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On Wednesday nights from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., come explore the Museum’s main building and its remarkable collection in exciting and illuminating new ways. Show your creative side with Make Stuff, a drop-in art-making workshop. Practice your poses during weekly yoga sessions. Play a game in the galleries with friends or other Museum visitors—we supply the games and instructions, you do the rest. On the last Wednesday of the month, enjoy one-night-only events in which regional artists, musicians, and local cultural organizations respond to the collection in innovative ways. Come on your own or with family and friends. And remember, admission is Pay What You Wish.

Wednesday Nights are generously funded by the William Penn Foundation.

Make Stuff

In this drop-in program, craft handmade objects or make art amid the Museum’s collection. Projects vary from sketching or knitting in the galleries to building a Lego mansion or creating a puzzle. Make Stuff programs are perfect for anyone looking for a relaxed, creative atmosphere.

  • Winter Weaving
    • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Get cozy and comfy in the galleries and learn how to weave your way through winter.
  • Sketching in the Galleries
    • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be an artist for a day! "Draw" inspiration from the artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils will be provided.
  • Make a mobile
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Create your own dynamic mobile inspired by Alexander Calder's Ghost.
  • Origami Mania
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
          • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
              • Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                • Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                    • Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                      • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                        Learn the ancient art of origami and transform a flat piece of paper into a beautifully-folded design. Make an origami design for yourself, and leave another one at the Museum to be included in a large-scale installation on April 29.

Yoga
Free tickets required after Museum admission

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga while surrounded by the Museum’s collection. Class size varies according to gallery location.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
  • Location: Gallery 226
    • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Gallery 288
    • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Gallery 201
    • Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Gallery 206
    • Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

One Book, One Painting
Location: Gallery 111

Participants will engage in lively conversation about the painting Breaking Home Ties by Thomas Hovenden and make connections to the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, Orphan Train. Each discussion will be facilitated by a staff member from the Museum and the Free Library; feel free to participate in one or all three.

This program is in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia.
  • Setting Out
    • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Journey
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Arrival
    • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

"The Masterpieces" with Joshua R. Helmer
Meets in the Great Stair Hall

Featuring works by such artists as Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, and others, “The Masterpieces” tour delivers just that—a look at some of the collection’s greatest treasures.

  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Stephen Starr Events Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: The Cafeteria
Paid tickets required
$45 ($40 for Members) includes General Admission

The intimate, 90-minute classes will offer participants first-hand tutorials on global cuisine. Executive Chef Gerald Drummond, accompanied by guest chefs from the Stephen Starr restaurant group, will lead the demonstrations for each class and assistant chefs will be on hand to offer extra attention and to help with techniques. Each participant will sample the food created during the class and will received recipes for all dishes, as well as a special parting gift.

  • Speak Easy Cocktails
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Tap into Philadelphia’s colorful Prohibition-era history with a lesson in the art of craft cocktails and spiked punches at this Chef Demonstration. Bring the speakeasy to your dining room with these vintage recipes for a swanky at home cocktail hour.

Last Wednesdays

On the last Wednesday of the month experience a dynamic mix of art, performances, and entertainment.

  • Celebrate Japan
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Join us for an evening of activities inspired by Japanese art and culture. Hear the melodic sounds of the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute, as played by Chris Merwin. Try your hand at the ancient practice of origami, and transform a piece of paper into a colorful flower or animal. Finally, watch the University of Pennsylvania Kendo Club demonstrate the "way of the sword," a Japanese martial art using traditional weapons and armor.

      • Make Stuff: origami
        5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
      • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
        6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
      • Japanese flute performance
        6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
      • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
        7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Represent Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
    • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Location: Seminar Room

      Help represent African American artists online. Learn how to create and edit information for these artists on Wikipedia, the world’s largest source of free knowledge. New and experienced editors welcome. Laptops and power cords encouraged.
  • Push/Pull: Precession of Healing with Amber Arts Collective
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Begins in Gallery 239

    The Amber Art Collective will create a multi-media performance inspired by the MOVE movement bombing of 1985. Through an interactive presentation of music, projections, interviews, costumes and photography, visitors will be asked to collaborate and reflect on this historic event and its effect on the cultural makeup of the Philadelphia community.
  • Tracie Morris
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Gallery 161

    Tracie Morris is a self-identified sound poet that ingeniously mixes narrative and music to create a singular style of performance. She and her trio host an evening of original works that are inspired by the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.
  • Painting Under the Influence: "Masters in Disguise"
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Great Stair Hall
    Paid tickets required
    $45 ($40 members)

    Join us for a fun evening of drinks and painting. Participants will receive a small section of a mystery masterpiece to use as a basis in creating their own art work. A guided search for the mystery art work follows the painting session. This program includes two alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Participants must be 21 and over.

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