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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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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


Music: DJ madison moore
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Professor, cultural critic, and DJ madison moore spins house and techno for your body and soul.
Hear madison in conversation with author Teri Agins on January 26 at the Roz Perry Memorial Lecture.


Effects Display
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Drop in and learn about Philadelphia ballroom history through fashion, first-person accounts, ballroom videos, and winning effects (outfits and accessories worn while walking).


Detour: Ballroom Legends
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet outside Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, 1st floor
Join Mike Lanvin, Markise Prodigy, and Moe West for a unique look at Fabulous Fashion through the eyes of these local legends.


Voguing Basics: Werk Your Walk
6:00 & 6:45 p.m. (Sign up in-gallery for a 20-minute session)
Kienbusch Gallery 247, 2nd floor
Learn the fundamentals of voguing, then join Philly icons Lamish Avalon, Aamina Prodigy, and Bubby Revlon on the floor to test your skills.


The Fabulous Fashions of Ballroom
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Members from POSSE Project (Promoting Openness through Safer Sex Education) sashay down the runway to a soundtrack by legendary DJ MikeQ, wearing self-designed costumes inspired by 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.

Music in the Galleries
Toll Gallery 152, 1st floor

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • 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.

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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In the Artist’s Voice: Antony Gormley
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
SOLD OUT

In conversation with Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, artist Antony Gormley discusses his new installation STAND on the museum’s iconic Rocky steps and the role that sculpture plays in civic life.

A public reception for ticket holders will precede the talk in the Skylit Atrium at 5:30 p.m.​

Tour: Arms and Armor
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Discover our collection of arms and armor including swords, shields, and equestrian equipment.

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 25, 2019, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
  • Friday, February 8, 2019, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 17, 2019, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

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

Romantic Prints on the Move
Saturday, February 2, 2019
12:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Reservations required
Free event but you must register.

Join us for the second day of the Romantic Prints on the Move symposium, which takes its lead from the 2013 exhibition and corresponding collection catalogue The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints, 1770–1850. This event will shed light on the economic, aesthetic, and geographical aspects of the production, dissemination, and collection of these prints in an era of burgeoning new printmaking technologies, while discussing their continuing appeal and marketability. Jay A. Clarke (Art Institute, Chicago) will present the keynote lecture on this day.

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

Support for this program was provided by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.

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

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
  • 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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Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • 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.
  • 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 our 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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Yoga
Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
In Wallace Gallery 201 through the spring
Free tickets required
Free tickets available Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m at any Visitor Services Desk. First come, first served.
Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Chef Demo: Whiskey and Warm Winter Flavors
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Stir restaurant, main building
Paid tickets required
$55, $50 members

​Sip whiskey cocktails and savor comfort foods to warm your heart.

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