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The Museum’s main building is open until 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday. Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday Nights are casual, exciting, and illuminating. Explore the Museum and its remarkable collections in inventive, interactive, and dynamic new ways. Mini-film festivals showcase international independent films and artist’s films as well as old favorites. “Happenings” offer creative and surprising gallery experiences by regional artists, musicians, and local cultural organizations. Express your creativity with “Make Stuff,” a drop-in art-making workshop that features different projects each week. Play a game in the galleries with your friends or with other Museum visitors—we supply the games and instructions; you do the rest! Practice your poses during our weekly yoga sessions. Come on your own or with family or friends!

Wednesday Nights are generously funded by the William Penn Foundation.

Gallery Feature: Hidden Histories
Location: Galleries 201-204

Explore the stories, symbols, and meaning of the Museum’s medieval collection through a group of specially selected works of art in Galleries 201-204. Distinctive labels identify these objects, offering little-known insights about the works from a variety of perspectives. Use the supplied flashlights, your cell phone, and your sense of discovery to find out more.

Experience “With Hidden Noise,” 2013, a soundscape by Philadelphia artist Chris Havlish in the Medieval Cloister, Gallery 204, on Wednesday nights.

Funded with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Summer of Shakespeare

This summer, celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Wednesday Nights come alive with unique adaptations by local Shakespeare theatre companies.

  • Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration
    • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Join us as we celebrate William Shakespeare 450th birthday! Create your own sixteenth-century ruff in the Great Stair Hall, and enjoy a sneak preview of the upcoming summer production Five Kingsby Philadelphia’s own Revolution Shakespeare. They will highlight the famous battle between Hal (soon known as Henry V) and his bitter rival Hotspur in our Arms and Armor galleries. And what would a birthday celebration be without cake?
  • The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet
    • Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents scenes from the tempestuous journey of young love in Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Follow Romeo and Juliet through the Museum’s galleries as they fall desperately in love, much to the chagrin of their constantly-warring families.
  • The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents Hip-Hop Hamlet
    • Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents performer CK Wonder, who will rap his take on Hamlet using original content molded from Shakespeare and his own reworked poetry.
  • Revolution Shakespeare presents Five Kings
    • Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
        • Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
            • Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
              Revolution Shakespeare presents Orson Welles’s play Five Kings (1938) in a unique episodic format. Welles created, directed, and starred in Five Kings, an adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2; Henry V; and Holinshed's Chronicles, a primary source Shakespeare used for a number of his plays. Revolution Shakespeare will remount a streamlined version of the production, the first such adaptation in more than 70 years. Directed by Tom Reing and broken down into five one-hour episodes, this will be an unprecedented theatrical event celebrating Shakespeare’s birth.
          • Shakespeare in Clark Park with Team Sunshine Performance Corp presents Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine
            • Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
              Harry “Hotspur” Percy is mounting a rebellion to defend the honor of his family against the callous power of his uncle, King Henry IV. Prince Hal is recklessly drinking away his legitimate authority as heir to the throne. The King's plan to lead a victorious crusade to the Holy Lands is quashed by the mess at home. In a rare treat, Shakespeare in Clark Park will restage a portion of their epic summer production in an intimate gallery setting.

Yoga - Practice Your Poses with Dhyana Yoga
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony

Bring your own mat!

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Korean Film Series
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$8 ($5 members; free for students with valid ID)

Featuring a mix of contemporary films, documentaries, and classics, this series showcases traditional and modern Korean culture with themes explored in the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910. Each film is introduced by Joe Kim, founder of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Discussions with experts in Korean film and history follow most screenings.

The Wednesday Night film series is supported by the Dean and Zoë Pappas Family Foundation.
  • Planet B-Boy (2008)
    • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Korean-American filmmaker Benson Lee (who grew up in Philadelphia) sought to answer the question of how South Korea became the epicenter of the global phenomenon known as breakdancing, which originated in the Bronx in the 1970s. Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Las Vegas, and Seoul, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of international teams of dancers who struggle to fulfill their dreams. This screening is followed by a discussion.
  • The Yellow Sea (2010)
    • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Desperate to pay off mounting debts, a Korean man living in China (a joseonjok) agrees to carry out an assassination in South Korea. But soon the man finds himself at the center of a dangerous conspiracy as he begins to uncover a vicious trap of betrayal and lies. Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Yellow Sea is an impressive crime thriller from director Na Hong-jin (The Chaser).

"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, April 23, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

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.

  • Think Inside the Box
    • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be inspired by the Museum’s collection of Korean nesting boxes and decorate your own unique nesting box.
  • Atmospheric Painting
    • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Create an abstract atmospheric work using watercolor paints.
  • Design a Snuff Box
    • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Make a snuff box inspired by the ones in the Museum’s Chinese art galleries.
  • Sketching in the Galleries
    • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 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 Folding Screen
    • Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Get inspired by the exquisite folding screens on view in the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910 make your own miniature version.

In Dialogue: Objects of Desire
Location: Gallery 268, second floor

Join us for a series of conversations organized in connection with the installation Objects of Desire on view in gallery 268. Each conversation will be led by Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, and a local guest.

  • On Nostalgia and Desire
    • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      With Salman Akhtar, psychoanalyst, author, and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Jefferson Medical College.

Night Owl Read and Look (Best for ages 3-7)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart
Free tickets required after Museum admission

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

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission.
  • Journey by Aaron Becker
    • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Follow the Line by Laura Ljungkvist
    • Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Korean Drama Series: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Location: Seminar Room

Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) is a South Korean drama about a girl who disguises herself as a boy while attending Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s highest educational institute, where no women were allowed. The series was directed by Kim Won-seok, written by Kim Tae-hee, and based on Jung Eun-gwol’s best-selling novel The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars (2007). Each screening features three episodes and is presented by Drama Fever, the largest online video site for the distribution of international televised content.

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Happenings: Factory in Focus-The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

Did you know there are a group of teens in Philadelphia building their own sailboats? Founded in 1996, The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory provides hands-on maritime-based educational programs for local pre-teens and teenagers. The teen apprentices will bring their ship building expertise to the Museum for a night of interactive boat building activities, and Factory One Design ship architect Antonio Dias will be on hand to discuss his thoughts about how boats inspire. See a completed Factory One Design in the Great Stair Hall and learn first-hand how to begin building one of these beautiful boats. Be sure to seek out Thomas Eakins paintings in the American galleries that feature similar sailboats!

Stephen Starr Events Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: The Cafeteria
Paid tickets required
$45 ($40 for Members) includes General Admission

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.

  • Comfort Food Inspired by Patrick Kelly
    • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Fashion designer Patrick Kelly—focus of the exhibition Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love— loved to entertain and prepare comfort food favorites from his childhood using many of his Grandmother’s recipes. Chef Gerald Drummond will share these classic comfort food dishes.
  • Summer Grilling
    • Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Nothing says summer like a barbeque, and the key to a great barbeque starts with the grill. Learn tricks of the trade from Executive Chef Gerald Drummond as he prepares different rubs and sauces to make you the ultimate grill master as your next back yard get together.

      Rain Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • The Art of Presentation
    • Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Executive Chef Gerald Drummond will take you on a culinary journey demonstrating the art of transforming a simple dinner plate into a stunning visual presentation that will impress all of your dinner guests.

Local Craft Beer Tasting
Location: Great Stair Hall
Reservations required
$25 per person ($22 for Members) after admission

Join us in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall ”Beer Garden” with the finest Philadelphia area Brew Masters sampling locally-made craft beers and savoring hearty noshes and bites.

  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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