Programs: Calendar December 2016

First Friday! Mark Kramer/Eddie Gomez Trio

Charismatic Philadelphia pianist and composer Mark Kramer teams up with Eddie Gomez, one of the most celebrated bassists in the history of jazz. Together, they present selections from their “Jazz Fiddler on the Roof.”

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, December 2
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members free
​$10 college students: valid college ID must be presented, on site only.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Large wreath made from greens and magnolia blossoms

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Instructor: Rachel Burlington, Barnes gardener and Pennsylvania certified horticulturist

Learn simple techniques to transform a selection of fresh-cut evergreens, pods, cones, and berries from the Barnes Arboretum into a wreath embellished with unusual decorative elements inspired by nature.

Saturday, December 3
9am-noon or 1-4pm Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $88; members $79

Register for the 9am or the 1pm session, or call 215.278.7200.

ArtSee Activities: Shape of Things

ArtSee Activities: Shape of Things

Imagination stations for family fun! Vivid colors and dramatic shapes abound on the walls of the Barnes Foundation. Have fun creating works of art inspired by our collection!

Sunday, December 4
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-in for all ages.

Visit the galleries with a Free First Sunday ticket.

Free First Sunday: Sensations

Join us for an afternoon of programming created by Maggie Lily, University of the Arts class of 2017. The program includes choreographer Jess Adams, New York experimental performance and hip hop duo Yackez, and internationally recognized operatic tenor Richard Troxell. Collection access included.

Collection access 10-5pm
Program activity 1-4pm

Sunday, December 4
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Picasso’s The Ascetic

In Focus: Picasso’s The Ascetic

Gallery talk by Galina Olmsted, doctoral candidate in the history of art, University of Delaware

Monday, December 5
2:00—2:30 pm Room 18 Free with admission

 

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

 

 

Tuesday, December 6
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Lots of Dots

ARTime Storytime: Lots of Dots

by Craig Frazier

Watch how the ordinary becomes extraordinary as buttons, wheels, ice cream, and more magically become a cascade of dots! Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, December 8
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free.

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Glackens Street Cleaners - two men clean a winter street while passersby look on
members only

When Albert Barnes was collecting Cézanne

Join Sylvie Patry, deputy director for collections and exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator, for an afternoon talk exclusively for members.

Friday, December 9
Noon–12:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist.

Sunday, December 11
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free with gallery admission; children 5 and under free; members free

Second Sunday of each month

Reservations required: Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

 

 

Tuesday, December 13
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Four Ethiopian women sitting in front of a bright wall

Lecture; Henri-Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment and Documentary Storytelling

Sosena Solomon, documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and lecturer in the Film and Video Department at the University of the Arts and Temple University

Cartier-Bresson was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. He is most known for his street photography, capturing subjects using the fly-on-the-wall technique, which has made an enormous impact in the world of visual documentary storytelling. Solomon discusses Cartier-Bresson’s understanding of capturing a “decisive moment,” with examples from his prolific body of work.

Sosena Solomon. Four Women, Family Portrait Series, Debre Berhan, Ethiopia, 2015

 

Tuesday, December 13
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Mix it Up

ARTime Storytime: Mix it Up

by Hervé Tullet

Colors come alive and mix it up in a dazzling adventure of art and whimsy. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, December 15
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free.

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Member Tour
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Saints and Their Stories

For centuries, visual expression has been used to transcend the boundaries of written language. Highlighting our collection of religious works, this tour decodes the symbols of the saints—which contemporary viewers would have recognized readily—and delves into their dramatic stories.

Friday, December 16
11 am and 2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Book an 11am tour or a 2pm tour online or call 215.278.7200.

three young ladies look at photographs in the Barnes Foundation special exhibition

Barnes Open House: art after hours and pop-up holiday market

Friends, families, and Parkway neighbors, gather at the Barnes this holiday season for after-hours art, shopping, and winter fun for the whole gang! We're hosting an open house with free admission to our exhibition Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950. Stroll through the holiday market and meet local vendors, shop for artisanal gifts, and enjoy wine tastings. Other seasonal spirits and gastro fare by Starr Catering are available for purchase. Don't forget to stop by our photo booth to snap a 19th-century selfie—plus, photography is allowed in the exhibition so share your shots using #LiveandLifePhoto and we'll feature our favorites!

Friday, December 16
5–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

 

artsee cart

ArtSee Cart: African Adventure

When the ArtSee Cart pops up, there are plenty of things to look at, touch, and do!

The ArtSee Cart is generously funded by The 25th Century Foundation; Marcy Gringlas, Joel Greenberg, and Seed the Dream Foundation; and Louise A. and Peter H. Havens

Sunday, December 18
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-by for all ages

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: Art Themes

Explore the collection on thematic tours, so visitors of all ages can see the collection like never before.

 

Sunday, December 18
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free with gallery admission; children 5 and under free; members free

Third Sunday of each month

Reservations required: Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse’s The Madras

In Focus: Matisse’s Le Madras

Gallery talk by Francesca Ferrari, doctoral candidate in the history of art, University of Pennsylvania

Monday, December 19
2:00—2:30 pm Room 19 Free with admission

 

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

 

 

Tuesday, December 20
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

 

 

Tuesday, December 27
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.