Points of View Speaker Series

The Points of View speaker series brings experts from all over together for engaging and thought-provoking discussions that cross disciplines, provoke curiosity and explore the transformative power of art and art-making. Registration fees include access to the Museum galleries and exhibitions all day, and talks are always free for PAFA Members!


Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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