July 14, 2012

Second Saturdays at the APS Museum

Cloud Mobiles

Clouds are a major theme in Antonia Contro’s exhibition Tempus Fugit: Time Flies. The ever-changing shapes of clouds speak to the passage of time. Come make a cloud mobile with artist Aubrey Levinthal.

Saturday, July 14, 2012, drop in between noon and 3 p.m.


July 9, 2012

“Flash! A Quick History of Photography in Motion”
Jane E. Boyd, Ph.D., Independent Curator

Ever wanted to stop time? For centuries, artists, scientists, and dreamers have tried to seize the fleeting moment, to picture phenomena that occur too fast for the human eye and brain to perceive. When photography arrived on the scene in the 1830s, it amazed people with its ability to render a scene in meticulous detail. Though the first photographic processes were slow, ingenious photographers were soon capturing events never before recorded: a horse’s gallop, a bullet’s path through the air, a wave crashing on the shore, a meteor’s track across the night sky, and much more. Join us for a swift flight through the remarkable story of photography in motion, from its earliest days to today’s advanced digital techniques.

Art historian Jane E. Boyd, Ph.D., is an independent curator and freelance writer, editor, and translator in Philadelphia. She specializes in the history and visual culture of science, technology, and medicine. Dr. Boyd has worked on projects for all five of the Science on Tap sponsoring institutions. Visit her website at www.jane-e-boyd.com for more information and links.

This month’s Science on Tap is presented by the APS Museum.


June 1 – July 8, 2012 (Extended by popular demand!)

Sic Transit Glorious: A Transit of Venus Celebration
The Transit of Venus is an astronomical phenomenon and landmark in the history of American science. The APS Museum will mark the 2012 Transit with a special exhibition and a lively roster of programs. Learn more…


Monday, April 11, 2011

Science on Tap
“Fermentation: The Amazing Mother of it all in Wine and Beer”

Dr. Solomon H. Katz, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania; Director of Penn’s Krogman Center for Childhood Growth and Development; editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (2003)

Most people know that fermentation with yeast—known throughout all of human civilization—produces the alcohol in wine and beer. But fermentation also is the source of the many of the flavors and nutrients that make beer and wine such culturally important foods. Sol Katz, an expert on the anthropology of food, will explore the development of the fermentation process since ancient times and look at scientific knowledge of the process today. Come learn about zymergy, the science of fermentation, and why we love wine and beer so much!

This month’s Science on Tap is presented by the Wagner Free Institute of Science


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose. . .Or Is It? If Empress Josephine Met Gertrude Stein

Roses exotic and roses erotic; roses botanical and roses theoretical.

A girl named Rose who became Napoleon’s wife and Empress of France.
A famous American expatriate in Paris who called Alice B. Toklas her Rose.

This program will include lively presentations and discussion between rosarian Stephen Scaniello and modernist scholar Barbara Will (Dartmouth College). It will be moderated by APS Museum Director Sue Ann Prince, who curated the museum’s exhibition Of Elephants and Roses: Encounters with French Natural History, 1790-1830 (opening March 25, 2011).

In the early 19th century, Empress Josephine cultivated 250 varieties of roses at her Malmaison estate, and the rose soon became a symbol of love. One hundred years later, modernist expatriate Gertrude Stein declared, “Rose is a rose is a rose.” Her resonate repetition referred to Alice B. Toklas, upended the romantic rose, and offered up an icon of avant-garde modernism.

What a rose was to Josephine was decidedly not what a rose was to Gertrude.

The program is part of the Philadelphia Festival for the Arts (PIFA 2011) and is co-sponsored by Wyck Historic House and Gardens, site of the oldest rose garden in America and home to many of the roses loved by the Empress Josephine.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Science on Tap QUIZZO

Test your knowledge of scientific trivia at the Science on Tap Quizzo spectacular! There are prizes to be won; there is merriment to be had. There is a Philadelphia Science Festival to celebrate, and all the cool kids in town will be there. Join Robert Hicks, Ph.D., director of the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and emcee extraordinaire, as we delve into science facts and concepts. Teams of up to 6 people are welcome to join in the fun.

