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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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Denise King
Friday, March 22, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This vocal powerhouse and local favorite returns for a performance in honor of the legendary women of jazz.

Member Perk: Starting at 5:00 p.m., the first 50 members receive a free CD and an opportunity to meet the performer during intermission.

Final Fridays: Louder Now
Friday, March 29, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A night celebrating the many ways we raise our voices, featuring LADAMA, a multinational ensemble of women.

Music: Wassup Gina
5:00–7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
This Philly favorite and regular DJ at The Dolphin spins a dark and dreamy set of house and disco.

In-Gallery Performances: Beth Heinly
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Begins in Gray Charitable Trust Gallery 185; ends in Great Stair Hall
This local artist performs a series of short movement-based works evoking various styles of street performance in different galleries throughout the night.

DIY Art: Philadelphia Printworks
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Join artists from this screen printing studio for a quick tutorial, then make your own artwork with an exclusive custom design.

Detour: ANNA Crusis Women’s Choir
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Gallery 111
The country’s first feminist women’s choir raise their voices for peace and justice on a tour through the American galleries.

Drum Like A Lady
5:45–7:10 p.m.
Don’t miss three pop-up performances by this local percussion troupe led by women.

  • East Terrace, 5:45–6:00 p.m.
  • Outside of the West Entrance, 6:30–6:45 p.m.
  • Great Stair Hall, 7:00–7:10 p.m.

In-Gallery Workshop: Caldera Magazine
6:00–7:00 p.m.
Caplan Gallery 224 (Pillared Temple Hall)
This local publication celebrates artists from POC and Queer communities. Contributors Samya Abu-Orf and Wit Lopez share two poetic performances and lead an empowering writing and movement workshop.

stop on the object/move on the image
6:15 p.m.
Brodsky Gallery 188
Experience a collaborative performance of poetry, film, and dance created from the cross-disciplinary practices of Meg Foley, Marie Hinson, Laura Neuman, Vitche-Boul Ra, and Sekai’afua Zankel.

Music: LADAMA
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
This multi-national ensemble of women combines traditional Latin roots with soul, R&B, and pop, communicating across cultures using sound and story.

Samantha Rise
Friday, April 5, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Weaving together mountain folk and neo-soul, this singer-songwriter channels vocalists like Joni Mitchell and Erykah Badu.

Presented in conjunction with Art of Poetry, our spring celebration of the written and spoken word

Music in the Galleries
Gallery 175, 1st floor

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Lines/Patterns
    • Saturday, April 6, 2019, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Form and structure make the link between American visual artist Ellsworth Kelly and German baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented in partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music.

      Music in the Galleries performances featuring musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.

Denison Witmer
Friday, April 12, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Witmer’s quiet brand of folk celebrates life’s mysteries, daily epiphanies, happy accidents, and even calamities.

Presented in conjunction with Art of Poetry, our spring celebration of the written and spoken word

Dawn Landes
Friday, April 19, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Full of vivid storytelling, classic country themes, and eternal questions, the songwriting of this Nashville artist is as fresh as it is timeless.

Presented in conjunction with Art of Poetry, our spring celebration of the written and spoken word

Final Fridays: Def Poetry Reunion
Friday, April 26, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
Price includes museum admission.
Floor seating: Sold out
Stair seating: Sold out
Standing Room only on Great Stair Hall Balcony: $25 ($20 members)
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Presenter Danny Simmons invites some of Philly’s most recognized poets to gather for an epic evening of artistry in this special takeover of Final Fridays. Featuring Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker, Black Ice, Vanessa German, Bonafide Rojas, and poetic duo Yellow Rage. Hosted by Liza Jessie Peterson.

A DJ set by Rich Medina with visuals by The Marksmen follows the performance.

Please note that this performance contains adult content.

Presented in conjunction with Art of Poetry, our spring celebration of the written and spoken word

This is a Power of Art program, sponsored by the Wind Foundation.

Peter Beets
Friday, May 3, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Dutch pianist returns to Philadelphia to perform world class jazz in a special performance entitled “Gershwin meets the Blues.”

Sam Taylor
Friday, May 10, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Philly-native saxophonist performs hard swinging jazz in the tradition of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, and Larry McKenna.

Joy Ike
Friday, May 17, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This vocalist, pianist, and songwriter boasts a powerful sound full of rhythm and soul that pays homage to her Nigerian roots.

Dahka Band
Friday, May 24, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This New York–based ensemble are rising stars on the Afropop scene.

