Special Tours

Learning to Look 
Saturday, September 28th 12:30 to 1:30 pm
$25 // $10 for PAFA members
Fisher Brooks Gallery, Hamilton Building
Ticket includes admission to the 2:00 P.M. Talk and Book Signing

Due to their large scale and minute attention to botanical details, many early American landscapes, especially those by Frederic Edwin Church, benefit from extended, close-looking to uncover the secrets they hold about the natural world. Join Curator of Historical American Art, Dr. Anna O. Marley, Dr. Laura Turner Igoe from the James A. Michener Art Museum, and Dr. Franklin Kelly from the National Gallery of Art for an up close and personal experience with some of the masterpieces in From the Schuylkill to the Hudson. Price includes ticket to the lecture that follows. 

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Artist/maker unknown, Chinese, for export to the American market, " Cup and saucer showing the Philadelphia Waterworks" (1825). Hard-paste porcelain with cobalt underglaze, decoration, and gilt. Cup: 2 5/8 x 4 3/8 x 3 5/8 in.; saucer: 1 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. | Image: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese, for export to the American market, " Cup and saucer showing the Philadelphia Waterworks" (1825). Hard-paste porcelain with cobalt underglaze, decoration, and gilt. Cup: 2 5/8 x 4 3/8 x 3 5/8 in.; saucer: 1 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. | Image: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Transfer What? Transferware! A Hands-On Workshop
Saturday, October 19th 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Community Education Space, Historic Landmark Building.
$15 // Free for PAFA members

Transfer printing was the medium of choice during the 19th century and artists used the print technique to decorate plates, bowls, teapots, and vases in order to spread imagery and patterns around the globe. Learn more about this popular technique with a gallery walkthrough of transferware currently on view with Curator of Historical American Art, Dr. Anna O. Marley and Curator of Artistic Programs at the Clay Studio, Jennifer Zwilling. After the tour, learn to make your own transferware plate inspired by the exhibition. Each guest will take home their fired plate after the workshop has concluded.

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We Drink the River
Saturday, November 2, 2019. 1:00 PM to 3:00 pm
Meet at Fairmount Water Works (640 Waterworks Drive)
$15 // Free for PAFA members

Where does our tap water come from? Where does our wastewater go? Join the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center for a behind the scenes bus tour of the Philadelphia Water Department’s drinking water system. Learn how it’s connected to our rivers, including past and present-day infrastructure that brings us clean and safe drinking water every day.

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Walking Tour: The Art of Ed Emshwiller and Bill Viola

Satuday, November 2nd. 2:00 to 3:30 pm

$15 // Free for PAFA members and Lightbox Film Center Members 
Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building

Join PAFA Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton and Lightbox Film Center Chief Curator Jesse Pires for a tour of contemporary video artist Bill Viola’s Ocean Without a Shore and Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller. Having briefly overlapped at the WNET/THIRTEEN Television Laboratory in the 1970s, both Ed Emshwiller and Bill Viola created art that merges the human figure with video technology. The tour begins in PAFA’s galleries with a look at Viola and other contemporary video artists on view and then travels down Broad Street to the Rosenwald- Wolf Gallery to explore an extensive exhibition of Emshwiller’s paintings, illustrations, videos, and archival material.

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Director’s Tour of the American Landscape
Saturday, December 14th 2:00 to 3:00 pm
$15 // Free for PAFA members
Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building

Join Brooke Davis Anderson, the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, for an intimate look at PAFA’s major exhibition project From the Schuylkill to the Hudson and learn about the insights, surprising contexts and unanticipated questions that have been most compelling during this historic exhibition project.

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