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Parkway 100

September 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.


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100 Years in Philly Music
Friday, September 8, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

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.

An Architect’s Responsibility: A Search for the Durable When Everything Is Changing
Friday, September 8, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$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.

Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: The Museum and the City
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Free
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.

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10:00 a.m.–noon
“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

2:00–4:00 p.m.
“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
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Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania

Members-Only Program: If These Walls Could Talk: The History of Your Museum
Sunday, September 10, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perelman Building Media Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members free; member guests $10

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.

Arcadia Library Lecture: Libraries & Librarians: Agents of Change
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
SOLD OUT

​Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, discusses the critical role of libraries and librarians and their central place in community engagement.

Members Previews: Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection
Dorrance Galleries
Membership Required
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.

Eda G. Diskant Memorial Lecture: The Encyclopedia, the Museum, and the Collection
Friday, November 3, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$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.

This is the keynote lecture to the symposium “Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930),” which continues on Saturday, November 4. Cohosted with the Frick Center for the History of Collecting.

Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930)
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$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.

Cohosted with the Frick Center for the History of Collecting

Roz Perry Memorial Lecture: Exhibiting Intimacy: Rodin, Sex & Modern Sculpture
Friday, November 17, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$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.

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Related Exhibitions

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)

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