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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: AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball
Friday, October 27, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A celebration of AfroFuturist and Black speculative music, design, art, and creativity. Come dressed to impress in your best sci-fi and AfroFuturist fashions for a night of imagination, art, and activism. This evening has been envisioned by Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips) and is presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled.


Mobile Futures Institute Bus
5:00–6:30 p.m.
East Terrace
Watch some Afrofuturist films in this retrofitted shuttle bus.   


Tarot Readings
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Women’s Committee Gallery 164, 1st floor
Oshun, a generational bruja whose work is rooted in African ancestral energy, is on hand to help you achieve your highest purpose.
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Music Performances (hosted by MC Kennedy Allen)
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

MovaKween
Soul and R&B singer MovaKween honors the many layers and levels of the Divine Feminine.  

:3LON
Groove to ethereal and industrial tunes by underground producer and vocalist :3LON.

Sammus
Don’t miss a rousing performance by beatmaker and lyricist Sammus.

Moor Mother
In collaboration with local musicians, Moor Mother presents an eclectic mix of jazz, poetry, hip hop, and electronics.

King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm
In this live solo presentation, King Britt transmits “omniversal signals from divine abstractions into a sonic experience.”


Body Painting
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Kitakiya Dennis and Rell Stylez transform your look with detailed designs.


Mask Masking
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Need a finishing touch for your costume? Make a decorative face mask with Anthony Molden.  


AfroFuturist Library
5:30–8:00 p.m.
Lenfest Hall (West Foyer), ground floor
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse and Metropolarity bring written works for you to read and explore.


Fashion Show & Best Dressed Competition (hosted by MC Kennedy Allen)
7:20 & 7:40 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Walé Oyéjidé of Ikiré Jones, Eva Preston, and Feya Sterling show off their futurist looks on live models. Also, three finalists from our Best Dressed Competition will get to strut their stuff before the winner is announced. (Stop by the photo booth and the nomination station on the Great Stair Hall Balcony beforehand to make sure you’re entered in the competition.)

Odean Pope
Friday, November 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary saxophonist Odean Pope and his quartet perform an evening of original jazz compositions animated by the themes of collaboration, movement, and spirituality. Pope trained amid the illustrious jazz scene of the mid-twentieth century and has devoted a lifetime to developing a distinctive voice that remains inventive and vibrant.

Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Feast Your Eyes
Sunday, November 5, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Work up an appetite viewing delectable works of art and dancing to Recess Monkey. Then get your daily serving of creativity with an art project.

Performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

​Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Philadelphia Fathering Festival
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

A three-day event promoting equal responsibilities between parenting partners, and advocating for deeper engagement between fathers and the children in their lives. With performances, film screenings, workshops, and public forums.

Organized by Billy Yalowitz, Les Rivera, and Eric Marsh and offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
  • Friday, November 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kavita Shah
Friday, November 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

New York–born singer-songwriter Kavita Shah brings her eclectic, jazz-based repertoire to the Museum. Placing diverse cultural traditions in dialogue, Shah is creating a new genre that reflects our increasingly hybrid world.

Tony Miceli Quartet featuring Larry McKenna
Friday, November 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Some of Philly's finest come together for a night of unparalleled jazz. Tony Miceli, a versatile leader and sideman, is a virtuoso on the vibraphone. He's joined tonight by Larry McKenna, known for his velvety sound and bebop-inspired improvisations, on tenor sax.

Final Fridays: Winter Is Coming
Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Jon Snow knew at least one thing—winter can be rough. Get ready for the season with a night geared toward surviving the coldest months.

Music in the Galleries
Dorrance Galleries

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Zorá String Quartet
    • Saturday, December 2, 2017, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Enjoy a contemplative performance centered around a composition by Beethoven and a painting by Rogier van der Weyden.

      ​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection
  • Looking Back, Looking Forward with the Curtis Institute of Music

Caroling through the Galleries
Great Stair Hall

The Pennsylvania Girlchoir, led by Melissa Keylock, performs a selection of traditional carols.

