Lectures and Gallery Talks
Gain new insight on the art and culture of Philadelphia with Woodmere’s engaging lectures and gallery talks. Hear from artists, art historians, professors, curators, and writers who offer new perspectives on the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and related topics.
The Wedding Cake: A Perfect Union of Sugar and Art Gallery Talk
Thursday, February 9, 6:30 p.m.
Leading Philadelphia cake artists discuss their process for designing and creating the wedding cakes on exhibit and the concept of the wedding cake as “edible art.”
Co-curated by Noelle DeSantis, cake artist and owner of Ella Vanilla cake decorating supply shop in Chestnut Hill.
A More Perfect Union? The Evolution of an Exhibition
Saturday, February 11, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturer: William Valerio, Ph.D., The Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEO, Woodmere Art Museum
Woodmere’s director, William Valerio, describes the curatorial process of organizing A More Perfect Union, and delves into the themes, artworks, and historical and social issues explored in this exhibition.
The Long Ride Home: The African American Cowboy Experience in America
Saturday, March 4, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Ron Tarver, photographer
Photographer Ron Tarver discusses his series of photographs documenting the lives of black cowboys. The grandson of a working cowboy, Tarver spent years traveling throughout the United States, documenting the lives of men and women who continue the legacy of black cowboy culture. A Philadelphia Inquirer staff photographer for more than thirty years, Tarver shares the newspaper’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his work on a series documenting violence in the Philadelphia public school system. Tarver’s photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He currently teaches at Swarthmore University.
Plant Sale and Hellebore Festival
Saturday and Sunday, March 18–19, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Get ready for spring with a plant sale at Woodmere. Landscape craftsman Jerry Fritz of Jerry Fritz Garden Design & Linden Hill Gardens will share his enthusiasm and knowledge of hellebores (evergreen perennial flowering plants) and companion plants such as ferns, astilbes, hostas, and other shade-loving, woodland plants.
Laws and Marriage
Saturday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.
$15 ($10 members)
Participants: Hon. Daniel J. Anders, Hon. Ann Butchart, Hon. Mary Colins
Philadelphia judges active in the LGBT community share insights on laws and judicial decisions about marriage as it has evolved in the United States and discuss the social contexts that have promoted these changes.
PHILADANCO D/2 Apprentice Company
Saturday, April 1, 6:00 p.m.
$22 ($12 members); FREE for students
PHILADANCO’s D/2 Apprentice Company will present a dazzling performance in Woodmere’s Kuch Gallery. The company was created to cultivate aspiring dancers, ages 15 to 23, to pursue careers in professional dance. Once selected, D/2 members are trained in professional-level classes.
Legislation, Adjudication, and Artistic Representation
Saturday, April 22, 3:00 p.m.
$15 ($10 members)
Lecturer: Tobias Barrington Wolff, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
Professor Tobias Barrington Wolff lectures on the history of the legal institution of marriage in the United States as a product of legislative and judicial action, bringing the story up to the present day. He explores race and slavery, the status of women, the treatment of LGBT people, and the legal regulation of the family.