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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.

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.

  • Splash Studio
    • Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
        • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
            This summer, the Art Splash Studio takes over Make Stuff every Wednesday Night until 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a different art project every week for visitors of all ages! Art supplies will be provided.
        • Sketching in the Galleries
          • Wednesday, September 10, 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 Your Own Puzzle
          • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            Create your own puzzle inspired by a work of art you have seen today.
        • Button Bracelets: Inspired by Patrick Kelly
          • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            Create your own button bracelet inspired by the fun fashions and accessories in Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, on view in the Perelman Building.

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 in Clark Park with Team Sunshine Performance Corp presents Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine
    • Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 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.

      Seating is limited to 30 people per performance and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"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, August 6, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Yoga - Practice Your Poses with Dhyana Yoga
Location: East Terrace

Yoga classes move outside this summer! Bring your own mat, and please note that the class is subject to cancellation due to rain.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Make Stuff: Batik Dying
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join artist Donna Backues in decorating a large batik cloth with colorful dyes. She will demonstrate a dying technique used in the north coast of the Indonesian island of Java..

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.

  • Cook with your Kids
    • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      • Friday, August 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
        A fun, interactive cooking demonstration for you and your child to cook and learn and have a great time doing it. *Ages 6 and up
    • Back to School 30 Minute Meals
      • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
        Settle into the back to school routine with quick easy meals using ingredients right from the fridge, preparing a quick meal that everyone will enjoy.
    • As American As Apple Pie
      • Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
        Learn how to make a classic American apple pie with the perfect crust. Our executive pastry chef, with a special guest will demonstrate tips on preparing a flaky crust for your favorite fillings.
    • Holiday Leftovers
      • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
        Transform your Holiday Left Overs into a brand new meal.
    • Holiday Sweets
      • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
        Nothing says the Holidays like the perfect sweet treat. Learn how to bake with Chef Gerald Drummond.

“The Body Lautrec” (A Sneak Preview)
Location: Gallery 161

Physical theatre artists Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen bring you a voyeuristic peek into the world of Belle Epoch painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Suffering from a hereditary bone disorder, Lautrec’s unusual physicality earned him a role as outsider, clown, provocateur and self-appointed archivist of the Parisian underworld. From this unique perspective, The Body Lautrec offers a celebration of human bodies in both art and medicine, told with movement, music and puppetry.

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

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!

  • Fruit
    • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Games
    • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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.
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
    • Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock
    • Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Trick or Treat Edition
    • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Black Meets White by Justine Fontes
    • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Mr. Wuffles! by David Weisner
    • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Get crafty with Art Star
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

Join Art Star founders Erin Waxman and Megan Brewster and leading members of Philly’s craft community for a night of crafty fun! Stations will include screen printing with Candy Coated, paper crafts with Kayte Terry, sculpture with the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, ceramics with the Clay Studio, jewelry making with Maureen Duffy, weaving with Janell Wysock, cross-stitch with chez sucre chez, and heat press with Little Chair Printing. A selection of Art Star’s affordable, handmade goods will be available for purchase and Cut + Paste Photobooth will be on-site offering free prints.

Game Night!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

Connecting with the museum’s splendid collection is all about fun and games as board games populate the Museum’s galleries during our Game Night! Marvel at Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic while playing the skill game “Operation.” Checkmate your opponent in a game of chess in the Arms and Armor Gallery. Adding to the whimsy, the creative folks from hackerspace Hive76 will challenge visitors to a lifesize game of Connect Four.

Fashion Films
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$10 ($8 members; free for students with valid ID)

The world of fashion is chronicled in three films, including rarely screened documentaries by the celebrated American-born French fashion photographer and filmmaker William Klein.

  • Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution (2012)
    • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      When African American models Billie Blair, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Norma Jean Darden, Carlene Dash, Bethann Hardison, Barbara Jackson, Jennifer Brice, Ramona Saunders, and Amina Warsuma boarded a plane from New York to Paris in 1973, they had no idea they would be part of the biggest coup in the history of modern fashion. Director Deborah Riley Draper illustrates how ten women and five American ready-to-wear designers challenged the five lions of French haute couture in a showdown that transformed the fashion business forever.
  • Mode en France (Fashion in France) (1984)
    • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Essential viewing for anyone interested in fashion, William Klein’s sharp, satirical documentary presents an irreverent yet gleeful insight into high fashion in the 1980s. As a photographer for Vogue between 1955 and 1965, Klein shot some of the most iconic fashion images ever published by the magazine, focusing more on the atmosphere in the image than on the clothes.
  • In and Out of Fashion (1998)
    • Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      This collage-like film assembles segments from William Klein’s earlier documentaries to present a cinematic retrospective of his work as a photographer and filmmaker. Klein’s studies of fashion range from rare footage of an Yves Saint Laurent runway show to black-and-white images shot backstage at Paris haute couture shows, plus musings on what we can learn by studying how even ordinary people dress.

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