​Each performance is approximately 30 minutes.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

JD Walter & Orrin Evans Duo
Friday, January 5, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Progressive jazz vocalist JD Walter joins Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans for an intimate performance.

CNOTE NYC
Friday, January 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This trio​ of Christopher McBride, Jonathan Edward Thomas, and Curtis Nowosad mixes jazz, R&B, rock, and fusion with ease, technicality, and musical precision.

The Sound of Progress: Songs for John Henry
Sunday, January 14, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Inspired by the illustrations of Jerry Pinkney and the writings of Julius Lester, this performance explores the legend of John Henry through blues, hymns, work songs, and ragtime.

​Presented in collaboration with Philadelphia Jazz Project

The Dove & the Wolf
Friday, January 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Philly-based Parisian duo crafts reflective songs characterized by hushed harmonies and the sounds of dream pop and old-school soft rock.

Final Fridays: Weird Science
Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Indulge your inner nerd with an evening devoted to experiments, discoveries, and art.

​Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Uri Gurvich
Friday, February 2, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Saxophonist Uri Gurvich blends world influences, including sounds from his native Israel, with progressive jazz. Songs from his latest release, Kinship, explore tribal and familial connections between different cultures and individuals.

Aaron Parnell Brown
Friday, February 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get in the mood for love. Philly singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown offers up a mix of ’70s soul, romantic jazz, and original tunes that will make you swoon.

Martha Stuckey
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A theatrical evening of jazz standards and originals with Red 40 frontwoman Martha Stuckey.

Final Fridays: King Britt Presents
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary DJ and producer King Britt presents an evening of interactions and experiences inspired by his personal history as an artist.

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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.

A masterpiece 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
  • Sounding Reveille, c. 1871, by Winslow Homer
    • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Fireplace and Doorway, 1935–38, by Wharton Esherick
    • Thursday, November 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tapestry Showing the Marriage of Constantine and Fausta, 1623–25, designed by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Knight, Death, and the Devil, 1513, by Albrecht Dürer
    • Thursday, November 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Birth of Venus, 1635 or 1636, by Nicolas Poussin
    • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 1, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Samson and Delilah, c. 1507, by Lucas van Leyden
    • Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Portrait of the Artist's Mother, 1897, by Henry Ossawa Tanner
    • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Reception Hall from the Palace of Duke Zhao, 17th century, Chinese
    • Thursday, January 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The City, 1919, by Fernand Léger
    • Thursday, January 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Portrait of Pope Pius VII and Cardinal Caprara, c. 1805, by Jacques-Louis David
    • Thursday, January 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Grand Salon of the Château de Draveil, c. 1735, French
    • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sasanian Portal, Sasanid dynasty, mid-6th century
    • Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Making a Train, 1867, by Seymour Joseph Guy
    • Thursday, February 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Vishnu Begins the World, around 1600s–1700s, unknown artist
    • Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mermaid, 1896, by Edvard Munch
    • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

PHLA Kitchen Events
Perelman Café, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Join the culinary artists of PHLA Kitchen for informal events about dishes featured on their menu.

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Celebrating Activism—A Philadelphia Forum
Sunday, October 29, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Reservations required
Admission to the Perelman Building is Pay What You Wish.

A forum celebrating the various forms in which activism manifests today and into the future

​Led by members of the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia and moderated by Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Eda G. Diskant Memorial Lecture: The Encyclopedia, the Museum, and the Collection
Friday, November 3, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission
$35 (members free) for this lecture and the Nov. 4 symposium “Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930)”; includes Museum admission

Historian Steven Conn of Miami University 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.

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6:00 p.m.: Registration
6:15 p.m.: Opening remarks by Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art
6:30 p.m.: Lecture: “The Encyclopedia, the Museum, and the Collection” by Steve Conn, Miami University

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 Collection Center for the History of Collecting.

This lecture is supported by The Robert and Eda G. Diskant Memorial Endowment.

Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930)
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission
$35 (members free) for the Nov. 3 lecture with art historian Steven Conn and this symposium; 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.

