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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.

Courses

Expand your knowledge of artistic traditions and cultural history in one of the Museum's courses. Learn about styles and techniques. See how geography and history have shaped social and cultural development through the ages—with one of the nation's most respected art museums as your classroom.

Prices for courses include Museum admission. Free Infrared Listening Systems are available at the West Information Desk for auditorium lectures.

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Introduction to Japanese Art, 1400-1900
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Tomoko Sakomura, Associate Professor of Art History, Swarthmore College
This course explores Japanese art of the late medieval and early modern periods through four themes designed to complement the exhibition Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano.

  • Lecture 1: Art in/and Architecture in Japan
  • Lecture 2: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art
  • Lecture 3: Japanese Ink Painting
  • Lecture 4: Text-Image Relationships in Japanese Art
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015, Starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015, Starts at 10:30 a.m.

The Bucket List: Major Monuments in Art and Architecture
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members). Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase full course, call Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
This course explores some of the most important objects and architectural works from around the world. In the first lecture, we’ll examine a host of massive and often mysterious structures, including The Great Wall of China, Great Zimbabwe, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, and The Burj Khalifa. In Lecture 2, our focus shifts to important European paintings and sculptures before 1900, investigating why masterworks by Leonardo, Michelangelo, and others continue to inspire us. The course continues with a look at the rise and fall of modernist art and concludes with a journey to the world’s most sacred sites.

  • Lecture 1: The Grand Tour: Civilization’s Largest Structures
  • Lecture 2: European Art Before 1900
  • Lecture 3: Modern Masterpieces: The Apotheosis of the Canvas
  • Lecture 4: Seeing the Light: Spiritual and Religious Sites
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015, Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Teen Printmaking Class
Location: Studio 1, ground floor
Paid reservations required
$100 ($80 members)

Teens 14-17 will learn how to express themselves through various printing techniques in this hands-on workshop.

  • Friday, February 6, 2015, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 13, 2015, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 20, 2015, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 27, 2015, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Four Aspects of Art Nouveau
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members)
Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase tickets for the full Course, please call the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Elizabeth Anderson, Independent Art Historian
This course examines Art Nouveau, the international decorative style that flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

  • Lecture 1: Hector Guimard and Paris Art Nouveau
  • Lecture 2: Victor Horta, Henry van de Velde, and Belgian Art Nouveau
  • Lecture 3: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the “Glasgow School”
  • Lecture 4: August Endell and the Jugendstil Movement
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015, Starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2015, Starts at 10:30 a.m.

Revolution!: Art in the U.S., 1776 to 1913
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members)
Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase tickets for the full Course, please call the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Elizabeth Milroy, The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs
Learn how American painters and sculptors reworked European traditions to create art for a new nation.

  • Lecture 1: Who was an American?
  • Lecture 2: Manifest Destiny and the National Landscape
  • Lecture 3: Conversations, Critics, and Exchanges
  • Lecture 4: The Armory Show and a National Salon
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015, Starts at 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015, Starts at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2015, Starts at 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015, Starts at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2015, Starts at 2:00 p.m.

The Language of Film
Location: Perelman Media Room
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members)

Lecturer: Andrew J. Douglas, Director of Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Diegesis, mise-en-scene, and chiaroscuro are not trendy Center City nightspots but rather some of the key terms of film analysis. This course introduces students to cinematic grammar, giving them the vocabulary and frames of reference to view and discuss motion pictures in an 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, editing, and narrative. In addition, some of the most memorable images in cinema history are showcased and enriched with commentary by the cinematographers who made them.

From a very early age, we are all able to follow—and be delighted by—movies, but far too often, we continue to approach cinema like the same passive viewers we were as children. Join us to learn to engage with the medium on its own terms and to discover some of the techniques by which we make meaning of the movies we see. Understanding the language of film allows you to get more enjoyment out of your cinematic experience—and to impress your friends at the post-movie discussion!

This course is offered in collaboration with Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Beyond the Water-Lily Pond: Reexamining French Impressionism
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$120 ($96 members). Individual tickets to Thursday lectures may be purchased for $30 ($24 members)
Tickets for the two lectures on Saturday for $60 ($48 members).
To purchase tickets for the full Course, please call the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469.

Lecturer: Jane E. Boyd, Independent Curator
Look beyond familiar images to examine historical and critical context, innovative artistic techniques, and new subjects of French Impressionist paintings.

  • Lecture 1: Rebels and Critics: French Impressionism in Context
  • Lecture 2: Painting Quickly? Artistic Techniques and Methods
  • Lecture 3: Bridges, Trains, and Factories: The Industrial Landscape
  • Lecture 4: Trading Gazes: Men and Women in the City and Suburbs
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015, Starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015, Starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m.

