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Parkway 100

September 8, 2017–November 16, 2018

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway turns 100 this year. Mark this milestone with Parkway 100, a 14-month, citywide celebration of our world-famous boulevard.

A great public space, the Parkway is rich in art, culture, science, and education. Join us in the coming months for a series of programs and exhibitions on the centennial theme of “Collections and Connections.”


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Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

See some of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world, featuring masterworks by artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cézanne.

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m., and 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, May 11, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Love in Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Get hit by Cupid’s arrow as you explore depictions of love and marriage throughout our collection.

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Member Outing: Parkway 100
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
SOLD OUT

Celebrate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial with a trolley trip down the scenic boulevard. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Mural Arts artist Miriam Singer at her new mural at Park Towne Place. Then tour the exhibition Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Monet to van Gogh
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

See some of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world, featuring masterworks by artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cézanne.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to the Collection
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 4, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.

Ceramics
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore the history of ceramics from 10,000 BCE to today.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.

American Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore three centuries of paintings, furniture, and decorative arts, with special emphasis on Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m., and 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.

A Walk through Time
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Visit a Medieval Cloister, a 16th-century Indian Temple Hall, the country estates of 18th-century England and France, and a Japanese tea house, all in one hour.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Every Object Tells a Story
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Uncover the most entertaining stories, anecdotes, and legends associated with our collection.

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Making a Train, 1867, by Seymour Joseph Guy
    • Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Storm on the Dunes, 17th century, by Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
    • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Philadelphia Icons
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Featuring works by famous Philly artists and art inspired by the city’s most colorful characters.

  • Friday, April 27, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.

European Art 1500 to 1850
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Take an “inside’ look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, tapestries, and more spanning over three centuries.

  • Friday, April 27, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 11, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Asian Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Visit rare architectural settings and discover intriguing works of art from all parts of Asia, including some of the oldest objects in the collection.

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Christian Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Religious works by great artists of the Renaissance and beyond, such as Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, and Sandro Botticelli.

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Picasso and Beyond
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Featuring masterworks by such artists as Picasso, Duchamp, and Dalí, this tour chronicles the course of modern art.

  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Modern and Contemporary Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Discover exciting, innovative, and sometimes controversial works of art created in the 20th and 21st centuries, including masters such as Picasso, Duchamp, Twombly, and LeWitt.

  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, May 11, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Scandalous
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Join us as we reveal some of the biggest controversies and scandals behind works in our collection.

Paul Cret and Modern Classicism
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building

​Join us for a symposium celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Presented by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Schedule >>

9:00 a.m.: Registration

9:30 a.m.: Morning Session

“Paul Cret and Philadelphia's Modern Classicism”
David Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania

“Between Column and I-Beam: The Architectural Theory of Paul Cret”
Marc Vincent, Baldwin Wallace University

“Cass Gilbert and the City Beautiful”
Gail Fenske, Roger Williams University

“Friendly Rivals: Paul Cret and Arthur Brown, Jr. at Home and Abroad”
Jeffrey T. Tilman, University of Cincinnati

Noon: Lunch Break (on your own)

1:30 p.m.: Afternoon Session

“‘An Artistic Gem’: Paul Cret and the Rodin Museum”
Jennifer Thompson, Philadelphia Museum of Art

“‘Nioc! Nioc-Nioc!’ (Quack, Quack, Quack): Paul Philippe Cret, Penn’s Poilu-Professor, and World War I”
Alisa Chiles, University of Pennsylvania

“The Architect as Collaborator with the Engineer”
Jonathan Farnham, Philadelphia Historical Commission

Robert P. Breading and Barry Eiswerth in conversation, “longtemps après Cret”
Former partners, H2L2 Architects

4:30 p.m.: Conclusion

Women in Art
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

From models to artists, mistresses to muses, explore the essential role women have played in the creation of art.

Art of the Middle Ages
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Step back into the world of medieval Europe and view sculpture, paintings, and stained glass in architectural settings.

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.

Impressionism to Modern and Contemporary Art
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Featuring masterworks by such artists as Monet, Picasso, Duchamp, and Twombly, this tour chronicles the course of impressionism to modern art.

Music in the Galleries: Light, Line, Shadow
Sunday, July 22, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s composition inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting Road and Trees. Performed by Network for New Music.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

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Related Exhibitions

Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950: See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, and others forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Rodin’s The Kiss: Passion in the hands of a master sculptor.

To learn more about this citywide celebration, visit www.parkway100.org.




Banner image: Philadelphia Museum of Art: Perspective from Southeast, 1917–18, attributed to Julian Francis Abele, American, 1881–1950 (Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives)

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