and July 12)
  • Lecture 2: Teaching by Example (June 12 and July 19)
  • Lecture 3: Museums and Modernism (June 19 and July 26)
  • Thursday, June 5, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 19, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 19, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 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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Films

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

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Korean Film Series
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$8 ($5 members; free for students with valid ID)

Featuring a mix of contemporary films, documentaries, and classics, this series showcases traditional and modern Korean culture with themes explored in the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910. Each film is introduced by Joe Kim, founder of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Discussions with experts in Korean film and history follow most screenings.

The Wednesday Night film series is supported by the Dean and Zoë Pappas Family Foundation.
  • The Yellow Sea (2010)
    • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Desperate to pay off mounting debts, a Korean man living in China (a joseonjok) agrees to carry out an assassination in South Korea. But soon the man finds himself at the center of a dangerous conspiracy as he begins to uncover a vicious trap of betrayal and lies. Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Yellow Sea is an impressive crime thriller from director Na Hong-jin (The Chaser).

Korean Drama Series: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Location: Seminar Room

Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) is a South Korean drama about a girl who disguises herself as a boy while attending Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s highest educational institute, where no women were allowed. The series was directed by Kim Won-seok, written by Kim Tae-hee, and based on Jung Eun-gwol’s best-selling novel The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars (2007). Each screening features three episodes and is presented by Drama Fever, the largest online video site for the distribution of international televised content.

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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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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On the Relationship Between Big and Small and on the Nature of Being Between: the Work of Byron Kim
Friday, May 2, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$15 ($12 members; free for students with valid ID)

Award-winning Korean American artist Byron Kim will talk about his work in painting and other media and how in particular he treats the notion of thresholds between abstraction and representation, between color and the absence of color, between Korean culture and American culture, between everything and nothing.

Why We Make Things And Why It Matters
Sunday, May 4, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Peter Korn, Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.
What does the process of making things reveal to us about ourselves? How do the products of creative work inform society? Join Peter Korn, author of the highly regarded book Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman, who draws on four decades of hands-on experience to write eloquently, and often poignantly, about the why of craft and the satisfactions of creative work. A book signing will follow the talk.

This program is sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

Birth or Merit? Social Status in Joseon Korea
Friday, May 9, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$15 ($12 members; free for students with valid ID)

With Eugene Y. Park, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Both the nature and history of social status in Joseon Korea remain poorly understood. For sure, the Joseon social pyramid comprised the yangban aristocracy, the chungin (“middle people”), commoners, and the “lowborn.” During the 1980s, however, a raging debate among social historians produced a wide range of views between those stressing conservatism of Joseon social order and others emphasizing fluidity. This lecture weighs elements of birth and merit vis-à-vis social status in Joseon Korea.

psychylustro: Artist Conversation
Sunday, May 18, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Acclaimed artist Katharina Grosse joins Carlos Basualdo, the Museum’s Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art in a conversation about Grosse’s newest installation produced in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program along the Northeast Corridor rail line. This explosively-colored choreographed experience illuminates the man-made contradictions of decay and rebirth in a post-industrial American city. The episodic installation will transform over time as the elements reclaim the space, unfolding in a series of passages framed through the windows of passing trains, to create a real-time landscape painting that shifts in scale and perspective.

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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 Balcony Shop, first floor

Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, 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.
  • Fall, 1986, by Jasper Johns
    • Thursday, April 24, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 25, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 26, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Lamentation, c. 1515–20, by Gerard David
    • Thursday, May 8, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, May 9, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, May 10, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Interior of a Café, 1892, by Santiago Rusiñol
    • Thursday, June 5, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, June 6, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 7, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Tall Case Clock, 1773–84, case made by George Pickering, and movement made by Frederick Dominick
    • Thursday, July 10, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, July 11, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, July 12, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Staff's Choice: Summer Surprise!
    • Thursday, August 7, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 8, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 9, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Curator’s Choice with Elizabeth Milroy, the Museum’s Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs
    • Thursday, September 11, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, September 12, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, September 13, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Conservator Talk: Conservation Treatment of The Burghers of Calais and Other Bronzes
Free after admission

With Kate Cuffari, Project Conservator and Raina Chao, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Gallery Feature: Hidden Histories
Location: Galleries 201-204

Explore the stories, symbols, and meaning of the Museum’s medieval collection through a group of specially selected works of art in Galleries 201-204. Distinctive labels identify these objects, offering little-known insights about the works from a variety of perspectives. Use the supplied flashlights, your cell phone, and your sense of discovery to find out more.

