Programs: Calendar

pj tour

ARTime Pajama Tour

Spying Blue

Seeing is believing when you search for this popular color. For ages 2–5; wear your pajamas!

March 6, 2015
6–6:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Included with Collection Gallery admission on a space-available basis: free with admission, free for members. Reservations required.

Reserve your general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

first friday

First Friday! Lights, Camera, Action!

Get glammed up and head to the Barnes for art, cocktails, and star power. We’re taking you back to old Hollywood as a nod to this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show theme. Join us for Denise King’s musical tribute to legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. Short talks include a spotlight on Jean Renoir, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s ceramicist son who became a major Hollywood filmmaker, plus a conversation with Nicole Juday, horticulture education and programs manager, about the starring role of flowers in impressionist paintings.

Program
6–7 pm live music
6:30–6:50 pm Spotlight on Jean Renoir
7–7:20 pm Starring Roles of Flowers
7:30–8:30 pm live music

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

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets 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.

March 10, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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The Barnes Collection: Painting Practice and a Look Beneath the Surface

Instructor: Barbara Buckley, Barnes senior director of conservation
How do the artist's materials affect the appearance of a painting? Led by Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings Barbara Buckley, this workshop explores historic painting materials and techniques with a focus on impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings. Students look closely at paintings in the collection and are introduced to painting media including fresco, egg tempera, oil, and modern synthetic paints. Includes a visit to the Barnes conservation studio.

Tuesdays, March 10–April 7 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

SOLD OUT

Matisse, seated riffian
members only

“No Thanks!” The Art that Dr. Barnes Didn’t Buy

Why did Dr. Barnes choose not to buy Van Gogh’s Starry Night? Did he really want to trade away Matisse’s Seated Riffian? Archivist Barbara Beaucar offers insight into these collecting choices.

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

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: Vincent’s Colors

By Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh’s own words bring the colors of the rainbow to life. Get busy with the color blue by decorating a special uniform. 

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

March 12, 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.

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Beauty and the African Body

Christa Clarke, senior curator of arts of global Africa at the Newark Museum, and Yaba Blay, co-director and assistant teaching professor of Africana studies at Drexel University, reflect on correlations between African aesthetics and pieces in the Barnes's African collection.

March 15, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $15; members $12

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

tour

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. 

March 15, 2015
3–4 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.

Barnes Foundation
members only

Circles and Corporate Council Conversation: The Business of Art

Join the Circles and Corporate Council for the first in a series of lively conversations on art as an investment.

March 16, 2015
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles and Corporate Council members free. Reserve: 215.287.7110

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Premier Tour: Impressionism's Legacy

Encounter superb works of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the collection. Paintings by Renoir, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gaugin are among the many stunning works on view.

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

March 17, 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.

March 17, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: Sue Likes Blue

By Barbara Gregorich

Listen, dance, create, and sing to the art from the collection. Best for ages 2–5. Free; reservations required

What's your favorite color? See how Sue colors her world blue and then you will too!

March 19, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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Artful Tastings: French Wines

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.

 

Tasting menu
White wines
Marcel Giraudon Aligoté
Christophe Thorigny Vouvray Sec

Red wines
Billard Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune
Domaine du Pas Saint Martin Saumur Rouge
Château Laffitte-Teston Madiran.

French cheese
Petit Basque
Délice de Bourgogne
Roquefort


March 20, 2015
6–8:30 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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Gardening for Beginners

Instructor: Kathy Salisbury, MS in horticulture
Designed for those who are new to gardening or have dabbled a bit but can’t seem to get it right. Learning the basic functions of plants; how to test your soil; and the fundamentals of plant selection, installation, and maintenance gets you on your way to a greener thumb.

Saturdays, March 21–28 (2 classes)
9:30 am–noon Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $60; members $54

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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ArtKids Workshop: Blue

From denim jeans and flags to artists’ painted skies and oceans, blue is a power color! After exploring how artists like Van Gogh use blue, ArtKids try out different media to make a personal statement with this inspiring color.

March 22, 2015
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20. Collection admission and art materials included.

Register: 215.278.7200.

monet

Premier Tour: Parisian Moderns

In the early 20th century, Paris was a center of artistic innovation. A wave of European artists, including De Chirico, Miró, Modigliani, Picasso, and Soutine, gravitated to the French capital. 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.

March 24, 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.

March 24, 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.

March 31, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation
members only

Private collection tour

Contemporaries, delight in an exquisite Center City private collection. Learn how the collectors first began to develop their artistic eye and passion for visual arts.

March 31, 2015
6–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries free. Reserve: 215.287.7110

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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.

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, the conservation treatment of two sketches, led by Barbara Buckley, senior director of conservation and chief conservator of paintings.

Program
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

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.

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 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: 215.287.7110

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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

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
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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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.

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

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

conservation studio
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

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
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.

beer tasting

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.

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
3–4 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.

monet

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.

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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.

