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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: Hack the Museum
Friday, May 25, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

We’re handing out prizes for our third annual Hackathon on this evening of tech, talks, and tunes.

​This is a Power of Art program, sponsored by the Wind Foundation.


In-Gallery Tech Demos: Sprint to the Finish
5:00–7:00 p.m.
This year we asked hackers to build an app that helps visitors discover works of art in the collection. See what they’ve cooked up over the past two months and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. App descriptions & demo locations >>

  • ArtBeats: Let your taste in music help you figure out your taste in art.
    McCausland Gallery 116
  • ArtMIND: A random art generator prompts users to input their likes and dislikes to provide targeted recommendations on what to look at next.
    Gallery 155
  • Art Tracker: Inspired by the Carmen Sandiego games, this app asks players to solve cases that will take them through the entire Museum.
    Wallace/Reader’s Digest Gallery 201
  • D.I.N.A.: Personal Aesthete: This augmented reality app helps you connect to the collection by providing interesting details on artworks and artists.
    Resnick Rotunda 161
  • MuseumCrawlers: Tailwind: For those who just want to go with the flow, this app creates customized tours based on visitor reactions.
    Gallery 224
  • PMA ExplorAR: Conduct a museum-wide search for hints to complete a puzzle.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony
  • Sage: Customized, emoji-based searches enable personalized interactions with the collection.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony
  • Team Jefferson JS: Turn your selfie into art. This app alters any smart-phone snapshot to mimic a selected artwork.
    Great Stair Hall Balcony


Space Invaders: Gallery Blackout
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Kienbusch Gallery 248, 2nd floor
Our Teen Ambassador Group takes over the arms and armor galleries. Grab a flashlight and explore medieval suits and shields in a new way.


Hackathon Awards Presentation
7:00–7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Judges announce the winners of the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award—complete with a fat check and confetti cannons.


Music: Swift Technique
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
These gritty groove masters bring a fiery funk extravaganza to the Museum.

Peter Beets
Friday, June 1, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Dutch pianist Peter Beets performs world-class jazz with some of Philly’s finest.

Michelle Lordi
Friday, June 8, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

One of the most sought-after vocalists on the jazz circuit and her band perform three generations of heartfelt love songs.

The Mini-Q’s
Friday, June 15, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A blend of jazz and funk with Luke Carlos O’Reilly on organ, Anwar Marshall on drums, and Ben O’Neill on guitar

Rob Curto’s Forró for All
Friday, June 22, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Rob Curto and his band bring Brazilian accordion-driven party music to the Museum.

Final Fridays: All That Jazz
Friday, June 29, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Nine and vocalist Najwa Parkins bring swing to the Museum.

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

Sumi Tonooka
Friday, July 6, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Pianist and composer Sumi Tonooka returns to her Philly roots with a classic jazz piano trio.

Christie Dashiell
Friday, July 13, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Billboard-charting jazz vocalist Christie Dashiell and her quartet perform inventive arrangements of popular songs and cutting-edge originals.

Behn Gillece & Adam Birnbaum
Friday, July 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Vibraphonist Behn Gillece and jazz pianist Adam Birnbaum offer an evening of brooding, original compositions and fiery, virtuosic playing.

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

Final Fridays: Summer Magick
Friday, July 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Spend an enchanted evening celebrating the mystical and the feminine. In a special performance at 7:15 p.m., My Brightest Diamond presents ethereal explorations of electronic, chamber, and art pop music.

​Offered in conjunction with Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp/The Future Fields Commission

Farid Barron
Friday, August 3, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Best known for his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Farid Barron brings his trademark sound to ragtime and stride piano melodies of the 1910s.

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

Drew Nugent Trio
Friday, August 10, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Travel back to the Roaring Twenties with ​the Drew Nugent Trio.

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

The Ladybugs
Friday, August 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This quartet infuses songs from the 1930s with country, blues, Latin, and classical music.

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

Final Fridays: Work Your Angles
Friday, August 31, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philly-based rap and spoken word artist Ivy Sole and friends explore the intersection between how we see ourselves, how we want to be seen, and how others see us.

​Offered in conjunction with Face to Face: Portraits of Artists

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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In the Artist’s Voice: Ursula von Rydingsvard Preview Film Screening & Q&A
Saturday, June 2, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Enjoy a preview screening of Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own, a documentary by Daniel Traub and Ken Kobland (2018, 55 minutes). Then join the artist and the filmmakers for a Q&A. A BYO picnic follows in the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden.

