Calendar of Events: August–October 2012

Calendar of Events: August–October 2012

Permanent installation 

Assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes between 1912 and 1951, the Barnes collection is renowned as one of the finest holdings of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings in the world. The collection also includes important examples of African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American ceramics, old master paintings, as well as jewelry, textiles, and antiquities, presented together in their original “ensembles” in 24 beautifully lit, intimate rooms. Timed ticket required for entry.


Through March 18, 2012
Ensemble: Albert C. Barnes and the Experiment in Education

Drawing on the Foundation’s rich archives, and other non-gallery collections, this textured exhibition charts Barnes’s history and important collaborations—with the likes of Leo Stein, William Glackens, John Dewey and Paul Guillaume—as he assembled his collection, established the Foundation and refined his aesthetic and educational theories. Free with admission


6–10 pm, a lively mix of music and programs from around the world. Cash bar and food for purchase.

First Fridays are generously sponsored by Wells Fargo

Tempesta di Mare: From Venice to Leipzig
This performance by Tempesta di Mare, “renowned as one of the best in this repertoire” (Abeille Musique, Paris) includes Telemann’s Paris Quartet, a Bach Trio Sonata and one of those flashy Vivaldi concertos. Free with admission

6:30–7:30 pm
Conversations with the Collection: Painter Rebecca Chamberlain, Photographer Ruth Naomi Floyd, and Barnes Archivist Barbara Beaucar
Enjoy a lively interdisciplinary conversation around the history of art, art making, and the drive to create. The discussion begins with an introduction to Dr. Barnes’s examination of the connection between music and art and continues with talks by Rebecca Chamberlain and Ruth Naomi Floyd, both practicing artists and touring vocalist/performers. $15; members $12


7:30–8:30 pm
Form & Function: Ensembles for the Living Room, Bedroom, and Beyond
John B. Gatti, MFA, Instructor of Art and Aesthetics at the Barnes Foundation

Composition is more than a haphazard collection or careless scattering of random items. What are the skills that artists use, that you can utilize, to create unified designs and displays? The seminar will assist in resolving design issues that challenge the creative arrangement of art and objects on your walls and in your home. We’ll discuss and learn how to successfully organize visual clutter and impossible pairings while exploring the aesthetic decisions that informed the eclectic, but formally arranged, Wall Ensembles of the Barnes Foundation. $12; members $10


August 10 
This talented quartet is heavily influenced by Jazz masters Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis and plays straight-ahead jazz and much more. Free with admission

August 17 
The Joe Sudler Orchestra
This orchestra features vocalist Billy Ruth and performs the music of Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Free with admission

August 24
James Rouse and the James Rouse Band
James ‘Biscuit’ Rouse has the key to everyone’s musical heart. His Philadelphia-bred sound is where funk meets soul and gives birth to groove. Guaranteed to get folks shaking their thang. Free with admission

August 31
A Tribute to Modern Jazz Quartet
A group dedicated to performing the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Comprised of Tony Miceli (vibes), Tom Lawton (piano), Mathew Parrish (bass), and Butch Reed (drums). Free with admission

First Friday! September 7 
First Fridays are generously sponsored by Wells Fargo

6:30–7:30 pm
A New Chapter in the Story of the Parkway
The arrival of the Barnes Foundation on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the latest chapter in its history. Conceived after the Civil War in conjunction with the creation of Fairmount Park, built during the first two decades of the 20th century as an example of the City Beautiful movement, and gradually populated with buildings, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway tells the story of the changing needs and aspirations of Philadelphians. Art historian David Brownlee, Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Barnes Foundation: Two Buildings, One Mission (2012), surveys the history of this great civic boulevard. Architect and scholar Grace Ong Yan leads an audience discussion of its past and future. $15; $12 for members

Musical Performance by Relâche
The Planets, combining live music by Kyle Gann and video by John Sanborn, performed by Relâche. Free with admission

7:30–8:30 pm
Beer Tasting and Art Exploration
Sample the subtleties of American craft beers and compare nuances of flavor, scent, and region with formal and sensory aspects of masterworks in the Barnes Foundation.  John Gatti, instructor of art and aesthetics, leads the art discussion. Registration required $40; $30 for members

Friday, September 14
6–8 pm
A performance by LUX (Lincoln University Express) includes traditional jazz of the 1940s, as well as contemporary sounds, including smooth R&B. Free with admission

Friday, September 21
6:30 pm–8 pm
Shakespeare in Translation: Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre 
An evening of live performances, audience participation, and discussions focuses on Shakespeare's The Tempest and Aimé Césaire's Une Tempête, its famous adaptation for the African diaspora. Working with gifted multilingual actors, Katherine Rowe, professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, explores the conversation between the two plays. $30; $20 for members

Friday, September 21
6–8 pm
The Mike Boone Quartet 
Jazz Bassist Mike Boone, has an impeccable pedigree, holding down the bottom with the finest performers, and shaping Philly Jazz across generations. Free with admission