Presented by Science on Tap partners: The Academy of Natural Sciences, the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Second Saturdays at the APS Museum

Picturing Petals

Josephine Bonaparte—wife of the famous French Emperor, Napoleon—had one of the largest flower gardens in Europe. She was famous for growing rare and exotic flowers from around the world. Join artist Julianna Struck, who will show you how to create your own unique artwork made up of flower petals and leaves. Don’t forget to stop inside the Of Elephants & Roses exhibition to learn more about the art and science of flowers.

Second Saturdays are family-friendly afternoons (for ages 5+) at the APS Museum, featuring activities and/or demonstrations inspired by the Of Elephants & Roses exhibition.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Passion for Roses: The Empress, the Quaker, and the Flower They Loved

Shakespeare sang the praises of the fragrant rose, but it was 200 years later when Empress Josephine and the gardeners at her private estate, Malmaison, popularized the genus rosa. Josephine, a great collector of everything animal and vegetable, set out to obtain every rose species then known. In 1814, when she died, 182 varieties of roses—mainly Gallica cultivars—were growing there. Less than ten years later, Jane and Reuben Haines, members of a distinguished Quaker family, began their ambitious tenure at Wyck in Germantown, then a village outside of Philadelphia. Jane Haines’s special passion was roses, and she planted a garden filled with many of the same roses cultivated by Josephine. Today, Jane’s garden is the oldest, continuously cultivated rose collection in the United States.

Wyck Landscape Curator Nicole Juday will discuss the gardens at Wyck and trace how Josephine’s enthusiasm for roses and rose breeding influenced 19thcentury American gardens.

This event is in partnership with Wyck Historic House and Garden.



Friday, June 3, 2011

First Friday at the APS Museum

SPOTLIGHT on Printmaking

Learn about the charms and challenges of printmaking in the late-18th and early-19th century.
Jane Boyd, Research Curator for Of Elephants and Roses, will offer spotlight tours focusing on the prints featured in the exhibition. Artist Diane Podolsky will demonstrate block printing and leaf printing throughout the evening.




Saturday, June 11, 2011

Second Saturdays at the APS Museum

Designer Plates

Join artist Martin Campos and create a paper plate design inspired by the Sèvres porcelain on view at the APS Museum. Don’t forget to stop inside the Of Elephants & Roses exhibition to learn more about Sèvres and French natural history!


Monday, June 13, 2011

Science on Tap

“Imagining the Body Abnormal: Art & Artifice in Historical Medical Photography”
Evi Numen, MFA, Exhibits Manager, Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Medical photography has been used to document, educate and expose, with more or less artfulness. A talk illustrated with selections from The Historical Medical Photography Collection of The Mütter Museum. Not for the faint of heart.

This month’s Science on Tap is presented by Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Second Saturdays at the APS Museum

A Giraffe’s Journey

Come to the APS Museum to learn the story of Zarafa, the first giraffe to set foot in France. Artist Aubrey Levinthal will lead hands-on art activities inspired by the baby giraffe. Stick around to hear APS Museum educator Tara Miller read the story “A Giraffe Goes to Paris” at our first kid-friendly story circle (readings at 1pm and 2pm)!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Science on Tap

“Underwater Communication: Fiber Optics & Whale Songs”
Thaddeus Phillips, theater director, performer and set designer

Meet innovative theater director Thaddeus Phillips as he introduces WHaLE OPTICS, a new scientific/theatrical/musical epic that explores worldwide communication systems, sub-oceanic fiber optics, and humpback whale songs. Phillips will discuss the creation of this three-part large-scale work, which will premiere during the 2011 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. The project aims to call into question our perception of human/animal communication and our relationship with the biggest part of planet Earth—the ocean.

After the presentation, Phillips will take questions on incorporating science into theater, the interchange between ideas and drama, and why there will be a vital scene set in a New Jersey Applebee’s.

This month’s Science on Tap presented by the Chemical Heritage Foundation.


Friday, August 5, 2011

First Friday at the APS Museum

SPOTLIGHT on Porcelain

Join us for our second special spotlight evening of the summer! Learn about the art and science of porcelain-making in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Jane E. Boyd, Research Curator for Of Elephants and Roses, will offer spotlight tours focusing on the hand-painted Sèvres porcelain featured in the exhibition. Visitors will be able to handle samples of porcelain clay, fired porcelain, and other ceramics throughout the evening, courtesy of The Clay Studio.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Second Saturdays at the APS Museum

Printed Pictures

Come to the APS Museum to see beautiful botanical prints that combine art and science. Then, make your own artwork with artist Diane Podolsky, who will lead a hands-on printmaking activity.

