Programs: Calendar

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: Person of the Crowd

Join us for programs linked to our exhibition Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie. Scribe Video presents short films exploring immigrant experience, Project HOME artists display and discuss their art inspired by the theme of the exhibition, and Take It Away Dance brings tap dance and jazz music together for an interactive afternoon. Outdoors, Orchestra 2001 presents an immersive musical experience.

 

 

Sunday, April 2
Collection access 10 am–5 pm; Programming 1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am. For more information, please click here.

Flânerie

Symposium. Flânerie and the Politics of Public Space

Writers, artists, and scholars discuss the history of flânerie and the contemporary race and gender politics enmeshed in the simple act of walking down the street. Talks address the complexity of public life in spaces both physical and virtual. Speakers include Bridget Alsdorf, Man Bartlett, André Dombrowski, Tom McDonough, Doreen St. Félix, and Angela Washko.

Admission includes entrance to the symposium and access to the special exhibition Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie.

Saturday, April 15
9:30 am–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members and students $15

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Tania Bruguera

Lecture. Tania Bruguera, How to Transform Affect into Political Effectiveness

Tania Bruguera addresses issues of power and control through her often controversial performances and installations. Hear Bruguera discuss her work, including the moving performance piece featured in the exhibition. 

Wednesday, May 3
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members and students $9

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Ayana Evans

Barnes open house: #Personofthecrowd

Meet up at the Barnes for free after-hours access to Person of the Crowd! Wearing her signature neon-yellow zebra-patterned bodysuit and high heels, performance artist Ayana Evans hosts an interactive food performance for randomly selected visitors.

Wednesday, May 10
5–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free walk-up; exhibition access only

STAMP

STAMP teen party

Co-sponsored by STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly), this event for high-school students offers food, music, and free admission to Person of the Crowd. Artist Man Bartlett discusses his new exhibition-related video project created with students from Overbrook and Central high schools.

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 11
3:30–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Mohamed Bourouissa's Horse Day

Member previews of Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

As a member, see the show before the public opening. 

Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30
Noon–5 pm and 11 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

 

Mohamed Bourouissa's Horse Day

Opening of Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

Join us in celebrating Bourouissa’s first solo exhibition at a US arts institution, featuring approximately 60 works, including drawings, photos, videos, costumes, and sculptures, and a live performance. Many of the works relate to his 2014 project, which focused on a North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization via a horseback riding event. 

Friday, June 30
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members $20

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.