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9:30 a.m.: Registration

9:45 a.m.: Welcome from Inge Reist, The Frick Collection


Morning Session: The Lure of the Old Masters

10:00 a.m.: “John G. Johnson: Lawyer, Collector, Philadelphian,” Jennifer Thompson, the Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art

10:30 a.m.: “The French Connection: Joseph Bonaparte, Point Breeze, and Old Masters Come to Bordentown,” Yuriko Jackall, National Gallery of Art

11:00 a.m.: Break

11:25 a.m.: “The Last American Versailles: The Widener Collection at Lynnewood Hall,” Esmée Quodbach, The Frick Collection

12:15 p.m.: Questions from the audience

12:30 p.m.: Lunch on your own


Afternoon Session: Looking Beyond the Old Masters

1:40 p.m.: Welcome from Richard L. Kagan, Johns Hopkins University

1:45 p.m.: “Collecting American Art in Philadelphia in the Age of John G. Johnson,” Kathleen A. Foster, Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director, Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

2:15 p.m.: “Collecting Classical Antiquities in the Athens of America,” Ann Blair Brownlee, Penn Museum

2:45 p.m.: “The Language of the Brush into the Language of Money: John Wanamaker and the Intersections of Collecting and Commerce,” Sara Tarter, University of Birmingham

3:15 p.m.: Break

3:40 p.m.: “Is Art an Armchair?” Elizabeth Milroy, Drexel University

4:10 p.m.: “A Mentor for Dr. Barnes: John G. Johnson and a Culture of Collecting in Philadelphia,” Brian Seymour, Community College of Philadelphia

4:50 p.m.: Questions from the audience

5:10 p.m.: “Giving Others Their Due: Philadelphia Collectors After Johnson,” panel discussion with Richard L. Kagan, Inge Reist, and Jennifer Thompson

Cohosted with the Frick Collection Center for the History of Collecting

Alumni Ex-Offender Association Meetings
Julien Levy Gallery, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​The Alumni Ex-Offenders Association engages the public in a dialogue to explore the evolution of mass incarceration on a personal, familial, and communal level.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Insights into Contemporary Korean Craft
Sunday, November 5, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

​Hyeyoung Cho, organizing curator of the guest artist program at this year's Craft Show, previews works by Korean artists featured in the exhibit.

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups with babies

Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome in our galleries, and we're making it a bit easier for you with our stroller tours. If the baby fusses don't fret---you'll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • A Curator’s Perspective: John G. Johnson
    • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Discover the man behind the Johnson Collection with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
  • Creation Made Visible
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Debuts and Discoveries from Storage
      • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        Discover newly conserved paintings that haven’t been on view in decades with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
      • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Between Our World and the Picture’s
        • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Bosch/Not Bosch
        • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Keeping Up with El Greco
          • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Unveiling Titian
          • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

Tour of Student Design Competition
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
By invitation only
Free for invitees

Take a tour of the annual Collab Student Design Competition, led by one of the judges, and see what the next generation imagines for interiors of the future. “Grand Gesture” asks entrants to create an eye-catching piece of furniture that becomes the focal point of the room. See entries, in the form of scale models, and enjoy a Collab members-only reception.

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.

Grower Series: Transcending Place, Creating Culture
Saturday, November 18, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

An afternoon dedicated to growers from the Asian, African, and Latin American diasporas in Philadelphia. Enjoy demonstrations, film screenings, live music, art-making, culinary events, guest speakers, and more.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

On Climate Change
Saturday, December 2, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Building, Perelman Auditorium
Free tickets required
Admission to the Perelman Building is Pay What You Wish

This panel discussion brings together artists, advocates, and researchers to speak about climate change and sustainability with a specific focus on seeds. Also includes seed-selling and seed-swapping activities.

​Led by Ron Whyte of Deep Green Philly and Nate Kleinman and Dusty Hinz of Experimental Farm Network. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Workshop and Discussion with Black Quantum Futurism & People’s Paper Co-op
Saturday, December 9, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Skylit Atrium & Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Philadelphia Assembled collaborators Black Quantum Futurism and the People’s Paper Co-op host two workshops utilizing the PHLA City Panorama. A discussion on the role of collaboration in community work and artistic practice follows.