​Presented in partnership with the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Now, She: Two Sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard

Community Conversations: The Me in the We
Sunday, June 3, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Is there room for individuality in a collective movement? How does your community shape your identity? Share your thoughts in this facilitated conversation, offered in conjunction with the exhibition Jean Shin: Collections.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics.

Marsden Hartley: At Home in Maine and in Our Collection
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Curator Randall Griffey of the Metropolitan Museum of Art discusses painter Marsden Hartley’s engagement with concerns relating to place, identity, and home.

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

The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: Agnes Martin—Lines of Thought
Saturday, June 9, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

​A painter of uncommon discipline who relished solitude, Agnes Martin was also deeply in touch with the most adventurous artists of her time. In this talk, Nancy Princenthal, who has written the first biography of Martin, draws connections between the artist’s work and life, focusing on the 1960s and early 1970s.

​ This program is supported by the Rose Susan Hirshhorn Behrend Endowment Fund. It is offered in conjunction with Agnes Martin: The Untroubled Mind/Works from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Collection

Art Explorers
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
For ages 3–5 and 6–10

Look, learn, and tell us what you think on these playful tours.

  • Things that Go
    • Sunday, June 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, June 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, June 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          ​Start your engines! Imagine riding the cars, trains, and boats vrooming their way through art.

Stroller Tour
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups with babies

Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome in our galleries, and we're making it a bit easier for you with our stroller tours. If the baby fusses don't fret—you'll be in good company.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Conversation: Museum as Collaborator
Thursday, June 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Complimentary for Associates-level members and above

​​​​​​​Join us for a conversation about the ways the Museum has worked to deepen partnerships with government and community collaborators over the past year—from Parkway Centennial programming to Philadelphia Assembled. Also learn about the Museum’s tremendous economic impact and our ambitious plans for the future.​

Panel includes Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer; Nicole Allen White, Director of Government and External Affairs; and Damon Reaves, The Berton and Sallie Korman Associate Curator of Education for Community Engagement and Access.

Trolley Tour: Beer History Taste and Tour
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance) 15 minutes prior to departure to check-in.
Paid tickets required
$25; $20 members (does not include Museum admission)
Cost includes transportation and admission to Cedar Grove.
Paid parking available in the Museum Garage

Celebrate Father’s Day at the historic house Cedar Grove and learn about beer brewing in early America.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Participants 21+ with ID will be offered a beer tasting.
  • Sunday, June 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Trolley Tour: Loyalists vs. Patriots
Sunday, July 15, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance) 15 minutes prior to departure to check-in.
Paid tickets required
$40; $32 members (does not include Museum admission)
Cost includes transportation and admission to Cedar Grove, Woodford, and Laurel Hill.
Paid parking available in the Museum Garage

Discover the stories behind how some colonial families chose a side during the American Revolution with a visit to historic houses Cedar Grove, Woodford, and Laurel Hill.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. These historic sites are not wheelchair accessible.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

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

  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lego for Grown-Ups
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

In this drop-in program, let your inner child run wild as you build Lego creations inspired by the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950. Explore how artists reacted to the changing new environment of the modern American city by making your own architectural designs in Lego.

​Facilitated by David Salamon and Drew Lavine of Re:Vision Architecture. Presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

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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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Gameplay: Othello
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Gallery 175, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play the board game Othello with friends and other visitors every Wednesday night in May.

Yoga
Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201 most Wednesday nights
Free tickets required
First come, first served; space is limited.
Free tickets available Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m at any Visitor Services Desk.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

Gameplay: Sorry!
Gallery 224, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Sorry! with friends and other visitors every Wednesday night in June.

  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Chef Demo: Craft Cocktails & Paired Bites
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)

Join mixologist Tim Cosgrove as he teaches how to make classic drinks. Paired bites will be served.

Lego for Grown-Ups
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

In this drop-in program, let your inner child run wild as you build Lego creations inspired by the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950. Explore how artists reacted to the changing new environment of the modern American city by making your own architectural designs in Lego.

​Facilitated by David Salamon and Drew Lavine of Re:Vision Architecture. Presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Gameplay: Backgammon
Gallery 293, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Backgammon with friends and other visitors on Wednesday nights in July. Please note that the Museum will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Gameplay: Apples to Apples
Gallery 258, 2nd floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Play Apples to Apples with friends and other visitors on Wednesday nights in August.

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

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