Second Saturdays are family-friendly afternoons (for ages 5+) at the APS Museum, featuring activities and/or demonstrations inspired by the Of Elephants & Roses exhibition.


Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 17, 2011

A Paper Garden: An idiosyncratic and indefatigable account of Empress Josephine’s and André Michaux’s love of botany

A play by Aaron Cromie, Mary Tuomanen and Genevieve Perrier for the APS Museum

At the turn of the 19th Century, an exotic plant sprouts from an unusual box sent across the Atlantic Ocean by famous world explorer, raconteur, and botanist André Michaux to Empress Josephine’s French estate. What blooms is a story full of tall tales, love songs, and one unique French garden.

Part of the 2011 Philly Fringe Festival.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Science on Tap

“Chile Peppers: Heat and History”
Joseph Rucker, Ph.D., Director of Research and Development, Integral Molecular, Inc.

Chile peppers are one of the most notable gifts of the New World to the Old. The global spread of chile peppers altered world cuisine, giving us everything from moles to masalas. Just as important, the “heat” of chile peppers provides a window for understanding the sensations of pain and temperature.

In this spicy illustrated talk, biochemist Joseph Rucker will share his personal interest in the history and science of chile peppers.

This month’s Science on Tap presented by the APS Museum.


Friday, September 9, 2011

Grand Opening Reception for The Greenhouse Projects

A striking greenhouse for the 21st century grows in the American Philosophical Society’s (APS) garden near the corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets. Digitally designed and constructed of recycled and recyclable materials, it’s the centerpiece of The Greenhouse Projects, a series of inter-related programs that debut on September 9, 2011.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Park(ing) Day

Want to learn how to use a cold frame and extend your growing season into late fall and even winter? Join the APS Museum for mini-workshops during the citywide Park(ing) Day, an annual celebration of parks and public spaces.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

“Designing the Wild and Cultivating the City”
a lecture by Fritz Haeg

Fritz Haeg will present his recent work including the series of Edible Estate gardens – highly visible domestic urban productive pleasure gardens planted from Istanbul to Austin, London to Los Angeles – and the urban wildlife architecture of Animal Estates. Both projects suggest city environments that are more connected to nature, useful, participatory, and fun.


Saturday, September 24 & Sunday, September 25, 2011

Roots, Shoots, and Barrels: A Family Weekend

Join us for a family-friendly weekend full of hands-on activities and engaging events! Make a mini-greenhouse. Design your own unique leaf print. Create a book arts project with artist Rosae Reeder. Roll a seed ball. Taste delicious, one-of-a-kind ice cream flavors from Little Baby’s Ice Cream Tricycle. See Marshall Scheetz, a traditionally-practicing cooper from Jamestown Cooperage, LLC (Williamsburg, VA), make barrels the 18th-century way. Take a unique tree tour of Old City with Ben Cromie, who will lead you on a journey through “The Mighty, the Stinky, and the Just Plain Pretty.”

This event is in partnership with Bartram’s Garden, The Clay Studio, the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gardening Workshop: Growing in Containers

Growing an indoor herb garden is an easy way to have fresh herbs year-round. Horticulturist, Philadelphia County Penn State Master Gardener, and Philadelphia Department of Parks & Rec. Operations Manager Lori Hayes will talk about how to grow and maintain herbs in containers.

This workshop is part of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Gardening Series and in association with the APS Museum’s Greenhouse Projects.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Gardening Workshop: Extending the Growing Season

At this workshop, landscape designer Sean Roulan discusses how row covers and other materials can help lengthen the growing season in the vegetable garden. Sean has over a decade of experience in ornamental horticulture, sustainable landscaping and organic farming. He also holds a masters of arts in ecological landscape design and has a passion for edible landscapes, and beautiful flowers.

This workshop is part of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Gardening Series and in association with the APS Museum’s Greenhouse Projects.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

“Between Architecture, Nature and Technology: Material Analogs

How do you create a greenhouse that is also a work of art? “Look to nature,” says Jenny Sabin, an architect, artist, and designer. A 2011 Pew Fellow, Sabin is in the forefront of a practice “that applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures.”

