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A variety of special events are happening in conjunction with this exhibition, for members and the public alike.

Members-Only

Exhibition Tour: Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 and see how artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Jacob Lawrence challenged convention and forged bold new styles.

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Friday, April 27, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Friday, May 11, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, July 29, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Exhibition Tours

Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Enjoy a guided tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950.

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.

Teacher Workshops

Teacher Preview: Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
5 PA or NJ hours
SOLD OUT

​What does it mean to be modern? What does it mean to be American? In this teacher preview of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950, delve into the work of artists grappling with these questions and reflect on their diverse perspectives.

Join us to:

  • Learn about American modern art with Jessica T. Smith, the Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art and organizer of the exhibition
  • Explore the exhibition with museum educators
  • Discover stories from the childhoods of American artists Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock with author David Stabler and illustrator Doogie Horner (Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends).​

Associates

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.​

Teacher Workshops

Try a Technique: Abstract Composition
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
3 PA or NJ hours
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 member)

Treat yourself to a few hours exploring modern American art. Begin with a tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 before making your own art in the studio. World-renowned abstract painter and teacher Moe Brooker leads the hands-on portion of the workshop. Experiment with mixed media, bright colors, rhythm, and light to create your own dynamic abstract composition.

Members-Only

Private Tour: Modern Times
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Membership Required
Reservations required
Member $30
Patrons and above receive two complimentary tickets

Experience the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 without the crowds—enjoy a private guided tour with exhibition curator Jessica Todd Smith, The Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art, and Manager, Center for American Art.

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Talks & Tours

Dressing for the Photographer: Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Clothes
Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members $16); includes Museum admission

Art and cultural historian Wanda Corn reveals how Georgia O’Keeffe cultivated her image as an artist through her unique sense of fashion. This lecture explores the ways she used her distinctive taste in clothes to model for photographers. Together they created a public persona for O’Keeffe that still dominates the American imagination today.

​This is the Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture. Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Talks & Tours

Marsden Hartley: At Home in Maine and in Our Collection
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Curator Randall Griffey of the Metropolitan Museum of Art discusses painter Marsden Hartley’s engagement with concerns relating to place, identity, and home.

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

Friday Nights

Final Fridays: All That Jazz
Friday, June 29, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Nine and vocalist Najwa Parkins bring swing to the Museum.

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

Family Programs

Calder Re-Wired
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

The Picasso People bring the work of sculptor Alexander Calder to life through mime, music, and puppetry on this special Pay What You Wish Monday.

  • Monday, July 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Family Programs

Baby Bird Playdate
Fridays at 10:15 a.m.
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Play at the Museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​

Family Programs

Wednesday Night Family Studio
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​Stay up late and make some art before bedtime.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Performances

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

Members-Only

Members’ Book Club: The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
Museum Library, Perelman Building

Grab some coffee and join a discussion of the fantasy classic The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington. This talk will be led by a member of our Library staff. Complimentary coffee included.

To join our book club mailing list, email memberservices@philamuseum.org.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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