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February 10th, 1999
Special Wednesday Night at the Art Museum Celebrates Pridefest America

On Wednesday night, April 28, from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., the Philadelphia Museum of Art and PrideFest America will present a groundbreaking evening of dance, song, performance and art. This innovative Wednesday Night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will introduce a premiere event: the first annual PrideFest America International Arts Award, honoring the legendary painter Paul Cadmus. The International Arts Award ceremony, which is open to the public and free after Museum admission, will take place in the Museum's Van Pelt Auditorium at 7:45 p.m. Please note: Seating is limited; free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at 7:15 p.m. outside the Van Pelt Auditorium.

PrideFest America, now in its seventh year, is the nation's largest gay and lesbian symposium and festival. To celebrate PrideFest America's ambitious mix of entertainment, educational and social offerings, the Museum's Wednesday Night will feature a diverse roster of innovative events: "coed alternative a cappella" from Off the Beat, raw and sensual dance by SCRAP Performance Group, and the unique tales of actor and puppeteer Thaddeus Phillips.

Creative contributions of the gay and lesbian community will be topics of discussions. Gallery Talks, beginning at 6:00 and 7:00, will explore a special installation featuring Carl Van Vechten's photographs of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, David Hockney's lithograph Christopher Isherwood and Dan Bachardy, and self-portrait drawings by Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. In the third annual "Q&A (Queer & Artist)" panel, Yale University professor, author and artist Jonathan Weinberg will moderate a conversation with artists Patricia Cronin, Daniel Heyman, and Deborah Kass, and scholar James Smalls of Rutgers University. "Q&A" will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. in the Van Pelt Auditorium, and is free after Museum admission.

Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art begin at 5:00 and continue to 8:45 p.m. Admission to the Museum is $8.00 for adults and $5 for children age 5 to 17, students with valid I.D., and senior citizens 62 and over. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free after Museum admission. Call (215) 684-7860 for information about Wednesday Nights, or (215) 684-7506 for a free brochure.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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