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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is your Museum. We welcome you to experience this season’s exciting exhibitions, events, and activities. Connect with art in surprising, lively, new, and memorable ways.


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November 24, 2017

Friday, April 6Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This jazz quartet applies the physics of swing and bebop to classic rock. Featuring Paul Jost on vocals and harmonica, Tony Miceli on vibraphones, Doug Hirlinger on drums, and Kevin MacConnell on bass.
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Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Red hot syncopation, stompin’ rhythms, and lyrical Jazz Age melodies, courtesy of this Prohibition-era jazz ensemble.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

We’re handing out prizes for our third annual Hackathon on this evening of tech, talks, and tunes.

​This is a Power of Art program, sponsored by the Wind Foundation.


In-Gallery Tech Demos: Sprint to the Finish
5:00–7:00 p.m.
This year we asked hackers to build an app that helps visitors discover works of art in the collection. See what they’ve cooked up over the past two months and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. App descriptions & demo locations >>

  • ArtBeats: Let your taste in music help you figure out your taste in art.
    McCausland Gallery 116
  • ArtMIND: A random art generator prompts users to input their likes and dislikes to provide targeted recommendations on what to look at next.
    Gallery 155
  • Art Tracker: Inspired by the Carmen Sandiego games, this app asks players to solve cases that will take them through the entire Museum.
    Wallace/Reader’s Digest Gallery 201
  • D.I.N.A.: Personal Aesthete: This augmented reality app helps you connect to the collection by providing interesting details on artworks and artists.
    Resnick Rotunda 161
  • MuseumCrawlers: Tailwind: For those who just want to go with the flow, this app creates customized tours based on visitor reactions.
    Gallery 224
  • PMA ExplorAR: Conduct a museum-wide search for hints to complete a puzzle.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony
  • Sage: Customized, emoji-based searches enable personalized interactions with the collection.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony
  • Team Jefferson JS: Turn your selfie into art. This app alters any smart-phone snapshot to mimic a selected artwork.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony


Space Invaders: Gallery Blackout
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Kienbusch Gallery 248, 2nd floor
Our Teen Ambassador Group takes over the arms and armor galleries. Grab a flashlight and explore medieval suits and shields in a new way.


Hackathon Awards Presentation
7:00–7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Judges announce the winners of the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award—complete with a fat check and confetti cannons.


Music: Swift Technique
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
These gritty groove masters bring a fiery funk extravaganza to the Museum.
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Friday, June 8Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

One of the most sought-after vocalists on the jazz circuit and her band perform three generations of heartfelt love songs.
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Friday, June 22Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Rob Curto and his band bring Brazilian accordion-driven party music to the Museum.
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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Join us for a Modern Times–inspired night dedicated to the Jazz Age.


DIY Art: Assembly Lines & Skylines
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Splash Studio (Great Stair Hall Balcony), 2nd floor
Dust off your construction-paper and glue-stick skills and add a building to our cityscape.


Screening: New Sounds for Old Films
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
See Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1936 silent film, with an original score by avant-garde composer Hprizm.


Detour with Fareed Simpson-Hankins
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet outside Modern Times, Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor.
Experience the jazz age with trumpeter Fareed Simpson-Hankins and the artworks that inspire him.


Dance Workshops with Ragtag Empire
6:00 & 6:45 p.m.
Gallery 277, 2nd floor
Heather Houde and Lily Kind of Ragtag Empire teach two dance crazes of the swing era.

6:00 p.m. Lindy Hop
6:45 p.m. Charleston
Space is limited.


In-Gallery Performance: Envoûté Burlesque
6:15 p.m.
Gallery 111, 1st floor
This eclectic troupe combines magic, burlesque, theater, and comedy to transport you to another time.


Performance: Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Nine featuring Najwa Parkins
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This local little big band reimagines the sound and spirit of the Swing Era.
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Friday, July 6Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Pianist and composer Sumi Tonooka returns to her Philly roots with a classic jazz piano trio.
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Friday, July 13Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Billboard-charting jazz vocalist Christie Dashiell and her quartet perform inventive arrangements of popular songs and cutting-edge originals.
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Friday, July 20Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Vibraphonist Behn Gillece and jazz pianist Adam Birnbaum offer an evening of brooding, original compositions and fiery, virtuosic playing.
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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Spend an enchanted evening celebrating the mystical and the feminine. In a special performance at 7:15 p.m., My Brightest Diamond presents ethereal explorations of electronic, chamber, and art-pop music.

