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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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January 12, 2018

Art Splash: June 30–September 3, 2018

Learn all about our summertime offerings for families by visiting our Art Splash page.

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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 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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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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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 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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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: Shara Nova Playlist
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.


Chat with a Curator: Erica Battle
5:30, 6:15 & 6:45 p.m.
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.


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. First come, first served.


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


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 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 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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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

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
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