THE BARNES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ARTSEE CART

THE BARNES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ARTSEE CART

Sight Seeing: African Art Adventure
Free hands-on art station launches Sunday, September 20, 2-4pm

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Philadelphia PA, September 18, 2015 – The Barnes Foundation announces the ArtSee Cart, a multi-sensory, hands-on art station for children and families premiering on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 2-4pm. The ArtSee Cart is free and will be at the Barnes on the third Sunday of the month. Its inaugural theme, Sight Seeing: African Art Adventure, focuses on the stories, music, geography, traditions and materials from the West African countries the Barnes Foundation’s African art collection originates from, including: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Mali and Nigeria.

The ArtSee Cart, which was designed by students from the Charter High School for Architecture + Design (CHAD) was developed to provide an additional free site for art education at the Barnes to help enrich the important cultural time families spend together. The ArtSee Cart will serve as a place for children and families to gain a deeper understanding of the Barnes and learn about a featured part of the collection. With Sight Seeing: African Art Adventure, families can take part in a variety of fun, multi-sensory activities such as playing traditional African instruments, African hair braiding, participating in crafts such as designing your own African mask, and more. A full list of ArtSee Cart activities is included below. Information on future ArtSee Cart themes and 2016 hours is forthcoming. 

The Barnes Foundation’s ArtSee Cart is sponsored by the 25th Century Foundation, Marcy Gringlas, Joel Greenberg, and Seed the Dream Foundation, and Louise A. and Peter H. Havens.

SIGHT SEEING: AFRICAN ART ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES:

African Masks
Feel a real wood Fang mask and see a video of masked dancers in action. Design your own felt mask using color shapes and stripes as you experiment with pattern, symmetry, and asymmetry. Take a selfie next to your creation! 

Art of Display
What do you collect and how do you display them?  Here at the Barnes, you can clearly see how our founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes, assembled his collection in what he called ‘ensembles.’ He believed that there was a lot to learn from looking at works of art from different times and places. Get into the act when you reshuffle magnetic ensemble pieces from Room 22 of the Collection Gallery where many pieces of the Barnes African collection reside.

Beautiful Braiding
You can find examples of African hair braiding both in the many pieces in the Barnes African collection and also on the streets today! Learn about the cultural significance of braiding in Africa and the United States when you meet our mannequin and create your own braids inspired by the samples on view. 

Geo-Puzzle
Geography can be hands-on fun when you assemble a challenging map of Africa to find out where-in-the-world some of our African art and objects come from and who made them. 

Marvelous Materials
Touch, smell, and observe an array of materials that represent the works of art in the collection.  From wood to laundry bluing to kaolin clay to cowrie shells and more, there are lots of examples to look at and learn from. 

Making Music
The original use of the masks and sculptures on view at the Barnes, was for ritual dances and ceremonies.  Music played, and continues to play, a very important role in African life.  Try your hand at making music with a selection of instruments like a gankogui, talking drum, djembe, balafon, shekere, and uyot seed rattle.   

Take A Look Books
Whether reading an African tale to youngsters or grabbing a book to find some fascinating facts, there is an assortment of picture books to delve into.

 

FAMILY PROGRAMS CALENDAR

October–December 2015

Please note: this program schedule is current as of September 2015. 
Updates and images can be downloaded at:
press.barnesfoundation.org

Family programs stir the imagination and generate excitement about art, architecture, and nature. Programs are designed for preschoolers (ARTime), youth (ArtKids), and the entire family (ArtSee); children must be accompanied by an adult. ArtSee monthly themes allow us to explore different aspects of the collection from a variety of viewpoints.

Fall Themes:

Hats Off to Picasso in October for a happy birthday nod complete with charming chapeau crafts.

November roars to life when Heavy Metal takes center stage in Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen.

December has everyone Sightseeing. Celebrate Matisse’s birthday—and his love of travel—as you wander the world through the collection.

ArtSee Activities: Hats Off
Sunday, October 4
1–4 pm
Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in programs for all ages on Free First Sundays.
The hats have it! Wish Pablo Picasso a happy birthday by making a fantastic Harlequin hat, sketching a hat scene, and crafting a chapeau bag.
Free; drop-in 

Storytime Sunday
Sunday, October 4
2–4 pm
Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.
Free; drop-in

ARTime Storytime: Chamelia
by Ethan Long
Thursday, October 8
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon
Chamelia is the center of attention as she goes through life in her own special way. Your specialness will shine too with your fab patterns project.
Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.
Free; reservations required. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ARTime Storytime: Maisy’s Rainbow Dream
by Lucy Cousins
Thursday, October 15
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon
You’re invited to join Maisy’s dream journey through all the colors of the rainbow and then create a colorful craft.
Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.
Free; reservations required. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights
Sunday, October 18
2:30–3:30 pm
See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.
Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200. 

