Programs: Calendar April 2015

tour

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Best for teens/tweens and their families. Collection admission included; reservations required.
April 19, 2015
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 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.

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Premier Tour: Impressionism and Beyond

Dr. Barnes collected superb examples of impressionist and post-impressionist art. Paintings by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh are among the many stunning works on view. 

This intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

April 21, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

April 21, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art" according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his "experiments in education" that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

April 23, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

workshop
members only

Container workshop

Learn principles of creative container design and techniques for effective installation and maintenance to create a custom container that will give your porch, patio, deck, or garden a splash of color all summer long. Choose unusual sun- or shade-loving plants to combine in your own design.

Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066.

April 24, 2015
10 am–noon Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. Members $45; materials included. Registration required.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

workshop
members only

Container workshop

Learn principles of creative container design and techniques for effective installation and maintenance to create a custom container that will give your porch, patio, deck, or garden a splash of color all summer long. Choose unusual sun- or shade-loving plants to combine in your own design.

Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066.

April 25, 2015
10 am–noon Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. Members $45; materials included. Registration required.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

The History of the Barnes Arboretum

Albert and Laura Barnes built an impressive teaching garden with several champion trees, unusual ferns, and many rare and wonderful plants that have influenced generations of horticulturists.

April 25, 2015
11 am–noon 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA Members free

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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First annual Violette de Mazia Lecture Soutine: Sources and Legacy

This series illuminates the educational principles to which Ms. de Mazia dedicated her life: social progress through art and aesthetic education.

Although many people seeing the paintings of Chaim Soutine for the first time find his compositions disorganized, non-traditional, and incomprehensible, Dr. Richard Wattenmaker argues that Soutine used his profound knowledge of artistic tradition and his predecessors as the basis for his own original and unique work. He illustrates the immense influence Soutine had on other artists, European and American, including those whose debt to him has not been acknowledged.

Richard Wattenmaker, a widely recognized authority on late 19th- and early 20th-century modern art, is a former student and instructor at the Barnes Foundation. He is the author of American Paintings and Works on Paper in the Barnes Foundation (2010), and a contributor to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition of ironwork from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen, France, that opens at the Barnes Foundation in fall 2015.

Wine and cheese reception follows the talk.

April 26, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required

SOLD OUT

Magnolias
members only

Magnolias for the Home Landscape

An iconic harbinger of spring, magnolias are beloved throughout the mid-Atlantic region. But with over 200 species and hundreds of cultivars, selecting the right magnolia for a home landscape can be a challenge. Andrew Bunting, Scott Arboretum curator and past president of the Magnolia Society International, discusses the best magnolias, from delicate small trees to statuesque specimen plantings, and how to successfully incorporate them into a residential setting.

April 26, 2015
2–3 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA Members free

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

monet

Premier Tour: Paris and Modern Art

In the early 20th century, Paris was a center of artistic innovation. A wave of artists, including De Chirico, Miró, Modigliani, Picasso, and Soutine, gravitated there. View important works by these artists, who believed that Paris was the place to be.

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

April 28, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

April 28, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

The Order of Things Artist Installation in Progress

Join curator Martha Lucy for a conversation about the exhibition concept and a behind-the-scenes look at the site-specific installations being created for Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things. Learn about the artists’ inspiration, materials, and process.

April 28, 2015
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circle Supporters and above free.

Reserve: 215.278.7110

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art" according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his "experiments in education" that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

April 30, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.