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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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JD Walter & Luis Perdomo Duo
Friday, January 5, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Jazz vocalist JD Walter and pianist Luis Perdomo present electronic escapades and jazz standards with a modern twist.

​Orrin Evans will not be performing this evening as previously announced.

CNOTE NYC
Friday, January 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This trio​ of Christopher McBride, Jonathan Edward Thomas, and Curtis Nowosad mixes jazz, R&B, rock, and fusion with ease, technicality, and musical precision.

The Sound of Progress: Songs for John Henry
Sunday, January 14, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Inspired by the illustrations of Jerry Pinkney and the writings of Julius Lester, this performance explores the legend of John Henry through blues, hymns, work songs, and ragtime.

​Presented in collaboration with Philadelphia Jazz Project

The Dove & the Wolf
Friday, January 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Philly-based Parisian duo crafts reflective songs characterized by hushed harmonies and the sounds of dream pop and old-school soft rock.

Final Fridays: Weird Science
Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Indulge your inner nerd with an evening devoted to experiments, discoveries, and art.

​Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Uri Gurvich
Friday, February 2, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Saxophonist Uri Gurvich blends world influences, including sounds from his native Israel, with progressive jazz. Songs from his latest release, Kinship, explore tribal and familial connections between different cultures and individuals.

Aaron Parnell Brown
Friday, February 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get in the mood for love. Philly singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown offers up a mix of ’70s soul, romantic jazz, and original tunes that will make you swoon.

Music in the Galleries
Dorrance Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Looking Back, Looking Forward with the Curtis Institute of Music

Martha Stuckey
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A theatrical evening of jazz standards and originals with Red 40 frontwoman Martha Stuckey.

Final Fridays: King Britt Presents
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary DJ and producer King Britt presents an evening of interactions and experiences inspired by his personal history as an artist.

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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.

A masterpiece 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
  • Portrait of the Artist's Mother, 1897, by Henry Ossawa Tanner
    • Friday, December 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Reception Hall from the Palace of Duke Zhao, 17th century, Chinese
    • Thursday, January 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The City, 1919, by Fernand Léger
    • Thursday, January 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Portrait of Pope Pius VII and Cardinal Caprara, c. 1805, by Jacques-Louis David
    • Thursday, January 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Grand Salon of the Château de Draveil, c. 1735, French
    • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sasanian Portal, Sasanid dynasty, mid-6th century
    • Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Felt Suit, 1970, by Joseph Beuys
    • Thursday, February 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Vishnu Begins the World, around 1600s–1700s, unknown artist
    • Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mermaid, 1896, by Edvard Munch
    • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
    • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Between Our World and the Picture’s
      • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Bosch/Not Bosch
      • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Keeping Up with El Greco
        • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Unveiling Titian
        • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups with babies

Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome in our galleries, and we're making it a bit easier for you with our stroller tours. If the baby fusses don't fret---you'll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tour: How to Un-Confuse Confusing Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Lobby).

​Ever look at art and scratch your head? Join us for a lively, interactive tour that explores how to look at art in a new way. By understanding symbols, stories, and metaphors commonly used by artists, you’ll be able to understand art as you never have. Space is limited.

  • Thursday, January 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

In the Artist’s Voice: Jas Knight
Sunday, January 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries

Contemporary painter Jas Knight shares how he uses the styles and processes of the old masters to reflect on black experience.

​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Community Conversation: Arts Advocacy
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Gallery 169
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

In a politically charged climate, what role should the arts play? Join other visitors for a facilitated conversation with Museum educators.

Nailed It: Behind the Scenes with Furniture Conservation
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associate Sponsor level members and above

​Hear from our conservators about what goes into the study, preservation, and restoration of objects in our woodwork and furniture collection. Also discover the use and origin of some of their favorite objects.​

Continuing Curiosity: The Art of the Peales Gallery Conversations
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

An evening of conversation about America’s first artistic dynasty, the Peale family. View and discuss the gallery installation The Art of the Peales with scholars and colleagues and then enjoy musical performances in the Great Stair Hall.

​This program is made possible by the Center for American Art.

Continuing Curiosity: The Art of the Peales Symposium
Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building

In this daylong symposium, five Peale scholars share their ongoing research in the context of the Museum’s new publication The Art of the Peales: Adaptations and Innovations. With Carol Soltis, Wendy Bellion, Amy Noel Ellison, Lance Humphries, Lauren Lessing, and Linda Simmons.