​Offered in conjunction with Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp/The Future Fields Commission

Music: Curated Sounds by Shara Nova
5:00–7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Enjoy a soundtrack crafted by the art-pop songstress behind My Brightest Diamond for the lead-up to her performance.


DIY Art: Dabble in Design
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Splash Studio, Great Stair Hall Balcony
Create a colorful textile inspired by the work of June Groff.


Detour: Jos Duncan
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in McCausland Gallery 116, 1st floor.
In an unconventional gallery tour, this storyteller makes magic, drawing inspiration from African and African American culture and folklore to weave tales influenced by works in our American art galleries.


In-Gallery Healing: The Rituals of Sacred Sound & Story
6:00 p.m.
Gallery 224, 2nd floor
Join Daniel and Rachel Cordua, owners of South Philly’s Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, as they connect the stories of gods and goddesses from India with the magic of sacred sound through Tibetan singing bowls and the chanting of Sanskrit verses. Bring a pillow and/or yoga mat to sit or lie down upon. First come, first served.


In-Gallery Performances: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
6:00 & 6:45 p.m.
Starts in gallery 283, 2nd floor.
These local performers respond to the ritual and mystery seen in Wil-O-Wisp with a roving performance through our European art galleries.


Chat with a Curator: Erica Battle
6:15 & 6:45 p.m.
Starts in gallery 175, 1st floor.
The Museum’s Alchin and Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art describes working with Rachel Rose and the production of Wil-o-Wisp.


Music: My Brightest Diamond
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This ethereal set features tracks from the artist’s new record, A Million and One, and spans experimental pop, electronic, and chamber music.
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Friday, August 3Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Best known for his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Farid Barron brings his trademark sound to ragtime and stride piano melodies of the 1910s.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
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Friday, August 10Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Travel back to the Roaring Twenties with ​the Drew Nugent Trio.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
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Friday, August 17Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This quartet infuses songs from the 1930s with country, blues, Latin, and classical music.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
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Friday, August 24Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This ensemble brings us the sounds of the 1940s, highlighting classics by Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon, and more.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
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Friday, August 31Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Please expect detours due to preparations for the Made in America festival. Access the main building via Waterworks Drive, and enter through the West Entrance (the East Entrance will be closed).

Philly-based rap and spoken-word artist Ivy Sole and friends explore the intersection between how we see ourselves, how we want to be seen, and how others see us.

​Offered in conjunction with Face to Face: Portraits of Artists

DIY Art
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Splash Studio, Great Stair Hall Balcony
What if you could see sounds? Think about rhythm and movement while exploring the difference between cool and warm colors.


Music: THEakasha
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This Jersey City DJ and Temple University alum paints eclectic soundscapes that span funk, house, future sounds, and Jersey Club.


In-Gallery Workshop: Write Your Self-Portrait
5:30–6:15 & 6:30–7:15 p.m.
Gallery 255, 2nd floor
Join University of Pennsylvania writing instructor Jamie-Lee Josselyn to explore your identity through the story of a personal object or trait.


Head Shots by Plate 3
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201, 2nd floor
Local photo studio Plate 3 captures professional head shots for visitors. A make-up artist will be available for pre-pose touch-ups.


Detour with Quil Lemons
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
In an unconventional gallery tour, see the exhibition Face to Face: Portraits of Artists through the eyes of Quil Lemons, who has recreated portraits from the show in his own signature style.
Offered in collaboration with Philadelphia Photo Arts Center


Music: Ivy Sole
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Philly-based rap and spoken-word artist Ivy Sole draws from the sounds of boom bap hip hop, alternative R&B, neo soul, and indie rock to present a portrait of her past, present, and future.
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Friday, September 7Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This LA-based indie-soul singer and multi-instrumentalist performs original songs inspired by ideas of freedom.
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Friday, September 14Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Ramamurthy pays homage to South Indian classical music, expanding the tradition with a modern jazz backbeat.
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Friday, September 21Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This award-winning vocalist entertains with alluring jazz arrangements ranging from George Gershwin to Esperanza Spalding.
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Friday, September 28Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Stand-up and improv comics take over the galleries, and absurdist soul outfit Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket tear it up on the dance floor. Some programs present language and content that may not be suitable for children.


