Parkway 100September 8, 2017–November 16, 2018 The Benjamin Franklin Parkway turns 100 this year. Mark this milestone with Parkway 100, a 14-month, citywide celebration of our world-famous boulevard. A great public space, the Parkway is rich in art, culture, science, and education. Join us in the coming months for a series of programs and exhibitions on the centennial theme of “Collections and Connections.” Festivities kick off at the Museum on Friday, September 8, with musical performances and Pay What You Wish admission starting at 4:00 p.m. View Parkway 100 Events >>
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Celebrate the kickoff of the Parkway Centennial with an ensemble of local jazz and folk musicians led by Ross Bellenoit. Explore the rich musical heritage of Philadelphia through songs composed in the City of Brotherly Love.
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$20 ($16 members); includes Museum admission
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, architects of the Barnes Foundation, talk about the role that museums can play in defining civic life in the twenty-first century.Cash bar: 5:45–6:30 p.m. This is the keynote lecture for the Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: The Museum and the City, co-organized by the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
No ticket required
How do museums serve the needs of today and tomorrow? Museum directors, artists, and civic leaders from around the world share their perspectives.Schedule & Speakers >>
“Civic Space in the 21st Century”
Moderated by David Brownlee, the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of 19th-Century European Art, University of Pennsylvania
Speakers: Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
Richard Gluckman, Partner, Gluckman Tang Architects
Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Julian Siggers, Williams Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
“The Audience of the 21st Century”
Moderated by Gail Harrity, President and COO, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Speakers: Wilfredo Benítez, Executive Director, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
Carmen Febo-San Miguel, Executive Director, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Sarah McEneaney, artist, Philadelphia
Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Honolulu
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Art historian Elizabeth A. Anderson shares stories about the Museum's rich history, from its Centennial Exhibition origins to its transition into the new millennium.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, discusses the critical role of libraries and librarians and their central place in community engagement.
Free tickets required
Experience Old Masters Now before it opens to the public.
- Friday, October 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
- Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, October 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
- Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission
Art historian Steven Conn examines the relationship between the encyclopedias that museums aspired to be and the collections that formed the basis of their displays at the turn of the twentieth century.
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission
Join us for a symposium on collecting in Gilded Age Philadelphia. Topics include collectors John G. Johnson, Peter A. B. and Joseph Widener, and Dr. Albert C. Barnes and the role played by fairs, museums, advisors, and department stores in setting patterns of collecting in the city.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission
Art historian David Getsy discusses Auguste Rodin’s themes of sexuality and love, and explores how they influenced his reputation and development as a modern artist.
Old Masters Now: Encounter treasures by the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet.
Rodin’s Kiss: Passion in the hands of a master sculptor.
Fireflies (Presented by the Association for Public Art): Experience the Parkway as a nocturnal dreamscape in this work by acclaimed artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
To learn more about this citywide celebration, visit www.parkway100.org.
Banner image: Philadelphia Museum of Art: Perspective from Southeast, 1917–18, attributed to Julian Francis Abele, American, 1881–1950 (Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives)