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Cézanne and Beyond Related Programs

Visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art can look forward to a variety of delightful and enlightening special programs and events this spring in conjunction with the special exhibition Cézanne and Beyond. On view February 26 - May 17, 2009, the exhibition presents some 150 works, including 60 paintings, watercolors and drawings by Cézanne, along with those of 18 later artists for whom Cézanne has been a central inspiration and whose work reflects his extraordinary legacy. Visitors can enjoy engaging lectures — some in conjunction with the Barnes Foundation — inspiring musical performances, and even art history courses at the Museum.

Cézanne, Still Going, a lecture series
The Museum and the Barnes Foundation co-present this stimulating series of evening lectures, each offering a distinctive approach to the artists included in Cézanne and Beyond.

Seeing Through Cézanne
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium
Lecturer: Nancy Locke, Associate Professor of Art History, Pennsylvania State University

Déjà vu All Over Again: Cézanne, Barnes, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Friday, March 20, 7 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation, Main Gallery (open at 6 p.m.)
Lecturer: Joseph Rishel, principal organizer of Cézanne and Beyond, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, and Senior Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection and the Rodin Museum

Cézanne’s Expressionism
Friday, March 27, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium
Lecturer: André Dombrowski, Assistant Professor of 19th-Century Art, University of Pennsylvania

Looking into Cézanne
Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation, Main Gallery (open at 6 p.m.)
Lecturer: John House, Walter H. Annenberg Professor, The Courtauld Institute of Art; and Samuel H. Kress Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 2008-2009

Perception and the Picture Plane: Cézanne’s Continuing Influence on Contemporary Painting
Friday, April 17, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium
Lecturer: Roberta Bernstein, Professor of Art History, University of Albany, Statue University of New York

Written in Water, Carved in Stone: On the Progeny of Cézanne’s Bathers
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation, Main Gallery (open at 6 p.m.) Lecturer: John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are $15 each ($12 members, $8 students). Price does not include Museum admission. Call 215-235-SHOW (7469). Lectures at the Barnes Foundation are $35 each ($25 Barnes Society members). Price includes gallery admission and parking. Advance reservations and payment required. Call 610-667-0290, ext. 2255 or e-mail

America’s Dream Chamber Artists Sunday, March 15, 2:30 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
$20 ($16 members)

This groundbreaking group of young musicians is dedicated to re-energizing the chamber music experience for all audiences. Inspired by Cézanne and Beyond, these talented artists will bring their vitality and passion to an exploration of late 19th-century French music and its influence on early modern composers through pieces by Ravel, Fauré, Kodály and Bax.

Individual Tours

9 a.m. on select days starting March 5
$36 ($30 members) Museum Guides lead visitors through the exhibition crowd-free in this one-hour tour of the exhibition. Price includes Museum admission.
For information or to book, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469) or visit

Group Tours

Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. (last tour at 10:30 a.m.);
Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. (last tour at 9:30 a.m.)
$32 per person Special private group tours and cultural packages for groups of 15 or more. Visitors view the exhibition crowd-free before the Museum opens. Price includes Museum admission.
For information or to book, call (215) 684-7863 or visit

Accessible Tours and Programs

The Museum offers accessible tours for people with disabilities. Tours are led by specially trained Museum Guides or sign language interpreters, and must be arranged at least three weeks in advance by calling (215) 684-7602.

One-hour outreach presentations for groups of people who cannot come to the Museum due to age-related limitations or disabilities are also available, and include a one-hour digitally illustrated lecture by a Museum Guide. Call (215) 684-7602 for more information or to schedule a presentation.

Free Art Talk telephone conference call courses for individuals who cannot come to the Museum are led by Museum Guides, and consist of three one-hour conversations. Call (215) 684-7396 for more information or to sign up.

Still Compelling: Dialogues with Cézanne Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m. or Saturdays, February 7 and 28, 1:30-3:45 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
$100 ($80 members)

This course explores the central themes Cézanne employed — including repetition, landscape, still life and the fragmentation of form — and reveals how these ideas relate to art of our time. Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Staff Lecturer for Western Art


Throughout the year, the Museum offers a variety of programs, workshops, resources and classes for educators of all subjects and grade levels. In conjunction with Cézanne and Beyond, teachers are invited to the Museum to learn about the exhibition and prepare to introduce it to their students.

Exhibition Preview
Friday, February 27, 4 – 7 p.m.
3 NJ or Pa. continuing education hours
$45 ($36 members)
Limit: 100 teachers

This special evening includes and introductory lecture and audio tour of Cézanne and Beyond. Teachers also receive Cézanne and Beyond preparatory materials.

A Novel Approach Book Club: The Masterpiece
Thursdays, March 19, April 16 and April 23, 5 – 7 p.m.
6 NJ or Pa. continuing education hours
$25 ($20 members)
Limit: 15 teachers

Set in the Paris of the 1860s and 1870s, this autobiographical novel reveals insights into Zola’s career and his relationship with his childhood friend, Paul Cézanne. The Masterpiece is both a tragic story and an excellent behind-the-scenes look at the emergence of the Impressionists. Teachers will discuss the novel and also discuss how best to introduce it in their classrooms.

Cézanne and Beyond is made possible by ADVANTA.

Additional funding is provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Exhibitions, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications, the National Endowment for the Arts, and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support provided by NBC 10 WCAU; the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and; the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation; and Amtrak.

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