Programs: Calendar

Pauline Kim Harris playing the violin

Solo Series Concert: The Modern Violin

Electrifying violinist Pauline Kim Harris presents the next installment of the cutting-edge Solo Series at the Barnes Foundation that redefines the modern violin. The performances 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 experience begins at 7:15 pm with an exciting, interactive pre-concert lecture with Dartmouth professor and composer Spencer Topel, during which audiences can learn more about his work and thoughts on “Sound / Art / Space.”

 

Friday, March 31
7:15 pm, pre-concert lecture with Spencer Topel; 8–9:30 pm, concert with Pauline Kim Harris and Spencer Topel $30; members $20; students $15

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Orchestra 2001 presents Inuksuit

Orchestra 2001 presents Inuksuit

The Philadelphia premiere of a percussion piece by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2014 and a Grammy in 2015. The New York Times called it “the ultimate environmental piece,” and the New Yorker’s Alex Ross hailed it as “one of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life.” Dozens of musicians play drums, cymbals, gongs, glockenspiels, piccolos, conch shells, sirens, and more! Listeners can stay in one place, come and go, or wander around the grounds listening to the sound change. Join us on the lawn for this immersive experience. Rain date: Sunday, April 9.

 

Sunday, April 2
Noon–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Part of Free First Sundays at the Barnes.

Journeys Near and Far: Shorts on Migration

Curated by Maori Karmael Holmes as part of Scribe Video Center’s Producer’s Forum.

These 6 short documentary films examine people’s movements, immigration and emigration. Whether migrating by choice or force, the impact of leaving one’s home and the longing for a sense of place and identity unite these powerful works. After the screenings, directors Darius Clark Monroe and Brian Redondo join Maori Holmes for a discussion; Rami Nihawi, Lina Alabed, Nadim Deaibes, Andrea Fuentes Charles, and Verónica Jessamyn López Sainz join the conversation via Skype.

Scribe Video Center

Sunday, April 2
2:30–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Part of Free First Sundays at the Barnes.

Minas in Rio

First Friday! Minas Brings Brazil

Join us for the first of a three-part series on traditional music from around the world. Fusing Brazilian and American roots, Grammy-nominated Minas creates an innovative sound with blues- and choro-infused ballads, folk with a bossa nova pulse, upbeat sambas, scat singing, and whimsical whistling.  

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Friday, April 7
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Our Song poster

Film. Our Song

Directed by Jim McKay, 2000. 95 min.

Our Song offers rare glimpse of American urban life from the perspective of black and Latina teenage girls. Starring a young Kerry Washington, the film follows three friends growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. As the girls explore the public spaces of their tight-knit neighborhood, we (and they) are constantly reminded of how closely they are being watched. Described by the Washington Post as “an astonishing movie,” Our Song is an important examination of the gendering and racialization of city space. 

Monday, April 17
8–9:45 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Philadelphia Girls Choir

Resounding Voices Choral Series: Philadelphia Girls Choir

In the first of our new, free series “Resounding Voices,” which showcases choral traditions from around the world, the Philadelphia Girls Choir makes its debut appearance at the Barnes Foundation, led by Nathan Wadley and Laura Harmon. As the sister choir of the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Girls Choir appears in celebration of underrepresented female composers and librettists in “Songbird.” This concert is a multi-cultural kaleidoscope highlighting the unique perspective of women in music, featuring the music of Sarah Bareilles, Susan Brumfield, Sarah Quartel, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Maddalena Casulana, and more.

Sunday, April 30
3–4:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

For more information, call 215.278.7200.

Jarana Beat

First Friday! Jarana Beat

Recipient of the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band, Jarana Beat is a world music band incorporating dance and activism. The group blends the origins of Mexican music with contemporary elements and other musical traditions to offer a new interpretation of Afro-Amerindian Mexico. This program is part of Mexican Week in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center.

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

Friday, May 5
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Ayana Evans picnic

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

Roshni Tailor

Artist Bash: Personal Stories on Public Style

Join us for an evening of artists strutting the red carpet and performing for this new series focused on living artists presenting their work around a theme. Tonight’s theme is personal style: how does what you wear share your heritage or history? Featuring Ikire Jones men’s fashion line, classical Indian dancer Roshni Tailor, poet Lyrispect, live music by AveNoir, and the sounds of Worldtown’s DJ Oluwafemi! In partnership with iHeart Radio, Onehunted, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and Small But Mighty Arts. Collection and exhibition access included.

Saturday, May 13
8–11 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $15. Collection and exhibition access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Marilyn Nonken

Solo Series. The Spectral Piano

Hailed by the New York Times as one of the great interpreters of new music, pianist Marilyn Nonken performs an evening of French spectral music. The program includes the early preludes of visionary Olivier Messiaen, which set the stage for a century of experimentation in harmony and timbre, culminating in Tristan Murail's epic Les Travaux et les Jours (2003).  

Thursday, May 18
8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members and students $20

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Following poster

Film. Following

Directed by Christopher Nolan, 1998. 70 min.

In this neo-noir thriller by the director of Memento, a man’s innocent game of following strangers around the streets of London turns deadly. Martha Lucy introduces the film, discussing its connection to the exhibition’s themes of observation and interruption in contemporary urban life.

Monday, May 22
8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Pasión y Arte

First Friday! Pasión y Arte: Flamenco

Pasión y Arte brings flamenco to the Barnes, showcasing the intimate style called tablao. Featuring vocalists Barbara Martinez and Hector Marquez, guitarist Raphael Brunn, dancers Xianix Barrera and Alexa Milton, and artistic director Elba Hevia y Vaca.

Photo by Mike Hurwitz.

First Friday! is sponsored by

Blue Moon





Friday, June 2
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 with valid ID (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Young Professionals Night

Young Professionals Night: All the Rage

From Soutine’s frenetic strokes to Matisse's blazing colors, dig into masterpieces that defined expressionism in early modern art, revealing the artist’s passions, fury, or desires. With live beats, bites, and sips, #BarnesYP night is all the rage with Philly's young industry leaders and art lovers this summer. Dress code: cocktail attire in raging red.

Hosted by the Contemporaries.

Young Professionals Night is sponsored by 

Blue Moon   Mole Street

 

 

 

Friday, June 9
7–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $35; members $15

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Eton Choirbook

Resounding Voices Choral Series: Vigilia

This free concert series fills the space of the Annenberg Court with a dramatic chorus of voices on Sundays, alternating monthly with the Solo Series. Evolving out of Dr. Barnes’s interest in choral music, Resounding Voices features a diverse array of musical periods and genres, with upcoming performances by the Westminster Choir, St. Thomas Gospel Choir, and other exciting choral artists.

This performance includes the rarely heard Vigilia by Rautavaara alongside other beautiful 20th- and 21st-century works, sung by the Philadelphia Voices and led by guest conductor Robert Whalen.

Sunday, June 18
3–4:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

The Magnificent Seven

Film. The Magnificent Seven

Directed by John Sturges, 1960. 128 min.

Playing on the “urban rider” theme explored in the works of Mohamed Bourouissa, the Barnes presents The Magnificent Seven, the 1960 classic starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. A remake of Seven Samurai, the Japanese epic historical film from 1954, The Magnificent Seven set the standard for the American Western genre and was declared by the US National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, aesthetically significant.”

Monday, June 26
8–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets 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.