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PAFA Announces New Season of Exciting Programming

PAFA Announces New Season of Exciting Programming

Music, art making, lectures, performances and more at 118-128 N. Broad Street

PHILADELPHIA (October 5, 2016) – The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) kicks off a new season of its popular PAFA After Dark series with 8 themed monthly events this year, scheduled from October through June, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night.

PAFA After Dark features after-hours events that include live music, performances, behind-the-scenes gallery talks, art-making activities, and refreshments. Guests mingle with fellow art lovers and discover new ways to explore America’s first school and museum of fine arts.

Programming for the October installment of PAFA After Dark will be in conjunction with the special Morris Gallery exhibition, Fernando Orellana: His Study of Life, on view through November 6. PAFA After Dark programming for November, meanwhile, will give guests a chance to explore the stunning World War I and American Art exhibition.


PAFA After Dark: Paranormal Creativity
Wednesday, October 19, 5-9 p.m.

Events include tours of Thomas Eakins: Photographer and Fernando Orellana’s Eakins-inspired exhibition of ghost machines, His Study of Life. The Philadelphia Jazz Project will be live recording our HotHouse concert series. There will also be a Halloween-theme dance party inspired by the hit show Stranger Things, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest with prizes, tarot card readings and more.

The Review Panel Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 2, 6-8 p.m.

A panel discussions about contemporary art moderated by's David Cohen. Each panel features a group of distinguished critics to critique exhibitions on view in Philadelphia and have a conversation with the audience.

America in Conflict: 1917 and the World War
Saturday, November 5, 2 p.m.

Michael Neiberg, Chair of War Studies at the Army War College, reflects on the complicated roles of government officials and Americans from all backgrounds leading up to America’s entry into First World War in 1917.

PAFA After Dark: Homeland
Wednesday, November 16, 5-9 p.m.

An evening inspired by PAFA’s World War I and American Art will include interactive tours of the exhibition, the world premiere of a WWI-themed play by Philadelphia playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger, discussions of PAFA’s own experience during the war through our archives, and WWI-inspired music in the HotHouse, PAFA and the Philadelphia Jazz Project’s concert series.

World War I Walking Tour
Saturday, November 19, 2 p.m.

Mark Levitch, a Washington, D.C. art historian, leads a leisurely walking tour around downtown Philadelphia to war memorials and buildings both well-known and rarely noticed.

Cassils: Becoming an Image
Friday, December 2, 7 p.m.

Delivering a series of kicks and blows in total darkness, Cassils in a one-time-only performance unleashes an attack on a 2,000 pound clay block. The spectacle is illuminated only by the flash of a photographer and burning the image into the viewer’s retina.

Thomas Eakins and Cassils: Three Dialogues
Saturday, December 3, 1 p.m.

Speakers from a wide variety of disciplines lead a series of three talks exploring issues of gender, sexuality and other issues explored in the exhibitions Cassils: The Resilience of the 20% and Thomas Eakins: Photographer.

PAFA After Dark 2017: SAVE THE DATES
IN & OUT  |  January 18
THE CRIMSON FIELD  |  February 15
LADIES NIGHT  |  March 22
THE JAZZ AGE  |  April 12
REVOLUTION  |  June 14

The contemporary art world’s most exciting voices discuss their work and answer questions from the audience in this popular lecture series. More details at

October 6
Adam Helms
, a Brooklyn-based artist, uses historical photographic portraits and western iconography to investigate archetypes of social and political identity.

October 13
Josh Reames
combines trompe l’oeil techniques to mimic everything from comics to neon signage to objects that seem to hover just off the surface of the canvas.

October 20
David Schutter
’s practice is a form of phenomenological study that discusses the distances and problems encountered when making a painting.

November 3
Carrie Moyer
creates vividly colored and textured biomorphic forms reference Color Field, Social Realist and Surrealist paintings, and 1960s and '70s counterculture graphics and feminist art.

November 10
Elaine Despins
, a Montreal-based artist, has exhibited her highly-rendered figures and ethereal videos across North America. Her work often centers around ideas of embodiment and stillness.

November 17
Mark Gibson
has been included in numerous group exhibitions, and most recently co-curated with William Villalongo Black Pulp! at Yale University Art Gallery.

December 7
Becky Suss
places at the center of her practice the inconsistency of memory and the potential for the inaccuracies of recollections to reveal greater emotional truths.                                                      

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education with a world-class permanent collection of American art.
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October 5, 2016 - 2:58 PM

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.