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College programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are designed to appeal to a diverse audience of students, from groups of friends on a weekend visit to specific classes on organized academic tours.

Museum Studies Internship Program

The Museum Studies Internship Program is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity that exposes interns to the inner workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of careers in the field through experiences not available in most academic settings. The Museum selects a diverse group of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a highly competitive, international pool of candidates.


College Tours

The Museum encourages college group tours of the galleries. Self-guided tours are an easy way to transfer an established classroom dynamic to a new and exciting learning environment. Knowledgeable Museum staff members are also available for guided tours that can address a wide range of curricular topics.

Please book in advance. Prearranging your tour will expedite the admissions process. For reservations, please call 215-684-7580.

  • Museum Staff-Led Tours are offered Tuesdays through Fridays, 12:00–4:00 p.m. There is a $75 lecture fee plus $12 admission per student with valid ID. These tours must be booked at least one month in advance and are subject to staff availability.
  • Self-Guided Tours are offered Tuesdays through Sundays, 12:00–4:00 p.m. There is a $12 admission fee per student with valid ID. These tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.


CollegeFest

Join over 2,000 national and international students for a day of exhibitions, special programs, and tours at some of the city’s most exciting cultural centers.

This year's CollegeFest is Saturday, September 12, 2015 >>

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Symposia

Explore themes in selected works of art through papers and texts as presented by leading art historians and conservators.

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"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 10, 2016, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

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.

  • Arched Entrance, from the Chapter House of the Carmelite Convent Les Grands Carmes des Arènes, second half of 13th century, made in France
    • Thursday, February 11, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 12, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 13, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Preparations for the Crucifixion, mid-16th century, by Luis de Vargas
    • Thursday, February 18, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 19, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 20, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Portrait of Madame Cézanne, 1890–92, by Paul Cézanne
    • Thursday, February 25, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, February 26, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 27, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Moon Crystal, late 18th or 19th century, made in China
    • Thursday, March 3, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, March 4, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 5, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Male and Female, 1942-43, by Jackson Pollock
    • Thursday, March 10, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, March 11, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 12, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Self-Portrait with Palette,1906, by Pablo Picasso
    • Thursday, March 17, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, March 18, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 19, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Figures with Horses by a Stable, 1647, by Paulus Potter
    • Thursday, March 24, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, March 25, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 26, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • French Gothic Chapel and Composite Triple Window, 15th-early 16th century, attributed to the Master of the Life of Saint John the Baptist
    • Thursday, March 31, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 1, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 2, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • The Nymph Ino and the Infant Bacchus, 1825-50, by Richard James Wyatt
    • Thursday, April 7, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 8, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 9, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • House Altar with scenes from the Biblical Story of the Prodigal Son,c. 1540, made in Mechelen, Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium)
    • Thursday, April 14, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 15, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 16, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Portrait of Madame Augustine Roulin and Baby Marcelle,1888 or 1889, by Vincent van Gogh
    • Thursday, April 21, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 22, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 23, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Scene during the Eruption of Vesuvius, c. 1827, made by Joseph Franque
    • Thursday, April 28, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, April 29, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 30, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Pop: On Screen and Around the World
Free
For more information and to RSVP, visit ihousephilly.org.

A celebration of the wild range of experimental art films from the Pop era. Introduced by artists and curators.

Pop: On Screen and Around the World is guest curated by Ed Halter and organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with International House on the occasion of the exhibition International Pop on view at the Museum February 24 - May 15, 2016. This program is supported by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and the Japan Foundation.
  • Mr. Freedom
    • Thursday, February 25, 2016, Starts at 7:00 p.m.
      Mr. Freedom
      Dir. William Klein, France, 1969, 35mm, 92 min.
      William Klein’s absurdist parody of American values follows the titular hero as he attempts to thwart a communist invasion of Europe in the most bombastic and outrageous way possible. Frighteningly ahead of its time, Mr. Freedom dares to imagine a world where American global dominance becomes a surreal comic book fever dream.

      Preceded by:
      Broadway by Light
      Dir. William Klein, US/France, 1958, 35mm, 12 min.
      A scintillating choreography of illuminated advertising signage, Broadway by Light captures the postwar excesses of American capitalism at its grandest.
  • Godard Double Feature!
    • Saturday, February 27, 2016, Starts at 7:00 p.m.
      2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
      Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1967, 35mm, 87 min.
      The daily life of a housewife living in the suburbs of Paris who prostitutes herself for extra money provides the backdrop for Godard’s revelatory look at consumer culture in the Western World.

