Programs: Calendar

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

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

 

A man in a black suit and a woman in a red dress dance the Tango together.

First Friday! Tango

Bring your tango moves to the Barnes for the first of our three-part dance series! Listen to a live band while dancers from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School show you the basics; after 6:30, the floor is yours. The evening also marks the opening of a thought-provoking new sound installation in the Collection Gallery by Andrea Hornick. Meet the artist and watch her performance connected to the piece.

Program
6–6:30 pm dance lessons
6:30–7:30 pm dancing
7–7:30 pm Andrea Hornick
7:30–9 pm dancing

 

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Friday, January 6
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.

Six friends pose behind the bar at the Contemporaries VIP Reception

Contemporaries VIP Reception

Mingle with fellow Contemporaries members and enjoy light bites and cocktails to kick off another fabulous Young Professionals Night.

Friday, January 20
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Contemporaries free.

Reserve: 215.278.7110.

Film. Leviathan

Directed by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 2012. 87 min.

Immerse yourself in this award-winning experimental film. Leviathan’s directors used waterproof GoPro cameras attached to people, fish, and objects to take you on a sensory journey exploring the scope and toll of the North American fishing industry. The sea is as much a character as the workers, with the narrative submerged in churning images and sound art.

Monday, January 23
8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Register online or call 215.278.7200

Fragments

Solo Series: Fragments

 

Each performance in our new Solo Series presents an unaccompanied instrumentalist or vocalist, allowing for intense focus on the artist. This inaugural program features clarinetist Carol McGonnell, hailed as “extraordinary” by the New York Times, and noted contemporary music soprano Katherine Skovira. Moving between solo clarinet and singer and between spoken and sung text, the program meditates on silence, displacement, and alienation. With works by contemporary composers Georges Aperghis, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Bernard Rands, and poetry by E. E. Cummings, T. S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Audre Lorde, and David Lehman’s Mythologies read by the poet himself, this performance also includes the world premiere of Robert Whalen’s i carry your heart and the US premiere of Ann Cleare’s eyam i (it takes an ocean not to).

 

Friday, January 27
8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members and students $20

Register online or call 215.278.7200

 

Two swing dancers holding hands, jumping in the air

First Friday! Swing

Join us for a high-energy evening of 1930s-era swing and Lindy hop! Come early for instruction by members of the Society Dance Academy, then spend the rest of the evening swinging to the sounds of the Blackbird Society Orchestra. This is the second in our three-part series devoted to dance.

Program
6–6:30 pm dance instruction
6:30–9 pm dancing

 

First Friday! is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo

 

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, February 3
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.

Amélie

Film. Amélie

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001. 87 min.

Fitting the flânerie theme of our spring exhibition, this film brings one of cinema’s most lovable wanderers to the screen. The title character is a lonely waitress with an active imagination who gives herself over to chance as she roams the city bringing happiness to others.

Monday, February 13
8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Register online or call 215.278.7200

Person of the Crowd opening party

Break out your top hats and beaded dresses for our Person of the Crowd [link to exhibition page] opening party! Come decked out in your best 1920s garb, check out the exhibition, and look for the strolling performers.

Friday, February 24
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members and students $20

Register online or call 215.278.7200

A page from an old choir book

Resounding Voices: Vigilia

Resounding Voices is a new free choral series showcasing vocal traditions from around the world on Sunday afternoons, alternating with the Solo Series. Guest conductor Robert Whalen leads the talented Philadelphia Voices in this inaugural program featuring a complete performance of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s stunning Vigilia for a cappella choir. At once peaceful and awe-inspiring, Vigilia is a beautiful and apt beginning to the Resounding Voices Choral Series.

Sunday, February 26
3–4:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Two salsa dancers

First Friday! Salsa

Come out for a night of live music and salsa dancing! Elvis Bonilla y su Orquesta bring the beats and Estilo Dance Company provides instruction until 6:30 pm; after that the floor is yours.

Program
6–6:30 pm dance instruction
6:30–9 pm dancing

First Friday! is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo

 

 

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, March 3
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

midnight in paris poster

Film. Midnight in Paris

Directed by Woody Allen, 2011. 94 min.

For Gil, the uninspired screenwriter at the center of this award-winning film, aimless urban wandering becomes a source of creativity. While on a trip to Paris, Gil begins taking midnight walks through the city and finds himself transported to the 1920s, into a social circle that includes Dalí, Eliot, Matisse, Picasso, and Gertrude and Leo Stein. Martha Lucy introduces the film, discussing Albert Barnes’s friendship with the historical figures depicted.

Monday, March 20
7:30–9:05 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Register online or call 215.278.7200

Pauline Kim Harris playing the violin

Solo Series Concert: The Modern Violin

Electrifying violinist Pauline Kim Harris leads the audience on a sonic journey. With a program that includes Spencer Topel’s contemporary masterpiece “Violine,” Bach’s “Chaconne in D minor,” Heinrich Biber’s “Passacaglia,” and Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Six Caprices,” this concert redefines modern violin.

 

Friday, March 31
8–9:30 pm $30; members and students $20

Register online or call 215.278.7200