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  • Conversation: Timothy Rub and David Brownlee on Gehry's Master Plan - June 29, 2014
  • Timothy Rub and noted architectural historian David Brownlee discuss the highlights of Frank Gehry’s plans for the renovation and expansion of the Museum’s landmark main building and how these will enhance the public’s enjoyment of the Museum’s collections.

  • Gail Harrity on Gehry's Master Plan - June 27, 2014
  • Museum President and COO Gail Harrity discusses the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank O. Gehry.

  • 2014 Barness Lecture: A Celebration of William Daley's Life and Work - March 1, 2014
  • Artist and self-proclaimed mud man William Daley creates ceramics that are geometric and mystical, architectural and meditative. Honoring his seven-decade career as a potter and teacher, this afternoon includes a talk by Daley and lectures from scholars and artists in the field of contemporary craft. Former students and others whom Daley has influenced are encouraged to offer their own testimony at the conclusion of the program.

  • Marc Newson - November 22, 2013
  • The most influential industrial designer of his generation, Marc Newson (Australian, born 1963) has designed everything from a dish rack to a personal jet, some pieces mass-produced, others one-offs, for both companies and art galleries. As creative director of Qantas Airways, Newson redesigned the interiors and fittings of the airline’s Airbus fleet, including cabin lighting and seats as well as its in-flight tableware.

  • The Arnold Newman Lecture: Photography and the Tradition of Portraiture - November 1, 2013
  • A Conversation with Rineke Dijkstra, Hans den Hartog Jager and Peter Barberie. Rineke Dijkstra’s art has been described as “an engrossing meditation on the anxieties, pride and tumult of youth and the emergence of the self.” Since the early 1990s, Dijkstra has produced a complex body of photographic and video work, offering a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture.

  • Annual Library Lecture: Triumph on Fairmount, All Over Again, - September 24, 2013
  • Annual Library Lecture: "Triumph on Fairmount, All Over Again," with speaker Joseph J. Rishel, Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900.

  • Conversation: Barbara Chase-Riboud and Carlos Basualdo - September 11, 2013
  • Barbara Chase-Riboud discusses her visual art and poetry with curator Carlos Basualdo. The artist‘s work was the subject of the 2013 exhibition “Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles”, focusing on five sculptures from the important Malcolm X series as well as related sculptures and drawings made between 1966 and 2008.

  • Jerry Pinkney - April 11 2013
  • Award-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney speaks about his Philadelphia roots, his artistic process, and his reflections on selected projects. Pinkney’s work includes retellings of fables and folktales from all over the world, moments in American history, and images of tradition and family in African-American culture. A career retrospective, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney June 28, 2013 - September 22, 2013.

  • Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Universalizing Mask - July 13 2012
  • Elizabeth Siegel, Associate Curator of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago will present the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard in connection with Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks. Looking at a fertile period of Meatyard’s work made from 1959 through the late 1960s and before his final series The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, Siegel will explore Meatyard’s use of dolls to represent human presence and masks to universalize his sitters.

  • A Classicist's Encounter with Cy Twombly's Fifty Days at Iliam - 2012
  • Richard Fletcher, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Ohio State University, discusses Cy Twombly's Fifty Days at Iliam from 1978. A "painting in ten parts," Twombly's Fifty Days at Iliam is a celebrated work in the Museum's collection that takes Homer's epic poem as its point of departure. Reflecting upon the artist's life-long engagement with the classical past, Richard Fletcher provides an intimate glimpse into Twombly's inspired masterpiece.

  • Zoe Strauss in conversation with Steve Earle - Jan 28 2012
  • Musician, writer, and artist Steve Earle talks about the intersection of art and political activism. Joined by Zoe Strauss, the two will engage in discussion about both of their practices and Earle will read an excerpt from his new book I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive.

    This program is part of The Art and Social Transformation lecture series, made possible by a generous gift from Dina and Jerry Wind.

  • Zoe Strauss in conversation with Allan Sekula, Peter Barberie, and Sally Stein - Jan 15 2012
  • Photographers Zoe Strauss and Allan Sekula; Peter Barberie, The Museum’s Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center; and exhibition-catalogue contributing author Sally Stein, Professor Emerita, Art History and Film and Media Studies, University of California, Irvine, discuss Strauss’s photography and the ten-year project she held under Interstate 95 in South Philadelphia. The conversation will address the political and social concerns behind Strauss’s practice and how she garnered a mid-career retrospective at the Museum only twelve years after picking up a camera.

    This program is part of The Art and Social Transformation lecture series, made possible by a generous gift from Dina and Jerry Wind.

