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Community Education

May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The James and Jennifer Nixon Symposium: The Art of Collecting

Becoming a collector of art does not have to be an overwhelming process. This day-long symposium introduces artists and art lovers to the information, determination and courage needed to collect original works of art. A combination of talks, panels and demonstrations will offer insights into why collecting is important, provide the tools to feel confident in making choices and understanding aesthetics, and allow new collectors to engage directly with artists, museums and galleries in an empowered way.

Cost: $20 / $10 Members

Location: Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

March 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | Alison Saar: Of Robust Constitution

Alison Saar comes to PAFA to speak about how she blends her multiethnic upbringing, multiracial identity and studies of Latin American, Caribbean and African cultures into a body of work that speaks to history, race and mythology in myriad ways. PAFA has collected eight of Saar’s works over the last ten years, including prints and sculptures that explore themes of cultural diaspora, spirituality, the history of race, and the role of the body as a marker of identity.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton

Community Education

March 16, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | In Conversation: Rina Banerjee and Jodi Throckmorton

Rina Banerjee is a voracious gatherer of objects, which she combines into sensuous and surprising artworks that reflect the influences of her childhood in India, her immigration to the UK as a child, and her love of the diverse cultures of her home in the United States. In conversation with Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton, Banerjee discusses her core practices of assembling, sculpting and printing artworks that make visible the transnational movements of people and objects and the accompanying social and economic inequalities that accompany those exchanges. The talk will be followed by a toast to the artist.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Art Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton

Community Education

May 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

PAFA Performances: Destruction of Memory Film Screening

In Syria and Iraq, the ‘cradle of civilization’, millennia of culture are being destroyed by war, requiring heroic individuals to fight back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but an entire cultural identity. Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory looks at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and other contemporary situations to reveal the legislations and policy decisions that have allowed this cultural destruction to remain hidden in the shadows for the last century.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton

Community Education

March 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Interludes: Make Me a Summary of Music

One night. Three bands. 60 sensuous, surprising, and immersive artworks that the Philadelphia Inquirer declared is “the stuff of each day’s headlines.” Celebrate the closing weekend of Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World with a night of cocktails and musical performances by Humeysha, Anju Madhok, and Lushlife, that will change everything you thought you knew about South Asian music. The festivities will take place amongst Banjeree’s immersive artworks and celebrate the collision of art, culture, and identity.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Historic Landmark Building

Community Education

March 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

"WYETH" Film Screening + Panel with Director Glenn Holsten and Bo Bartlett

This documentary film tells the story of one of America’s most popular, but least understood, artists–Andrew Wyeth. While his exhibitions routinely broke attendance records, art world critics assaulted his work. Through unprecedented access to Wyeth family members and archival materials, WYETH presents the most complete portrait of the artist ever. After the film, Director Glenn Holsten and prominent painter Bo Bartlett will discuss the lasting legacy of Andrew Wyeth and explore Wyeth’s lasting impact on the world of painting.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton

Community Education

February 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Sold Out | PAFA Performances: A Night with the Ballet

Performers from the Pennsylvania Ballet debut new choreography in PAFA’s museum galleries, using dance to explore the themes present in PAFA’s Rina Banerjee: Make me Summary of the World exhibition. Following the performances, Brooke Davis Anderson, PAFA’s Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, moderates a discussion with the dancers about the overlap between dance, visual art, and the expression of personal identities through choreography. The evening will end with a celebratory toast.