Experience “With Hidden Noise,” 2013, a soundscape by Philadelphia artist Chris Havlish in the Medieval Cloister, Gallery 204, on Wednesday nights.

Funded with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

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.

  • Think Inside the Box
    • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be inspired by the Museum’s collection of Korean nesting boxes and decorate your own unique nesting box.
  • Atmospheric Painting
    • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Create an abstract atmospheric work using watercolor paints.
  • Design a Snuff Box
    • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Make a snuff box inspired by the ones in the Museum’s Chinese art galleries.
  • Sketching in the Galleries
    • Wednesday, May 21, 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.
  • Make a Folding Screen
    • Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Get inspired by the exquisite folding screens on view in the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910 make your own miniature version.

"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 30, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

In Dialogue: Objects of Desire
Location: Gallery 268, second floor

Join us for a series of conversations organized in connection with the installation Objects of Desire on view in gallery 268. Each conversation will be led by Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, and a local guest.

  • On Nostalgia and Desire
    • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      With Salman Akhtar, psychoanalyst, author, and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Jefferson Medical College.

Art Insight: American Art on the World Stage
Sunday, May 4, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Meet in Lenfest Hall

Join Jennifer Parsons, Barra Fellow in American Art, for a discussion about the process of curating the American Victorian Gallery, inspired by works from the collection displayed at World’s Fairs.

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 from Philadelphia artist David Krevolin, an instructor of drawing and sculpture at the Fleisher Art Memorial. 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 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 14, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Happenings: Factory in Focus-The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

Did you know there are a group of teens in Philadelphia building their own sailboats? Founded in 1996, The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory provides hands-on maritime-based educational programs for local pre-teens and teenagers. The teen apprentices will bring their ship building expertise to the Museum for a night of interactive boat building activities, and Factory One Design ship architect Antonio Dias will be on hand to discuss his thoughts about how boats inspire. See a completed Factory One Design in the Great Stair Hall and learn first-hand how to begin building one of these beautiful boats. Be sure to seek out Thomas Eakins paintings in the American galleries that feature similar sailboats!

Summer of Shakespeare

This summer, celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Wednesday Nights come alive with unique adaptations by local Shakespeare theatre companies.

  • The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet
    • Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents scenes from the tempestuous journey of young love in Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Follow Romeo and Juliet through the Museum’s galleries as they fall desperately in love, much to the chagrin of their constantly-warring families.
  • The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents Hip-Hop Hamlet
    • Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents performer CK Wonder, who will rap his take on Hamlet using original content molded from Shakespeare and his own reworked poetry.
  • Revolution Shakespeare presents Five Kings
    • Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
        • Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
            • Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
              Revolution Shakespeare presents Orson Welles’s play Five Kings (1938) in a unique episodic format. Welles created, directed, and starred in Five Kings, an adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2; Henry V; and Holinshed's Chronicles, a primary source Shakespeare used for a number of his plays. Revolution Shakespeare will remount a streamlined version of the production, the first such adaptation in more than 70 years. Directed by Tom Reing and broken down into five one-hour episodes, this will be an unprecedented theatrical event celebrating Shakespeare’s birth.
          • Shakespeare in Clark Park with Team Sunshine Performance Corp presents Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine
            • Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
              Harry “Hotspur” Percy is mounting a rebellion to defend the honor of his family against the callous power of his uncle, King Henry IV. Prince Hal is recklessly drinking away his legitimate authority as heir to the throne. The King's plan to lead a victorious crusade to the Holy Lands is quashed by the mess at home. In a rare treat, Shakespeare in Clark Park will restage a portion of their epic summer production in an intimate gallery setting.

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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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Ritual Ware and Vessels in Clay
Sunday, May 4, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Education Classrooms
Paid tickets required
$75 ($60 members); includes Museum admission. Limited to 24 participants.

In this workshop inspired by Korean ritual ware, you’ll learn some basic techniques for creating hand-built forms out of clay and explore how to make your own personalized ritual ware. Each participant’s artwork will be glazed, fired, and available for pick up at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. In addition to a hands-on component, this workshop features a tour of the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910 and a presentation of contemporary ritual ware.

This workshop is in partnership with The Clay Studio.

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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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