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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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Darryl Yokley
Friday, November 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This saxophonist presents Pictures at an African Exhibition, original compositions accompanied by the visual art of David Emmanuel Noel.

Tony Miceli Quartet ft. Larry McKenna
Friday, November 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​The velvety tenor saxophone of Philly mainstay Larry McKenna accompanies renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli and his ensemble.

Music in the Galleries
Wallace/Reader’s Digest Gallery 201, 2nd floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Winter Remembrances
    • Saturday, December 8, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Musicians from the Curtis Institute present a program of reflection and introspection.
  • Radiance & Light
    • Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      The Vera Quartet, in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, performs compositions by Maurice Ravel and more.

Caroling Through the Galleries
Sunday, December 9, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall
Performances at 1:30, 2:30, & 3:45 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Girlchoir, led by Ya-Jhu Yang, performs a selection of traditional carols.

Rosali
Friday, January 4, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This local folk songstress performs lush and intimate songs from her second album, Trouble Anyway.

Odean Pope Quartet
Friday, January 11, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This founding father of the jazz saxophone and his quartet perform original compositions as well as songs by Monk and Coltrane.

Candice Hoyes
Friday, January 18, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Enjoy classic standards performed by this enchanting soprano as she brings today’s social issues to bear on her interpretations.

Final Fridays: Werk It!
Friday, January 25, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Celebrate the art of the catwalk with a tribute to LGBTQ ballroom culture.
Sponsored by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and presented in conjunction with Fabulous Fashion

Ensemble Novo
Friday, February 1, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Ensemble Novo explores the warm, lyrical music of Brazil in the 1960s and ‘70s through the lens of jazz improvisation.

Caleb & Carolyn
Friday, February 8, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This acoustic folk duo is rooted in the tradition of storytelling through song, combined with evocative harmonies.

Michelle Lordi
Friday, February 15, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

In a special Valentine’s Day performance, this celebrated jazz vocalist sings love songs ranging from early standards to 1980s pop ballads.

Final Fridays: Celestial Bodies
Friday, February 22, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Explore the cosmos with telescopes from the Franklin Institute, and enjoy astrology and astronomy-inspired workshops with Alice Sparkly Kat, as well as performances by the Kun-Yang Lin Dancers.
Presented in conjunction with the reopening of the Chinese Galleries

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Community Conversations: Like a Girl
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Main Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Join a discussion about how gender expectations inform the ways we move through life and relate to one another.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics. This program is offered in conjunction with Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal.

Roz Perry Memorial Lecture: Fashion & Fabulousness
Saturday, January 26, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Join cultural critic madison moore and fashion writer Teri Agins for a lively discussion of the aesthetic, social, and performative aspects of dressing up.

Offered in conjunction with Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now

In the Artist's Voice: David Lebe
Saturday, February 9, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Levy & Spain Galleries, Perelman Building
Free after admission
Seating is limited. First-come, first-served

Photographer David Lebe discusses his career and creative process with Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center.

Offered in conjunction with Long Light: Photographs by David Lebe, on view February 9–May 5, 2019

Jasper Johns: Redo an Eye
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building

Acclaimed author Roberta Bernstein discusses her new book and experience working closely with this significant artist.

Supported through the Museum’s endowment, through The Daniel W. Dietrich II Fund for Excellence in Contemporary Art

Women in Art
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
By invitation only
Free reservation required

Associate Sponsors and above are invited to join Museum curators for a discussion on feminism and social activism in art.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • On a Blue Ceiling, Eight Geometric Figures: Circle, Trapezoid, Parallelogram, Rectangle, Square, Triangle, Right Triangle, X (Wall Drawing No. 351), 1981, by Sol LeWitt
    • Thursday, November 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Madame Vuillard Standing, Reading by a Window, 1893, by Édouard Vuillard
    • Thursday, November 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 30, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Portrait of the Reverend Mother María Antonia de Rivera, c. 1757, attributed to Andrés López
    • Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Heaven and Earth, c. 1900, by Kawamura Kiyoo
    • Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Portrait of Moïse Kisling, c. 1930, by Chaim Soutine
    • Thursday, January 3, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Descent from the Cross, c. 1517–1520, by Joos van Cleve
    • Thursday, January 10, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 11, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Stream, 1890, by Léon Frédéric
    • Thursday, January 17, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 18, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Arm Reliquary of Saint Babylas, 1467, German
    • Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 25, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Composition with White and Red, 1936, by Piet Mondrian
    • Thursday, January 31, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 1, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Portrait of Elizabeth Brown Montier and Portrait of Hiram Charles Montier, 1841, by Franklin R. Street
    • Thursday, February 7, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 8, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Covered Jar, late 19th century, by Kinkozan Sobei Vi
    • Thursday, February 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Pichincha, 1867, by Frederic Edwin Church
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Seated Woman with a Letter, 1633, by Dirck Hals
    • Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 1, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Museum Studio: Fashionable Headwear
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet at the entrance of the exhibition Fabulous Fashion in the Dorrance Galleries.
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission

Gather inspiration from the exhibition Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now before crafting headwear with Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas and Karen Smith from Philly-based American Hats LLC.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Museum Studio: Pop-Up Cards
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet in Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission

Search for auspicious symbols in the new Chinese galleries and then make your own pop-up cards with artist Colette Fu.

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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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Gameplay: Labyrinth
Knight Foundation Gallery 204, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Labyrinth with friends and other visitors on Wednesday nights in November.

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Tree-Lighting Celebration
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
East Terrace
Free
Museum admission is Pay What You Wish after 5:00 p.m.

Join us for festive treats and music by York Street Hustle leading up to the 6:00 p.m. countdown. Warm (and adult) beverages and a live choir continue the celebration inside.

DIY Art: Card-Making Station
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Dig into our collection of sequins, ribbons, metallic markers, and shimmer paper to create your own holiday cards.

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Yoga
Yoga at 6:00 & 7:00 p.m. most Wednesday Nights.
Yoga on November 14 has been canceled.
Free tickets required

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

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