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Poets and Painters: Collaboration and Competition in 20th Century Literature & Art (Virtual)
Lecturer: Christopher Reed, Distinguished Professor of English and Visual Culture; Affiliate Faculty in Art History and in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State University
In this virtual talk, Christopher Reed explores the literary dimension of art by looking at depictions of art and the writings of modernists, including Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, and William Carlos Williams. This will provide a context for exploring some poems by Jane Rohrer. To register for this lecture, click here.
7 pm | Free
Friday Night Jazz | Mingus Among Us: The Music of Charles Mingus
Join us for the final jazz concert of the season! Composer, bandleader, and musician Charles Mingus expanded the role of the bass into a frontline instrument of emotional power that helped forge a new style of jazz. John Coley Group will bring to life Mingus classics like Haitian Fight Song, Goodbye Porkpie Hat, Wednesday Night Meeting, and others. Click here to buy tickets.
6 pm | $25 ($15 members)
Elmwood Park Zoo on Wheels at Woodmere
Elmwood Park Zoo visits Woodmere bringing its animal friends on Mother’s Day! Learn about different animal homes and habitats and how animals adapt and thrive in their environments. Families are encouraged to go inside and discover more animals in our exhibition Don’t Feed the Art: Woodmere’s Animal Menagerie.
1 & 2:30 pm | Free
The Verbal Art of Jane Rohrer (Virtual)
Lecturer: Ann Hostetler, Professor Emerita, Goshen College
Poet and scholar Ann Hostetler will read and discuss a selection of Jane Rohrer’s poems in the context of her husband Warren’s paintings. Jane’s poems reveal her acute observational ability, sense of irony, and penchant for moments of rupture in the life she and Warren created together, drawing on Mennonite roots and informed by contemporary art and poetry. The poems are not odes to or descriptions of Warren’s art, but rather artistically crafted verbal paintings in their own right. As companion pieces, they open a fresh dimension from which to view the paintings, highlighting the qualities of language as a verbal art. To register for this event, click here.
7 pm | Free
Writing Poetry with Paintings at Woodmere
Instructor: Julia Spicher Kasdorf, poet, and Liberal Arts Professor of English, Penn State University
In this workshop, participants will see how contemporary poets have tried to interpret, inhabit, and speak through careful observation of paintings. No experience with poetry writing is necessary to learn about and compose an ekphrastic poem. To learn more and register, click here.
10 am – 12 pm | Free
Tuesday Nights at the Movies
On Tuesday nights, Woodmere’s main gallery is transformed into an intimate setting for screenings of rare and underseen films as well as classics. Join us for the final two showings of the season: L.A. Confidential (May 3) and The Commitments (May 10).
7:30 pm | $5 suggested donation
For our members
Member Event | Un-PEALE-ing the Connections: The Peale Family of Artists and Woodmere’s Historic Collection (Virtual)
from Woodmere’s Docents on the Road Series
Join us for a journey through Woodmere’s historic galleries and discover the connections between the Museum’s prized collection and the Peale family of artists. To register for this event, click here.
7 pm | Free for members
Museum Store Mother’s Day Members’ Promotion
This Mother’s Day weekend, the Museum Store sweetens the deal! Museum members receive 20% off their entire purchase when shopping online or in-person Wednesday through Sunday, May 4-8. Click here to shop online and enter MOM20 at checkout.
Learn & Create
Spring & Summer Adult and Children’s Art Classes
Woodmere’s faculty, some of Philadelphia’s finest professional artists and educators, teach a wide range of topics. For adults, these include oil and acrylic painting, abstraction, drawing, and more. For children and teens, we offer the community summer project plus classes in watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, illustration and writing, art, and nature.
Click here for Woodmere’s course listings and full descriptions.
Sunday Family Art & Storytelling
Introduce your preschoolers to art experiences. Children will focus on one artwork, read a related story picture book, and create an art project with their adult companions. A fun and engaging way for young children to enjoy art. To register, click here.
May 1 | 11 am | Free
ARTZ-Connect (Virtual)
ARTZ-Connect Philadelphia and Woodmere offer free, engaging online programs for people living with dementia and their care partners through interactions with artworks. To learn more, click here.
May 2 & May 27
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