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Adult Programs

Be entertained, enlightened, and engaged by experiences that go beyond the limits of gallery viewing. Better understand and appreciate the Museum's collection and exhibitions through programs and events aimed at all adult learners, specialist and non-specialist alike.

Preregistration is suggested for all ticketed programs. Prices do not include Museum admission unless noted. Programs, topics, and speakers are subject to change. Please arrive early as we reserve the right to release seats at the start of the program.

Performances

Let the good times roll with music, dance, and cabaret.

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Final Fridays: Celestial Bodies
Friday, February 22, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Explore the cosmos with programs inspired by our new Chinese Galleries.

Music: DJ HVNLEE
5:00–7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
This Philly-based DJ draws from indie pop, R&B, and electronic music for a set of dreamy, fresh, and danceable beats.

DIY Art: Ink Painting with Deena Gu
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Find inspiration in the installation Looking Inward: Nature and Self-Cultivation in gallery 234. Then join artist Deena Gu and transform your spirit while making art and sipping a complimentary cup of tea provided by Terra Luna.

Detour with Alice Sparkly Kat
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Edwin P. and Rita Rome Gallery 233.
Brooklyn-based artist and astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat presents a fresh look at the stars with a tour of our new Chinese galleries.
Offered in collaboration with Asian Arts Initiative.

In-Gallery Reflection: Sound Meditation with Luna Maye
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Hollis Baldeck Gallery 239
Sound artist Luna Maye leads a meditation beneath our ceiling from the Hall of Transforming Wisdom, pairing crystal singing bowls with jazz and neo-soul vocal expressions. Seating is limited.

In-Gallery Performances: Traditional Chinese Dance
6:15 & 7:00 p.m.
Gallery 226
Watch members of the New York Chinese Cultural Center perform classical music and dance in a reception hall fit for a duke. Seating is limited. Dancers: Grant Zhuang, Wanru Lin, and Yuxi Liu. Musician: Wei Sun.

Workshop: Stargazing
6:15–7:15 p.m.
Meet at the West Entrance.
Explore winter constellations and planets outside with The Franklin Institute. After peering through their telescope, warm up inside with a cup of tea and create an art project inspired by the heavens.

Dance Performance by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers pairs inventive choreography with a modern, global perspective.

Jontavious Willis
Friday, March 1, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Willis performs Delta, Piedmont, Texas, and gospel blues on guitar, harmonica, banjo, and cigar box.

Eli Degibri
Friday, March 8, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This acclaimed Israeli saxophonist performs a special tribute to Hank Mobley’s Soul Station, as well as music from his own recent release, Cliff Hangin’.

Birdie Busch
Friday, March 15, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

An evening celebrating goddess archetypes and women artists in our collection, featuring this local singer-songwriter.

Denise King
Friday, March 22, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This vocal powerhouse and local favorite returns for a performance in honor of the legendary women of jazz.

Final Fridays: Louder Now
Friday, March 29, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A night celebrating the many ways we raise our voices, featuring LADAMA, a multinational ensemble of women.

Samantha Rise
Friday, April 5, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Weaving together mountain folk and neo-soul, this singer-songwriter channels vocalists like Joni Mitchell and Erykah Badu.

Presented in conjunction with Art of Poetry

Music in the Galleries
Gallery 175, 1st floor

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • The Eternal Struggle
    • Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      The striking imagery of Prometheus Bound by Peter Paul Rubens sets the stage for Henri Dutilleux’s haunting string quartet, Ainsi la nuit.
  • Lines/Patterns
    • Saturday, April 6, 2019, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Form and structure make the link between American visual artist Ellsworth Kelly and German baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented in partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music.

Denison Witmer
Friday, April 12, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Witmer’s quiet brand of folk celebrates life’s mysteries, daily epiphanies, happy accidents, and even calamities.

Presented in conjunction with Art of Poetry

Dawn Landes
Friday, April 19, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Full of vivid storytelling, classic country themes, and eternal questions, the songwriting of this Nashville artist is as fresh as it is timeless.

