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School tours of select exhibitions at the Museum allow students a unique opportunity to experience works of art only on view for a limited time.

  • Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Sunday, January 4, 2015

    • This fantastic exhibition reviews the work of a critical figure in the history of modern art, Paul Strand. Both a photographer and filmmaker, Strand’s work touches on themes of identity, community, and exploration of world cultures. The diverse imagery in this exhibition highlights how Strand radically changed his working process in an effort to identify photography’s essential role as a means of understanding and describing the modern world. The exhibition includes several works by fellow artists from the Alfred Stieglitz circle including, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, and Arthur Dove. Strand collaborated with writers to create several books which will also be in the exhibition. Paul Strand is perfect not only for art and photography classes, but also for teachers who would like to explore how photography can document and comment upon different times and places. A teaching poster for the classroom, with background information and curriculum connections, will be available for K–12 educators. School tours are offered to grades 4–12, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Regular school group admission prices will be charged for students and required chaperones.

  • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
    Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Sunday, April 5, 2015

    • This stunning exhibition will highlight more than two centuries of works by African American artists in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Bring your students to view masterworks by artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Gordon Parks, Faith Ringgold, and Carrie Mae Weems. Representing a broad range of subjects, themes, and approaches, the exhibition will feature a wide array of artworks—from ceramics, furniture, and quilts, to sculptures, paintings, photographs, and prints. The exhibition will tell the unique stories of these individual works, the African Americans artists who made them, and their place in the history of our nation and its art. A teacher resource for the classroom, with background information and curriculum connections will, be available for K–12 educators. School tours are offered to grades 3–12, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Regular school group admission prices will be charged for students and required chaperones.

  • Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano
    Monday, February 16, 2015 - Sunday, May 10, 2015

    • Don’t miss this first major exhibition outside of Japan to explore the nearly 500-year sphere of influence established by the Kano lineage of painters, the longest lived and most influential school of painting in Japanese history. Ink and Gold will include large-scale folding screens and sliding doors designed for the residences of Japan’s elite—with oversized figures and landscapes set against backdrops of stunning gold leaf, these works characterize the power and grandeur Kano patrons. The exhibition will also feature scrolls, albums, and fans, some 180 works in all, including one designated National Treasure and nearly two dozen Important Cultural Properties of Japan. A teaching poster for the classroom, with background information and curriculum connections, will be available for K–12 educators. School tours are offered to grades 3–12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Regular school group admission price will be charge for students and required chaperones.

For more information, please contact Education: School & Teacher Programs by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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