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Member Events & Programs

Members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are invited to enhance their experiences at the Museum through a variety of exclusive opportunities including tours which highlight the permanent collection, special exhibition preview days, and bus trips and enrichment programs which provide both social and educational opportunities to engage with other Museum members.
Art In Focus: Rodin Revisited
Friday, April 10, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tour meets at the Rodin Museum
Membership Required
Reservations required
Sponsors and above may reserve up to two complimentary spaces for this event. Space is limited.

Join us for an intimate conversation and reception focusing on the artist’s use of models and his international acclaim for portraiture. Hosted by Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Associate Curator of European Painting and the Rodin Museum

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Now offered on the third Wednesday of each month, this members-only tour provides an overview of some of the Museum’s most renowned treasures in a variety of media.

Starr Chef Demo Inventing the Philly Roll
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Cafeteria
Membership Required
Reservations required
$40 Members

Guest chef Madame Saito leads this exclusive demonstration for members only. The inventor of the famous Philly Roll, Madame Saito is an expert in Japanese culture and the art of sushi. Join us for this special session and learn how to roll signature maki and prepare delicious temaki in your own home.

Member Feature Film - The Essential Film Noir: Out of the Past (1947)
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Membership Required
Free for Members
Member invited guests $8

Don’t miss this film noir classic, hosted by Dr. Moylan C. Mills of Penn State University. In this thriller, Robert Mitchum finds he can’t escape his former life when Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer entangle him in a web of murder and double-dealings.
This program is generously sponsored by Gloria Pasline.

Mother’s Day event with Shelley Spector
Saturday, May 9, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Joan Spain Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building & Perelman Cafeteria
Membership Required
Reservations required
$40 for Members, $45 for Member Guest

Spend the afternoon with artist Shelley Spector and her mother exploring the exhibition and learning about their family collaboration for this project. Following the tour participants will enjoy a traditional afternoon tea by Stephen Starr Events.

Demeter's Choice and the Artists of the Gilded Age
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Members

Mary Dorra will discuss her historical novel, bringing to life Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition, where her grandmother, Mary Lawrence, an assistant to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, was the only woman allowed to exhibit a sculpture outside the Women’s Pavilion. Her historical novel reveals a portrait of the era and its Beaux Arts American artists. There will be a book signing after the talk. This event is sponsored by the Museum's Graduate Guides and will be followed by a book signing.

Members Preview - Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting

Experience the exhibition before it opens to the public during our private Members’ Preview. During this time, members have exclusive access to the exhibition galleries for a first look at Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting which features world-famous works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, and more. Experience the captivating story behind the visionary art dealer who creatively promoted and encouraged widespread appreciation of one of today’s most popular art movements.

Museum Circle Preview, for Sustainers and above ($500+)
Friday, June 19, 2015

Members’ Monday
Experience the exhibition when the Museum is closed to the public. The exhibition and Impressionist galleries will be open exclusively for members only on this day.

During the Previews
Recharge in our pop-up Members' Hospitality Suite with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea. Created exclusively for our loyal supporters, the suite is your place to relax, learn, and socialize. Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and located off of the North Auditorium Gallery on the ground floor. Members must show a valid membership card to gain entry. On the evening of Friday, June 19, Museum Circle members will enjoy complimentary light bites and a cash bar.
  • Friday, June 19, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Young Friends Events & Programs

The Young Friends program offers captivating events with curators and local artists, art-inspired excursions throughout Philadelphia, and interactive social events designed to spark a lifelong love affair with art.
Young Friends Tour - Music and Art
Saturday, April 18, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tour meets in the West Lobby
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members
Public $8

We’re partnering with the Crescendo Club to explore the relationship between music and art through the Museum’s collection. Following the tour we’ll enjoy an informal concert entitled Four Seasons by the gifted young musicians of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Young Friends Tour - Ink and Gold: The Art of Kano
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tour meets in West Lobby
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members

Tour the third and final rotation of an exhibition that explores the stunning artistry of the esteemed Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history.

Associates and Chairman’s Council

Through unique and diverse events and exclusive access to Museum experts, Associates and Chairman's Council members witness firsthand how their support positively impacts the art, the people, and the programs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Lunch and Learn: Changing Hues: Conservation and Research of Chiaroscuro Woodblock Prints
Monday, April 13, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Learn about a lesser-known aspect of old master printmaking with Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Nancy Ash, The Charles K. Williams, II, Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper. Hear about their research on sixteenth-century Italian chiaroscuro woodcuts made using one of the earliest color printing techniques, focusing on works from the Museum’s renowned Berman Collection of European Prints, and how they worked with colleagues to advance the study of these prints.

A Luohan Revealed
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associate Sponsor & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Spend the evening with Hiromi Kinoshita, The Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Sally Malenka, The John and Chara Haas Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, and Beth Price, Senior Scientist, for an in-depth look at a singular treasure from the Museum’s East Asian Art collection: a recently acquired Ming dynasty Luohan (disciple of the Buddha). Join us to learn about the cultural importance of this work, its history with Philadelphia, the craftsmen’s materials and techniques, and the process of conserving this painted wood sculpture through a visit to Objects Conservation and Scientific Research Laboratories.

Annual Luncheon with the Director and Chair
Monday, May 18, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associate Sponsor & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Join Constance H. Williams, Board Chair, and Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, for this annual luncheon as we raise a glass in celebration of the generous investment and participation of the Museum’s family of Associate Sponsors and Chairman’s Council members.

Year-End Celebration and Conversation with Museum Leadership
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Join us for an intimate conversation with the executive leadership, curators, conservators, and educators who bring the Museum to life, all while we raise a glass to you in celebration of another exciting and successful year with The Associates and Chairman’s Council.

For more information, please contact Membership by phone at 215-684-7840, by fax at 215-235-0042, or by e-mail at .

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