Programs: Calendar April 2015

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

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Garden Restaurant Prix-Fixe Dinner

Join us in the Garden Restaurant for a three-course, prix-fixe dinner featuring our Winter/Spring menu.

Prix fixe will include three courses and iced tea or a soft drink.
First course: soup du jour or mesclun greens with citrus vinaigrette
Second course: entrée of choice
Third course: dessert of choice

April 3, 2015
4–7 pm The Garden Restaurant $38 per guest, all inclusive.
Featuring half-priced bottles of wine from 5–7 pm.

Collection admission not included.

Tickets available on-site.

Al Bustan

First Friday! A Musical Garden

Western harmonies merge with Middle Eastern melodies in the enchanting music of Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble and youth choir. Meaning “the garden” in Arabic, Al-Bustan sows the seeds of cultural exploration that blur the lines between classical and contemporary. Includes a talk on Cézanne Uncovered: Two Sketches Revealed Through Conservation, led by Barbara Buckley, senior director of conservation and chief conservator of paintings. Let your evening unfold with dinner at our Garden Restaurant.

Programs:
6–7 pm live music: Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble
7–7:20 pm talk: Cézanne Uncovered
7:30–8:30 pm live music: Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase:
Za'atar spiced lamb kabob
Fava bean hummus

April 3, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members free

Collection admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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ArtSee Activities: Gardens of Delight

Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in program for all ages on Free First Sundays

With Earth Day coming up, dig right in by creating your own garden bag, fashioning flowers, and painting a gorgeous garden!

April 5, 2015
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Cardplayers

Premier Tour: Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne is often regarded as the father of modern painting. This is a comprehensive look at the artist’s major achievements, including the monumental works The Card Players and The Large Bathers.

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

April 7, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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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 7, 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

Conversation with Jerry Saltz

Indulge in a provocative and insightful conversation with renowned art critic and three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Jerry Saltz, senior critic for New York Magazine. Questions and dialogue encouraged. Reception follows.

April 7, 2015
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles free

Reserve: 215.278.7110

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ARTime Storytime: Monet’s Impressions

By Claude Monet

Seasons come and go with bursts of changing colors and textures. Look to Monet when you form your own beautiful flower!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

April 9, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Space is limited, reserve your free tickets online. Please select a time: 10:30 am or 11:30 am.
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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 9, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

Cézanne Uncovered: Materials and Techniques

Join Marjorie Shelley, the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as she discusses Cézanne's drawings and sketchbooks. The lecture explores the impact of Cézanne's academic art instruction and reverence for his artistic predecessors on his works on paper. Highly personal and never shown to others, Cézanne's graphite drawings and watercolors were fundamental to his artistic production and offer insight into the sources and technical methods of his draftsmanship. The works on paper also show Cézanne's artistic transformation and his "sensations"-his emotional responses to his subject matter. His materials, though quite basic, are evidence of the emergence of paint and pigment dealers called colormen in the art world of the 19th century. The wide range of materials and colors sold by colormen was critical to the development of modern art.

April 10, 2015
11 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free. Includes collection and exhibition access.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7110

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Premier Tour: The Art of Renoir

Tour the largest collection of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Barnes collected his work tenaciously, amassing 181 works by the painter between 1912 and 1942, making good on his 1913 declaration to fellow collector Leo Stein: “I am convinced I cannot get too many Renoirs.”

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

April 14, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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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 14, 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

Corporate Council in the Conservation Studio

Join us for an insider’s look at the Barnes Foundation’s state-of-the-art conservation studio and projects. Learn about conservators’ work on pieces in the African art collection and view the objects up close. Then, get a sneak peek of Cézanne Uncovered and view never-before-seen works by the impressionist master. The program is followed by a reception.

April 14, 2015
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Corporate Council members free

Reserve: 215.278.7120 or corporatecouncil@barnesfoundation.org

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ARTime Storytime: Bugs Galore

By Peter Stein

Bugs creep, slither, stink, squirm, and charm in this down-in-the-dirt delightful book. Make a bug to take home.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

April 16, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Space is limited, reserve your free tickets online. Please select a time: 10:30 am or 11:30 am.
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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 16, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Artful Tastings: Beer

Sample spirits and compare nuances of flavor, ingredients, scents, and regions with formal and sensory aspects of the collection's masterworks. Collection access 6–7 pm, tasting 7–8:30 pm.

April 17, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $40; members $32

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

Barnes as Installation Artist

Join Martha Lucy, assistant professor at Drexel University, for a discussion on how Barnes endowed objects with new meanings by shifting their context, organizing his collection according to formal concerns rather than by history or chronology.

April 18, 2015
11 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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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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American Artists’ Innovations with Drawing and Color

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
American artists returning from studies in Paris implemented the language of 19th-century European masters in new ways. Instead of choosing to continue a rigid emphasis on color or line, American modernists challenged existing definitions of beauty. Artists like William Glackens, Ernest Lawson, Alfred Maurer, and Maurice Prendergast established a visual language that was both gritty and vibrant, like the experience of their urban milieu. Their innovations paved the way towards international recognition of American art.

Mondays, April 20–May 11 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Museum Additions: Reinventing Architectural Traditions

Instructor: Grace Ong Yan, PhD
How do architects design additions to historical buildings? Explore how new architecture has been forged from existing structures and traditions. Visit and discuss sites like the Liberty Bell Center, Independence National Historical Park, the Franklin Institute, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and Franklin Court, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including walking tours with the architects and landscape architects who designed them: Venturi Scott Brown Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Saylor Gregg, and Olin Partnership. 

Tuesdays, April 21–May 12 (4 classes)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve 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.

Albert C. Barnes

Albert Barnes in the Company of Collectors

Instructor: Blake Bradford, Bernard C. Watson Director of Education
After 90 years, the Barnes Foundation’s collection continues to be a singular experience. Albert Barnes was not alone, however, in assembling an excellent collection or in engaging modernism. Explore Barnes’s accomplishments alongside those of Katherine Dreier, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Duncan Phillips, and other peers. This course offers a timeline for what was being collected by Barnes and his contemporaries, both individual and institutional.

Tuesdays, April 21–May 12 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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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.

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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

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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.

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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.