PAFA kicks off 2013 with popular “PAFA After Dark” series

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PAFA kicks off 2013 with popular “PAFA After Dark” series

January 17, February 21, March 21

PHILADELPHIA (January 15, 2012) – The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) begins the new year with three PAFA After Dark events on January 17, February 21, and March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. each night.

PAFA After Dark offers guests an opportunity to enjoy evenings of fun, flavor, and friendship, while experiencing the museum’s gorgeous galleries under the provocative blanket of night. Programming for the January and March installments of PAFA After Dark will be in conjunction with The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World exhibition, on view through April 7. The February event, meanwhile, will give guests a chance to explore the Furness-designed Historic Landmark Building in a new, up-close way.

Admission is $10 advance; $15 at the door (based on availability); Free for PAFA members. To reserve tickets, visit or call 215-972-2077.


Thursday, January 17
6 - 9 p.m. Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Art is a powerful vehicle for responding to contemporary issues and events, and this night of talks and performances gives the artist in The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World a chance to speak their minds. Go on a “Personal is Political” scavenger hunt, screen short videos of some of the most provocative artists in the exhibition, and design a campaign button for yourself. We’ll be joined by DisBand, an all-female, all-artist musical group for a reunion performance, and feature a talk by Philadelphia-based artist, community activist, and PAFA alumna, Sarah McEneaney (whose work is on view in The Female Gaze).


Thursday, February 21
6 - 9 p.m. Historic Landmark Building

For one night only, we’re letting the public in on some of our best-kept secrets. Join us for this unusual night of demonstrations and entertainment when the museum installs its collection in new ways. We will examine historic objects and paintings under UV lights and X-ray, reveal the backs of canvases to see what little presents their artists left behind, and have interactive mini exhibitions you can curate yourself. Hear directly from museum conservators, curators, and educators about PAFA’s most unusual objects, and go on tours about the role of frames in art exhibitions.


Thursday, March 21
6 – 9 p.m. Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

For Women’s History Month, we’re bringing artists and wordsmiths together to celebrate the rich history of women in the arts. Play speed scrabble over cocktails, listen to the musical stylings of Suzette Ortiz and her band, and lend your words to our over-sized concrete poem interactive. Joined by poets from the Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project and the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, we’ll have poetry readings throughout the night as well as the Timeline’s signature event – the women poets roll call.

PAFA After Dark: May 2
Details to follow.


Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school of fine arts and museum.  A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts presented by the President of the United States, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied, or exhibited at the Academy. The institution's world-class collection of American art continues to grow and provides what only a few other art institutions in the world offer: the rare combination of an outstanding museum and an extraordinary faculty known for its commitment to students and for the stature and quality of its artistic work.