Friday, September 21 (Rain date: Friday, September 28)
8–9 pm
Orchestra 2001: John Cage Centennial Happening
In a happening (Cage’s term for a concert event blurring the usual stage-audience relationship) to celebrate the centenary of the legendary composer’s birth, Orchestra 2001 presents compositions by him spanning four decades. Selections include pieces for string, keyboard, brass, and percussion instruments, as well as works for solo voice from the “Song Books.” $30; $20 for members

Friday, September 28
6–8 pm
Oscuro Quintet 
Philadelphia's first tango music ensemble, Alban Bailly (guitar), Thomas Lee(piano), Shinjoo Cho (accordion), June Bender (violin), and Ben Blazer (bass), investigates tango’s traditions suggests its future. Free with admission

First Friday! October 5 
First Fridays are generously sponsored by Wells Fargo

6:30pm Panel discussion, 7:30pm screening
Film:  Lady Sings the Blues 
The Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO), in partnership with AfroTaino Productions, presents a 40th-anniversary screening of the Oscar-nominated film Lady Sings the Blues (1972) about jazz singer Billie Holiday. GPFO hosts a panel discussion highlighting the film’s impact, both in-front of and behind the camera, and examining diversity in the film industry today. 1972, directed by Sidney J. Furie, 144 minutes. Free with admission

6:30–7:30 pm
The Parkway Campus: A Horticultural History
The plantings at the Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia site were chosen for aesthetic, functional, and historical reasons, including their connections to the arboretum and gardens at the Foundation’s campus at Merion, PA. These connections and the history of the downtown site are the subject of a talk by Drew Lehrian, head gardener, and Katy Rawdon, director of archives, libraries, and special collections. $12; $10 for members

Wednesday, October 17  
10:30–11:30 am
Tempesta di Mare: Adam Pearl, Harpsichord
In the first in a series of three concerts at the Barnes by Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra, harpsichordist Adam Pearl performs a program that includes a solo suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, dances by Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, and solos by Jacques Duphly. Mr. Pearl has performed with Tempesta di Mare since 2004 and teaches at the Peabody Conservatory. Two further performances are scheduled for January and May, 2013. $36; $18 for members. Includes noon admission to the Collection Gallery.  

Friday, October 19
6–8 pm
Paul Jost and the Modern Rock Ensemble
The Modern Rock Ensemble, featuring vibraphonist Tony Miceli, explores music of the ‘60s, including Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and Aerosmith, in a jazz setting. Performing with Tony Miceli are Paul Jost (vocals), Kevin MacConnell (bass) and Charlie Patierno (drums). Free with admission

Friday, October 19
6:30–8 pm
Magic and Macbeth: Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre 
An evening of live performances, audience participation, and discussions focuses on the three witches of Shakespeare's Macbeth, in which they are called many things, including "secret hags" and "weird sisters," but almost never "witches.” Looking closely at the text, as well as at performances dating back to the 1660s, Widener Professor,  Dr. Annalisa Castaldo leads the discussion and investigates Shakespeare’s experiments with gender, magic, and audience assumptions. $30; $20 for members

Friday, October, 26
6–8 pm 
Venissa Santi: Afro-Cuban Jazz 
Multilingual Cuban-American vocalist represents the 21st century’s new breed of vocalists. Santi sings an exciting blend of American and Cuban standards, folkloric songs, and original compositions that reflect influences ranging from Billie Holliday and Betty Carter to Celia Cruz.Free with admission

Friday, October 26
6:30–7:30 pm
Opera Company of Philadelphia: La Bohème 
In honor of National Opera Week (October 26–November 4, 2012), Soprano Michelle Johnson and baritone Troy Cook join pianist Laura Ward in a recital of operatic favorites, classical song, and treasured American standards. Two tickets to an upcoming OCP production will be raffled at the event. Free with admission



Friday, September 14
6:30–7:30 pm
Conversations with the Collection: Marsden Hartley
Join watercolorist Sherman Fleming and muralist Meg Seligman in a conversation about painter Marsden Hartley. One in a series of programs in which scholars share the stage with contemporary artists and discuss aspects of the Barnes collection, history, the creative process, and the threads that connect us. $15; $12 for members

Saturday, September 15
10:30 am–11:30 am
Building Two Buildings for the Barnes: David Brownlee, Lecture and Book Signing 
The Barnes Foundation’s first home, completed in 1925 in Merion, was the product of the often stormy collaboration of Albert Barnes and architect Paul Cret. In designing the new home of the Barnes in Philadelphia, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien had to meet challenging legal requirements and the ambitious expectations of the Foundation’s leaders. Architectural historian David Brownlee is Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of The Barnes Foundation: Two Buildings, One Mission (2012). Member-only event. $12

Thursday, October 18
10:30–11:30 am
Why We Love to Hate Renoir: Martha Lucy, Lecture and Book Signing 
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is among the world's most popular artists, and Albert C. Barnes collected his work obsessively. Yet Renoir is often the subject of ridicule; one critic wrote that "Renoir may be the worst artist ever to achieve canonical status." What is it about Renoir's art that inspires such harsh criticism, such mixed reactions? Dr. Lucy, author of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation (2012), ponders these and other questions. Member-only event. $12


Tuesday, October 23
8 am–2 pm
Master Class Workshop. Fall Is for Photographs: Lessons from a Pro
Professional garden photographer Rob Cardillo teaches beginners and seasoned photographers about creating dramatic vistas and floral portraits. After his lecture, students head into the gardens to capture their own. A critique follows lunch. Bring your digital camera, lenses, charged battery, storage cards, and tripod, if desired, plus lunch. If you have one, bring a laptop with software to download and edit images. If not, bring a selection of your favorite garden photos. $100; $90 for members and for Pennsylvania Horticultural Society members. Registration is required: registration or 215.988.8869. Takes place at Merion.


