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In conjunction with the exhibition Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle (March 1 through July 10, 2011, the Museum presents a diverse lineup of lectures, performances and courses. Highlights include a lecture by Vogue’s European editor-at-large Hamish Bowles, an age-appropriate Fairmount Art Crawl for children, performances by Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a stage collaboration between the Philadelphia Theatre Company and the Gershman Y, titled Bella: The Color of Love and performed at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

On Friday evenings from 5 – 8:45 p.m., select galleries are open to the public while live music by international artists and recognized and emerging jazz musicians fills the Great Stair Hall.

Miro Dance Theatre
Friday, April 8, 5 – 8: 45 p.m.
Miro Dance Theatre presents an original work that reflects on the intersections of contemporary dance, video, and visual art. During the performance, Miro will preview its radical reimagining of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, PUNCH, premiering at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts this spring. This bawdy and humorous romp uses microphones, wawa pedals, commedia masks, and the Miro dancers. At this performance, Miro will also present its highly regarded Already Seen, which premiered at this year’s Filament Festival at EMPAC. They will delve into Chagall's use of cultural mythology and fairy tales to give audiences a first look at a series of new works the company is creating with the world-renowned Cambodian Dance troupe Khmer Arts Ensemble.
Free after Museum admission.


Distinguished lecturers from the Museum staff and the local, national, and international academic communities help visitors explore topics related to the Museum’s collections and current exhibitions.
Ticket required; free after Museum admission. Free for art and art history students from select area art schools.

“You died or came out famous”: Marc Chagall and the Artists of La Ruche, 1910–25. With Michael Taylor, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art
Friday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. Van Pelt Auditorium
“You died or came out famous,” Marc Chagall’s prophetic statement about life at La Ruche (The Beehive), a studio complex in Paris’s Montparnasse neighborhood, underlines the bohemian existence of the artists and poets working there and their legacies. Michael Taylor discusses the careers of the artists of La Ruche, as well as the complex’s history as an epicenter of avant-garde practice in Paris before World War I. This lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Paris through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle, on view in the Perelman Building, March 1–July 10.

The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend lecture: Hamish Bowles on Roberto Capucci
Friday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., Van Pelt Auditorium.
Hamish Bowles, Vogue’s European editor-at-large, is one of the world’s most respected authorities on fashion. He is also a collector of haute couture, an author, and a curator of many museum exhibitions, mostly recently of Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. At the beginning of his career, Roberto Capucci was anointed
“Italy’s little Balenciaga.” Bowles discusses Balenciaga and his stylistic relationship with Capucci and also his own adventures as a curator, collector, and editor. This lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion, on view in the Dorrance Galleries, March 16 through June 5, 2011.
$20 ($16 members, $5 students with valid ID); lecture only; ticket required.

The Irma and Herbert Barness Lecture: Like a Pebble Tossed in a Pond: The Circle of Montparnasse and Its Ramifications.With Kenneth Silver, Professor of Art History, New York University
Friday, April 29, 6:30 p.m., Van Pelt Auditorium
Making use of key works of art and vintage photographs, Kenneth Silver recounts a groundbreaking exhibition he curated in 1985 about early-20th-century Jewish artists in Paris, and the ways in which it became a fulcrum for reimagining the history of modernism.


These special events take place around Pistoletto’s mirrored tables, and invite visitors to actively participate in art-making.
Free after Museum admission.

Pig Iron Theatre Company Meets Marc Chagall: One Day I’ll Be French, featuring the poetry of French  Symbolists, odd snatches of song, and tableware puppetry
Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, 2:30 and 4:00 p.m., Gallery Café, Perelman Building
This performance, a collaboration with two of Philadelphia’s finest, Pig Iron Theatre Company and The American Poetry Review, puts the spotlight on the poets who lived in Paris before World War II and the poetry they created. Join us for these performative poetry readings, a celebration of Chagall’s masterpiece Half-Past Three (The Poet) of 1911. This performance is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Paris through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle, on view in the Perelman Building, March 1–July 10.
Pig Iron Theatre Company, founded in 1995, is an interdisciplinary ensemble dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization. Past collaborations have included work with legendary director Joseph Chaikin, playwright Adriano Shaplin, and composer Cynthia Hopkins. Pig Iron’s work has been seen at theaters and festivals in San Francisco, London, Edinburgh, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Romania, and Peru. The New York Times called Pig Iron “one of the few groups successfully taking theater in new directions.”
The American Poetry Review, founded in 1972, has published over 1,500 writers, including nine Nobel Prize laureates and 33 Pulitzer Prize winners. By developing efficient, inexpensive production and distribution  methods, it became the most widely circulated poetry magazine within the first five years of publication. In recent years, it has expanded beyond magazine publishing, creating The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and The Philly Edition, a poetry supplement distributed for free to local schools.
$7 ($5 members and students with valid ID); after Perelman Building admission; ticket required.

Bella: The Color of Love
Thursday–Saturday, April 28–30, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m., Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets.
The Gershman Y joins the Philadelphia Theatre Company to present a newly commissioned theatrical cabaret about Bella Chagall, Marc Chagall’s wife and muse. Written and performed by Yiddish jazz chanteuse Theresa Tova, this piece takes us into the mind of Bella and her years with Marc in Russia and Paris. It is complemented by projections of Chagall’s work by designer Mary Kerr. This performance is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Paris through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle.
These performances are offered in conjunction with the first annual Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). For information about the festival, visit
$29 ($25 Museum members and Philadelphia Theatre Company subscribers, or when you mention this brochure; $15 students with valid ID). For tickets, call 215-985-0420 or visit


Age-appropriate performances, gallery tours and art projects help children engage with the Museum’s permanent collections, while other events spotlight special exhibitions with themed activities and tours.
All family events are free after Museum admission, which is “pay what you wish” the first Sunday of the month. Recommended for ages 3 through 12

Marc Chagall and the Fairmount Arts Crawl
Sunday, April 17
The Museum and the surrounding neighborhood are abuzz with family-friendly activity for the annual Fairmount Arts Crawl. Visit the Museum’s Perelman Building and explore the exhibition Paris through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle. Create your own art inspired by the exhibition at the Make-and-Take Workshop.
1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Make-and-Take Workshop
1:00, 2:00 & 3:00 p.m. guided tours of Paris through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle
Free after Museum admission.


Modern Masters: Marc Chagall
Thursday afternoons: 4 sessions, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
OR Saturdays: 2 sessions, April 16 and 30, 10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Museum Educator, Staff Lecturer for Western Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Offered in conjunction with the Marc Chagall exhibition, this course investigates the life and career of the Russian-born artist (1887–1985). The first two lectures highlight his early career, from his formidable presence among the Parisian avant-garde to his relationship with Russian modernist art at the time of the October Revolution in 1917. The course continues with an examination of Chagall in the context of the Nazi Degenerate Art exhibition of 1937, and a survey of his work after World War II.
Lecture 1: Prismatic Color: Chagall in Paris
Lecture 2: Chagall and Early Russian Modernism
Lecture 3: Purim in Munich: Chagall and the Nazi Degenerate Art Exhibition
Lecture 4: Forty Years of Peace: Chagall after World War II
$100 ($80 members); ticket required


The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, showcasing more than 2,000 years of exceptional human creativity in masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. An exciting addition is the recently renovated and expanded Perelman Building, with five exhibition spaces, a soaring sky-lit galleria, and a café overlooking a landscaped terrace. The Museum also opened a new sculpture garden on the West side of its main building in 2009, offering new exhibition space for outdoor sculpture. The Museum offers a wide variety of enriching activities, including programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films

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