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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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Alita Moses
Friday, September 21, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This award-winning vocalist entertains with alluring jazz arrangements ranging from George Gershwin to Esperanza Spalding.

Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies!
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.: Performance begins at Independence National Historical Park
4:00 p.m.: Performance resumes outside the Museum’s West Entrance (Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130)
Free

Join us for a new site-specific public performance conceived by artist Yael Bartana. Bringing together funerary tradition, military ritual, and personal testimony, this performance makes visible the systems of violence and displacement that have been perpetuated through weapons, both literal and metaphorical. These weapons will be buried as they are incorporated into a choreographed funeral that includes a participatory procession and a collective eulogy about war and survival.

The performance starts with a public procession from Washington Square Park to Independence National Historical Park, where visitors will witness a dance movement and collective eulogy. Travel to the Museum for the second and final portion of the performance, which includes a dance movement and ceremonial burial. More information >>

​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned

Final Fridays: LMAO
Friday, September 28, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Stand-up and improv comics take over the galleries, and absurdist soul outfit Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket tear it up on the dance floor. Some programs present language and content that may not be suitable for children.


Music: DJ John Morrison
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This Southwest Philly DJ spins hip-hop, soul, Afrobeat, and electronic music.


DIY Art: Art Mess with Andrew Jeffrey Wright
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Art can’t be taught, but it can be created in fifteen minutes. Sit down and make an art mess suitable for any gallery.


Detour with Caitlin Weigel
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Caitlin Weigel of Philly Improv Theater leads an unconventional tour through our American art galleries.


Joke Bath
6:00 p.m.
Gallery 277, 2nd floor
Four of Good Good Comedy Theatre’s favorite comedians perform their popular stand-up freak show, including new art-inspired material.


In-Gallery Performance: “Untitled” with Philly Improv Theater
6:15 & 6:45 p.m.
Gallery 116, 1st floor
Local artists across many disciplines share their work with the Philly Improv Theater to inspire an improv set.


Art Gab
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Gallery 293, 2nd floor
Good Good Comedy Theatre puts the secrets of the Museum on display for all to gawk at.


Music: Johnny Showcase
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket bring their electrifying charisma to the Great Stair Hall. This South Philly folk-hero legend toes the line between performance art and a psychedelic soul revival.

Tessa Souter
Friday, October 5, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist performs songs about roots and identity from her new release, Picture in Black and White.

Nicole Zuraitis
Friday, October 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Drawing inspiration from pop, jazz, Indian classical, and R&B, this Brooklyn-based vocalist and pianist performs original songs with depth and vitality.

Reverso: Suite Ravel
Friday, October 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Trombonist Ryan Keberle, pianist Frank Woeste, cellist Erik Friedlander, and drummer Adam Cruz bridge the gap between jazz and chamber music.

In association with the French-American Cultural Exchange and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

Music in the Galleries
Gallery 224, 2nd floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Sruti
    • Saturday, October 20, 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.
      Sruti, the India Music and Dance Society of Philadelphia, fills the Pillared Temple Hall with music.

Final Fridays: City of Ghosts
Friday, October 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

See who haunts our halls with an immersive ghost story experience, and do the monster mash as Brooklyn synth-pop duo Holy Ghost! rocks the Great Stair Hall. Costumes welcome.

​Presented in conjunction with Parkway 100

Josh Lawrence
Friday, November 2, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This trumpeter/composer and his ensemble Color Theory present music inspired by painter Vasily Kandinsky's Compositions.

Lowland Hum
Friday, November 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Husband and wife team Daniel and Lauren Goans perform poetic and evocative folk music.

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.

Final Fridays: The Ultimate Ugly Sweater Party
Friday, November 30, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Our annual holiday bash, only grander and gaudier than ever before. Sip a spiked cocoa, bedazzle a sweater, and let the festive tunes start spinning as Mwenso & the Shakes take the stage.

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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
  • Home Altar, late 19th–early 20th century, artist/maker unknown
    • Thursday, October 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Bishamonten Pursuing an Oni, c. 1885, by Hashimoto Gahō
    • Thursday, October 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • San Diego de Alcalá (Saint Didacus of Alcalá), late 17th century, artist/maker unknown
    • Thursday, October 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 19, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Numbers, 1963, by Jasper Johns
    • Thursday, October 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks, 1864, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler
    • Thursday, November 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Christ and the Virgin, c. 1427–32, by Robert Campin
    • Thursday, November 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 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.

Community Conversations: Homeland
Sunday, October 7, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

What does home mean to you? How does it relate to your senses of place, neighborhood, and national identity? We'll consider these questions in conjunction with the exhibition Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics.

In the Artist’s Voice: Contemporary Design Conversations
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery 158, 1st floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Join us for two talks with designers who inspire new ways of thinking:

6:00–6:30 p.m.: Explore experiments in counter-fashion with the cofounders of the Rational Dress Society, who will discuss the intersection of body, identity, fashion, and radical politics.