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Concerts and Performances

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is proud to join with local, national, and international distinguished musicians for an array of concerts and performances inspired by the Museum's collection and current exhibitions. Come and experience the wonderful connection between the visual and performing arts.

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In the Midst of Things
Location: Perelman Skylit Atrium
Free after admission

This new work reconstructs the oratorio of Joseph Haydn’s "The Creation" (1796-98), which is based on the Book of Genesis and John Milton’s epic poem "Paradise Lost" (1667). Drawing from a tradition of epic poetry by opening in medias res, the artists subject The Creation to a series of reversals, inversions, and interruptions. These interventions on the original musical score are mirrored by the singers’ physical movements throughout the space, poetically suggesting a reconsideration of time and the origins of humankind.

  • Saturday, February 21, 2015, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.

Music in the Galleries with The Curtis Institute of Music

Join us for these informal concerts in the galleries by the gifted young musicians of the Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to each concert, we look at a work of art and interpret it within the context of the performance. For all ages – music and art lovers alike!

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.
  • Expression/Introspection
    • Saturday, February 21, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Gallery 155
      Works by Beethoven and Janáček underscore the compelling effects of art and music.
  • The Large Bathers
    • Saturday, March 28, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Resnick Rotunda 161 and Women's Committee Gallery 164
      A distinctive mix of strings and winds takes center stage.
  • Four Seasons
    • Saturday, April 18, 2015, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Gallery 159
      A quartet of composers comprise this program for violin duo.

A Concert for Elephants
Location: Perelman Skylit Atrium
Free after admission

This performance revisits a concert from May 29, 1798, in which an orchestra played for the elephants Hans and Parkie in the Jardin de Plantes at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Restaging this first documented attempt to use human-generated music to communicate with animals, the performance takes place in both the open space of the Skylit Atrium and in the Levy Gallery where it specifically intersects with the film Apotomē.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2015, Starts at 1:00 p.m.

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
Tickets available only through the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at 215-569-8080 or at pcmsconcerts.org. Museum members receive a 20% discount.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is delighted to continue its collaboration with The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in this series.

  • Kim Kashkashian, viola, and Péter Nagy, piano
    • Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Two of today’s most compelling creative voices team up for a program featuring László Tihanyi’s Eight Invocations to the Lunar Phases.
  • Marina Piccinini, flute, and Michael Brown, piano
    • Sunday, March 29, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Marina Piccinini is known for her flawless technical command of the flute and charismatic stage presence. She is accompanied by pianist and composer Michael Brown.
  • Dalí Quartet and Ricardo Morales, clarinet
    • Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      The Dalí Quartet teams up with Philadelphia Orchestra principal clarinetist Ricardo Morales for an afternoon of music from Spain and Latin America.

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Films

Join other movie lovers for screenings of films and documentaries connected to the Museum's collection and exhibitions.

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Ink and Gold Film Series
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Join host Robert Buscher, Festival Director of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, for a Japanese film that compliments Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano.

  • Harakiri (1962)
    • Sunday, February 15, 2015, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
      Winner of the Jury Special Prize at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, director Kobayashi Masaki’s film tells the story of a dishonored samurai who seeks to commit ritual suicide in an enemy clan's courtyard to reclaim the honor of his former lord and dead kinsmen. Set in the early Edo period when Kano Tanyu led the Kano School, this film portrays feudal Japan at the height of the Shogun’s power.

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Lectures and Symposia

Join distinguished lecturers from both the Museum staff and the local, national, and international academic communities for further exploration into topics related to Museum’s collection and current exhibitions.

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Represent: Artists Roundtable
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Leading scholar Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw hosts an engaging and thought-provoking conversation with artists Odili Donald Odita, Joyce J. Scott, and William Earle Williams.

Fraktur and the Everyday Lives of Germans in Pennsylvania and the Atlantic World, 1683–1850
Reservations required
Tickets to the conference are free. Registration required through the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

During the spring of 2015, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Winterthur Museum will host exhibitions showcasing their extensive collections of fraktur, one of the most distinctive and beloved types of American folk art. The conference is jointly organized by the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, with the participation of the German Society of Pennsylvania and the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. For more information and to register, visit mceas.org/fraktur.html.

This conference is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection, and has been supported by grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Center for American Art at The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 6, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Exploring the Art of Fraktur

Join us for two public lectures on the whimsical art of fraktur, one of the most distinctive and beloved types of American folk art.