Cost: SOLD OUT

Location: Historic Landmark Building

Community Education

June 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Points of View Lecture Series: Hank Willis Thomas

Globally-renowned artist Hank Willis Thomas comes to Philadelphia for a lecture about his ground-breaking work as a conceptual artist and co-founder of the first-ever artist-driven super PAC, For Freedoms, a nation-wide initiative to promote civic engagement through the arts. Thomas often works with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture and in 2018, PAFA, added Thomas’s monumental afro pick, All Power to All People, to its collection of iconic American Art.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton

Community Education

February 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | The Mind, The Heart, and the Art

In conjunction with the Women’s Mobile Museum (WMM) exhibition, this discussion will prioritize mental and emotional well being as a sustaining principle for women seeking careers in the arts by highlighting how the inclusion of a culturally aware psychologist impacted ten women artists of different ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds as they navigated Philadelphia Photo Art Center’s year-long, paid apprenticeship in media arts.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Hamilton Auditorium

Community Education

February 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | Kukuli Velarde and The Complicit Eye

Kukuli Velarde uses art to examine how we construct ideas of female beauty from colonization to the local barrio, to expose connections between beauty and violence, and to critique the systems of power that marginalize women of color. In conversation with Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton, Velarde will discuss her career and her first solo show of paintings in the United States, The Complicit Eye, on view at Taller Puertorriqueño this winter, and how like Rina Banerjee, she deconstructs art history to comment on women’s experiences in a patriarchal world and the challenges of making art in diasporic and immigrant communities.

Cost: $15 / Free for PAFA Members

Location: Historic Landmark Building, 118 N. Broad Street

Community Education

January 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | What is Contemporary?

As the landscape of ideas, movements and media in contemporary art shifts, how do we keep up? Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, offers a whirlwind tour of PAFA’s contemporary art acquisitions over the last four years to illustrate how curators and museums identify artists, themes and objects to bring into their collections, including new works by Cassils, Hank Willis Thomas, Mel Edwards, Ebony G. Patterson, Stephanie Syjuco and partnerships with art-making institutions like the Paulson Fontaine Press in Berkeley, CA.

Cost: $15 / Free for PAFA Members

Location: Historic Landmark Building, 118 N. Broad Street

Community Education

April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art at Lunch | From Pennsylvania Coal Country to the Nation’s Capital: Franz Kline, “the Action Painter par excellence”

Born in the coal-mining town of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Franz Kline was feted in the nation’s capital shortly after his death for the Americanness of his painting. Dr. AnnMarie Perl examines three related paradoxes: why was Kline, who worked from sketches, hailed as “the Action Painter par excellence”; how did the avant-garde movement of Abstract Expressionism become a propaganda tool in the Cold War; how did Kline’s abstractions register industrialization, urbanization and suburbanization in America at mid-century.

Cost: Free, no registration required.

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Hamilton Auditorium

Community Education

April 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art at Lunch | Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy

Walt Whitman, America’s “poet of democracy,” turns 200 in 2019. To mark the bicentennial, curators Judith Tannenbaum and Lynne Farrington have organized Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy, a region-wide series of cultural events and artistic commissions. Learn from the experts about Whitman’s connection to the Philadelphia/Camden region, including his friendships with Thomas Eakins and Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell.

Cost: Free, no registration required.

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Hamilton Auditorium

Community Education

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

Art at Lunch | From Charles Wilson Peale to Robert Mapplethorpe: Philadelphia on the Front Lines in the Fight for Artistic Freedom

Most Americans believe they are entitled to nearly limitless freedom of artistic expression, but throughout our history, artists have faced significant difficulties in engaging provocative subjects, especially in finding patrons and institutions willing to support them in doing so. Scholar Amy Werbel discusses how no city gave birth to more artists, patrons, and curators on the front lines of the fight for artistic freedom than Philadelphia.

Cost: Free, no registration required.

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Hamilton Auditorium

Community Education

February 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art at Lunch | Junctures: Women in the Arts

In their new book, Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin investigate how art can be a catalyst for social justice by examining the lives of thirteen 20th century women ranging from Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, a member of the Salish Kootenai nation, to the legendary Anne d’Harnoncourt. Brodsky and Olin are both Distinguished Professors Emeriti, Rutgers University and founding directors of the Rutgers Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities.

Cost: Free, no registration required.

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Hamilton Auditorium

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