​This program is made possible by the Center for American Art. Offered in conjunction with the gallery installation The Art of the Peales.

In the Artist’s Voice: The Arnold Newman Lecture with Keith Smith
Saturday, February 17, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
Space is limited; first come, first served.

The artist discusses his varied and experimental practice in photography, prints, and bookmaking with Amanda Bock, the Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs.

​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Keith Smith at Home, on view in the Perelman Building, February 17–July 8, 2018.

Trolley Tour: Peale and Washington’s World
Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Paid tickets required
$40 (32 member)
Cost includes transportation and admission to the Museum, Cedar Grove, and Woodford.

Explore the gallery installation The Art of the Peales with ​Carol Soltis, Project Associate Curator, and learn the Peale family’s close connection to George Washington. Then hop on the trolley to Cedar Grove and Woodford Mansion and see the homes of their political friends and foes.

Look Behind the Camera
Friday, February 23, 2018
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; $5 for guests

​​Enjoy a tour of our photography studio and learn about efforts to advance the future of imaging through cutting-edge technology.

Day Trip to the Collective Design Fair, New York
Friday, March 9, 2018
Starts at 9:00 a.m.
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

​Experience creative voices from around the world at the annual Collective Design Fair.

History of Your Museum
Sunday, March 11, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perelman Media Room, Perelman Building

Art historian Elizabeth A. Anderson shares hidden stories behind the Museum’s rich holdings, from its Centennial Exhibition origins to the twenty-first century.

Lunch and Learn: The Art of East Asia
Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level members and above

Hear from curators of East Asian art about the transformative reinstallation of these galleries. Also learn about their favorite works and new discoveries as they prepare for an upcoming exhibition. You’ll leave with a fresh understanding of one of our most beloved collections.​​

Step into Unknown India
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

​​​Explore a gallery dedicated to visionary collector Stella Kramrisch, and go behind the scenes in our private art storage with Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, and project collaborator Pika Ghosh.​

Breakfast Tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level sponsor and above

​​Join us for a morning of modernism. Enjoy guided tours of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 accompanied by breakfast in the Great Stair Hall.​

Conversation: Museum as Collaborator
Thursday, June 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Complimentary for Associates-level members and above

​​​​​​​Join us for a conversation about the ways the Museum has worked to deepen partnerships with government and community collaborators over the past year—from Parkway Centennial programming to Philadelphia Assembled. Also learn about the Museum’s tremendous economic impact and our ambitious plans for the future.​

Panel includes Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer; Nicole Allen White, Director of Government and External Affairs; and Damon Reaves, The Berton and Sallie Korman Associate Curator of Education for Community Engagement and Access.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Object Lessons
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members); includes Museum admission

Gallery-based interactive art history courses

This is a three-part course (sign up for either Wednesday mornings or Thursday afternoons).
  • The Extravagant Baroque
    • Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
      • Thursday, January 11, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
          • Thursday, January 18, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            • Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
              • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                Take in the opulence of life in the 1600s and early 1700s. Together we’ll examine how Baroque sensibilities of theatricality and grandeur were expressed differently around the world, with a focus on art produced in Italy, the Netherlands, and Latin America.

                Instructor: Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning
            • Destination: Philadelphia
              • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                • Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                    • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                      • Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                        • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                          Explore the globe-trotting journeys that artists and collectors made to bring art treasures to the City of Brotherly Love.

                          Instructor: Justina Barrett, Museum Educator, Site Manager for Historic Houses

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Art/Cinema III
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
Paid tickets required
$125; $100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members
Cost includes Museum admission

Discover parallels between the making and study of art and film while gaining a greater understanding of the ways in which we approach creative works. This three-part course includes gallery visits and film clips that will enhance our discussion of photography, formalism, and documentary as represented in the Museum’s collection and world cinema.

​In collaboration with Bryn Mawr Film Institute
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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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
Every Wednesday night, 5:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Toll Gallery 152, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Enjoy board games with your friends and other visitors.

DIY Art: Card-Making Station
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Put last year’s coal to good use and create handmade holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
    • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Between Our World and the Picture’s
      • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Bosch/Not Bosch
      • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Keeping Up with El Greco
        • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Unveiling Titian
        • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

Yoga
Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201
Free tickets required
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.

Chef Demo: For Chocolate Lovers
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members); includes Museum admission

Show your love with a special Valentine's Day chef demo of chocolaty desserts.

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