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Adult Programs

Be entertained, enlightened, and engaged by experiences that go beyond the limits of gallery viewing. Better understand and appreciate the Museum's collection and exhibitions through programs and events aimed at all adult learners, specialist and non-specialist alike.

Preregistration is suggested for all ticketed programs. Prices do not include Museum admission unless noted. Programs, topics, and speakers are subject to change. Please arrive early as we reserve the right to release seats at the start of the program.

Performances

Let the good times roll with music, dance, and cabaret.

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Cunio
Friday, January 20, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Broadway star (Jersey Boys) and former member of Under the Streetlamp, Michael Cunio dazzles audiences with a unique sound and soulful reportoire.

Color Me Bearded
Location: In the Galleries
Paid tickets required
$25 ($20 members; $10 Artist/Student members. Includes Museum admission

The Bearded Ladies turn our galleries into a queer playground in honor of Barbra Streisand and the fiftieth anniversary of Color Me Barbra.

Please be advised that this performance contains adult themes and nudity.
  • Friday, January 27, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 3, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Paula West
Friday, February 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A jazz cabaret legend known for her powerful voice and unique interpretations of standards and classics.

Kendrah Butler
Friday, February 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This composer/pianist and Kimmel Center Jazz Resident merges jazz and faith to create "sacred jazz."

Music in the Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

Curtis Institute of Music performances are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.
  • Revolutionaries
    • Saturday, February 11, 2017, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Gallery 169
      Music by Maurice Ravel and Iannis Xenakis resonates through the enigmatic work of Salvador Dalí and the Surrealists.
  • Gateways
    • Saturday, March 18, 2017, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Women's Committee Gallery 164
      The Zorá String Quartet, in residence at Curtis, pairs their award-winning virtuosity with Paul Cézanne’s timeless masterpiece, The Large Bathers.
  • Americana
    • Saturday, April 15, 2017, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Gallery 111
      Paintings by Thomas Moran, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins set the stage for modern and traditional solo violin works by American composers.

Sullivan Fortner
Friday, February 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

An evening of playful jazz improvisations by this native New Orleanian pianist and 2015 recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz.

Tal Shtuhl
Friday, March 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This postmodern Charlie Parker is joined by special guests Najwa Parkins on vocals and John Swana on trumpet.

Cuban Conjunto Night
Friday, March 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Conjunto Philadelphia pays homage to Cuba’s deep and treasured musical history.

Gabriel Donohue
Friday, March 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Donohue and his all-star assembly of traditional Irish musicians.

Kuni Mikami
Friday, March 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This acclaimed jazz pianist, who’s played with Lionel Hampton and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, leads his quintet for a night of sultry jazz favorites.

Kris Allen
Friday, April 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

NYC–based saxophonist and composer praised for his savvy and creative compositions.

Novo
Friday, April 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Delight in the music of Brazil with this six-piece ensemble.

Joanna Pascale
Friday, April 21, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

One of the premier East Coast jazz vocalists performs with pianist Orrin Evans.

Luke Carlos O'Reilly
Friday, May 5, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This nationally-renowned pianist leads an ensemble of the city’s most talented jazz musicians.

ANIMUSMUSIC
Friday, May 12, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of Turkishinspired music, featuring percussive grooves, exotic harmonics and expressive vocals of traditional Anatolian decent.

Supported by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the US (TAFSUS).

Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society
Friday, May 19, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Revel in the jazz and blues sounds of the Roaring Twenties.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall, near the entrance to the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries

Every week a different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations facilitated by Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania.

David Ellsworth
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum

See woodturner David Ellsworth in conversation with our McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, Elisabeth Agro.

Community Conversations: Covering Letter
Saturday, February 18, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Free after admission
$20 (Free for members); includes Museum admission

Join in thoughtful discussions about themes raised by Jitish Kallat’s immersive installation.

The Struggle for Freedom
Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meets in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Hear stories of courageous and clever actions taken by freedom-seeking men and women historic homes Cedar Grove, Belmont Mansion, and Strawberry Mansion. ​​

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Object Lessons
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members); includes Museum admission

Gallery-based interactive art history courses.

This is a three-part course (sign up for either Wednesday evenings or Thursday afternoons).
  • Women, Art, and Society
    • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Thursday, January 19, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
          • Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            Explore women's roles as artists, muses, collectors, and subjects from the middle ages to the present. Meetings will be discussion-based and take place in the galleries.
            Instructor: Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Adult Learning
        • American Identities
          • Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            • Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              • Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                • Thursday, February 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                    • Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                      Examine the ever-changing American experience through the makers, users, and subjects found in our collection. Meetings will be discussion-based and take place in the galleries.
                      Instructor: Justina Barrett, Site Manager for Historic Houses

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Drop in and draw from Rodin’s masterpieces. Materials provided.

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Wednesday Nights

Experience the unexpected every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., when Museum admission is Pay What You Wish.

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Starr Catering Group Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: The Cafeteria
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)

These intimate, 90-minute classes offer first-hand tutorials for creating exceptional food and drink. Local food celebrities and international experts lead interactive demonstrations with assistant chefs on hand to help you perfect the culinary techniques to make these stunning dishes at home. Sample the food prepared during the class and receive recipes for all dishes, as well as a special gift.

  • Whiskeys Around the World
    • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
      Warm up with a whiskey tour around the world.

      Hearty stews accompany this class for beginners to whiskey aficionados with whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and the US.

Yoga
Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

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For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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