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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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Rob Curto’s Forró for All
Friday, June 22, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Rob Curto and his band bring Brazilian accordion-driven party music to the Museum.

Final Fridays: All That Jazz
Friday, June 29, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Join us for a Modern Times–inspired night dedicated to the Jazz Age.


DIY Art: Assembly Lines & Skylines
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Splash Studio (Great Stair Hall Balcony), 2nd floor
Dust off your construction-paper and glue-stick skills and add a building to our cityscape.


Screening: New Sounds for Old Films
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
See Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1936 silent film Modern Times with an original score by avant-garde composer Hprizm.


Detour with Fareed Simpson-Hankins
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet outside Modern Times, Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor.
Experience the jazz age with trumpeter Fareed Simpson-Hankins and the artworks that inspire him.


Dance Workshops with Ragtag Empire
6:00 & 6:45 p.m.
Gallery 277, 2nd floor
Heather Houde and Lily Kind of Ragtag Empire share dance instruction on the Lindy Hop (6:00 p.m.) and the Charleston (6:45 p.m.). Space is limited.


In-Gallery Performance: Envoûté Burlesque
6:15 p.m.
Gallery 111, 1st floor
This eclectic troupe combines magic, burlesque, theater, and comedy to transport you to another time.


Performance: Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Nine featuring Najwa Parkins
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This local little big band reimagines the sound and spirit of the Swing Era.

Sumi Tonooka
Friday, July 6, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Pianist and composer Sumi Tonooka returns to her Philly roots with a classic jazz piano trio.

Christie Dashiell
Friday, July 13, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Billboard-charting jazz vocalist Christie Dashiell and her quartet perform inventive arrangements of popular songs and cutting-edge originals.

Behn Gillece & Adam Birnbaum
Friday, July 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Vibraphonist Behn Gillece and jazz pianist Adam Birnbaum offer an evening of brooding, original compositions and fiery, virtuosic playing.

Music in the Galleries: Light, Line, Shadow
Sunday, July 22, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s composition inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting Road and Trees. Performed by Network for New Music.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Final Fridays: Summer Magick
Friday, July 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Spend an enchanted evening celebrating the mystical and the feminine. In a special performance at 7:15 p.m., My Brightest Diamond presents ethereal explorations of electronic, chamber, and art pop music.

​Offered in conjunction with Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp/The Future Fields Commission

Farid Barron
Friday, August 3, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Best known for his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Farid Barron brings his trademark sound to ragtime and stride piano melodies of the 1910s.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Drew Nugent Trio
Friday, August 10, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Travel back to the Roaring Twenties with ​the Drew Nugent Trio.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

The Ladybugs
Friday, August 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This quartet infuses songs from the 1930s with country, blues, Latin, and classical music.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Friday, August 24, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This ensemble brings us the sounds of the 1940s, highlighting classics by Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon, and more.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Final Fridays: Work Your Angles
Friday, August 31, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philly-based rap and spoken word artist Ivy Sole and friends explore the intersection between how we see ourselves, how we want to be seen, and how others see us.

​Offered in conjunction with Face to Face: Portraits of Artists

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Collab Tour of Design in Revolution
Thursday, June 28, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
By invitation only

Take a tour of Design in Revolution with curator Juliana Rowen Barton (Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow). A light reception will follow.​

To RSVP, email friendsrsvp@philamuseum.org or call 215-684-7722.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork 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
  • Shield showing the Storming of New Carthage, c. 1535, attributed to Girolamo di Tommaso da Treviso
    • Thursday, July 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Friday, July 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday, July 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Villa at Caprarola, 1746, by Claude-Joseph Vernet
    • Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Friday, August 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Trolley Tour: Loyalists vs. Patriots
Sunday, July 15, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance) 15 minutes prior to departure to check-in.
Paid tickets required
$40; $32 members (does not include Museum admission)
Cost includes transportation and admission to Cedar Grove, Woodford, and Laurel Hill.
Paid parking available in the Museum Garage

Discover the stories behind how some colonial families chose a side during the American Revolution with a visit to historic houses Cedar Grove, Woodford, and Laurel Hill.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. These historic sites are not wheelchair accessible.

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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 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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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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Gameplay: Sorry!
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Gallery 224, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Sorry! with friends and other visitors every Wednesday night in June.

Rainbow Flag Celebration
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Mark the fortieth anniversary of the Rainbow Flag, a symbol of LGBTQ pride, created by Gilbert Baker and collaborators in 1978. Hear remarks by Office of LGBT Affairs executive director Amber Hikes and assistant curator Michelle Millar Fisher and enjoy a performance by Philadelphia Voices of Pride. Throughout the evening, get creative at art-making stations with artist Amy Cousins.

Yoga
Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden (weather dependent)
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
First come, first served; space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga outdoors in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. Class size varies.

Help us keep the sculptures safe—please do not touch them during your visit.

Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

Gameplay: Backgammon
Gallery 293, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Backgammon with friends and other visitors on Wednesday nights in July. Please note that the Museum will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Gameplay: Apples to Apples
Gallery 258, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Apples to Apples with friends and other visitors on Wednesday nights in August.

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 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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