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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.

Courses

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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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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The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
Tickets available only through the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at 215-569-8080 or at pcmsconcerts.org. Museum members receive a 20% discount.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is delighted to continue its collaboration with The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in this series.

  • Jason Vieaux, guitar
    • Sunday, October 18, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Vieaux brings five centuries of music from three contients to the Museum.
  • Tre Voci
    • Sunday, November 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Featuring Grammy Award- winning violist Kim Kaskashian, flutist Marina Piccinini, and harpist Sivan Magen.

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Films

Join other movie lovers for screenings of films and documentaries connected to the Museum's collection and exhibitions.

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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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Dina Wind Power of Art Conversation: The Digital Experience
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Join Museum Director Timothy Rub, Lucy Schwartz of Google Art, and artist Mark Tribe, founder of Rhizome, and Erica Battle, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, as they discuss art in the digital age. This lecture is a Power of Art program, sponsored by The Wind Foundation.

A Conversation with Dave Heath
Saturday, September 19, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Honickman and Berman Galleries, ground floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Photographer Dave Heath’s sensitive explorations of loss, pain, love, and hope reveal him to be one of the most original photographers of the 1950s and 1960s. Join Dave Heath; Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Keith Davis, Senior Curator of Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, for an illuminating discussion of the artist’s work.

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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 5, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
        • Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
            • Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
              This summer, the Art Splash Studio takes over Make Stuff every Wednesday Night. Enjoy a different art project every week for visitors of all ages! Art supplies will be provided.

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Yoga
Free tickets required after Museum admission

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga while surrounded by the Museum’s collection. Class size varies according to gallery location.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
  • Location: Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden
    • Wednesday, August 5, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 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 5, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Location: Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Museum store on the balcony, first floor

Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, 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.

  • Spring, 1901–1902, by John La Farge
    • Thursday, August 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • A Woman and a Girl Driving, 1881, by Mary Cassatt
    • Thursday, October 1, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, October 2, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, October 3, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Fish Magic, 1925, by Paul Klee
    • Thursday, October 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, October 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, October 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Fountain from the Monastery of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, 1125-1150, France (Roussillon)
    • Thursday, October 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, October 16, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, October 17, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, 1878-81, by Edgar Degas
    • Thursday, October 22, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, October 23, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, October 24, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Esther Before Ahasuerus, 1738-40, by Pompeo Batoni
    • Thursday, October 29, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, October 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, October 31, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Tapestry Showing the Baptism of Constantine, 1623-25, by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Thursday, November 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, November 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Interior of Saint Bavo, Haarlem, 1631, by Pieter Saenredam
    • Thursday, November 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, November 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Dresser, c. 1683, France
    • Thursday, November 19, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, November 20, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Come be inspired by the Rodin Museum and its gardens. On the second Saturday of each month, learn a different sketching technique. Topics vary and include the Rodin Museum’s building, sculptures, and the garden, weather permitting. Materials are provided, though bring your own if you’d like (sketch pads, and drawing or charcoal pencils only, please). This drop-in program is primarily aimed at an adult audience.

  • Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Artist Talk with Anthony Campuzano
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Starts at 7:15 p.m.
Location: Gallery 179

Join us for a casual gallery conversation with contemporary artist Anthony Campuzano as he discusses his newly installed artwork, Forecast.

Last Wednesdays - August

On the last Wednesday of the month experience a dynamic mix of art, performances, and entertainment.

  • Collecting and Connecting
    • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Enjoy an evening of stories about building personal and museum collections. Hear from curators about several unique and superb collections in the galleries. Meet Philadelphia-based collectors, and learn about the beloved objects they have acquired over the years.
  • Possession, Obsession, Collection Slam with First Person Arts
    5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    In the spirit of collecting, First Person Arts storytellers share personal stories on the theme of "Obsession," backed by members of the improvisational classical music group Murmuration. And, if you’re game, there will be time for five audience storytellers to share their own tales of "obsession."

In Transit: Dance|Music|Theater
Begins in Gallery 111

Ballet X, A Change of Harp, and thespians Michaela Moore and Sara Vanasse take you on a performative journey where the American Art galleries take center stage.

This program is a co-presentation with FringeArts.
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Last Wednesdays - September

On the last Wednesday of the month experience a dynamic mix of art, performances, and entertainment.

  • HELP WANTED: Play “Investigators” with Plain Sight Games
    • Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Plain Sight Games is recruiting deductive and inquisitive minds to investigate a mystery. Strange characters have been spotted in the Museum. We suspect foul play, but don't have enough information to make any formal inquiries. Thus, we turn to you, detectives. Join us for an interactive game that will have you searching the museum, solving codes, and uncovering a mysterious plot.
  • Game Night at the Museum!
    5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Connecting with the Museum’s splendid collection is all about fun and games as board games populate the 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. Take part in an interactive museum adventure created by Plain Sight Games.

Curator Talk :“I can only work from a model:” Exploring Rodin’s Portraits
Free after admission

For more than fifty years, Rodin welcomed models and sitters to his studio and created their portraits in marble, bronze, and clay. Discover his working process and observe his evolving style in this curator-led tour with Jennifer Thompson, the Gloria and Jack Drosdick Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900 and the Rodin Museum.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 21, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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Workshops

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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Sewing the Tomato Patch
Friday, August 21, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Paid reservations required
$20 ($15 members)
Call 1-800-235-SHOW (7469) to reserve tickets

Spend the afternoon with artist Shelley Spector and contribute to the exhibition of her work, Shelley Spector: Keep the Home Fires Burning. Participants will collaborate with Spector to create textile tomatoes that will become a part of the artwork in the show. This workshop is limited to 15 participants, ages 12 to adult.

Minecraft Design Studio
Sunday, August 30, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission

Love playing Minecraft? Discover it in a whole new light—as an innovative design object. Join us for a look at Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design, which features the game among many other works. Then, create your own virtual designs inspired by the themes and objects in the exhibition.

Participants must bring their own laptop and active Minecraft license. Limited to 25 participants, ages 12 to adult.

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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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