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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: Down the Shore
Friday, June 30, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Here’s our definition of summer madness: skip the shore traffic and keep it local. We’re bringing beach vibes to the Museum with grub and boardwalk games.

Artist Collab - Beach Memories with Nick Cassway
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Local artist Nick Cassway has been a staple in the Philadelphia art scene for over twenty-five years. Relive his childhood memories of summers spent at Cape May Point with specially commissioned beach tags.

Sweet Treat - Lil' Pop Shop
5:00–8:00 p.m.
East Terrace
Cool off with a popsicle from this Philly favorite. These unique treats are hand-crafted in small batches from a seasonal assortment of fresh, natural, locally sourced ingredients.

Artist Intervention - Mini Golf
5:30–7:30 p.m.
East Terrace (Rain location: Inquire at a Visitor Services desk)
Nothing says summer like a good game of mini golf. Take a swing at this one-of-a-kind course, designed by local artists and inspired by our collection.

DIY Art with The Fabric Workshop
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Silkscreen the perfect tote or tee for your next romp on the beach.

Detours with Phillip Adams
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Colket Gallery 151 (Rain location: SmithKline Beecham Gallery 244)
Unconventional tours with unique points of view. Go on a sketching tour of our magnificent building with artist Phillip Adams. Materials provided and no drawing experience required.

Music
DJ Yolo Ono
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Marissa Le, aka Yolo Ono, is a Philadelphia-based DJ who's played with acts such as James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Venus X, Maluca, and Anna Lunoe, in addition to spinning for music festivals like Governor's Ball and Firefly.

Louie Louie
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
This all-female rock group from Philadelphia brings their stylish garage-pop sound with a surf-psych spin to the Museum. Obvious influences are 60's rock, 70's punk, Motown, Spector and Meek productions, and surf and noise experimental sounds.

Buyepongo
Friday, July 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus,” and you’ll want to join in as soon as the band launches into its infectious and energetic rhythms. A riotous mash-up of influences fuses hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora.

color as time
Friday, July 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A mix of classical composition, jazz improvisation, and pop, performed by musicians from Philly’s folk and classical scenes led by Joshua Stamper. These songs are earthy, playful, deeply comforting, and bracingly urgent.

Shea Rose
Friday, July 21, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Boston Globe calls Rose “that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap and jazz—and bring her unique stamp to each.” This Boston artist’s soulful sounds explore the universal topics of identity, transformation, and self-acceptance.

Final Fridays: Wild
Friday, July 28, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an eco-centric evening that’s all about conservation—of art and the environment. With live music from The Secret Sisters, straight from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Rogê
Friday, August 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Blending bossa nova and samba with sounds from around the globe, this Latin Grammy nominee represents a new generation in Brazilian popular music. Co-composer of the Rio 2016 theme, he’s traveling with a full band to bring Brazil to Philly.

Josh Lawrence
Friday, August 18, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The jazz trumpeter and a quartet of Philly favorites present Color Theory—music that explores traditional color theory and the phenomenon of synesthesia. Let all of your senses come out to play, with tunes for both your ears and eyes, and flavors to savor from Starr Catering.

Final Fridays: Last Chance Summer Dance
Friday, August 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Dance the night away with booty-shaking Brazilian music by PhillyBloco.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Great Stair Hall

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • The Arnold Newman Lecture: Michael Nichols
    • Sunday, June 25, 2017, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
      Photographer Michael Nichols discusses the exhibition Wild: Michael Nichols with Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center; and guest cocurator Melissa Harris.

      All prices include Museum admission. Reserved seating: $40 ($32 members). Great Stair Hall steps: $25 ($20 members). Standing room only: Free with Museum admission (day-of-event only, first come, first served)

Community Conversations
Location: Gallery 122
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Open discussions about socially relevant topics.

  • War and Displacement
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Consider the effects of conflict, using Goya's series of prints, Disasters of War, as a starting point.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall, near the entrance to the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries

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.

  • Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku (Evanescent Joys), c. 1917, Designed by Ōgi Rodō
    • Thursday, July 6, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, July 7, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, July 8, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Mrs. Peale Lamenting the Death of Her Child (Rachel Weeping), 1772, enlarged 1776; retouched 1818, by Charles Willson Peale
    • Thursday, August 3, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 4, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 5, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Tapestry showing the Triumph of Constantine over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, 1623–25, figural composition designed by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Thursday, September 7, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, September 8, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, September 9, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Revolution!
Sunday, July 16, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members)

Learn the stories behind how families chose their side during the tumultuous times of our country's founding on this trip to Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, and Woodford.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ticket includes trolley transportation, admission to houses visited, and parking validation for the Museum garage at regular visitor rates. Does not include admission to Art Museum. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of program start time to check in.​

A Glorious Enterprise
Sunday, August 20, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members) Admission not included

Celebrate summer with a tour through Fairmount Park, with stops to look at buildings, vistas, and sculptures. A visit to Lemon Hill concludes the afternoon.

Jane Goodall
Saturday, September 16, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
Prices include Museum admission. Reserved seating: $75 ($60 for members). Reserved seating on Great Stair Hall steps: $40 ($32 for members). Standing room only: Free with admission

Join the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees as she reflects on her work advocating for animal welfare and conservation. This program has been made possible by Leslie Miller and Richard Worley.

Stories of the Workers
Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meets in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members) No admission included

Explore the lives of both free and enslaved people who toiled at Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove, and Strawberry Mansion.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ticket includes trolley transportation, admission to houses visited, and parking validation for the Museum garage at regular visitor rates. Does not include admission to Art Museum. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of program start time to check in.

A Curator’s Perspective on Johnson
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Dorrance Galleries

Discover the man behind the collection with Jennifer Thompson (The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection).

Creation Made Visible
Location: Dorrance Galleries

​Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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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, 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.

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 mornings or Thursday afternoons.
  • Changing Fashion
    • Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
      • Thursday, September 28, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
          • Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            • Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
              • Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                See how artists throughout history depict everyday activewear, elegant eveningwear, and fabulous costumes.
                Instructor: Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning

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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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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.

Beginning the first week of June yoga will take place in the The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Weather permitting.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

Sketching in the Galleries
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Be an artist for a day! "Draw" inspiration from the artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils will be provided.

Location provided at any admissions desk
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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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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