      Followed by:
      Made in USA
      Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1966, 35mm, 85 min.
      Shot at the same time as 2 or 3 ThingsMade in USA is Godard’s loose adaptation of American pulp novel The Jugger by Donald Westlake. Dedicated to “Nick and Sam” (American filmmakers Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller) the film is a colorful pantomime of gangster tropes and Hollywood iconography.
  • Pop Goes the Easel
    • Friday, March 4, 2016, Starts at 7:00 p.m.
      Join Derek Boshier, whose 1960s paintings gained renown as part of the second generation of British Pop art, to talk about his cinematic shorts. In the early 1970s, with help from a new initiative of the British Arts Council, Boshier began experimenting with cinema, producing a series of short films that, as art historian Alex Kitnick has noted, “pair Pop imagery with an acute understanding of the conventions and limits of the filmic apparatus—an interest shared by other filmmakers in London at this time such as Peter Gidal and Malcolm Le Grice.”

      Pop Goes the Easel
      Dir. Ken Russell, UK, 1962, video, 44 min.
      In its portrayal of a coterie of hip, young British painters made for broadcast on BBC television, Pop Goes the Easel created a key early image of Swinging London. Featuring Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Pauline Boty and Peter Philips as they dance, frolic and discuss the connections between their art and pop culture.

      Followed by:
      Reel
      Dir. Derek Boshier, UK, 1970, video, 7 min.
      Link
      Dir. Derek Boshier, UK, 1970, video, 12 min.
      Change
      Dir. Derek Boshier, UK, 1970, video, 10 min.
      Circle
      Dir. Derek Boshier, UK, 1972, video, 5 min.
  • Tanaami Keiichi in Person!
    • Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Starts at 7:00 p.m.
      Join one of Japan’s most prominent and influential Pop artists, Tanaami Keiichi, to discuss and watch his animated films, which he began making in the mid-1960s. This program includes a selection of some of Tanaami’s earliest films, which offer political critique in the form of psychedelic collages. Tanaami’s films are paired with selections from his compatriots Tadanori Yokoo, another giant of Japanese Pop art, and filmmaker Toshio Matsumoto, best known as director of queer cult classic Funeral Parade of Roses (1969).

      Commercial War
      Dir. Tanaami Keiichi, Japan, 1971,video, 5 min.
      Goodbye Marilyn
      Dir. Tanaami Keiichi, Japan, 1971, video, 5 min.
      Goodbye Elvis and USA
      Dir. Tanaami Keiichi, Japan, 1971,video, 7 min.
      Oh Yoko!
      Dir. Tanaami Keiichi, Japan, 1973, video, 4 min.
      Tokuten Eizo Anthology no. 1
      Dir. Tadanori Yokoo, Japan, 1964, video, 7 min.
      Kiss Kiss Kiss
      Dir. Tadanori Yokoo, Japan, 1964, video, 3 min.
      Kachi Kachi Yama
      Dir. Tadanoori Yokoo, Japan, 1965, video, 8 min.
      Andy Warhol Re-Reproduction
      Dir. Toshio Matsumoto, Japan, 1974, video, 23 min.
  • Society of the Spectacle
    • Thursday, March 31, 2016, Starts at 7:00 p.m.
      Society of the Spectacle
      Dir. Guy Debord, France, 1973, video, 88 min.
      Debord’s first feature length film is a collage of images and texts ranging from television advertisements to educational films all held together with excerpts from the Situationist International founder’s book of the same name.

      Preceded by:
      Cosmic Ray
      Dir. Bruce Conner, US, 1962, 16mm, 4 min

The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: Roadmap to International Pop
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Darsie Alexander (lead curator of International Pop and Executive Director, Katonah Museum of Art) shares a behind-the-scenes view into the making of the exhibition. She is joined by Erica Battle (Alchin and Marryatt Associate Curator) to reflect on how Pop art took the world by storm.