Music: DJ John Morrison
5:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This Southwest Philly DJ spins hip-hop, soul, Afrobeat, and electronic music.


DIY Art: Art Mess with Andrew Jeffrey Wright
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Art can’t be taught, but it can be created in fifteen minutes. Sit down and make an art mess suitable for any gallery.


Detour with Caitlin Corkery
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Gallery 119, 1st floor
Caitlin Corkery of Philly Improv Theater leads an unconventional tour through our American art galleries.


Joke Bath
6:00 p.m.
Gallery 277, 2nd floor
Four of Good Good Comedy Theatre’s favorite comedians perform their popular stand-up freak show, including new art-inspired material.


In-Gallery Performance: “Untitled” with Philly Improv Theater
6:15 & 6:45 p.m.
McCausland Gallery 116, 1st floor
Local artists across many disciplines share their work with the Philly Improv Theater to inspire an improv set.


Art Gab
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Gallery 293, 2nd floor
Good Good Comedy Theatre puts the secrets of the Museum on display for all to gawk at.


Music: Johnny Showcase
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket bring their electrifying charisma to the Great Stair Hall. This South Philly folk-hero legend toes the line between performance art and a psychedelic soul revival.
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Friday, October 5Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist performs songs about roots and identity from her new release, Picture in Black and White.
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Friday, October 12Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Drawing inspiration from pop, jazz, Indian classical, and R&B, this Brooklyn-based vocalist and pianist performs original songs with depth and vitality.
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Friday, October 19Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Trombonist Ryan Keberle, pianist Frank Woeste, cellist Erik Friedlander, and drummer Adam Cruz bridge the gap between jazz and chamber music.

In association with the French-American Cultural Exchange and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Enjoy $5 off at the door when you come in costume.

Get prepped for All Hallow’s Eve with a hair-raising night of ghoulish fun.

​Presented in conjunction with Parkway 100


Music: Dave P.
5:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This Philadelphia DJ takes you on his quest for musical transcendence with futuristic house and techno sounds.


In-Gallery Zombie Defense Consultations
5:15–7:15 p.m.
Wallace/Reader’s Digest Gallery 201, 2nd floor
Are you ready for a zombie apocalypse? Team Sunshine Performance Corporation is here to evaluate your preparedness level with a one-on-one Zombie Defense Consultation.


DIY Art with Jim Grilli
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Make your own mobile inspired by Alexander Calder’s Ghost. Materials provided; all skill levels are welcome.


Detour: Ghost Stories with Karen Getz
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Gallery 277, 2nd floor
Discover who haunts our halls during an immersive ghost story experience.


Wheel Throwing
6:00–7:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Artists from The Clay Studio channel their inner Demi Moore at the potter’s wheel.


Music: Holy Ghost!
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Have a scary good time on the dance floor with a special DJ set from Brooklyn synth-pop duo Holy Ghost!
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Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This trumpeter/composer and his ensemble Color Theory present music inspired by painter Vasily Kandinsky's Compositions.
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Friday, November 9Grid ViewRows View

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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Husband and wife team Daniel and Lauren Goans perform poetic and evocative folk music.
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Friday, November 16Grid ViewRows View

Friday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This saxophonist presents Pictures at an African Exhibition, original compositions accompanied by the visual art of David Emmanuel Noel.
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Friday, November 23Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​The velvety tenor saxophone of Philly mainstay Larry McKenna accompanies renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli and his ensemble.
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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Our annual holiday bash, only grander and gaudier than ever before. Sip a spiked cocoa, bedazzle a sweater, and let the festive tunes start spinning as Mwenso & the Shakes take the stage.
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