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February 12th, 2005
Art After Five Celebrates Salvador Dalí with Two Special Friday Evening Performances

In conjunction with the major retrospective Salvador Dalí, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present two special Friday Evening performances. The Museum stays open late every Friday evening, presenting a program of Art After Five, with music, dance, food and drinks in the Great Stair Hall in addition to the experience of 200 galleries housing a vast collection of art from around the world.

On Friday, April 1, the Museum and Arts in Motion present Surreal Art in Motion: A Multimedia Tribute to Dalí. This multimedia concert performance integrates contemporary compositions in the classical tradition with visual elements of Dalí’s work, poetry by his contemporaries and friends like Federico Garcia Lorca, and audience-driven improvisation featuring interactive technology. The performance features new works by violinist Gloria Justen collaborating with electronic musician Tim Motzer. Additional works to include compositions by Arts in Motion founder Eric Haeker in collaboration with DJ Ben Camp. Surreal visuals provided by video artist Ricardo Rivera will transform the walls of the Great Stair Hall into a dynamic canvas featuring a morphing collage of Dalí’s imagery.

On Friday, May 6, the Museum presents a concert performance by Marta Topferova. Born and raised in Prague and now living in the U.S., Topferova’s love and dedication to Latin American music as well as the folklore of Czechoslovakia, makes her a unique artist who sings in both Czech and Spanish. She is known for her beautifully wrought original ballads caressed by acoustic guitar, gentle percussion, and baroque string-and-horn arrangements.

Performances are presented in two sets—5:45 – 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. A full cash bar and an à la carte menu of appetizers, light entrées and desserts is available with table service in the Great Stair Hall. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students with I.D., children 13-18, and senior citizens (62 and over); children 12 years old and younger are admitted free at all times.

To receive more information about Art After Five at the Philadelphia Museum of Art call (215) 763-8100 or visit www.philamuseum.org. To receive a free brochure, call (215) 684-7506. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays until 8:45 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission prices: $10 for adults; $7 for students with I.D., children 13-18, and senior citizens (62 and over); children 12 years old and younger are admitted free at all times. Pay what you wish on Sundays. Parking on the terrace level outside the Museum is free Monday through Friday.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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