  • Chris Potter - May 27 2011
  • Journalist David Adler speaks with Adelina Vlas, the Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, as well as renowned saxophonist Chris Potter, who offers his personal process of composing a new work inspired by the museum’s collections. You'll also discover more about the significance of Seine, an important example of Kelly's early abstractions that captures the artist's great interest in chance. It is especially meaningful for the Museum, as it was the first work obtained through the Anne d'Harnoncourt Fund for Art Acquisitions.

    This program, including commissioning and presentation, has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.

  • Joe Lovano - April 14 2011
  • Journalist David Adler speaks with Art After Five's Producer of Evening Programs, Sara Moyn, as well as Joe Lovano, offering an insider's glimpse into the renowned saxophonist's fascinating creative process. You'll also discover more about the significance of Seine, an important example of Kelly's early abstractions that captures the artist's great interest in chance. It is especially meaningful for the Museum, as it was the first work obtained through the Anne d’Harnoncourt Fund for Art Acquisitions.

    This program, including commissioning and presentation, has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.

  • The Montiers of Philadelphia - January 9, 2010
  • In 1841, a young Philadelphia bootmaker named Hiram Montier and his new bride Elizabeth Brown had their portraits painted, recording the moment of their marriage for posterity. They could not have known that theirs would be the earliest depictions of an African American couple to survive into the twenty-first century. This lecture by their descendent Dr. William Pickens III traces the family’s roots back to Humphrey Morrey, who became the city’s first mayor in 1691, and his son Richard, whose common law marriage to a freedwoman named Cremona established one of Philadelphia’s most prominent interracial families. The lecture is introduced by Mark D. Mitchell, Assistant Curator of American Art, who situates the Montier portraits in art history.

    This lecture was held in conjunction with the installation The Montiers of Philadelphia.

  • Julian Abele II in Conversation with Professor David B. Brownlee - October 17 2008
  • In conversation with Professor David B. Brownlee of the University of Pennsylvania, Julian Abele II describes the accomplishments of his father, Julian Francis Abele (1881-1950), who was a chief designer and architect in the firm of Horace Trumbauer. Abele is considered among the important African American cultural figures of the pre-WWII era, and his great talent is expressed in many notable buildings, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Harvard's Widener Library, and the Duke University Chapel.

  • Gee's Bend Artists Talk - September 13, 2008
    Hear the wonderful and fascinating stories of the artists of Gee's Bend.

    This event was held in conjunction with the exhibition Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt.

  • AAST: William Kentridge in Conversation with Susan Stewart - December 12, 2007
    Part of the Art and Social Transformation Lecture Series, William Kentridge in Conversation with Susan Stewart (poet, critic, and Annan Professor of English, Princeton University).

    This event was held in conjunction with the exhibition Notations/William Kentridge: Tapestries.

  • Alfred Jarry/Ubu and the Truth Commission: William Kentridge in Conversation with Michael Taylor - April 12, 2007
    William Kentridge, a South African artist best known for poetic animated films based on his charcoal drawings, has long been fascinated by the ideas of nineteenth-century French Symbolist author Alfred Jarry. Jarry's writings have provided the inspiration for works including the 1997 film Ubu Tells the Truth, in which Kentridge used the French author’s grotesque figure of Ubu Roi as a commentary on the destructive legacy of apartheid. Kentridge will discuss his admiration for Jarry's plays and novels, especially as they relate to his own work as a socially conscious visual artist, with curator Michael Taylor.

    This event was held in conjunction with the special exhibition Thomas Chimes: Adventures in 'Pataphysics.

  • Painting and 'Pataphysics from Max Ernst to Thomas Chimes, March 9, 2007
    The Museum's Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Michael Taylor, discusses the influence of French Symbolist writer Alfred Jarry on a wide range of twentieth-century artists in the Museum's collections. The lecture examines how the iconoclastic writer's invented science of 'Pataphysics, which Jarry defined as "the science of imaginary solutions," has provided a farcical, tongue-in-cheek philosophy and inspiration for artists as varied as Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, and William Kentridge. One of the most radical inheritors of Jarry's ideas is the Philadelphia artist Thomas Chimes, who is the subject of Thomas Chimes: Adventures in 'Pataphysics, a retrospective on view at the Museum.

  • Diego Rivera and the Mexican Mural and Print Revolution, January 7, 2007
    Comments by Guadalupe Rivera Marín, Ph.D., Founder and Board Chair of the Diego Rivera Foundation, and the daughter of Diego Rivera. Introduced by Jane Golden, Director, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

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