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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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The Dark Side of Hollywood: Film Noir
Location: Media Room, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members)

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

Film noir is a cycle of pictures that emerged, in the 1940s, from the confluence of Hollywood’s detective and gangster movies, hard-boiled fiction, and the aesthetics of German Expressionism. Typified by stark lighting, bleak urban settings, and corrupt, broken characters, noir has a fascination with doom, male anxiety, and transgression, the threats of which the spell-casting femme fatale embodies. Join us as we explore exemplary works from the genre, including The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity, among others.

This course is offered in collaboration with Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


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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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.


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.


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, 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.

“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 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 20, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m. (CANCELED)

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
5:00 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.

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.
  • 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.

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.



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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