In this talk she will discuss her Greenhouse and Cabinet of Future Fossils as both a cutting-edge structure where architecture, nature, and technology intersect, and as a work of art that riffs on themes in the current APS Museum exhibition, Of Elephants & Roses. The evening will include a walkthrough of the structure and the lecture.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Growing in Cold Frames

Join us for mini-workshops on how to use cold frames to extend your growing season. These workshops will also feature demonstrations on how to preserve fresh herbs.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Mighty, the Stinky, and the Just Plain Pretty
A unique tree tour led by Benjamin Cromie, AICP

The secret history of Philadelphia trees revealed! Explore the botanical, industrial, and social history of the mighty oak, the hardy ginkgo, and the enigmatic Franklinia through the stories, artwork, architecture, and living trees in the Old City and Society Hill neighborhoods. The tour will conclude at Cooperage for a free sampling of beverages stored in oak casks.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Boombox Symphony

Join musician Kyle Bartlett for a “Listener Encounter” that considers different views of the natural world and the role that chance plays in natural systems like hurricanes. Bartlett will also discuss her sound installation for the temporary contemporary greenhouse at the APS Museum and give you the chance to create your own mobile sound installation (no musical skills required!). You will move about the garden and exhibition gallery as you compose.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Music from Three Centuries

What kind of music do elephants like the best? Join the adventurous new music group counter)induction for a free-wheeling, family-friendly musical tour from the 18th century to tomorrow. Part re-enactment of a 1798 concert held for two Asian elephants, part cutting-edge electro-acoustic happening with music by Philadelphia composer Kyle Bartlett, and part anatomy lesson, this program will be 100% pure pachyderm fun.


Thursday, December 1 – Saturday, December 3, 2011

OF PICTURES & SPECIMENS: Natural History in
Post-Revolutionary and Restoration France

Of Pictures & Specimens: Natural History in Post-Revolutionary and Restoration France is organized by the APS Museum in conjunction with its current exhibition, Of Elephants & Roses: Encounters with French Natural History, 1790 – 1830. It brings together scholars from the United States and France. Included are presentations on topics related to natural history, from the role of artists and gardeners in botanical science and the representations of a giraffe’s African keepers to the influence of natural history on Balzac’s writing and on the birth of the social sciences. Participants bring interdisciplinary perspectives from material culture, the histories of art and science, visual studies, botany, decorative arts, and cultural history.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the APS Museum with
ADAM GOPNIK

The APS Museum celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with a talk by art historian, cultural critic, and New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik. Fans of Gopnik’s diverse contributions to the magazine know that his interests range from Darwin to dogs and from John Stuart Mill to Babar. In his new book, The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food, he writes that the fifty years from 1780 to 1830 were “when the world that we think of now as Parisian came into being.” Gopnik will discuss how the same post-Revolutionary scientific and cultural changes examined in the Museum’s current exhibition on French natural history gave rise to a world renowned gastronomy. Recently UNESCO enshrined French cuisine as a part of the “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.”


Monday, February 13, 2012

Science on Tap
“Violence in the Laboratory: How Science Changed War and War Changed Science”

M. Susan Lindee, Professor and Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

Over the last century both science and war have been transformed in tandem. Science has become more tightly linked to militarization and state power. Today, many forms of scientific research are supported with military funding sources even when the subject matter (e.g. mapping genes, tracking environmental change, or studying the brain) seems remote from any practical application on the battlefield. At the same time, military conflict has become more technically sophisticated in ways that have reshaped the battlefield experience for both soldiers and civilians. We now see remarkable levels of “asymmetrical risk,” for example, in which combatants commuting to a center in the American Southwest can guide attacks with drones at sites on the other side of the world. Scientific, high-tech warfare changes the rules of both war and science. In this discussion, Dr. Susan Lindee will raise questions about how science and war have both changed in the 20th century.

This month’s Science on Tap is presented by the APS Museum


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Capturing Time: A time-lapse photography workshop

While still photographs capture a moment in time, time-lapse photography allows us to view its progression. In this workshop, you’ll learn the history of, and gain hands-on experience in, time-lapse photography as you shoot around Old City. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the APS Museum exhibition, Tempus Fugit: Time Flies.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Second Saturdays: Light Up Time

Before the invention of clocks, sundials were often used to tell time. Join artist Martin Campos, who will show you how to make your own sundial using just a few materials. The next time your watch breaks, you can pull our your trusty sundial!