Presented in conjunction with Art of Poetry

Final Fridays: Def Poetry Reunion
Friday, April 26, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
Member tickets on sale March 1; public tickets on sale March 8

Presenter Danny Simmons invites some of Philly’s most recognized poets to gather for an epic evening of artistry. Featuring Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker, Black Ice, and more.

Presented in conjunction with Art of Poetry

Peter Beets
Friday, May 3, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Dutch pianist returns to Philadelphia to perform world class jazz in a special performance entitled “Gershwin meets the Blues.”

Sam Taylor
Friday, May 10, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Philly-native saxophonist performs hard swinging jazz in the tradition of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, and Larry McKenna.

Joy Ike
Friday, May 17, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This vocalist, pianist, and songwriter boasts a powerful sound full of rhythm and soul that pays homage to her Nigerian roots.

Dahka Band
Friday, May 24, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This New York–based ensemble are rising stars on the Afropop scene.

Final Fridays: Flashback Friday
Friday, May 31, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Indulge in nostalgia at this evening devoted to the moods, music, fads, and feels that take you back.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Tour: Arms and Armor
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Discover our collection of arms and armor including swords, shields, and equestrian equipment.

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
  • Pichincha, 1867, by Frederic Edwin Church
    • Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Seated Woman with a Letter, 1633, by Dirck Hals
    • Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 1, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Nymphs Holding Aloft a Platter Charged with Fruit, c. 1785–93 , by Claude Michel, called Clodion
    • Thursday, March 7, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 8, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Vase, Kangxi Period (1662–1722), Chinese
    • Thursday, March 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CANCELED)
    • Friday, March 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 16, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Doctor's Visit, c. 1660–65, by Jan Steen
    • Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 22, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Counterfeit Note, 1858, by Daniel Huntington
    • Thursday, March 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mountains in Autumn, 1910, by Noguchi Shōhin
    • Thursday, April 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 6, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus Would Freeze, c. 1600–03, by Hendrick Goltzius
    • Thursday, April 11, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 12, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Man in a Café, 1912, by Juan Gris
    • Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Soothsayer’s Recompense, 1913, by Giorgio de Chirico
    • Thursday, April 25, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Naylor with a Keeper and a Dead Stag, 1847, by Richard Ansdell
    • Thursday, May 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 3, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Queer Life in the 1970s and 1980s
Saturday, March 9, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes museum admission

Peter Barberie (The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center) and Chris Bartlett (William Way Center Executive Director), along with other leaders in the LGBTQ+ community, discuss the early years of the AIDS crisis in Philadelphia as photographed by David Lebe.

Support provided by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation

Offered in conjunction with Long Light: Photographs by David Lebe

Designing the View-Master
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Gallery 111
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Space is limited.

Designers and thinkers consider the late Charles Harrison’s 1959 redesign of this popular toy and the ways in which we approach landscapes, people, and design today.

Speakers include David Hartt, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Penn Design; Kathleen A. Foster, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art; and Alexandria DeCastro of the Design Activist Institute. Moderated by Michelle Millar Fisher, The Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts.

The Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture: City Beautiful
Saturday, March 23, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free), includes museum admission. Space is limited; reservations required.

Who decides what future cities look like? Engineer and policy researcher Danielle Wood, architectural historian Dianne Harris, and photographer Nolan Ryan Trowe consider this question.

Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: Impressionism Around the World
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required
Free event ticket required; does not include museum admission

Impressionism Around the World: Art and Globalization
How did a quintessentially French art movement become an international phenomenon? Leading scholars explore Impressionism’s global reach at the turn of the twentieth century.

Symposium
Friday, April 12, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Keynote Lecture
Friday, April 12, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Closing Lecture: Opposition is True Friendship
Sunday, April 14, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
T. J. Clark, professor emeritus of Art History at University of California, Berkeley, gives a talk revisiting Impressionist artists Pissarro and Cézanne.