ArtSee Activities: Heavy Metal
Sunday, November 1
1–4 pm
Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in programs for all ages on Free First Sundays.
Fanciful animals, intricate locks, and dazzling signs are just some examples of the metalwork merriment you can create when you emboss your own metalwork crafts inspired by Strength and Splendor.
Free; drop-in

Storytime Sunday
Sunday, November 1
2­–4 pm
Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.
Free; drop-in

Pajama Tour: Shiny Shapes
Friday, November 6
6–6:30 pm
Find the shiny ironwork shapes on this fun gallery hunt. For ages 2–5; wear your pajamas!
Included with collection admission; members free. Reservations required. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ARTime Storytime: Little Blue Truck
by Alice Schertle
Thursday, November 12
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon
With a few friendly beeps and a group of helping hands, the Little Blue Truck helps a dump truck learn a lesson or two. After the story, build your own blue truck.
Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.
Free; reservations required. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights
Sunday, November 15
2:30–3:30 pm
See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.
Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ARTime Storytime: Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo
by Kevin Lewis
Thursday, November 19
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon
A busy steam engine works hard to get the job done with a cast of colorful characters, and you’ll work hard too when you plan your own railroad.
Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.
Free; reservations required. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200. 

ArtSee Activities: Sightseeing
Sunday, December 6
1–4 pm
Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in programs for all ages on Free First Sundays. Tis the season for seeing the sights with collection travels to many interesting cultures and places. Draw with scissors as you cut out a Happy Birthday Matisse bag, create a travel poster of faraway lands, and design your own mode of transportation.
Free; drop-in

Storytime Sunday
Sunday, December 6
2­–4 pm
Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.
Free; drop-in

ARTime Storytime: Leaf Man
by Lois Ehlert
Thursday, December 10
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon
Leaf Man is on the move and has to go where the wind blows. Watch what happens when you make a tumbling leaf project.
Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.
Free; reservations required. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ARTime Storytime: A Bird or Two: A Story about Henri Matisse
by Bijou Le Tord
Thursday, December 17
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon
In the brilliant sun of southern France, Matisse painted everything in his bold and beautiful colors. Do the same in your travel journal.
Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.
Free; reservations required. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights
Sunday, December 20
2:30–3:30 pm
See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.
Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free. Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200. 

Keys to the Collection app
Turn your visit into a game: go on art adventures to find the gold key and unlock a special room where you create your own art gallery!

Free; pick up on-site or download to your Apple device.

Riddle of the Room audio tour
What is seen or suggested and gives you direction for great art detection? Find out in this award-winning interactive audio game.

Free; pick up on-site or download to your mobile device. 

Gallery Kits
Calling all art detectives! Visiting the Barnes is challenging fun as you solve the riddles, puzzles, and brain games posed on the art cards.

Metalwork Mystery
Pattern Puzzles
Riddle of the Room
Solving Still Life

Macy's

Gallery kits are sponsored by Macy’s

 

ABOUT THE BARNES FOUNDATION

The Barnes Foundation (barnesfoundation.org) 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 world’s finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, and Giorgio de Chirico; works by American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin, and Maurice Prendergast; old master paintings; important examples of African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; decorative arts and ironwork; and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged in ensembles structured according to light, line, color, and space—principles that Dr. Barnes called “the universal language of art.” The Foundation’s programs include First Fridays, young professionals nights, tours, tastings, and family programs, as well as Barnes-de Mazia Education Program courses and workshops. These programs advance the Foundation’s mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The Barnes Foundation is open Wednesday–Monday and tickets can be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215.278.7200. Ticket prices and current hours are listed on our website

The Barnes Arboretum in Merion contains more than 2,000 varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and expanded under the direction of Laura Leggett Barnes, the living collections include 40 state champion trees, a Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include lilacs, peonies, stewartias, ferns, medicinal plants, hostas, and magnolias. The Horticulture Education Program has offered a comprehensive three-year certificate course in the botanical sciences, horticulture, garden aesthetics, and design since its establishment in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes. The arboretum also offers horticulture workshops and lectures, and is open to the public Friday – Sunday from May through November. Tickets can be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215.278.7200. Ticket prices and current hours are listed on our website.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Jan Rothschild, Senior Vice President for Communications
Deirdre Maher, Director of Communications
215.278.7160, press@barnesfoundation.org