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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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Final Fridays: Lonely Hearts Club
Friday, February 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Love is a battlefield. Music, art, and theater help soothe your soul.

Art Making: Love Notes
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Book artist Colette Fu shows you how to create your own pop-up cards. Make some love—or anti-love—themed cards to give your friends, partner, an ex, or yourself. She’ll have patterns available for all ages and levels, just come with an open heart.

Silent Disco with Silent Philly
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Silent Philly is in the house-grab some headphones and fill the galleries with song and dance.

Detour: Timaree Schmit
5:45 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Sexologist Timaree Schmit believes that rational, empirically based sex-ed is the basis for social justice. View three selected works of Duchamp through the lens of sex positive feminism and sexology.
The Museum offers free, daily guided tours on a number of topics. Pick up a Today handout for more information.

Musical Act: Eliza Hardy Jones
5:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.
Hardy is a classically trained pianist who’s recently made the leap to the electric landscape. This Philadelphia native has played with Buried Beds, Nightlands, Strand of Oaks, and Grace Potter, and has just debuted her solo album, Because Become. Tonight she plays two sets: the first one as an acoustic solo and the second one with her full band.

In-Gallery performance: Revolution Shakespeare presents “Love Hurts”
6:15 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
What’s the only thing worse than not being in love? Being in love. Many of Shakespeare’s characters grapple with the thorniest emotion of them all and lead us to ask the eternal question: Is having a date on Saturday night really worth all the drama?

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.

Music in the Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

Curtis Institute of Music performances are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.
  • 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.

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.

Final Fridays: Rebel, Rebel
Friday, March 31, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A night to celebrate art world renegades. Performances by Brian Sanders' JUNK and gallery takeovers by the Dufala Brothers and The Philadelphia Poetry Collaboration. Curators share the story of Marcel Duchamp's Fountain, which shook the art world by asking the question, "what is art?". Enjoy a musical Detour dedicated to Duchamp and all our favorite artist rebels by acoustic musical duo Chickabiddy.

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 Turkish-inspired 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.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Skylit Atrium
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Jitish Kallat
    • Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      ​Join artist Jitish Kallat and poet Sonia Sanchez for a conversation inspired by his poignant and immersive installation Covering Letter.
  • Magdalene Odundo
    • Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      Kenyan-born British potter Magdalene Odundo in conversation with Jennifer Zwilling (Curator of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio).

Watercolor Salons
Location: Dorrance Galleries
Paid tickets required
$25 (Free for members); includes Museum and Special Exhibition admission
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets

Lively conversations about American Watercolor and related topics.

Members join a private morning tour to complement these conversations.
  • Women and Watercolor
    • Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      ​​Hear about women’s contributions to the art of watercolor from artist Eileen Goodman and McNeil Curator of American Art Kathleen A. Foster.
  • Pigment and Paper
    • Thursday, March 16, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Conservator Scott Homolka and Mellon Fellow in Paper Conservation Rebecca Pollak discuss watercolor materials.
  • Painting with Light
    • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      ​Examine the connections between stained glass and watercolor with artist Judith Schaechter and McNeil Curator of American Art Kathleen A. Foster. Funded by the Graduate Guides.
  • Philadelphia Illustrators
    • Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney and exhibition assistant in American Art Laura Fravel highlight Philadelphia’s role in illustration.

Groundbreaking Hard Hat Tours
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Take a behind the scenes, sneak-peek tour of some of the construction zones within the Museum. Reservations are taken as walk-up, day-of tickets at any Visitor Services desk.

Because the tour will include visiting the Vaulted Walkway, which is partially exposed to the elements and an active construction zone—it is not fully accessible. Please dress for the weather accordingly and wear comfortable, flat, closed-toed shoes. ​
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., and 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Spring Open House
Location: Cedar Grove
Paid tickets required
$8 (Cedar Grove admission free for members)

​Spring is in the air -- swing by Cedar Grove and see what's going into our early American kitchen garden.

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Watercolor Sketch
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Take a moment to stop and sketch the roses, drawing inspiration from a large scale still life in the Museum's Great Stair Hall. Inspired by both American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent and the upcoming PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, Holland: Flowering the World, join us for an evening of watercolor sketching. No reservations required; all ability levels welcome.

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).
  • American Identities
    • Thursday, March 2, 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, 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.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Sunday, March 26, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Library

​Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism, focusing on women watercolorists. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. We will provide reference materials and refreshments. The first 25 enrollees will also receive a complimentary same-day ticket to the exhibition American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent.

Facilitated by Mary Mark Ockerbloom (Wikipedian in Residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation) and Sarah Beetham (adjunct lecturer in art history and material culture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts).

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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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Watercolor Sketch
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Take a moment to stop and sketch the roses, drawing inspiration from a large scale still life in the Museum's Great Stair Hall. Inspired by both American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent and the upcoming PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, Holland: Flowering the World, join us for an evening of watercolor sketching. No reservations required; all ability levels welcome.

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

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Skylit Atrium
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Jitish Kallat
    • Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      ​Join artist Jitish Kallat and poet Sonia Sanchez for a conversation inspired by his poignant and immersive installation Covering Letter.
  • Magdalene Odundo
    • Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      Kenyan-born British potter Magdalene Odundo in conversation with Jennifer Zwilling (Curator of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio).

Starr Catering Group Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: Museum Cafe
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)
call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets

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.

  • Vinocity Wine School
    • Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      The surprise is revealed as we welcome Vicki Miller from Vinocity to demystify wine and help you become more of a wine expert along the way. Take a walk through the galleries and find inspiration within the art that many winemakers infuse into the wines they create. Then, learn the art of wine tasting and see just how much there is to discover from a simple glass of wine. ​​

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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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