This program is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania, and has been supported, in part, by the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania and by the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Presented in conjunction with The Impressionist’s Eye

In the Artist’s Voice: Jennifer Crandall
Saturday, May 11, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes museum admission

Who is America? The filmmaker of Whitman, Alabama explores this question and more in a conversation with WHYY Executive Producer of Audio Content Elisabeth Perez-Luna.

Offered in conjunction with Whitman, Alabama and Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy.

Support for this program was provided by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fund for Education.

The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: Patti Smith
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
Member tickets on sale April 2; public tickets on sale April 9

Iconic singer-songwriter, visual artist, and poet Patti Smith is joined by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith for an evening exploring the legacy of Walt Whitman through word and song.

Presented in conjunction with Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Museum Studio: Pop-Up Cards
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet in Great Stair Hall
SOLD OUT

Search for auspicious symbols in our new Chinese galleries and then make your own pop-up cards with artist Colette Fu.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Saturday, March 2, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Museum Library, Perelman Building
Free
Free; museum admission not included

Help expand the story of art history. Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries focusing on Latina and gender-fluid Latinx artists. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need to be added or updated.

​Facilitated by Raquel Salas Rivera, the 2018–19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, and Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian in residence at the Science History Institute

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Drop in and draw from Rodin’s masterpieces. Materials provided.

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Wednesday Nights

Experience the unexpected every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., when Museum admission is Pay What You Wish.

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Museum Studio: Pop-Up Cards
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet in Great Stair Hall
SOLD OUT

Search for auspicious symbols in our new Chinese galleries and then make your own pop-up cards with artist Colette Fu.

Drink & Draw with Loveis Wise
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Sip while you sketch with Philly artist Loveis Wise, who has created a 3-D interpretation of Henri Rousseau’s painting The Merry Jesters, complete with plants and live models. Wise’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Cartoon Network.

Drawing materials provided, drinks available for purchase at the bar. All levels welcome.

Designing the View-Master
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Gallery 111
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Space is limited.

Designers and thinkers consider the late Charles Harrison’s 1959 redesign of this popular toy and the ways in which we approach landscapes, people, and design today.

Speakers include David Hartt, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Penn Design; Kathleen A. Foster, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art; and Alexandria DeCastro of the Design Activist Institute. Moderated by Michelle Millar Fisher, The Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts.

Chef Demo: Art of Wine
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Stir restaurant, main building
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members); includes museum admission

Join Vicki Miller (Vinocity) for a wine tasting and paired bites from Constellation Culinary Group, and a guided tour of related artwork.

Drink & Draw with Martha Rich
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Sip while you sketch with Philly artist Martha Rich, and make zines inspired by memories, eavesdropping, and found text. Rich paints words and food with a penchant for the absurd. Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Bon Appetit, and Entertainment Weekly.

Drawing materials provided, drinks available for purchase at the bar. All levels welcome.

Art of Poetry Opening Celebration
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Consider this the first stanza. Heralding a full season of poetry-inspired programs, performance poets make our galleries sing with spoken word while artists blend language and art.

  • Drink and Draw with Martha Rich
  • Poetry tours with The Philly Pigeon
  • Gallery takeover with the museum’s Teen Ambassador Group (TAG)

Yoga
Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
In Wallace Gallery 201 through the spring
Free tickets required
Free tickets available Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m at any Visitor Services Desk. First come, first served.
Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Drink & Draw with Lale Westvind
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Sip while you sketch with artist Lale Westvind, whose brilliant colors, spirited lines, and heroic themes parallel the illustrative work of Yoshitoshi. Westvind’s comics and animations have been published in Kramers Ergot, The Lifted Brow, and The New York Times.

Drawing materials provided, drinks available for purchase at the bar. All levels welcome.

Presented in conjunction with Yoshitoshi: Spirit and Spectacle.

Chef Demo: Local Spring Produce
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Stir restaurant, main building
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members); includes museum admission

Taste the best offerings from several local farms with Executive Chef Mark Tropea.

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