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

May Events

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.

Paul Philippe Cret and the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation

Through Spring 2018

In 1922, Albert C. Barnes contracted French architect Paul Philippe Cret to design a gallery and residence in Merion, Pennsylvania. Featured in this exhibit are selected letters between the two men plus Cret’s vision, plans, and sketches for the buildings that officially became the Barnes Foundation in 1925. Since Cret was also one of the contributors to the design of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the site of the new Barnes new building, the exhibit also celebrates the Parkway’s centennial year.

Modern Times: American Art 1910 - 1950

Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 18, 2018 – September 3, 2018

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Professor Cret's Parkway: One Architect's Legacy on Philadelphia's Grandest Thorofare

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street

April 30 - August 31, 2018
presented by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945). Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia's City Beautiful Movement. This exhibition features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt). These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret's lasting influence on Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret's design for this Parkway institution.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day

The Barnes Foundation

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Barnes will celebrate spring with this special Sunday, which will include family-friendly activities both inside and on the grounds of the Parkway building. Gallery admission tickets are free, but quantity is limited.

Century 21 Department Store presents FASHION SHOW 2018

The Barnes Foundation, Annenberg Court

May 11, 2018, 8:00 pm

Paul Cret and Modern Classicism

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

May 11-12, 2018
A symposium celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, presented by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Friday, May 11 (at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street)

5:30 PM Registration and Reception

6:30 PM Keynote Address: “What Does the City Beautiful Mean for the 21st Century City?”
Paul Goldberger

Saturday, May 12 (at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building)

9:00 AM Registration

9:30 AM First session
“Paul Cret and Philadelphia’s Modern Classicism”
David Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania
“Between Column and I-Beam: The Architectural Theory of Paul Cret”
Marc Vincent, Baldwin Wallace University
“Cass Gilbert and the City Beautiful”
Gail Fenske, Roger Williams University
“Friendly Rivals: Paul Cret and Arthur Brown, Jr. at Home and Abroad”
Jeffrey T. Tilman, University of Cincinnati

12:00PM Lunch Break (on your own)

1:30 PM Second Session

“’An Artistic Gem’: Paul Cret and the Rodin Museum”
Jennifer Thompson, Philadelphia Museum of Art
“’Nioc! Nioc-Nioc!’ (Quack, Quack, Quack): Paul Philippe Cret, Penn’s Poilu-Professor, and World War I” 
Alisa Chiles, University of Pennsylvania
“The Architect as Collaborator with the Engineer”
Jonathan Farnham, Philadelphia Historical Commission
Robert P. Breading and Barry Eiswerth in conversation, “longtemps après Cret”
former partners, H2L2 architects

register online at: www.PhilaAthenaeum.org/symposium.html

Light and Language Opening Reception

Park Towne Place

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at the North Tower on Wednesday, May 16th, from 6 - 8pm, for the opening reception of the latest rotational exhibition at Park Towne Place. Light and Language is a unique collection of artwork at the intersection of functionality, communication, and pure sensation. It is an exploration into how contemporary artists work within the disciplines of light, language, and the ephemera of everyday life.

Featuring large site-specific works, neon signs, and light sculptures, Light and Language is bright and visually loud, and it is meant to be seen and appreciated from the Parkway, as well as from within the gallery spaces. This is the first show to span three active galleries in the South, North, and West Towers at Park Towne Place. Each location offers a variation on the central theme, unifying several sites into a single dynamic exhibition. Refreshments will be served.

Featuring: Lyn Godley, Warren Muller, Maria Schneider, Buy Shaver, Robert Solomon, and Neon Museum of Philadelphia

Light and Language is a part of the Parkway 100’s Connections and Collections Centennial Celebration Exhibition Series, featuring art and collections of art objects relevant to the Permanent Collection at Park Towne Place.

Here's the event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/light-and-language-opening-reception-tickets-45113167699

Bump, Set, Spike: An Outdoor Sculpture Installation by Bridget Purcell

Park Towne Place

Saturday, May 19th, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FREE
On the Great Lawn at Park Towne Place

Spend the afternoon with InLiquid and Park Towne Place on Saturday, May 19, at a site specific art installation by Bridget Purcell. Working at the intersection of sports and sculpture, Purcell will be building a colorful version of volleyball that replaces traditional sports rules with other ways to play and interact. Complete with net, boundary tape, and a variety of sports equipment, Purcell’s version will be both for use and observation. Participants will have the opportunity to modify the sculpture, using available materials. Untraditional ideas about the objects' meanings will emerge as Purcell intervenes with them using a range of sculptural techniques. The result will be an energetic, visually evolving sculpture that invites the public to create and play.

This project is part of Art in the Open - an annual event which features artists working outdoors along the Schuylkill River Trail, responding to their surroundings.

