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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.


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

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From Mod to Motown
Friday, May 6, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

In celebration of International Pop, Philadelphia’s own Martha Graham Cracker invades the Great Stair Hall with a cabaret performance featuring the sounds of the 1960s. Saks Fifth Avenue joins in the fun with a fashion show inspired by the pop era beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Photo © Chris Crisman Photography

Creative Africa Dance Party
Friday, May 13, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Free after admission
$10 admission after 8:00 p.m.

Help us celebrate Creative Africa. Enjoy the “golden voice of Liberia,” Fatu Gayflor, who opens the night at 5:45 p.m. with African pop sounds. Then, stick around for a performance featuring the joyful music of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a band that has toured extensively to raise awareness for humanitarian causes. The party continues until 11:00 p.m. and all Creative Africa exhibitions are on view at the Perelman Building from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Orrin Evans
Friday, May 20, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This distinctive and inventive pianist is at the forefront of the jazz scene.

Outside Sound
Friday, May 27, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Bassist and composer Chris Coyle will share new music inspired by artwork by adults with disabilities.

Arden Cabaret
Friday, June 3, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Joliet Harris brings her signature mix of jazz standards, musical theater, gospel, and pop to the Museum. Presented with the Arden Theatre Company.

Friday, June 10, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

East African vocalist Somi takes inspiration from her travels through Nigeria to straddle the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop.

Friday, June 17, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This Brazilian star melds samba with bossa nova, reggae, and R&B to create a unique and fresh sound.

Bobby Zankel
Friday, June 24, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philly-based saxophonist and composer Bobby Zankel performs virtuoso bop with an emotional core.

The Goldberg Variations
Location: Great Stair Hall

Modern dance great Mark Haim and pianist André Gribou present this renowned duet, originally co-commissioned by the American Dance Festival and the Danspace Project.

  • Saturday, June 25, 2016, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 26, 2016, Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit
Friday, July 1, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Experience the sounds of Uganda with this composer and multi-instrumentalist.

Bakithi Kumalo
Friday, July 8, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This acclaimed bassist and composer—who was featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album—presents an evening of South African–inflected jazz.

Luke Carlos O'Reilly
Friday, July 15, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Nationally-renowned pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly premieres his ensemble of local jazz talent.

Peter Beets
Friday, July 22, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This Dutch pianist shows off his impeccable technique and sense of swing.

Joanna Pascale
Friday, July 29, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Sway to the rich jazz sounds of one of the premier vocalists on the East Coast.

Jabali Afrika
Friday, August 5, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Revel in the powerful sounds of Afro-rock band Jabali Afrika.

Thana Alexa
Friday, August 12, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Discover the talents of this rising star on the modern vocal jazz scene.

Oran Etkin featuring Lionel Loueke
Friday, August 19, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Renowned Israeli jazz composer Oran Etkin is joined by West African guitarist Lionel Loueke.

Supported by The Consulate of Israel in Philadelphia.

Korey Riker
Friday, August 26, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Back from a year of touring with John Legend, this Philly-based sax player wows with a smooth mix of neo-soul, R&B, gospel, and hip hop.


Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Location: Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Museum store on the balcony, first floor

Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania bring objects from the permanent collection to life during a 45-minute conversation in one of the Museum’s two hundred galleries. All programs are subject to change.

  • At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance, 1890, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
    • Thursday, May 5, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, May 6, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, May 7, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • The Annunciation, 1898, by Henry Ossawa Tanner
    • Thursday, June 2, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, June 3, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunflowers, 1888 or 1889, by Vincent van Gogh
    • Thursday, July 7, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, July 8, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, July 9, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Fountain, 1950 (replica of 1917 original), by Marcel Duchamp
    • Thursday, August 4, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 5, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 6, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

El Greco: In Focus
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Project Room
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (Free for members), includes Museum admission

Get a close look at four paintings from the John G. Johnson Collection. Johnson purchased the works with the understanding that they were by the Spanish old-master painter El Greco. We now believe that just one of these four paintings was produced by El Greco himself. Two are now thought to be from his workshop and the fourth is “attributed to” El Greco, indicating our uncertainty about the painting’s authorship.

Project Assistant Curator Mark Castro and Conservator of Paintings Terry Lignelli will discuss why Johnson purchased these works, how our understanding of them has changed over time, and how these works were studied and prepared for its current installation in gallery 273. Their presentation will give insight into how curators and conservators work together to revisit works of art in the collection, challenge old assumptions, and make new discoveries.

Funded by the Graduate Guides.

Community Conversations: Creative Africa
Location: Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (Free for Members), Includes General Admission

From identity to aesthetics, join thoughtful conversations about various topics raised in the Creative Africa exhibitions.

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016, Starts at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, Starts at 2:30 p.m.

"The Masterpieces" with Joshua R. Helmer
First Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
Meets in the Great Stair Hall

Featuring works by such artists as Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, and others, “The Masterpieces” tour delivers just that—a look at some of the collection’s greatest treasures.

Anne d’Harnoncourt Society - Director's Conversation: Museums and the Marketplace
Thursday, June 2, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required
Museum admission not required

Get the scoop on the international art market from two leaders in the field—the Museum’s Widener Director, Timothy Rub, and noted auction house executive Marc Porter.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (Free for members), includes Museum admission

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Ananias Léki Dago
    • Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Photographer Ananias Léki Dago and Peter Barberie (Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center) discuss Three Photographers/Six Cities.


Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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The Art of Film
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 Museum and BMFI members)

Film noir. 1960’s counter-culture. Join us to explore parallels between key moments in film and art. This course will include lectures, film clips, and in-gallery conversations co-taught by Andrew Douglas of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and a Museum educator.

The course is co-taught by Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Museum.
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Come be inspired by the Rodin Museum and its gardens. On the second Saturday of each month, learn a different sketching technique. Topics vary and include the Rodin Museum’s building, sculptures, and the garden, weather permitting. Materials are provided, though bring your own if you’d like (sketch pads, and drawing or charcoal pencils only, please). This drop-in program is primarily aimed at an adult audience.

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


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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Make Stuff
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

In this drop-in program, craft handmade objects or make art amid the Museum’s collection. Projects vary from sketching or knitting in the galleries to building a Lego mansion or creating a puzzle. Make Stuff programs are perfect for anyone looking for a relaxed, creative atmosphere.

  • DIY Paint
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
        Use pigments to make your own paints and create a masterpiece.

Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga while surrounded by the Museum’s collection. Class size varies according to gallery location.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

Starr Catering Group Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: The Cafeteria
Paid tickets required
$45 ($40 for Members) includes General Admission

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.

  • Summer Wines
    • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Learn about summer wines with master sommelier Joshua Wesson. Named Best Sommelier of French Wine & Spirits, and the recipients of the prestigious Ambassador’s Award from the European Wine Council, Josh Wesson will highlight the best of summer wines from bright and crisp to full and robust.


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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