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Alternative American Art Worlds, Saturday, November 15, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Van Pelt Auditorium
$50 ($40 for members, $25 for students) includes a box lunch

An exploration of issues and themes that link artists James Castle and Thomas Chambers with the quilters of Gee’s Bend (also the subjects of special exhibitions this fall). All of these self-taught artists, who have existed outside the mainstream art word, are seen in a new light at the Museum.


Fantastical Volumes: Making Your Own Books, Sunday, October 26 or Sunday, December 7, morning session: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., afternoon session: 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Museum studios
$25 ($20 members). Enrollment limited.

Inspired by the special exhibition James Castle: A Retrospective and led by artists from the Philadelphia Center for the Book, this course celebrates the art of book making from found materials of all sorts, including leaflets, rubber stamps or cereal boxes.


Gotta Make It!
Van Pelt Auditorium
$100 ($80 members)

Presented to coincide with exhibitions on Thomas Chambers, James Castle and the quilters of Gee’s Bend, this course explores issues relating to art produced outside the mainstream.

Thursdays: 4 sessions, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturdays: 2 sessions, November 8 and December 6, 9:30-11:45 a.m.


To learn more or register for the Museum’s adult programs, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469) or visit the museum website at

To learn more about family and children’s programs, contact the Division of Education at (215) 684-7580 or

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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 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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