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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: LMAO
Friday, September 28, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Stand-up and improv comics take over the galleries, and absurdist soul outfit Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket tear it up on the dance floor.

Music in the Galleries
Gallery 224, 2nd floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Sruti
    • Saturday, October 20, 2018, 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.
      Sruti, the India Music and Dance Society of Philadelphia, fills the Pillared Temple Hall with music.

Final Fridays: City of Ghosts
Friday, October 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

See who haunts our halls with an immersive ghost story experience, and do the monster mash as Brooklyn synth-pop duo Holy Ghost! rocks the Great Stair Hall. Costumes welcome.

Final Fridays: The Ultimate Ugly Sweater Party
Friday, November 30, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Our annual holiday bash, only grander and gaudier than ever before. Sip a spiked cocoa, bedazzle a sweater, and let the festive tunes start spinning as Mwenso & the Shakes take the stage.

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Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Community Conversations: Homeland
Sunday, October 7, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

What does home mean to you? How does it relate to your senses of place, neighborhood, and national identity? We'll consider these questions in conjunction with the exhibition Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics.

In the Artist’s Voice: Contemporary Design Conversations
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery 158, 1st floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Join us for two talks with designers who inspire new ways of thinking:

6:00–6:30 p.m.: Explore experiments in counter-fashion with the cofounders of the Rational Dress Society, who will discuss the intersection of body, identity, fashion, and radical politics.

7:30–8:00 p.m.: Hear from the mastermind behind the home pregnancy test, Meg Crane, and the inventors of Lia, a new flushable version.

Offered in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia

In the Artist’s Voice: Ricardo Rivera
Saturday, October 13, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission; reception for Collab members to follow

A discussion on place-making with the co-founder of Klip Collective, a Philly-based art shop that integrates projection lighting with storytelling.

Sponsored by Collab in partnership with DesignPhiladelphia.

Henry McIlhenny, Master of Glenveagh: Film Screening & Q&A
Friday, October 19, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$20 (Museum members and WHYY members free); includes Museum admission

Learn about a Philadelphia philanthropist and collector who played an active role in the Museum in this fascinating documentary, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Presented in collaboration with WHYY

In the Artist’s Voice: Ringside Views with Photographer Larry Fink
Saturday, October 20, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Damion Thomas, Curator of Sports at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, DC, moderates a conversation with photographer Larry Fink about boxing culture and representations of the sport.

​Support provided by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Larry Fink: The Boxing Photographs

Eda G. Diskant Memorial Lecture: Beauty and the Macabre
Saturday, October 27, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

For over ten years, artist, writer, and curator Joanna Ebenstein has been excavating the places where death and beauty meet through her blog Morbid Anatomy. In this talk, she searches for beauty and the macabre in our collection of European art.

This lecture is supported by The Robert and Eda G. Diskant Memorial Endowment.

Community Conversations: Memory
Sunday, November 4, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

How have your personal and collective memories shaped who you are today? What are the ways that memories inform your sense of past, present, and future? We'll consider these questions in conjunction with the exhibition Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics.

Arcadia Library Lecture: P.S. Page Me Later: The Magic and Mystery of FOUND Stuff
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission
$10 (members free); includes Perelman Building admission

Writer, filmmaker, This American Life reporter, and FOUND Magazine creator Davy Rothbart shares his favorites from the pages of his cult zine, and reflects on his forays into the lives of strangers, what it means to find something, and what it means to be found.

What Is Citizenship?
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$10; includes Perelman Building admission (Museum members & NCC members free)

Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center (NCC), moderates a debate about the various ways that citizenship and nationhood are defined today.

This program is inspired by Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned, and realized in collaboration with the NCC.

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Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Museum Studio: Portrait Photography
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall.
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission

Visit the exhibition Face to Face: Portraits of Artists, and explore the roles of director and performer in portrait photography as you learn how to navigate the relationship of working with a model. Attendees should bring their own cameras. Participants should have a basic understanding of photography and be familiar with their cameras.

​This program is in collaboration with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Museum Studio: Japanese Design, Old and New
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall.
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission

See how Japanese artists in the late 1800s responded to modernity and change by exploring the gallery installation Philadelphia Collects Meiji. Afterward, create your own designs with Shushi Yoshinaga, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Drexel University.

Museum Studio: Fashionable Headwear
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall.
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission

Gather inspiration from the exhibition Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now before you embark on your own adventures in crafting headwear.

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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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Yoga
Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden (weather dependent)
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
First come, first served; space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga outdoors in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. Class size varies.

Help us keep the sculptures safe—please do not touch them during your visit.

Museum admission on Wednesday nights is Pay What You Wish.

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