PAFA Kicks Off New “PAFA After Dark” Season with Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

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PAFA Kicks Off New “PAFA After Dark” Season with Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

When the lights go out, the galleries come alive
October 3, November 7, December 5


PHILADELPHIA (September 16, 2013) – The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) kicks off a new season of the popular PAFA After Dark series with three events this fall, scheduled for October 3, November 7, and December 5, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. each night.

Each PAFA After Dark season features six themed after-hours events that let the public experience the Museum like never before. Guests enjoy live music, off-beat performances, behind-the-scenes gallery talks, art-making activities, and complimentary snacks with cash bar, while mingling with fellow art lovers, and discovering new ways to explore America’s first Museum and School of Fine Arts.

Programming for the October installment of PAFA After Dark will be in conjunction with the special exhibition, Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe—Works 1970-2011, on view through October 13. The November event, meanwhile, will give guests a chance to explore the intriguing KAWS@PAFA exhibition inside the Historic Landmark Building. The December installment will highlight the Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts exhibition.

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


Thursday, October 3, 6-9 p.m.
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building /// TICKETS

Back by popular demand, the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret kicks off the first PAFA After Dark of the season, and Martha is definitely the queen of her own universe. Join us for hands-on projects, tours through the galleries, specialty cocktails, and special guests all night long.

Highlights include:

  • Meet Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ Isaiah Zagar, the master of all things mosaic, and get a glimpse into his magical world
  • Design your own artsy crown and compete for the grand title
  • Hear PAFA faculty member Kevin Richards give a masterful “History of the Universe” 10 minutes
  • Sip on a Kir Royale, the evening’s specialty cocktail
  • Tour Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe with Museum staff

PAFA After Dark: KAWS
Thursday, November 7, 6-9 p.m.
Historic Landmark Building /// TICKETS

You’ve never seen PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building looking as contemporary as it will when KAWS gets done with it. We’re so sure it’s going to be a night to remember that we’re already planning the Instagram contest and picking out prizes for you to win. Highlights include:

  • Enjoy a curated set of DJ music all night long
  • Participate in a “Kimpsons” trivia contest and show off your knowledge of all things Simpson-related
  • Watch out for “pop-up” dance battle performances by the Repstyles crew
  • Make a KAWS-inspired button to take home
  • Tour the installations of old and new art with curators and artists from PAFA’s staff

Thursday, December 5, 6-9 p.m.
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building /// TICKETS

Keep warm inside the Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts exhibit, see murals in progress, get a glimpse inside a muralist’s studio space, and listen to live rock jazz by ELEW (Eric Lewis) while you socialize. In the spirit of the season, bring three nonperishable food items to donate to Philabundance, and we’ll give you a ticket for a free drink. Highlights include:

  • Get in the season's spirit and sip on a white poinsettia cocktail
  • Follow Museum staff on an “It’s a Wonderful Life” tour of works by artists who were part of the Works Projects Administration
  • Design a paper lantern to hang at home
  • Help decorate PAFA’s galleries by making your own snowflakes


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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.