These lectures are offered in conjunction with the exhibition Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection, and has been supported by grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Center for American Art at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Paint and Paper Speak! Evidence-Based Study of Fraktur at Winterthur
    • Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      Joan Irving, paper conservator, Winterthur Museum
  • This Curious Art’: Early Collectors of Pennsylvania German Folk Art
    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Elizabeth Stillinger, Independent Scholar

Disrupted and Disarticulated: Body Politics in Contemporary African Art
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Okwui Enwezor, Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich and Artistic Director of the 2015 Venice Biennale
Discover how artists such as Marlene Dumas and Wangechi Mutu negotiate the territories between race, gender, locality, and the body.

The Roz Perry Memorial Lecture - Franklin's Connections: Japan and Philadelphia in the Nineteenth Century
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Adelaide Ferguson, Global Education Consultant
Celebrate the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival with Adelaide Ferguson, contributing editor to Phila-Nipponica: An Historic Guide to Philadelphia and Japan. Ferguson will discuss the key role played by Philadelphia Quakers in opening diplomatic relations with Japan; the lives of famous Japanese who lived in Philadelphia; and Robert Walker Irwin, a descendent of Benjamin Franklin who became the first American to legally marry a Japanese woman.

Structural Adjustment: Mapping, Geography, and the Visual Cultures of Blackness
Friday, April 10, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Steven Nelson, Associate Professor of African and African American Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
The visual practices of artists Mark Bradford, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Houston Conwill, Moshekwa Langa, and Julie Mehretu—who use mapping and geography in their works—are explored. Nelson discusses how these artists reshape our understanding of African ancestry, notions of diaspora, and urban spaces.

This is the keynote lecture of the 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art.

The 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Graduate students from nine mid-Atlantic colleges and universities present current research. This symposium is sponsored by the Museum, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

An Italian Maestro: Lino Taliapietra in Conversation
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Lino Tagliapietra in conversation with Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts
In the late 1970s, noted Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra introduced American glass artists to new levels of technical virtuosity as well as the traditional glassmaking techniques of his native Murano. With Elisabeth Agro, Tagliapietra explains how his admiration for the independent spirit and audacity of American studio glass artists changed the dynamic of his own work.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with Tradition Reinvented: Italian and American Glass from the Collection of Geraldine Dattilo Jawer and Edward Jawer in gallery 268.

Art and Design in the Postdigital World
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt auditorium

With Ron Labaco, Marcia Docter Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, and Doug Bucci, Designer and Educator
Ron Labaco, museum curator, will discuss the role that digital fabrication has played in art, design, and architecture since 2005. Doug Bucci, designer and educator, will explain how the digital process allows for creative freedom unfound in traditional hand-made practices.

This lecture is hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: The Afterlife of Piet Mondrian
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Nancy Troy, Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art and Department Chair, Stanford University
Author Nancy Troy discusses her new book on Piet Mondrian, exploring how the post-war circulation, publication and appropriation of the artist’s paintings allowed them to take on new meanings in the 1960s. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Patients First: Common Sense Solutions in Healthcare Design
Friday, May 29, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Michael Graves, Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture Emeritus, Princeton University
Learn how personal tragedy inspired American architect Michael Graves to use design to improve patient care in projects that range from a revolutionary transport chair to performance textiles for healthcare environments.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Collab, the Museum’s Modern and Contemporary Design Group.

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Gallery Programs

Experience the Museum’s collection in new ways at one of our gallery programs. Take part in a Spotlight Gallery Conversation for an in-depth look at an individual masterpiece. Join Museum staff, artists, and other guests for art talks and gallery happenings.

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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Location: Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Museum store on the balcony, first floor

Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania bring objects from the permanent collection to life during a 45-minute conversation in one of the Museum’s two hundred galleries. All programs are subject to change.

  • Bottlerack, 1961 (replica of 1914 original), by Marcel Duchamp
    • Friday, January 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, January 31, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Rain, 1889, by Vincent Willem van Gogh
    • Thursday, February 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • ”Admiral” Heraldic Carpet, c. 1429–1473, Spain
    • Thursday, February 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Zone, 1961, by James Rosenquist
    • Thursday, February 19, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 20, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Corps de dame, jardin fleuri (Lady’s Body, Flower Garden), 1950, by Jean Dubuffet
    • Thursday, February 26, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 27, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 28, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Virgin and Child, 1646, by José Jusepe de Ribera
    • Thursday, March 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, March 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, 1861, America
    • Thursday, March 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, March 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Le Bon Bock, 1873, by Édouard Manet
    • Thursday, March 19, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, March 20, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saint Francis of Assisi, c. 1427, by Fra Angelico
    • Thursday, March 26, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, March 27, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 28, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Untitled (Blackboard), 1980, by Joseph Beuys
    • Thursday, April 2, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 3, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 4, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Arab Chief, 1874, by Mariano Fortuny y Carbó
    • Thursday, April 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Landscape with a Wooded Road, 1662, by Meindert Hobbema
    • Thursday, April 16, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 17, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 18, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • To the Universe, 1918, by Rockwell Kent
    • Thursday, April 23, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 24, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Lute Player, c. 1620, by Theodor Rombouts
    • Thursday, May 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, May 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, May 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Portait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic), 1875, by Thomas Eakins
    • Thursday, June 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, June 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Make Stuff

