Art at Noon

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Come enjoy discussions and lectures with scholars and artists covering a variety of topics related to PAFA’s exhibitions, collections, and areas of interest. (Please Note: All lectures take place in the new Rhoden Arts Center in PAFA’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. No food is allowed, so please plan to eat before or after the program.)

Art At Noon programs are FREE and no registration is required.

All Art At Noon events are held on Wednesdays, from 12 noon until 1:00 PM, in the Hamilton Building's Rhoden Art Center. 

For more information, contact Abby King at (215) 391-4806 or email aking@pafa.org.

The fall's Art-at-Lunch lectures are supported by the Behrend Family in memory of Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend, a former docent at the Academy and great supporter of its education programs.


Upcoming Events

Community Education

September 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art at Noon: The Fluid Line: Waterscapes by American Painter-Etchers

Americans first devoted etching to the reproduction of paintings, but in the mid-nineteenth century, artists began to recognize the medium’s potential for original expression, and they would come to be called “painter-etchers” for their practice of more expressive draftsmanship. Landscapes, especially water views, supplied a primary source of inspiration for American painter-etchers and the rich selection of prints in Etch and Flow help to tell this story. Dive into this exhibition with curator, Ramey Mize who will demonstrate the range and fluid spontaneity of the etched line.

Cost: Free. No Registration Required

Location: Rhoden Arts Center

Community Education

October 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art at Noon: Subversion in Stone: Understanding Harriet Hosmer and Heteropatriarchy

Harriet Hosmer has been called the World’s First Successful Woman Sculpture and in this lecture Temple PHD student Lily F. Scott argues for the necessity of a multilayered, intersectional approach when interpreting Harriet Hosmer’s work. Taking into account the frequently overlooked aspects of Hosmer’s life including her lesbianism, Scott asserts that the application of feminist queer theory to an analysis of Hosmer’s Neoclassical sculptures greatly contributes to a more nuanced interpretation of her work and an understanding of how Hosmer’s art served as a mechanism to subvert the patriarchal and heterosexual norms of the world around her.

Cost: Free. No Registration Required

Location: Rhoden Arts Center

Community Education

November 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art at Noon: Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic

How did maps and mapmakers help create the United States? Dr. Erin Holmes, lead curator of Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic at the American Philosophical Society, will explore the way maps, as both artworks and practical tools, had political and social meaning that created and extended the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities in the Early Republic.

Cost: Free to everyone. No reservation required

Location: Rhoden Arts Center

Community Education

December 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art at Noon: The Allure and Power of Shiny Objects: Liza Lou’s Bead-Encrusted Sculptures and Related Artworks

During the last quarter-century, American artists have produced powerful and seductive sculptures featuring brightly colored, nontraditional materials. These range from cross-stitched works by Elaine Reichek to Faith Ringgold’s story-quilts, mixed-media extravaganzas by Rina Banerjee, and the quirky three-dimensional still-lifes for which Liza Lou is known. This lavishly illustrated program with scholar Nancy Heller will focus on Lou, placing her work into its broader sociopolitical context, and explore how feminism, religion, and humor are expressed through the unlikely medium of colored glass beads.

Cost: Free to everyone. No reservation required.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center