3:00–5:00 p.m.: Panorama Workshop, Skylit Atrium
6:00–7:30 p.m.: Discussion, Perelman Auditorium

In the Artist’s Voice: Jas Knight
Sunday, January 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries

Contemporary painter Jas Knight shares how he uses the styles and processes of the old masters to reflect on black experience.

​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Community Conversation: Arts Advocacy
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Gallery 169
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

In a politically charged climate, what role should the arts play?

Nailed It: Behind the Scenes with Furniture Conservation
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associate Sponsor level members and above

​Hear from our conservators about what goes into the study, preservation, and restoration of objects in our woodwork and furniture collection. Also discover the use and origin of some of their favorite objects.​

Lunch and Learn: The Art of East Asia
Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level members and above

Hear from curators of East Asian art about the transformative reinstallation of these galleries. Also learn about their favorite works and new discoveries as they prepare for an upcoming exhibition. You’ll leave with a fresh understanding of one of our most beloved collections.​​

Step into Unknown India
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

​​​Explore a gallery dedicated to visionary collector Stella Kramrisch, and go behind the scenes in our private art storage with Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, and project collaborator Pika Ghosh.​

Breakfast Tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level sponsor and above

​​Join us for a morning of modernism. Enjoy guided tours of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 accompanied by breakfast in the Great Stair Hall.​

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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The Language of Film
Perelman Building Media Room
Paid tickets required
$125; $100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members

Presented by Bryn Mawr Film Institute. This lecture-based course introduces students to cinematic terminology, giving them the vocabulary and frames of reference to view and discuss motion pictures in a more insightful and critical manner. Screenings largely consist of clips from a wide assortment of films illustrating different aspects of the medium's language, including cinematography, sound, and editing.

Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Director of Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CANCELED)

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).
  • Sacred Objects, Sacred Spaces
    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
      • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
          • Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
              • Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                Explore common religious themes found in our collection.

                Instructor: Kaelin Jewell, PhD candidate in art history, Temple University​

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workshop and Discussion with Black Quantum Futurism & People’s Paper Co-op
Saturday, December 9, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Skylit Atrium & Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Philadelphia Assembled collaborators Black Quantum Futurism and the People’s Paper Co-op host two workshops utilizing the PHLA City Panorama. A discussion on the role of collaboration in community work and artistic practice follows.

3:00–5:00 p.m.: Panorama Workshop, Skylit Atrium
6:00–7:30 p.m.: Discussion, Perelman Auditorium

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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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Oktoberfest Beer Garden
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
$20 ($18 members); day-of pricing $25 ($22.50 members). Museum admission not included.

On Wednesdays in October, the Great Stair Hall Balcony is transformed into an Oktoberfest beer garden. Local craft brews are perfectly paired with either a large Bavarian pretzel or a bratwurst. Beer flights and signature noshes available at a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

Gameplay
Every Wednesday night, 5:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Every Wednesday night in October, enjoy Jenga with your friends and other visitors.

Yoga
Every Wednesday night at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201
Free tickets required
First come, first served; space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • A Curator’s Perspective: John G. Johnson
    • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Discover the man behind the Johnson Collection with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
  • Creation Made Visible
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Debuts and Discoveries from Storage
      • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        Discover newly conserved paintings that haven’t been on view in decades with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
      • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Between Our World and the Picture’s
        • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Bosch/Not Bosch
        • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Keeping Up with El Greco
          • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Unveiling Titian
          • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

Sketching in the Galleries
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
CANCELED

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

Location provided at any admissions desk

Tree-Lighting Celebration
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
East Terrace
Free
Pay What You Wish Museum admission after 5:00 p.m.

Let the holidays begin. Join us for tasty treats, music by York Street Hustle, and the lighting of the tree with the best view in the city.

DIY Art: Card-Making Station
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Put last year’s coal to good use and create handmade holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Chef Demo: ♥ Chocolate
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members); includes Museum admission

Show your love with a special Valentine's Day chef demo of chocolaty desserts.

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