In the Artist’s Voice - Pop Salons
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (Free for Members), Includes Museum Admission

Grab a cup of Joe and join artists and curators for a series of intimate conversations about all things Pop Art. Hear first person accounts of the changing attitudes toward high art, the media, mass culture, and politics. Discover the process of bringing the exhibition of works from around the world to Philadelphia from curators who contributed to the exhibition. Each session concludes with a meet-and-greet with the artists.

  • Swinging London: Derek Boshier and Erica Battle
    • Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Join artist Derek Boshier, who studied at the Royal College in the 1960s, in conversation with curator Erica Battle to talk about his time in London and how travels throughout Europe, the United States, and elsewhere informed his artistic perspective and changing relationship to Pop Art.
  • Subversion and Desire: Rosalyn Drexler and Erica Battle
    • Saturday, March 19, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Join us for the Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture and explore Pop’s potential to seduce and subvert through artist Rosalyn Drexler’s unique artistic perspective—from being a self-taught visual artist to a wrestler, a writer of award-winning plays, and author of the novelization of Rocky—in conversation with curator Erica Battle.
  • Sergio Lombardo and Luigia Lonardelli
    • Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Join artist Sergio Lombardo and curator Luigia Lonardelli for a conversation around the reception of Pop in Italy that covers the pop culture icons featured in Lombardo’s work and the impact of the 1964 Venice Biennale.
  • “Tokyo Pop”: Ushio Shinohara and Hiroko Ikegami
    • Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Join artist Ushio Shinohara in conversation with scholar and curator Hiroko Ikegami as they talk about Shinohara’s inventive style and his encounters with American images and artists in Japan after World War II.

Woven Art: Textiles in Traditional Zo Culture
Sunday, March 6, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Perelman Media Room
Free tickets required
Museum admission not required to attend program

Collectors Barbara and David Fraser explore the use of textiles in the ceremonies – both historic and modern – of the Zo peoples.

In the Artist's Voice
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$5 (Free for members), includes admission

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Nothing Is Disappearing Here
    • Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      Location: Honickman Gallery
      Photographers Andrea Modica and Larry Fink discuss Modica’s recent work and new book As We Wait, which was edited by Fink. The conversation is moderated by curator Peter Barberie and is followed by a book signing. Seating is limited.
  • Contemplating Color
    • Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      Location: Gallery 176
      Meet contemporary artist Joseph Marioni as he discusses his captivating explorations of color, paint, and light. Art historian and critic Barbara Rose joins the conversation, which takes place in a gallery dedicated to the artist’s paintings in the colorful installation Notations/Joseph Marioni: Paintings, 2000–2015.

The Arnold Newman Lecture: Paul Graham
Friday, April 1, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (Free for members), includes museum admission

The internationally renowned photographer speaks about his work, including his most recent projects photographing his journeys across the United States.

The Arnold Newman Lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.

The View from Behind: The Male Bottom and the Meanings of Art
Friday, April 8, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required
Museum admission not required to attend this program

Patricia Rubin (Director, Institute of Fine Arts) explores the changing iconography of the male nude. Often portrayed as negative, the male bottom gained a new idealized identity in the time of Michelangelo. This talk explores the layers of meaning embodied in the male behind in and after the Italian Renaissance.

This lecture is the keynote to the 21st Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art.

The 21st Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art
Saturday, April 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required
Museum admission not required to attend these programs

Graduate students from nine mid-Atlantic colleges and universities present current research.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

El Greco: In Focus
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Project Room
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (Free for members), includes museum admission

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is mounting a small exhibition in the spring of 2016 that takes a close look at four paintings from the Museum’s John G. Johnson Collection. Johnson purchased the works with the understanding that they were by the Spanish old master painter, El Greco. The Museum now believes that just one of these four paintings was actually produced by El Greco himself. Two are now thought to be from his workshop and the fourth is unattributed, bearing no particular connection to El Greco.

Project Assistant Curator, Mark Castro, and Conservator of Paintings, Terry Lignelli, will present a look at why Johnson purchased these works, how our understanding of them has changed over time, and how these works were studied and prepared for the exhibition. Their presentation will give insight into how curators and conservators work together to revisit works of art in the collection, challenge old assumptions, and make new discoveries.

Funded by the Graduate Guides.

Community Conversations: Creative Africa
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Starts at 2:30 p.m.
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$10 (Free for Members), Includes Perelman Admission

From identity to aesthetics, join thoughtful conversations about various topics raised in the Creative Africa exhibitions.

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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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