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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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Summer Lecture Series: For Instruction and Amusement - The History of Philadelphia’s Museums
Saturday, July 26, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$90 ($72 members) for all three 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 and the unveiling of Frank Gehry's plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  • 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)

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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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Fashion Films
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$10 ($8 members; free for students with valid ID)

The world of fashion is chronicled in three films, including rarely screened documentaries by the celebrated American-born French fashion photographer and filmmaker William Klein.

  • Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution (2012)
    • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      When African American models Billie Blair, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Norma Jean Darden, Carlene Dash, Bethann Hardison, Barbara Jackson, Jennifer Brice, Ramona Saunders, and Amina Warsuma boarded a plane from New York to Paris in 1973, they had no idea they would be part of the biggest coup in the history of modern fashion. Director Deborah Riley Draper illustrates how ten women and five American ready-to-wear designers challenged the five lions of French haute couture in a showdown that transformed the fashion business forever.
  • Mode en France (Fashion in France) (1984)
    • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Essential viewing for anyone interested in fashion, William Klein’s sharp, satirical documentary presents an irreverent yet gleeful insight into high fashion in the 1980s. As a photographer for Vogue between 1955 and 1965, Klein shot some of the most iconic fashion images ever published by the magazine, focusing more on the atmosphere in the image than on the clothes.
  • In and Out of Fashion (1998)
    • Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      This collage-like film assembles segments from William Klein’s earlier documentaries to present a cinematic retrospective of his work as a photographer and filmmaker. Klein’s studies of fashion range from rare footage of an Yves Saint Laurent runway show to black-and-white images shot backstage at Paris haute couture shows, plus musings on what we can learn by studying how even ordinary people dress.

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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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Artist Conversation - Patrick Kelly's Circle
Sunday, September 28, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$25 ($20 members; $10 students with valid ID)

Join supermodel Pat Cleveland, writer Michael Gross, and fashion journalist Carol Mongo in a conversation about Patrick Kelly’s fashion designs and career.

Annual Library Lecture: Ariadne's Thread: Researching the History of Art Collecting
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Located in the Van Pelt Auditorium

More even than its parent field of art history, the history of collecting is richly interdisciplinary and necessitates considerations of a vast array of archival, bibliographic, and photographic material in order to evaluate the socio-economic and political context in which art was bought and sold, coveted or denounced. In this lecture, Inge Reist, Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, will guide us through the maze that faces researchers who seek to know more about the formation of great art collections.

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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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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.

  • Splash Studio
    • Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
        • Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
            • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
              • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
                This summer, the Art Splash Studio takes over Make Stuff every Wednesday Night until 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a different art project every week for visitors of all ages! Art supplies will be provided.
            • Sketching in the Galleries
              • Wednesday, September 10, 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 Your Own Puzzle
              • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                Create your own puzzle inspired by a work of art you have seen today.
            • Button Bracelets: Inspired by Patrick Kelly
              • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                Create your own button bracelet inspired by the fun fashions and accessories in Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, on view in the Perelman Building.

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.

  • Revolution Shakespeare presents Five Kings
    • 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.

        Because of the location of this performance, seating is limited. We apologize for any inconvenience
    • Shakespeare in Clark Park with Team Sunshine Performance Corp presents Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine
      • Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 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.

        Seating is limited to 30 people per performance and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Data Garden performs Three Musicians
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Starts at 1:00 p.m.

Musician Christopher Sean Powell will get the whole audience involved in creating original electronic music inspired by Picasso's masterpiece, Three Musicians.

"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, August 6, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

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.
  • 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.

Make Stuff: Batik Dying
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join artist Donna Backues in decorating a large batik cloth with colorful dyes. She will demonstrate a dying technique used in the north coast of the Indonesian island of Java..

“The Body Lautrec” (A Sneak Preview)
Location: Gallery 161

Physical theatre artists Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen bring you a voyeuristic peek into the world of Belle Epoch painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Suffering from a hereditary bone disorder, Lautrec’s unusual physicality earned him a role as outsider, clown, provocateur and self-appointed archivist of the Parisian underworld. From this unique perspective, The Body Lautrec offers a celebration of human bodies in both art and medicine, told with movement, music and puppetry.

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

The Wednesday Night Look Around

It’s kind of like…Where's Waldo meets the Museum's masterpieces. Actually, that is exactly what it is like. It's a scavenger hunt! Spend an hour or so on Wednesday Nights looking closely at art with friends and family to win prizes. With themes changing monthly, there is always something new to find with the Wednesday Night Look Around!

  • Fruit
    • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Games
    • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Get crafty with Art Star
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

Join Art Star founders Erin Waxman and Megan Brewster and leading members of Philly’s craft community for a night of crafty fun! Stations will include screen printing with Candy Coated, paper crafts with Kayte Terry, sculpture with the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, ceramics with the Clay Studio, jewelry making with Maureen Duffy, weaving with Janell Wysock, cross-stitch with chez sucre chez, and heat press with Little Chair Printing. A selection of Art Star’s affordable, handmade goods will be available for purchase and Cut + Paste Photobooth will be on-site offering free prints.

Game Night!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

Connecting with the museum’s splendid collection is all about fun and games as board games populate the Museum’s galleries during our Game Night! Marvel at Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic while playing the skill game “Operation.” Checkmate your opponent in a game of chess in the Arms and Armor Gallery. Adding to the whimsy, the creative folks from hackerspace Hive76 will challenge visitors to a lifesize game of Connect Four.

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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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