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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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April 11, 2014

Friday, December 29Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

An evening of guided meditation, art making, yoga, performances, and more.

DIY Art: Reflect & Record
5:30–6:15 p.m.
6:30–7:15 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Grab a keepsake notebook and consider the past twelve months. Designed by memoirist Beth Kephart and artist Bill Sulit, both workshops will help you create a personal memoir of your year.
Space is limited; first come, first served.


DIY Art: Symbolic Stitchery with Artist Marie Elcin
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Create a mandala of concentric shapes with fiber artist Marie Elcin. Learn simple embroidery techniques and center yourself through the meditative repetition of stitching.


Detour with Hariprasad Kowtha
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Gallery 206, 2nd floor
Practice museum mindfulness with Hariprasad Kowtha in this unconventional tour. Seek out peaceful spaces in the building and partake in exercises designed to rejuvenate mind and body.


Holistic Healing: Laughter & Meditation Playshop
6:00 p.m. (program length: 60–80 minutes)
Alter Gallery 176, 1st floor
Laugh yourself into wellness with sound healers Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. This interactive experience features call-and-response chanting, laugh-therapy drills, deep relaxation exercises, and healing meditation. For ultimate relaxation, wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat, blanket, or eye mask.
Free ticket required after Museum admission


Dhyana Yoga: Vinyasa with John Vitarelli
6:15 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201, 2nd floor
Release all that tension from the past year with breath-synchronized movements. Led by John Vitarelli of Dhyana Yoga
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Dhyana Yoga: Slow Flow with Diana Vitarelli
6:15 p.m.
Gallery 224 (Indian Temple Hall), 2nd floor
Meditative motions that remind you to make the moments, and poses, last. Led by Diana Vitarelli of Dhyana Yoga
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Music: Worldtown Soundsystem
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This live house music outfit unites electronic dance with global rhythms and soul.
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Alter Gallery 176, 1st floor

Laugh yourself into wellness with sound healers Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. This interactive experience features call-and-response chanting, laugh-therapy drills, deep relaxation exercises, and healing meditation. For ultimate relaxation, wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat, blanket, or eye mask.
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Friday, January 5Grid ViewRows View

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

Jazz vocalist JD Walter and pianist Luis Perdomo present electronic escapades and jazz standards with a modern twist.

​Orrin Evans will not be performing this evening as previously announced.
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Friday, January 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

This trio​ of Christopher McBride, Jonathan Edward Thomas, and Curtis Nowosad mixes jazz, R&B, rock, and fusion with ease, technicality, and musical precision.
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Friday, January 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

This Philly-based Parisian duo crafts reflective songs characterized by hushed harmonies and the sounds of dream pop and old-school soft rock.
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Friday, January 26Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

Indulge your inner nerd with an evening devoted to experiments, discoveries, and art.
​Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection


Music: Osagie
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Philly-based DJ, producer, and record collector Osagie spins a mix of disco, soul, hip-hop, house, and more.


Museum Science: Cultural Caretakers
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Gallery 258, 2nd floor
Hear from one of our conservation scientists about the high-tech way we’re able to figure out the age of a painting without disturbing the artwork.


Detours: Artful Rounds
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet outside Old Masters Now (Dorrance Galleries, first floor).
In these unconventional gallery tours for the adventurous, join Penn and Temple med students as they diagnose figures in paintings and prescribe treatments.


In-Gallery Gaming: Art or Surgery?
6:00–6:45 p.m.
Gallery 111, 1st floor
Compete with your friends to win prizes in this game hosted by Philadelphia performer extraordinaire Jess Conda. Explore an assortment of unusual objects from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Mütter Museum, and then figure out whether they were used to make art or perform surgery.
First come, first served.


Music: Crash Course in Science
6:45 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161, 1st floor
This legendary post-punk band creates a distinctive brand of noise-pop dance music using altered drum machines and homemade synthesizers.


