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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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Behn Gillece & Adam Birnbaum
Friday, July 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Vibraphonist Behn Gillece and jazz pianist Adam Birnbaum offer an evening of brooding, original compositions and fiery, virtuosic playing.

Music in the Galleries: Light, Line, Shadow
Sunday, July 22, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s composition inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting Road and Trees. Performed by Network for New Music.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Final Fridays: Summer Magick
Friday, July 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Spend an enchanted evening celebrating the mystical and the feminine. In a special performance at 7:15 p.m., My Brightest Diamond presents ethereal explorations of electronic, chamber, and art-pop music.

​Offered in conjunction with Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp/The Future Fields Commission

Music: Shara Nova Playlist
5:00–7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Enjoy a soundtrack crafted by the art-pop songstress behind My Brightest Diamond for the lead-up to her performance.


DIY Art: Dabble in Design
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Splash Studio, Great Stair Hall Balcony
Create a colorful textile inspired by the work of June Groff.


Chat with a Curator: Erica Battle
5:30, 6:15 & 6:45 p.m.
Gallery 175, 1st floor
The Museum’s Alchin and Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art describes working with Rachel Rose and the production of Wil-o-Wisp.


Detour: Jos Duncan
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in McCausland Gallery 116, 1st floor
In an unconventional gallery tour, this storyteller makes magic, drawing inspiration from African and African American culture and folklore to weave tales influenced by works in our American art galleries.


In-Gallery Healing: The Rituals of Sacred Sound & Story
6:00 p.m.
Gallery 224, 2nd floor
Join Daniel and Rachel Cordua, owners of South Philly’s Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, as they connect the stories of gods and goddesses from India with the magic of sacred sound through Tibetan singing bowls and the chanting of Sanskrit verses. First come, first served.


In-Gallery Performances: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
6:00 & 6:45 p.m.
These local performers respond to the ritual and mystery seen in Wil-O-Wisp with a roving performance through our European art galleries.


Music: My Brightest Diamond
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This ethereal set features tracks from the artist’s new record, A Million and One, and spans experimental pop, electronic, and chamber music.

Farid Barron
Friday, August 3, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Best known for his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Farid Barron brings his trademark sound to ragtime and stride piano melodies of the 1910s.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Drew Nugent Trio
Friday, August 10, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Travel back to the Roaring Twenties with ​the Drew Nugent Trio.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

The Ladybugs
Friday, August 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This quartet infuses songs from the 1930s with country, blues, Latin, and classical music.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Friday, August 24, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This ensemble brings us the sounds of the 1940s, highlighting classics by Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon, and more.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Final Fridays: Work Your Angles
Friday, August 31, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philly-based rap and spoken word artist Ivy Sole and friends explore the intersection between how we see ourselves, how we want to be seen, and how others see us.

​Offered in conjunction with Face to Face: Portraits of Artists

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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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
  • Villa at Caprarola, 1746, by Claude-Joseph Vernet
    • Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Friday, August 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Second Saturday Sketch
Saturday, August 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Free after admission

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

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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: Backgammon
Gallery 293, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Backgammon with friends and other visitors on Wednesday nights in July.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Yoga
Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden (weather dependent)
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
First come, first served; space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga outdoors in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. Class size varies.

Help us keep the sculptures safe—please do not touch them during your visit.

Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

Gameplay: Apples to Apples
Gallery 258, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Apples to Apples with friends and other visitors on Wednesday nights in August.

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

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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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