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September 2017 | October 2017 | November 2017 | December 2017 | Ongoing

The following is the calendar for the first four months of the centennial celebration. For activities that continue beyond one month, the full description is listed at the first mention or click “see description above.”

September Events

October Events

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Between September 2017 and November 2018, all of Philadelphia will be celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since 1917, this grand avenue has connected Philadelphia’s City Hall with the entrance to Fairmount Park, linking the heart of our city to the natural wonders of Pennsylvania. The Free Library of Philadelphia is honoring our home on this historic boulevard along with our past and current neighbors by featuring photographs, artwork, and memories of the creation and use of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the last century. In this exhibition, we explore moments from the history of the Parkway, touching on examples of the art, faith, science, and community that reside together on Philadelphia’s grand corridor of culture.

Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Now through Sunday, April 29, 2018, Free

InLiquid and Park Towne Place present Configuration, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Nicolas Kripal. Kripal’s tightly conceptual sculptures contain layers of meaning expressed elegantly in seemingly simple and minimalist form. Throughout his career, Kripal was inspired by tools and objects from everyday life, such as hand tools and baking molds. His sculptures combined these forms into symmetrical clusters and stacks, altering color, and shifting scale.  The exhibition features artwork that relates collections of common objects to the history of the people who have lived in and around the Parkway area.

The Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thursdays and Saturdays through October, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

Discover the fascinating history of our landmark building set amid Philadelphia’s urban landscape.

Moore College of Art & Design Fall 2017 Exhibitions presented in conjunction with CraftNOW

Moore College of Art & Design

Through Saturday, December 9; Event dates noted below.
All exhibitions, events, programs are free and open to the public.

  • Visionary Women: Ursula Von Rydingsvard & Andrea Baldeck

Exhibition celebrating the work of sculptor Von Rydingsvard and photographer Andrea Baldeck, presented in conjunction with Moore’s Visionary Woman Award.

  • Narrative Horizons

Narrative Horizons presents the work of three women—Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin M. Riley—whose contemporary studio practices are heavily influenced by traditions steeped in functional craft and the handmade. Presented in conjunction with CraftNOW—a citywide exhibition examining the fluid boundaries that exist around art, design and craft—this show considers how contemporary revivals of sewing, weaving and embroidery reflect the continuing feminist interest in historical technique and play a crucial role in helping these artists understand the past while addressing identity in the present and future. Artist Talk: Thursday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.

  • Nick Lenker – Recreation: First Person

This exhibition addresses the complexities of dealing with identity and intimacy within virtual and digital spaces. Exploring voyeurism and performance of self, Philadelphia artist Nick Lenker uses hand-built ceramic objects, digital video and sound to transform the gallery into a narrative environment that tells the story of a character whose world is rendered through three-dimensional, digital modeling software and whose existence is the sum of the objects he collects through his journeys. Artist Talk: Thursday October 12, 6 p.m.

  • Bodyworks

Bodyworks is a festival of performances, workshops and collaborative projects that examine the body as both material and tool in contemporary performance. Incorporating practices of dance, theatre, costume and sound, this exhibition brings together a diverse group of Philadelphia artists who use their bodies to engage viewers with their craft and create new spaces for social action, dialogue and representation. Presented in conjunction with CraftNOW, the Levy Gallery will be transformed into a multi-use performance space that will host a robust calendar of performances and community events. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free & open to the public and will take place in The Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia.

 For more information and to see a complete calendar, including a number of partner events, visit thegalleriesatmoore.org/bodyworks.

Monument Lab presented by Mural Arts Philadelphia

Through Sunday, November 19

Monument Lab is a public art and history project produced with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Between September 16 and November 19, Monument Lab invites Philadelphians and visitors to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future. More info here.

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Through Monday, January 15, 2018
Special exhibition in Main Gallery, Museum admission

Take a rare and exciting look at dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies blends the arts and sciences in an astonishing array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world, including examples from each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Visitors can touch dinosaur fossils, play paleontologist and dig for dinosaur eggs, examine real dinosaur embryo skin and eggshells under magnification, get up close to a Protoceratops family, and much more.

A Tale of Two Sister Cities:  Philadelphia and Tianjin

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 2nd Floor Galleries

Through October 20, 2017, Free

Since 1979, Philadelphia and Tianjin, China have been sister cities.  This photography exhibition explores the connections and differences between these two vibrant cultural capitals. Photographers from both Philadelphia and Tianjin are featured, and their images reveal the street life, people, architecture, nature, and culture of these sister cities.

