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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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May 2, 2014

Friday, October 27Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A celebration of AfroFuturist and Black speculative music, design, art, and creativity. Come dressed to impress in your best sci-fi and AfroFuturist fashions for a night of imagination, art, and activism. This evening has been envisioned by Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips) and is presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled.


Mobile Futures Institute Bus
5:00–6:30 p.m.
East Terrace
Watch some Afrofuturist films in this retrofitted shuttle bus.   


Tarot Readings
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Women’s Committee Gallery 164, 1st floor
Oshun, a generational bruja whose work is rooted in African ancestral energy, is on hand to help you achieve your highest purpose.
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Music Performances (hosted by MC Kennedy Allen)
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

MovaKween
Soul and R&B singer MovaKween honors the many layers and levels of the Divine Feminine.  

:3LON
Groove to ethereal and industrial tunes by underground producer and vocalist :3LON.

Sammus
Don’t miss a rousing performance by beatmaker and lyricist Sammus.

Moor Mother
In collaboration with local musicians, Moor Mother presents an eclectic mix of jazz, poetry, hip hop, and electronics.

King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm
In this live solo presentation, King Britt transmits “omniversal signals from divine abstractions into a sonic experience.”


Body Painting
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Kitakiya Dennis and Rell Stylez transform your look with detailed designs.


Mask Masking
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Need a finishing touch for your costume? Make a decorative face mask with Anthony Molden.  


AfroFuturist Library
5:30–8:00 p.m.
Lenfest Hall (West Foyer), ground floor
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse and Metropolarity bring written works for you to read and explore.


Fashion Show & Best Dressed Competition (hosted by MC Kennedy Allen)
7:20 & 7:40 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Walé Oyéjidé of Ikiré Jones, Eva Preston, and Feya Sterling show off their futurist looks on live models. Also, three finalists from our Best Dressed Competition will get to strut their stuff before the winner is announced. (Stop by the photo booth and the nomination station on the Great Stair Hall Balcony beforehand to make sure you’re entered in the competition.)

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Friday, November 24Grid ViewRows View

 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Jon Snow knew at least one thing—winter can be rough. Get ready for the season with a night geared toward surviving the coldest months.


Pictorial Pursuit: The Hunt
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Throughout the galleries
Go on a scavenger hunt that pairs Game of Thrones quotes with works of art. Those loyal to House Baratheon should watch for wild boars.


Check + Checkmate
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Strategic board games to make your opponent bend the knee.

Othello: Gallery 175, 1st floor
Carcassonne: Gallery 206, 2nd floor
Stratego: Gallery 299, 2nd floor


Music: Universal Cave DJ Set
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Hear rare grooves from this Philly-based record label known for its eccentric mixtapes and extensive record collection.


Music: Piffaro Renaissance Band
5:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Enjoy late medieval and Renaissance sounds from Piffaro, a sextet that performs on reconstructed period instruments. Just don’t get your hopes up for an Ed Sheeran cameo tonight.


DIY Art: Draw Your Swords
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Kienbusch Gallery 247, 2nd floor
Sketch your way to the Iron Throne by studying our arms and armor. You bring the ambition, we’ll supply the materials.


Detours with Lynn Landes of Wild Foodies
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Flammer Gallery 102, 1st floor
You’ll need to know how to live off the land if you’re taking a trip to the Wall. In this unconventional gallery tour, Wild Foodies founder Lynn Landes unlocks the many uses of flora and fauna seen in our collection.


Trial by Combat: Medieval Martial Arts
6:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201 & Knight Foundation Gallery 204, 2nd floor
Take notes for your next encounter with the Mountain as Connor Kemp-Cowell from the Philadelphia Common Fencers Guild demonstrates three different weapon systems.


Performance: Mo(or)town/Redux
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Motown music provides the backdrop to choreographer Doug Elkins’s retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello, set at a dance party.
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Friday, December 15Grid ViewRows View

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

​Heat up your holiday season with son jarocho, traditional dance music of southern Mexico. Enjoy performances by Radio Jarocho and Zenén Zeferino.

​Presented with the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center
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Friday, December 22Grid ViewRows View

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

​Enjoy Brazilian interpretations of American favorites performed by Jackie Ribas and the Carlos Almeida Quintet. Their surprising renditions will make you fall in love with holiday music again.
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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.
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)
Gallery 179, 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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Gallery 179, 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.
Great Stair Hall

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
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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.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary DJ and producer King Britt presents an evening of interactions and experiences inspired by his personal history as an artist.
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