Music: Dan Deacon
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Get ready for some high-voltage energy when this experimental electronic composer and musician with a penchant for the absurd joins the crowd for one of his famed interactive live shows.
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Friday, February 2Grid ViewRows View

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

Saxophonist Uri Gurvich blends world influences, including sounds from his native Israel, with progressive jazz. Songs from his latest release, Kinship, explore tribal and familial connections between different cultures and individuals.
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Friday, February 9Grid ViewRows View

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

Get in the mood for love. Philly singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown offers up a mix of ’70s soul, romantic jazz, and original tunes that will make you swoon.
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Friday, February 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

A theatrical evening of jazz standards and originals with Red 40 frontwoman Martha Stuckey.
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Friday, February 23Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Experience the vision, connections, and expertise of producer, musician, and musical maverick King Britt.

Detour: The Missed Guided Tour
5:00–8:45 p.m.
Tour begins in Tuttleman Gallery 174.
King Britt has tapped some of his favorite artists—Xenia Rubinos, Suphala, and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste—to create a soundtrack for our galleries. In this cell phone audio tour, artist Olinda Del Mar interprets their words. Listen to their experiences of creating musical compositions inspired by artworks from our collection.


Music Lab: Beat Making 101
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Gallery 111, 1st floor
Learn some basic steps of music production and build your own beat with sounds created by Philly-based DJ Jabair in this hands-on, drop-in workshop.


DIY Art: Scribble a Song
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Tonight’s sound artists have created a playlist to inspire impromptu art making. Let the music move you.


In-Gallery Performance: Ursula Rucker
6:15 p.m.
Brodsky Gallery 188, 1st floor
Experience subversive pop-up poetry with one of King Britt’s oldest friends and collaborators.


Performances: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, King Britt, Suphala & Xenia Rubinos
7:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
In January musical artists Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, King Britt, Suphala, and Xenia Rubinos composed songs in our galleries as part of artist residencies. Now hear their interpretations of works from our collection.

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
This Brooklyn-based composer, designer, and performer explores notions of industry, identity, and environment. Composition in response to Henri Regnault’s Study of Three Heads, gallery 155

King Britt
Tonight’s curator of events takes the stage with his experimental composition, in which he uses chance to produce an improvisational performance. King Britt is a 2007 Pew Fellow and Silk City’s original DJ in residence. Composition in response to Ellsworth Kelly’s Seine, gallery 175

Suphala
This New York native brings a playful sense of experimentation to her mastery of the tabla (an Indian percussion instrument). Composition in response to Indian Pillared Temple Hall, c. 1550, gallery 224

Xenia Rubinos
The powerful voice of this music maker is influenced by Caribbean rhythms, beat music, and indie rock, all delivered with a soulful, punk aura. Composition in response to Vasily Kandinsky’s Little Painting with Yellow (Improvisation), Kaiserman Gallery 168
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Friday, March 2Grid ViewRows View

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

Enjoy the evocative harmonies of acoustic folk duo Caleb & Carolyn, who play music rooted in storytelling. Percussionist Owen Osborne and violinist Jake L’Armand join them this evening.
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Friday, March 9Grid ViewRows View

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

Honduran vocalist Eva Cortés performs original songs and Latin American classics from her record Crossing Borders.
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Friday, March 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

Music from around the world with a New Orleans second-line beat, jazz swing, and Dixieland strut. Philly-based bassist Bert Harris and string player Jocko MacNelly are joined by Kimpedro Rodriguez on drums, Richard Orr on woodwinds, and V. Shayne Fredrick on vocals.
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Friday, March 23Grid ViewRows View

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

Three of the brightest rising stars in jazz—led by saxophonist Mike Casey—perform modern original music and creatively reimagined classics.
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Friday, March 30Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Trade your cabin fever for spring fever. Let loose with seasonal cocktails, a spring break–themed story slam, and infectious tunes by New Orleans indie-pop band Sweet Crude.
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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, April 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

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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Friday, April 20Grid ViewRows View

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

With her powerful and graceful voice, this Philadelphia vocalist delivers original soulful songs with jazz inflections.
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Friday, April 27Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Get body-positive with a night dedicated to celebrating forms and figures of all shapes and sizes.
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