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On Wednesday Nights from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., come explore the Museum’s main building and its remarkable collection in exciting and illuminating new ways. Show your creative side with Make Stuff, a drop-in art-making workshop. Practice your poses during weekly yoga sessions. Play a game in the galleries with friends or other Museum visitors—we supply the games and instructions; you do the rest! Experience unique gallery events with regional artists, musicians, and local cultural organizations. Come on your own, with family, or with friends. And remember: admission is Pay What You Wish.

Wednesday Nights are generously funded by the William Penn Foundation.

Night Owl Read and Look (Best for ages 3-7)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart

Enjoy a pre-bedtime story, art project, and imaginative play in the galleries. Pajamas welcome!

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission.
  • Mr. Wuffles! by David Weisner
    • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Party
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

‘Tis the season to be merry—pull out that ugly holiday sweater and join us for an evening of festive programs. Enjoy a spread of cheerful treats in the Great Stair Hall or try your hand at making something warm in our knitting circle (expert knitters will be on hand to assist). Venture into the galleries and seek out the joyful sounds of singing as we welcome a cappella groups to sing carols and modern tunes.

Make Stuff - Holiday Card Making

Create your own masterful holiday card for a loved one this season. Art making supplies will be provided.

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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: Gallery 224
    • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 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, December 3, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Camera Club Meet and Greet
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Museum welcomes photographers of all ages from local camera clubs and communities to explore the exhibition Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography. Starting at 5:30 p.m., join us in the Great Stair Hall to connect with local photographers and curators Peter Barberie and Amanda Bock, as they discuss their vision for the exhibition from start to finish.

Conversation with David Maialetti
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room

Join photojournalist David Maialetti from the Philadelphia Inquirer as he shares his photographs from Luzzara, Italy, and connects his experiences to those of Paul Strand's.

The Wednesday Night Look Around

It’s kind of like…Where's Waldo meets the Museum's masterpieces. Actually, that is exactly what it is like. It's a scavenger hunt! Spend an hour or so on Wednesday Nights looking closely at art with friends and family to win prizes. With themes changing monthly, there is always something new to find with the Wednesday Night Look Around!

  • Stars
    • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Just Breathe: Yoga White Party
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Get centered before midnight at the museum. Learn about the time-honored practice of yoga through meditative exercises, yoga postures, and breathing techniques among the beauty of the Museum’s collection. After a peaceful stretch, participate in a hands-on art making activity to set an intention for the new year. Henna tattoos, themed tours, and specialty healthy menu items will be available throughout the night. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat and wear white.

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.

  • Neon Resolutions
    • Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Celebrate the New Year and create a resolution inspired by Bruce Nauman’s The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign). Everyone will be provided with a small neon paper spiral and a variety of cut-paper words to construct their collage.
  • Sketching in the Galleries
    • Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be an artist for a day! "Draw" inspiration from the artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils will be provided.
  • Design a Diptych
    • Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Illustrate your personal story in the form of a diptych, a picture on two panels.
  • The Moe Brooker Experiment
    • Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Join us as DJ Sylo and DJ Baby Eagle take you on an artistic journey through music, inspired by contemporary artist Moe Brooker's abstract paintings and creative technique. Create the art that speaks to you while listening and interpeting rhythm and sound. Art materials will be provided.
  • Winter Weaving
    • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Get cozy and comfy in the galleries and learn how to weave your way through winter.
  • Sketching in the Galleries
    • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be an artist for a day! "Draw" inspiration from the artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils will be provided.
  • Make a mobile
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Create your own dynamic mobile inspired by Alexander Calder's Ghost.
  • Origami Mania
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
          • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
              • Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                • Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                    • Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                      • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                        Learn the ancient art of origami and transform a flat piece of paper into a beautifully-folded design. Make an origami design for yourself, and leave another one at the Museum to be included in a large-scale installation on April 29.

Stephen Starr Events Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: The Cafeteria
Paid tickets required
$50 ($45 Members)

The intimate, 90-minute classes will offer participants first-hand tutorials on global cuisine. Executive Chef Gerald Drummond, accompanied by guest chefs from the Stephen Starr restaurant group, will lead the demonstrations for each class and assistant chefs will be on hand to offer extra attention and to help with techniques. Each participant will sample the food created during the class and will received recipes for all dishes, as well as a special parting gift.

  • Spanish Tapas
    • Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Escape the cold with a taste of sunny Spain! In this Chef Demonstration, you’ll learn how to make popular Spanish tapas, sophisticated small plates that are sure to delight dinner guests and to elevate your own at home noshing. Designed to be enjoyed in just a few bites, tapas are the perfect way to incorporate bold flavors into your home cooking.
  • Speak Easy Cocktails
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Tap into Philadelphia’s colorful Prohibition-era history with a lesson in the art of craft cocktails and spiked punches at this Chef Demonstration. Bring the speakeasy to your dining room with these vintage recipes for a swanky at home cocktail hour.

Lyrispect Presents: Represent Redux
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Author, poet, and emcee Lyrispect presents some of the finest writers, musicians, and performers in the tri-state area to guide us through an honest, engaging, and celebratory journey of the African-American experience using pervasive themes from the featured artists in the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.

One Book, One Painting
Location: Gallery 111

Participants will engage in lively conversation about the painting Breaking Home Ties by Thomas Hovenden and make connections to the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, Orphan Train. Each discussion will be facilitated by a staff member from the Museum and the Free Library; feel free to participate in one or all three.

This program is in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia.
  • Setting Out
    • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Journey
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Arrival
    • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate Japan

Join us for an evening of activities inspired by Japanese art and culture. Hear the melodic sounds of the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute, as played by Chris Merwin. Try your hand at the ancient practice of origami, and transform a piece of paper into a colorful flower or animal. Finally, watch the University of Pennsylvania Kendo Club demonstrate the "way of the sword," a Japanese martial art using traditional weapons and armor.

  • Make Stuff: origami
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
      6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Japanese flute performance
      6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
      7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Painting Under the Influence: "Masters in Disguise"
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
$45 ($40 members)

Join us for a fun evening of drinks and painting. Participants will receive a small section of a mystery masterpiece to use as a basis in creating their own art work. A guided search for the mystery art work follows the painting session. This program includes two alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Participants must be 21 and over.

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