7:30–8:00 p.m.: Hear from the mastermind behind the home pregnancy test, Meg Crane, and the inventors of Lia, a new flushable version.

Offered in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia

In the Artist’s Voice: Ricardo Rivera
Saturday, October 13, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission; reception for Collab members to follow

A discussion on place-making with the co-founder of Klip Collective, a Philly-based art shop that integrates projection lighting with storytelling.

Sponsored by Collab in partnership with DesignPhiladelphia.

Henry McIlhenny, Master of Glenveagh: Film Screening & Q&A
Friday, October 19, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (Museum members and WHYY members free); includes Museum admission

Learn about a Philadelphia philanthropist and collector who played an active role in the Museum in this fascinating documentary, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Presented in collaboration with WHYY

In the Artist’s Voice: Ringside Views with Photographer Larry Fink
Saturday, October 20, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Damion Thomas, Curator of Sports at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, moderates a conversation about boxing culture and representations of the sport with photographer Larry Fink, Amira Rose Davis (assistant professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University), and Donald Hunt (sports writer for The Philadelphia Tribune).

Reception to follow

​Support provided by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Larry Fink: The Boxing Photographs

Eda G. Diskant Memorial Lecture: Beauty and the Macabre
Saturday, October 27, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

For over ten years, artist, writer, and curator Joanna Ebenstein has been excavating the places where death and beauty meet through her blog Morbid Anatomy. In this talk, she searches for beauty and the macabre in our collection of European art.

Reception to follow

This lecture is supported by The Robert and Eda G. Diskant Memorial Endowment.

Community Conversations: Memory
Sunday, November 4, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

How have your personal and collective memories shaped who you are today? What are the ways that memories inform your sense of past, present, and future? We'll consider these questions in conjunction with the exhibition Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics.

Arcadia Library Lecture: P.S. Page Me Later: The Magic and Mystery of FOUND Stuff
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$10 (members free); includes Perelman Building admission

Writer, filmmaker, This American Life reporter, and FOUND Magazine creator Davy Rothbart shares his favorites from the pages of his cult zine, and reflects on his forays into the lives of strangers, what it means to find something, and what it means to be found.

What Is Citizenship?
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$10 (includes Perelman Building admission); free for Museum & National Constitution Center members

Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates a debate about the various ways that citizenship and nationhood are defined today.

Panelists:
Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Herman Stern Research Professor, Beasley School of Law, Temple University

John Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service and Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University

Ruth Wasem, Clinical Professor of Public Policy Practice, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

This program is inspired by Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned, and realized in collaboration with the National Constitution Center.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Museum Studio: Portrait Photography
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall.
CANCELED

Visit the exhibition Face to Face: Portraits of Artists, and explore the roles of director and performer in portrait photography as you learn how to navigate the relationship of working with a model. Attendees should bring their own cameras. Participants should have a basic understanding of photography and be familiar with their cameras.

​This program is in collaboration with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 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: Japanese Design, Old and New
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall.
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission

See how Japanese artists in the late 1800s responded to modernity and change by exploring the gallery installation Philadelphia Collects Meiji. Afterward, transform your initials into a personalized logo inspired by the exhibition with Shushi Yoshinaga, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Drexel University.

Museum Studio: Fashionable Headwear
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall.
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission

Gather inspiration from the exhibition Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now before you embark on your own adventures in crafting headwear.

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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 the Sculpture Garden through September
In Wallace Gallery 201 through the spring
Free
First come, first served; space is limited

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

Gameplay: Stratego
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Gallery 299, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Stratego with friends and other visitors on Wednesday nights in September.

Oktoberfest
Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
Online pricing: $20 ($18 members); Day-of pricing: $25 ($22.50 members)
Museum admission not included

Join us in transforming the Museum’s Great Stair Hall into an Oktoberfest Beer Garden. Enjoy local craft brews and specially priced flights paired with festive foods.

  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Drink & Draw with Molly Egan
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Sip while you sketch with Philly artist Molly Egan. Drawing materials provided, drinks available for purchase at the bar. All levels welcome.

In the Artist’s Voice: Contemporary Design Conversations
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery 158, 1st floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Join us for two talks with designers who inspire new ways of thinking:

6:00–6:30 p.m.: Explore experiments in counter-fashion with the cofounders of the Rational Dress Society, who will discuss the intersection of body, identity, fashion, and radical politics.

7:30–8:00 p.m.: Hear from the mastermind behind the home pregnancy test, Meg Crane, and the inventors of Lia, a new flushable version.

Offered in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia

Trick-or-Treat
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Trick-or-treat through the galleries and make some spooky artwork. Come dressed up and get some more mileage out of your Halloween costume.

Drink & Draw with Lauren Cat West
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Sip while you sketch with Philly artist Lauren Cat West. Drawing materials provided, drinks available for purchase at the bar. All levels welcome.

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 7, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • 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.

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