ArtSee Family Programs stir the imagination and generate excitement about the art, architecture, and nature that make up the Barnes Foundation. Many of the programs are free.

Terrific Touring Tools

Riddle of the Room Family Audio Tour
What can be real or imaginary and still point you in the right direction for great art detection?  Find out by playing this creative, self-guided, interactive audio game designed especially for ages 7–12. Onsite rental: $5; free for members. Download at home to your own device: free

Riddle of the Room ArtSee Gallery Kit
Calling all art detectives! Visiting the Barnes collection is challenging fun as you solve the riddle of the room posed on the art cards in this kid-friendly tote best for ages 7–12. Free


ArtSee activities Weekends

ArtSee activities Drop-in Program
The entire family gets into the creative act by making an array of exciting art and craft projects. When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Awesome Architecture
Friday, September 21, 5–7 pm
Saturday, September 22, 11 am–1 pm
Sunday, September 23, 1–3 pm 
What a building! After observing and sketching fascinating architectural details, construct your own collection diorama and design your own Barnes building bag.

Game On!
Friday, October 19, 5–7 pm
Saturday, October 20, 11 am–1 pm
Sunday, October 21, 1–3 pm
Hoops, balls, cards, and races…there are so many paintings that feature games and sports of all sorts! Decorate your own amazing maze, super game card, and game on bag.

Native American Arts & Crafts
Friday, November 16, 5–7 pm
Saturday, November 17, 11 am–1 pm
Sunday, November 18, 1–3 pm
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by exploring the intriguing pots, jewelry, and rugs in the collection. Design your own special crafts inspired by the materials and techniques on view.

Pattern Paper
Friday, December 21, 5–7 pm
Saturday, December 22, 11 am–1 pm
Sunday, December 23, 1–3 pm
Patterns fill the Barnes with delightful forms and lots of color.  Create your own pattern paper and decorate a seasonal bag.

Peppy Preschool Programs

ARTime Storytime 
Thursdays, (except November 22 in honor of Thanksgiving Day), 10:30 – 11 am
Listen, dance, create, and sing to the art of Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, van Gogh, and other artists in the collection. Best for children ages 3–5 and their caregivers. Free. Space is limited. Reservations required: Admission to the Collection Gallery is not included.

ARTime Pajama Tour
3rd Fridays, 6–6:30 pm (9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/21)
An entertaining exploration of the galleries for children 5 and under and their caregivers. Free with Collection Gallery Admission. Space is limited. Reservations required:


After School Afternoon

Artkids @ the Movies
Every 1st Wednesday - Starting September 5th, 4–6 pm (9/5, 10/3, 11/7, and 12/5)
Cinémathèque Internationale of Philadelphia and the Barnes Foundation present an exciting assortment of international and American films that connect to the Barnes collection. From feature films to animated shorts, there is always something new to see and discover. Best for ages 6–12 and their caregivers. Free. Reservations required. Admission to the Collection Gallery is not included. For film listings and to reserve your tickets, go to:



Barnes Architecture: Old and New 
October 23, 12–2 pm
Instructors Grace Ong Yan and John Gatti
The Barnes Foundation has been a catalyst for great architecture, as seen in both the 1922 Paul Philippe Cret design for Merion and the 2012 Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. This workshop explores the old and new architecture of the Barnes Foundation, inside and out. This workshop offers a first-hand experience of the new Barnes Foundation building design. Dr. Grace Ong Yan, involved in the selection process for architect, discusses the built expression of the architects’ “gallery in a garden” design. The significant contributions of both old and new buildings to architectural discourse will also be discussed. $50; members $45



Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 am–6 pm, Friday until 10 pm
Closed Tuedays

Tickets are free to Members and children under the age of six accompanied by an adult. General admission prices are $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. Admission on the first Sunday each month from 1 until 5 pm is free through the generosity of PECO. Information and tickets are available online at and by calling 866.849.7056.


About the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation ( was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive holdings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast, Old Master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. The Barnes Foundation’s Art and Aesthetics programs engage a diverse array of audiences. These programs, occurring at the Philadelphia campus, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

The Barnes Arboretum, located at the Merion campus, contains more than 2,000 species/varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and subsequently added to under the direction of Mrs. Laura L. Barnes, the collection includes a fern-leaf beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Laciniata’), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include Lilacs, Peonies, Stewartias and Magnolias. The Horticulture school at the Barnes Foundation in Merion has offered a comprehensive, three year certificate course of study in the botanical sciences, horticultural practices, garden aesthetics, and design through a well-grounded, scientific learning experience since its inception in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes. 


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