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A variety of special events are happening in conjunction with this exhibition, for members and the public alike.

Exhibition Tours

Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Enjoy a guided tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950.

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 4, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Members-Only

Exhibition Tour: Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 and see how artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Jacob Lawrence challenged convention and forged bold new styles.

  • Friday, April 27, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Friday, May 11, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, July 29, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Teacher Workshops

Teacher Preview: Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
5 PA or NJ hours
SOLD OUT

​What does it mean to be modern? What does it mean to be American? In this teacher preview of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950, delve into the work of artists grappling with these questions and reflect on their diverse perspectives.

Join us to:

  • Learn about American modern art with Jessica T. Smith, the Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art and organizer of the exhibition
  • Explore the exhibition with museum educators
  • Discover stories from the childhoods of American artists Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock with author David Stabler and illustrator Doogie Horner (Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends).​

Associates

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.​

Teacher Workshops

Try a Technique: Urban Upcycling
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
3 PA or NJ hours
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 member)

Treat yourself to a few hours viewing and creating art. New York-based artist Gwyneth Leech will discuss her urban landscapes and show you how to upcycle paper cups into finished artworks. Afterward, explore works by Dox Thrash and others in the new exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950.

Members-Only

Private Tour: Modern Times
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Membership Required
Reservations required
Member $30
Patrons and above receive two complimentary tickets

Experience the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 without the crowds—enjoy a private guided tour with exhibition curator Jessica Todd Smith, The Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art, and Manager, Center for American Art.

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Talks & Tours

Dressing for the Photographer: Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Clothes
Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members $16); includes Museum admission

Art and cultural historian Wanda Corn reveals how Georgia O’Keeffe cultivated her image as an artist through her unique sense of fashion. This lecture explores the ways she used her distinctive taste in clothes to model for photographers. Together they created a public persona for O’Keeffe that still dominates the American imagination today.

​This is the Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture. Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Talks & Tours

Marsden Hartley: At Home in Maine and in Our Collection
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Curator Randall Griffey of the Metropolitan Museum of Art discusses painter Marsden Hartley’s engagement with concerns relating to place, identity, and home.

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

Friday Nights

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

Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Nine and vocalist Najwa Parkins bring swing to the Museum.

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

Family Programs

Calder Re-Wired
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

The Picasso People bring the work of sculptor Alexander Calder to life through mime, music, and puppetry on this special Pay What You Wish Monday.

  • Monday, July 2, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Family Programs

Baby Bird Playdate
Fridays at 10:15 a.m.
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Play at the Museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​

Family Programs

Wednesday Night Family Studio
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​Stay up late and make some art before bedtime.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Performances

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

Friday Nights

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

Members-Only

Members’ Book Club: The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
Museum Library, Perelman Building

Grab some coffee and join a discussion of the fantasy classic The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington. This talk will be led by a member of our Library staff. Complimentary coffee included.

To join our book club mailing list, email memberservices@philamuseum.org.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Friday Nights

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

Friday Nights

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

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