Programs: Calendar

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.

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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.

first friday

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.

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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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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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.

Etienne Charles

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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members only

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.