Rodin’s The Kiss

Rodin Museum

Through January 2019, Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

Discover what passion looks like in the hands of a master sculptor. 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death. To mark the occasion, the Rodin Museum is taking part in worldwide celebrations of the artist’s work and legacy with special exhibitions and programs. This new installation explores the artist’s intimate and powerful depictions of romantic love.

A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Museum admission

Long before the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway was built, the Academy of Natural Sciences was drawing tourists to the site with the first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed. As Philadelphia celebrates the centennial of our version of the Champs-Élysées, the Academy presents A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future, an intimate exhibit that illustrates a century of progress at the Parkway’s first cultural institution and offers a glimpse of our future focus. Experience the dramatic changes to the museum’s architecture and exhibitions; explore scientific field expeditions; discover famous Academy members through the years, and see where the next century will take us.

Opening Reception and Talk by Jeffrey Mongrain for Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Saturday, October 14, 5:30-8:00 p.m., Free

Artist and historian Jeffrey Mongrain will lead a talk in conjunction with an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Nicolas Kripal. The exhibition continues through Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Paul Cret and Dr. Barnes

The Barnes Foundation

Wednesday, October 18 through Monday, March 12, 2018, No admission fee required to view the archival exhibition.

Paul Cret, who is the architect of many iconic buildings on the Parkway, was also the architect of the Barnes Foundation Gallery Building and Barnes’ residence in Merion, Pa. This exhibition will include photographs and letters in the Foundation’s archives between Barnes & Cret. Exhibition will be located on the Lower Level of the Foundation’s Parkway building.

College Night: Party at the Barnes!

The Barnes Foundation in partnership with Campus Philly

Thursday, October 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Free

Mischief at the Mütter

Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians

Friday, October 27, 6:00-11:00 p.m.

Philadelphia Shell Show

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29, All day, Free with general museum admission

Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the annual Philadelphia Shell Show. The Academy’s Malacology Collections contains 10 million shells from around the world, and this Shell Show is largest of its kind in the Northeast. The event features beautiful, competitive displays of mollusks by collectors, amateur scientists, and artists. Visitors will have the chance to shop an international shell market packed with jewelry, shells, books, and more. Members of the Philadelphia Shell Club will be on hand to answer questions and identify shells you’ve collected during your travels.

Art Under the Sun: A DesignPhiladelphia Closing Event

Park Towne Place

Saturday, October 14, 1:00 to 8:00 pm

Join InLiquid and Park Towne Place Museum District Residences for a day of art making, music, food, and drink that celebrates Philly's local creative talent. The afternoon will culminate in a special reception for Configuration, a landmark exhibition of the late Nicholas Kripal. All featured activities and treats will take place on Park Towne's Great Lawn.

This event marks the conclusion of DesignPhiladelphia, an annual tradition which highlights the work of hundreds of local designers, architects, and creative professionals. More info here.

Continuing Events

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Now through Sunday, April 29, 2018, Free

Moore College of Art & Design Fall 2017 Exhibitions presented in conjunction with CraftNOW

Moore College of Art & Design

Through Saturday, December 9; Event dates noted below.

Monument Lab presented by Mural Arts Philadelphia

Through Sunday, November 19

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Through Monday, January 15, 2018

Rodin’s The Kiss

Rodin Museum

Through January 2019, Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

November Events

Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Friday, November 3, 2017 through February 19, 2018. Museum admission

In 1917 John G. Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove of European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later, we’re taking a look at one of this country’s most remarkable collections. Encounter treasures by the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet – and see how we keep making new discoveries about the collection. In this exhibition, get a behind-the-scenes look at a living, breathing collection and experience first-hand how our understanding and appreciation of these works have evolved over the years.

Symposium on the Golden Age of Collecting with the Frick Center for the History of Collecting

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4

Two-day symposium on collecting in the Gilded Age.

Rhoads Medal Lecture with Abraham Verghese

Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians

Monday, November 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

International Rodin 100 Day

Rodin Museum

Friday, November 17

Marking the 100th anniversary of Rodin’s death in collaboration with Musée Rodin in Paris and other Rodin museums around the world.

Kiefer Rodin

The Barnes Foundation

Friday, November 17 through Monday, March 12, 2018

An exhibition which features new work by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, created in response to sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin, alongside sculptures and drawings by Rodin—some displayed in the U.S. for the first time. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Rodin. This exhibition will also “connect” with the collection housed at our neighboring institution, the Rodin Museum. This exhibition is being presented in cooperation with the Musee Rodin in Paris.

Wild Wizarding Weekend

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Friday through Sunday, November 24-26, All day, Wear a costume and get a $2 discount at the door or save when you purchase online.