Final Fridays: Flashback Friday
Friday, May 31, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Indulge in nostalgia at this evening devoted to the moods, music, fads, and feels that take you back.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • The Doctor's Visit, c. 1660–65, by Jan Steen
    • Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 22, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Counterfeit Note, 1858, by Daniel Huntington
    • Thursday, March 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mountains in Autumn, 1910, by Noguchi Shōhin
    • Thursday, April 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 6, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus Would Freeze, c. 1600–03, by Hendrick Goltzius
    • Thursday, April 11, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 12, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Man in a Café, 1912, by Juan Gris
    • Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Soothsayer’s Recompense, 1913, by Giorgio de Chirico
    • Thursday, April 25, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Naylor with a Keeper and a Dead Stag, 1847, by Richard Ansdell
    • Thursday, May 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 3, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture: City Beautiful
Saturday, March 23, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free), includes museum admission. Space is limited; reservations required.

Who decides what future cities look like? MIT Media Lab engineer Danielle Wood, architectural historian Dianne Harris, and documentary photographer Nolan Ryan Trowe consider this question.

Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: Impressionism Around the World
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required
Free event ticket required; does not include museum admission

Impressionism Around the World: Art and Globalization
How did a quintessentially French art movement become an international phenomenon? Leading scholars explore Impressionism’s global reach at the turn of the twentieth century.

Symposium
Friday, April 12, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Keynote Lecture
Friday, April 12, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Closing Lecture: Opposition is True Friendship
Sunday, April 14, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
T. J. Clark, professor emeritus of Art History at University of California, Berkeley, gives a talk revisiting Impressionist artists Pissarro and Cézanne.

This program is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania, and has been supported, in part, by the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania and by the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Presented in conjunction with The Impressionist’s Eye
  • Friday, April 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Keynote Lecture
    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Closing Lecture
    • Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • In the Artist’s Voice: Jennifer Crandall
    Saturday, May 11, 2019
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
    Paid tickets required
    $20 (members free); includes museum admission

    Who is America? The filmmaker of Whitman, Alabama explores this question and more in a conversation with WHYY Executive Producer of Audio Content Elisabeth Perez-Luna.

    Offered in conjunction with Whitman, Alabama and Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy.

    Support for this program was provided by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fund for Education.

    The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: Patti Smith
    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Starts at 7:00 p.m.
    Great Stair Hall
    Paid tickets required
    Member tickets on sale April 2; public tickets on sale April 9

    Iconic singer-songwriter, visual artist, and poet Patti Smith is joined by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith for an evening exploring the legacy of Walt Whitman through word and song.

    Presented in conjunction with Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy

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    Courses & Workshops

    Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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    Second Saturday Sketch
    Free after admission

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

    • Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 11, 2019, 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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    Drink & Draw with Martha Rich
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Great Stair Hall
    Free after Pay What You Wish admission

    Sip while you sketch with Philly artist Martha Rich, and make zines inspired by memories, eavesdropping, and found text. Rich paints words and food with a penchant for the absurd. Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Bon Appetit, and Entertainment Weekly.

    Drawing materials provided, drinks available for purchase at the bar. All levels welcome.

    Art of Poetry Opening Celebration
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019
    5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
    Great Stair Hall
    Free after Pay What You Wish admission

    Consider this the first stanza. Heralding a full season of poetry-inspired programs, performance poets make our galleries sing with spoken word while artists blend language and art.

    • Drink and Draw with Martha Rich
    • Poetry tours with The Philly Pigeon
    • Gallery takeover with the museum’s Teen Ambassador Group (TAG)

    Yoga
    Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
    In Wallace Gallery 201 through the spring
    Free tickets required
    Free tickets available Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m at any Visitor Services Desk. First come, first served.
    Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

    Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

    Drink & Draw with Lale Westvind
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Great Stair Hall
    Free after Pay What You Wish admission

    Sip while you sketch with artist Lale Westvind, whose brilliant colors, spirited lines, and heroic themes parallel the illustrative work of Yoshitoshi. Westvind’s comics and animations have been published in Kramers Ergot, The Lifted Brow, and The New York Times.

    Drawing materials provided, drinks available for purchase at the bar. All levels welcome.

    Presented in conjunction with Yoshitoshi: Spirit and Spectacle.

    Chef Demo: Local Spring Produce
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Stir restaurant, main building
    Paid tickets required
    $55 ($50 members); includes museum admission

    Taste the best offerings from several local farms with Executive Chef Mark Tropea.

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