In this drop-in program, craft handmade objects or make art amid the Museum’s collection. Projects vary from sketching or knitting in the galleries to building a Lego mansion or creating a puzzle. Make Stuff programs are perfect for anyone looking for a relaxed, creative atmosphere.

  • Winter Weaving
    • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Get cozy and comfy in the galleries and learn how to weave your way through winter.
  • Sketching in the Galleries
    • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      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.
  • Make a mobile
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Create your own dynamic mobile inspired by Alexander Calder's Ghost.
  • Origami Mania
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
          • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
              • Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                • Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                    • Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                      • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                        Learn the ancient art of origami and transform a flat piece of paper into a beautifully-folded design. Make an origami design for yourself, and leave another one at the Museum to be included in a large-scale installation on April 29.

Yoga
Free tickets required after Museum admission

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga while surrounded by the Museum’s collection. Class size varies according to gallery location.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
  • Location: Gallery 226
    • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Gallery 288
    • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Gallery 201
    • Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Gallery 206
    • Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

One Book, One Painting
Location: Gallery 111

Participants will engage in lively conversation about the painting Breaking Home Ties by Thomas Hovenden and make connections to the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, Orphan Train. Each discussion will be facilitated by a staff member from the Museum and the Free Library; feel free to participate in one or all three.

This program is in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia.
  • Setting Out
    • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Journey
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Arrival
    • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

"The Masterpieces" with Joshua R. Helmer
Meets in the Great Stair Hall

Featuring works by such artists as Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, and others, “The Masterpieces” tour delivers just that—a look at some of the collection’s greatest treasures.

  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Come be inspired by the Rodin Museum and its gardens. On the second Saturday of each month, learn a different sketching technique. Topics vary and include the Rodin Museum’s building, sculptures, and the garden, weather permitting. Materials are provided, though bring your own if you’d like (sketch pads, and drawing or charcoal pencils only, please). This drop-in program is primarily aimed at an adult audience.

  • Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Last Wednesdays

On the last Wednesday of the month experience a dynamic mix of art, performances, and entertainment.

  • Celebrate Japan
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Join us for an evening of activities inspired by Japanese art and culture. Hear the melodic sounds of the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute, as played by Chris Merwin. Try your hand at the ancient practice of origami, and transform a piece of paper into a colorful flower or animal. Finally, watch the University of Pennsylvania Kendo Club demonstrate the "way of the sword," a Japanese martial art using traditional weapons and armor.

      • Make Stuff: origami
        5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
      • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
        6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
      • Japanese flute performance
        6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
      • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
        7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Represent Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
    • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Location: Seminar Room

      Help represent African American artists online. Learn how to create and edit information for these artists on Wikipedia, the world’s largest source of free knowledge. New and experienced editors welcome. Laptops and power cords encouraged.
  • Push/Pull: Precession of Healing with Amber Arts Collective
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Begins in Gallery 239

    The Amber Art Collective will create a multi-media performance inspired by the MOVE movement bombing of 1985. Through an interactive presentation of music, projections, interviews, costumes and photography, visitors will be asked to collaborate and reflect on this historic event and its effect on the cultural makeup of the Philadelphia community.
  • Tracie Morris
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Gallery 161

    Tracie Morris is a self-identified sound poet that ingeniously mixes narrative and music to create a singular style of performance. She and her trio host an evening of original works that are inspired by the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.
  • Painting Under the Influence: "Masters in Disguise"
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Great Stair Hall
    Paid tickets required
    $45 ($40 members)

    Join us for a fun evening of drinks and painting. Participants will receive a small section of a mystery masterpiece to use as a basis in creating their own art work. A guided search for the mystery art work follows the painting session. This program includes two alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Participants must be 21 and over.

    In Rodin's Studio: Portrait Sitters and Models
    Free after admission

    What was it like to have Rodin make your portrait? Discover what Gustave Mahler, Gerorge Bernard Shaw, Pope Benedict XV, and others thought of the experience with Curator, Jennifer Thompson.

    • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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