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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 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Soutine: Sources and Legacy

The Violette de Mazia Foundation and Barnes alumni present scholar, curator, and Barnes alum Richard Wattenmaker for a lecture on Chaim Soutine, an artist so deeply immersed in the traditions of art that he fitted perfectly into Dr. Barnes's approach to art. Reception to follow.

April 26, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Students and Alumni. Free

Reserve: 215.287.7110

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 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 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: 215.287.7110

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.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

May 1, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $15; members $12

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

pj tour

ARTime Pajama Tour

Cool Collecting

See how a collection grows on this fun gallery hunt. For ages 2–5; wear your pajamas!

May 1, 2015
6–6:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Included with Collection Gallery admission on a space-available basis: free with admission, free for members. Reservations required.

Reserve your general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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First Friday! Red Light Jazz: Ragtime Revivals

Featuring legendary musicians Leigh Howard Stevens, Stefon Harris, Warren Wolf, Jon Singer, Tony Miceli, and the group Escape 10 Duo with sounds of the marimba, xylophone, and vibraphone. Travel to the 1920s for red-light-district ragtime and work your way back to contemporary jazz. Plus, a talk by Lisa Minardi, assistant curator at Winterthur Museum, on the Pennsylvania German furniture in the Barnes collection. Minardi discusses connections between the furniture and Fraktur, a Pennsylvania German style of illuminated manuscript folk art that is the subject of her most recent book and three exhibitions at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Winterthur, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Live music in partnership with Malletech Instruments.

Program
6–7 pm live music
7–7:20 pm talk: Pennsylvania German furniture
7:30–8:30pm live music

May 1, 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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Barnes Arboretum plant sale

Join us for the annual plant sale, featuring rare trees and shrubs, many propagated from the Barnes living collections. Choose among a wide variety of classic and hard-to-find annuals, perennials, and woody plants. Barnes horticulture experts are on hand to answer your garden questions and ensure you choose the right plant for the right location.

May 2, 2015
8:30–10 am member preview
10 am–2 pm public hours

Free. Held at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066

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ArtSee Activities: Art Parts

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

What do you collect? How do you arrange things? The Order of Things spurs ideas for constructing new art from old, designing an amazing gallery, and collaging a collection bag.

May 3, 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.

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ARTime Storytime: Artful Reading

By Bob Raczka

Artists love to paint people reading and you'll see why once you frame up some fabulous faces!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

May 14, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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members only

The Order of Things Circles preview

Hear an exclusive preview lecture and meet the featured artists during the Circles preview of the exhibition Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things. Enjoy a presentation and brunch reception with curator Martha Lucy.

May 15, 2015
9:30 am–11 am 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles free

Reserve: 215.287.7110

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The Order of Things opening party

Internationally-renowned artists Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, and Fred Wilson have each created an installation piece inspired by the unconventional way that Albert Barnes installed his own collection. Be among the first to see this thought-provoking show and rediscover through contemporary art how the Barnes ensembles defy curatorial norms and present a challenge to see art with a universal sense of order.

May 15, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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The Order of Things Supporter reception

Supporter-level members, be among the first to view the Barnes’s newest exhibition, The Order of Things, which presents three large-scale installations by internationally renowned artists Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, and Fred Wilson. Each of these works, commissioned for the show, is inspired by the unusual way that Dr. Albert C. Barnes chose to display his own collection. The exhibition also features an installation designed by Barnes—a small room that no longer exists. 

May 15, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Supporter-level members and above free; complimentary drink included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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.
May 17, 2015
3–4 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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members only

Private collection tour for Contemporaries

As a member of the Contemporaries, your arts patronage provides you insider access to explore one of Philadelphia’s great private contemporary art collections.

May 20, 2015
6–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries free

Reserve: 215.278.7110

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ARTime Storytime: Lines that Wiggle

By Candace Whitman

Follow the line that turns itself into all kinds of things. A find-the-line project follows.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

May 21, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Barnes Arboretum

Cracking the Container

Instructor: Dan Benarcik, horticulturist at Chanticleer
Learn how to make your next planter a massive success with instructor Dan Benarcik, container specialist at Chanticleer. Select the right container and medium and get specific instructions on how to achieve various design outcomes using a variety of plant material. The last class is a practicum, where students select from among Dan’s favorite plants to design and install their own fabulous container to take home.

Thursdays, May 21, 28, and June 4, 11 (4 classes)
10 am–noon Held at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $104; members $93; + materials fee (based on selection)

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Roses: growing and knowing the world’s favorite flower

Instructor: Nicole Juday
Despite its reputation for being tricky, no flower is more beloved or culturally symbolic than the rose. Learn about the history of this plant in order to gain clues on how to grow it successfully. The lecture is followed by a tour of the Barnes Arboretum’s rose garden.

May 31, 2015
2–3 pm Held at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $15; members $12

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Corporate Council exhibition preview and executive networking

The Corporate Council program invites members to an evening of networking and professional development. Mingle and see the new exhibition, The Order of Things.