Explore the magical world of the Academy’s phenomenal beasts with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities! Meet the museum’s collection of more than 100 live animals and learn about the connections to actual animals that inspire your favorite wizarding stories. Play a Bunny and Broomsticks game, make a magic wand, and take home a dragon’s egg during this wild weekend where all wizards are welcome.

Continuing Events

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Now through Sunday, April 29, 2018, Free

Moore College of Art & Design Fall 2017 Exhibitions presented in conjunction with CraftNOW

Moore College of Art & Design

Through Saturday, December 9; Event dates noted below.

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Through Monday, January 15, 2018

Rodin’s The Kiss

Rodin Museum

Through January 2019, Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Museum admission

Paul Cret and Dr. Barnes

The Barnes Foundation

Wednesday, October 18 through Monday, March 12, 2018, No admission fee required to view the archival exhibition.

December Events

Winter Fountains for the Parkway (2017) by artist Jennifer Steinkamp

Benjamin Franklin Parkway after dark

Friday, December 1 through mid-March 2018, Free
Presented by the Parkway Council and commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) for Parkway 100 in Philadelphia, with major support from the William Penn Foundation

A centerpiece exhibition will be the nearly four-month public art installation, Winter Fountains for the Parkway by Jennifer Steinkamp. This temporary public art installation will redefine the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after dark, illuminating its vast space and captivating the public as they transverse the Parkway at night. From December 2017 through March 2018, five dazzling, mesmerizing and enchanting Winter Fountains, inspired by the signature fountains of the Parkway landscape, will glow with animated video projections informed by the botanical, horticultural and related collections found in the cultural and educational institutions of the Parkway Museums District. Five architectural domes 13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter will become projection surfaces for the artist's transformational artwork. Weather permitting, snow that falls while the project is on view will create supplemental and stunning variations of the artist’s flowing video animations.

Jennifer Steinkamp is a world-renowned installation artist who works with video and new media to explore and share ideas about space, motion and perception. She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; and now, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Her art has toured with the band U2. She is a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA, and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Major support has been provided by the William Penn Foundation, with additional support from PECO, The Logan Hotel, and Visit Philadelphia.

City Hall: The Design and Architecture of The People’s Building

City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and The Athenaeum

Friday, December 1 through Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Free

“Collections and Connections” Exhibit Cases in City Hall

Parkway Museums District Museums and Institutions

Friday, December 1 through Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Free

Christmas Celebration – Messiah Sing-Along

Philadelphia Mormon Temple – Meetinghouse

Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, No charge to attend

Experience the joy of the Christmas season by singing along (or just listening!) to the much beloved music of Handel's Messiah. A full chamber orchestra, as well as highly skilled soloists, accompany the choir in this Christmas classic. Come and raise your voice in celebration of the greatest gift ever given

Dino-mite Winter

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Wednesday through Saturday, December 27-30, All day, Free with museum admission

It may be cold outside but you can warm up in the Academy during Dino-mite Winter. Enjoy four days of special winter programming and learn all about why cold is hot. Come face-to-face with live cold-blooded creatures; make a winter-themed animal craft; enjoy educational shows featuring your favorite live animals; talk with Academy scientists; and view specimens from the Academy’s world-renowned research collection—including weird things in jars.

Continuing Events

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, West Gallery, 1st Floor

Now through May 2018, Free

Configuration: Nicholas Kripal

Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery

Now through Sunday, April 29, 2018, Free

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Through Monday, January 15, 2018

Rodin’s The Kiss

Rodin Museum

Through January 2019, Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Museum admission

Paul Cret and Dr. Barnes

The Barnes Foundation

Wednesday, October 18 through Monday, March 12, 2018, No admission fee required to view the archival exhibition.

Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Friday, November 3, 2017 through February 19, 2018. Museum admission

Kiefer Rodin

The Barnes Foundation

Friday, November 17 through Monday, March 12, 2018

Ongoing Events

Park Towne Place Mural by Miriam Singer

Park Towne Place with Mural Arts Philadelphia, East Tower

Debuts Friday, September 8 and continues throughout Parkway 100, Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Held daily; included in general admission cost

Unlock the secrets of the Museum’s expansive collection with these drop-in tours. 

Spotlight Gallery Conversations

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall)

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., included in general admission cost

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations.

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Association for Public Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ongoing
Association for Public Art

The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents new audio as part of their award-winning Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program to highlight the world-renowned collection of sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and aPA’s role in the Parkway’s development. The audio is free to all and accessible by phone, online, and through the MWW: AUDIO app.