Here's the event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bump-set-spike-an-outdoor-sculpture-installation-by-bridget-purcell-tickets-45140132351

 

Dinos After Dark

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Friday, May 25, 5:00-8:00 pm

Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum is open late tonight with pay-as you-wish admission, a pop-up beer garden with food in Dinosaur Hall, live animal presentations, and fun hands-on activities. The Academy welcomes adults and also families to enjoy the museum after dark! Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden will be set up among the dinosaurs, and live animal shows will take place at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $10. Partial proceeds from Dino Drafts benefit the Academy. Dinos After Dark takes place the fourth Friday of each month.

Continuing Events

Modern Times: American Art 1910 - 1950

Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 18, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Click to read description

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Professor Cret's Parkway: One Architect's Legacy on Philadelphia's Grandest Thorofare

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street

April 30 - August 31, 2018

Click to read description

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945). Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia's City Beautiful Movement. This exhibition features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt). These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret's lasting influence on Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret's design for this Parkway institution.

June Events

Moore College of Art & Design Graduate Exhibitions

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

June 2 – July 7, 2018

Moore College of Art & Design Annual Alumni Exhibition

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

June 9 – August 4, 2018

Door 19: Boozy Botanicals

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Thursday, June 14, 6:00-9:00 pm

Knock 3.14159 times on Door 19 for admission to an oddly charming evening that will forever change how you think about science. Curated for the curious, Door 19 is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, and dinosaurs. For only four nights this year, you will have the chance to go beyond the Academy’s galleries and into specimen collections off-limits to visitors, alongside experts who will bring the coolest specimens out to play. The Academy’s rogue scientists will go a little bit off script to share their most incredible knowledge—from prohibition-era mixology to dinosaur foreplay. You’ll be reminded that no, in fact, you haven’t seen it all—far from it. Tickets at ansp.org.

Family Heritage Celebration

Philadelphia Mormon Temple

Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, 9am - 4pm; 6:30 pm speaker and performances both nights. All events are FREE.
1682 Wood Street (across from the Temple), Philadelphia

Come strengthen your family ties while you discover your own ancestors, experience unique cultures and help other families! Experts speakers, one on one classes, and so much more culminate in an exciting, multi-cultural performance each night.

Friday, June 15

9 am - 4 pm Narenj Tree donations for refugees

6:30 pm Keynote speaker and mulit-cultural performances

Saturday, June 16

9 am - 4 pm Family activities for all ages, FamilySearch.org classes

6:30 pm Keynote speaker: 76ers CEO Scott O'Neill and multi-cultural performances

Dinos After Dark

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Friday, June 22, 5:00-8:00 pm

Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum is open late tonight with pay-as you-wish admission, a pop-up beer garden with food in Dinosaur Hall, live animal presentations, and fun hands-on activities. The Academy welcomes adults and also families to enjoy the museum after dark! Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden will be set up among the dinosaurs, and live animal shows will take place at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $10. Partial proceeds from Dino Drafts benefit the Academy. Dinos After Dark takes place the fourth Friday of each month.

Wawa Welcome America

Benjamin Franklin Parkway and other Philadelphia Locations

June 28 - July 4, 2018

Continuing Events

Modern Times: American Art 1910 - 1950

Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 18, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Click to read description

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Professor Cret's Parkway: One Architect's Legacy on Philadelphia's Grandest Thorofare

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street

April 30 - August 31, 2018

Click to read description

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945). Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia's City Beautiful Movement. This exhibition features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt). These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret's lasting influence on Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret's design for this Parkway institution.

July Events

Continuing Events

Modern Times: American Art 1910 - 1950

Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 18, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Click to read description

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Moore College of Art & Design Annual Alumni Exhibition

The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design

June 9 – August 4, 2018

Professor Cret's Parkway: One Architect's Legacy on Philadelphia's Grandest Thorofare

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street

April 30 - August 31, 2018

Click to read description

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945). Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia's City Beautiful Movement. This exhibition features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt). These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret's lasting influence on Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret's design for this Parkway institution.

August Events

Continuing Events

Modern Times: American Art 1910 - 1950

Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 18, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Click to read description

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Professor Cret's Parkway: One Architect's Legacy on Philadelphia's Grandest Thorofare

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street

April 30 - August 31, 2018

Click to read description

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945). Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia's City Beautiful Movement. This exhibition features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt). These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret's lasting influence on Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret's design for this Parkway institution.

September Events

October Events

Parkway Soiree

Ben Franklin Parkway

Friday, October 26, 2018

Stay tuned for info about this big event - the wrap-up to our 14-month Parkway 100 celebration.

This is the actual date, 100 years ago, when you could first traverse the Parkway, end-to-end!