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Circles Calendar

Circles Calendar

Circles members are invited to enjoy a series of exclusive programs and events, including special tours, conversations with curators and scholars, and premier access to the Barnes conservation studio and archives. Available to Chairman’s Circle members ($25,000), Director’s Circle members ($10,000), Circle Patrons ($5,000), Circle Supporters $2,500), and Circle members ($1,000).

Dates are subject to change. Space is limited; RSVP required for all events.
Circles line: 215.278.7110
Email: click here

Tuesday, March 11 (three opportunities in one day)
8–9 am
Noon—1 pm
6–7:30 pm
Under the Microscope: Cézanne in the Conservation Studio
Chief Conservator of Paintings Barbara Buckley and Gund Family Chief Curator Judith F. Dolkart give you an inside look at the Barnes’s treasured Cézanne still lifes; witness firsthand the mastery of the artist’s layered colors and brushstrokes. Dolkart also provides insight into the exhibition of Cézanne still lifes coming up in 2014.
Circles $1,000 and above


Sunday, March 23
2–3:30 pm
African Textiles
Lecture and Circles Reception
Alisa LaGamma, curator of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Met, discusses historical and contemporary African textiles and their use in contemporary art, such as the textiles Shonibare works in. She provides a history of Dutch wax fabric and its introduction to Africa, and links it to the textile traditions of West Africa, which historically reflect political and social aspiration. She is a contributor to the Foundation’s forthcoming catalogue on African art and has written a catalogue on African textiles at the Met. Members of the Circles enjoy a reception with LaGamma following the lecture.
Circles $1,000 and above


Sunday, April 13
2–3 pm
Cézanne to Shonibare: Creating a Context for Contemporary Art lecture
Modern and contemporary art scholar and critic W. Ian Bourland looks at the lineage of art from the late 19th century to the present to show how Cézanne's work created a domino effect in questioning  traditions and techniques, which led to the work of contemporary artists like Shonibare.
Circles $1,000 and above


Sunday, April 27
11 am–1 pm
Magnolia Morning Tour and Reception
Join Horticulture Education Coordinator Nicole Juday and Andrew Bunting, president of the Magnolia Society, for a delightful tour and conversation highlighting the lush magnolias in the Arboretum. With cascading flowers in various shades of pink, they make a perfect backdrop to Merion campus's main entrance. Learn the history of the species and the history of Laura Barnes’s living collection. 
Circles and Corporate Council $1,000 and above 


Wednesday, May 7
8 am–6 pm
Circles Trip to NYC
Theme: What’s happening in contemporary art today?
Circles members and their guests are invited on a day trip to New York. Enjoy a tour of the Whitney Biennial, the 77th in the series begun in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and the last in the Marcel Breuer building. After lunch, tour the Sotheby’s impressionist and modern art auction preview. 
Circles $1,000 and above; $125 per person


Saturday, May 17
11 am Lecture
Noon Circles reception (Circles $1,000 and above)
The World Is an Apple exhibition preview lecture
Join Judith F. Dolkart, deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator, for a preview lecture on the upcoming exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne. Opening in June 2014, The World Is an Apple charts a thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s still-life painting, showing how the Master of Aix recast the genre and set it on a new course.  
Members free


Sunday, June 1 (rain date June 8)
11 am–2 pm
Family Flower Day at the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation
Art and nature collide in this member-only family program with demonstrations, tours, and activity stations. Decorate a blossom bag, sculpt a flower arrangement, and paint a floral and fruit arrangement. Take a guided tour and bring a picnic lunch!
Members free. Reservations required.


Friday, June 20
9:30–11:30 am
Circles exhibition preview, curator lecture, and brunch
Circles members celebrate the opening of The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne with an exclusive preview lecture by Benedict Leca, director for curatorial affairs at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Following the lecture, enjoy brunch and an exclusive preview of the exhibition with Leca and Barnes chief curator Judith F. Dolkart.
Circles $1,000 and above

Dates are subject to change. Space is limited; RSVP required for all events.

Circles line: 215.278.7110
Email: click here