June 3, 2015
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Corporate Council members free

Reserve: 215.278.7120 or corporatecouncil@barnesfoundation.org

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First Friday! Root Down: African Journeys

Take a soul-searching journey with Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles's Creole Soul as we hit a high note with our first African collection catalogue. Includes a short talk about the catalogue and a book signing.

African Art in the Barnes Foundation is the first catalogue of the 123 African objects, most of which originated in French colonies, that Albert C. Barnes acquired between 1921 and 1924. These include significant figural sculpture and masks as well as utilitarian objects. Barnes was one of the first people in the United States to display African objects as art, at a time when they were considered ethnographic specimens. The African collection is central to understanding Barnes’s socially progressive vision for his foundation. His lifelong commitment to the advancement of African Americans and his vision of social justice through education led to his promotion of African art and his early involvement in the Harlem Renaissance.

Etienne Charles has garnered a warm response to his Caribbean roots-informed jazz. Creole Soul, his biggest record so far, promises a career of ebullient and intimate artistry. As befits an artist who excels with such a diversity of musical styles, Charles has performed with a range of musicians, from Roberta Flack, René Marie, and David Rudder to Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Mandel, and the Count Basie Orchestra. The New York Times calls him "one of [jazz's] more ambitious soloists and composers." JazzTimes applauds him as a "daring improviser," and DownBeat celebrates his tone as "melodically captivating" and "rhythmically agile."

Program
6–7 pm live music: Etienne Charles
7–8 pm talk and book signing: African collection and catalogue
7:30–8:30 pm live music: Etienne Charles 

June 5, 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: Beasties and Birdies

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

Birdies and beasties abound in the galleries! With a happy birthday nod to Courbet, conjure up a bird bag, beastie medallion, and sculpted animal creations.

June 7, 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.

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ARTime Storytime: Jazzy in the Jungle

By Lucy Cousins

Who's playing hide-and-seek deep in the jungle? Lift the leaves and peek through the tum tum trees to see who's there, and then craft your own beastie!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

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

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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Contemporaries VIP reception

Fashionable scene, specialty cocktails, and insights on the Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things exhibition, exclusively for Contemporaries members.

June 12, 2015
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries free

Reserve: contemporaries@barnesfoundation.org or 215.278.7110

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Young Professionals Night: The Summer Palette

Summer evokes shades of sea and sky, and vibrant colors are in order. Make a splash at our 7th young professionals night with hundreds of young art lovers for art, music, and scene as we celebrate The Order of Things, an exhibition of three contemporary installations inspired by the unconventional yet universal way Dr. Barnes arranged his art collection. Attire: summer cocktail.

June 12, 2015
7–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $30; members $15; Contemporaries free.

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Ensemble Introduction: Symbol, Metaphor, and Design

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
The Barnes Foundation’s eclectic ensembles combine diverse cultures and art forms. The juxtaposition of different pieces creates multiple levels of interpretation. This two-day workshop guides students through a process of discovery and provides a deeper understanding of the design, aesthetics, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations and ensembles.

Monday and Tuesday, June 15–16 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Ferns and their Allies of the Barnes Arboretum

Instructor: Harriet Cramer
The Barnes Arboretum is home to one of the most extensive collections of hardy ferns in the country. Expand your knowledge about both native and notable non-native ferns suitable for this region, and learn how to identify, cultivate, and create effective designs using ferns. Participants should bring a lunch to enjoy in the garden.

June 16, 2015
10 am–2 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $55; members $49

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Dr. Barnes and Matisse: Collecting, Conversations, and the Commission

Circles members enjoy a workshop and lunch. The morning focuses on the relationship between Dr. Barnes and Henri Matisse via their correspondence and visits. Following lunch, join scholar Jack Flam and Barnes educator Leslie Bowen for a close study of the Matisses in the collection.

June 16, 2015
10:30 am–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles and Contemporaries $175

Reserve: 215.278.7110

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ARTime Storytime: There is a Bird on Your Head

By Mo Willems

Elephant Gerald and Piggie are different as night and day—and best friends—which makes for hilarious good times when you make your own flapping bird.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

June 18, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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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.
June 21, 2015
3–4 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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Drawing with Scissors: Matisse Cut Paper

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Henri Matisse remains among the rare artists whose late work was as original, vital, and controversial as their early work. In this two-day workshop, explore Matisse’s unorthodox method of using cut paper.  He originally used this practice to plan his compositions, but eventually developed the technique into finished works of art. Learn more about this fascinating medium as well as discovering your inner Matisse with a hands-on lesson in cut paper design.

Monday and Tuesday, June 22–23 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Dr. Barnes and the Women Artists of the Barnes Collection

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MEd
"Why are there so few women artists in the Barnes collection?" This workshop explores, through the lens of the Barnes collection, the history of female artists and their struggle for recognition. Learn about the women artists in the collection, including Mary Cassatt and Marie Laurencin, as well as unheralded female painters from the Renaissance through the modernist era.

Monday and Tuesday, June 29–30 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.