Programs: Calendar

William Glackens, Self portrait

William Glackens talk and Aizuri Quartet performance

Dr. Martha Lucy discusses the friendship between Albert Barnes and William Glackens, which revolved around their shared passion for French modernism. William Glackens closes on Monday, February 16. 

Following the talk, the Aizuri Quartet will premiere the first of three new compositions inspired by the Barnes collection and composed by students and faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. The piece by composer Alyssa Weinberg is a response to the life and work of William Glackens.

The Barnes Foundation and Curtis Institute of Music collaboration
Albert Barnes had a lifelong interest in music, regularly welcoming guests into his home for informal concerts on Saturday evenings, and incorporating pairings of art and music into Sunday afternoon educational lectures in the gallery. Barnes also supported artists of his time, regularly adding contemporary art to his collection. Building on this passion, the Barnes Foundation welcomes the Curtis Institute of Music to a partnership between our peer institutions. The collaboration features the Curtis-based Aizuri Quartet—a Barnes Foundation 2015 quartet in residence—performing for private and public audiences and participating in presentations and educational programs. In 2015 the Barnes has commissioned seven new works, four by visual artists and three pieces of music composed by Curtis students and faculty in response to the Barnes collection and to special exhibitions. The Aizuri Quartet will premiere the three new compositions at the Barnes this year.

February 1, 2015
3:30–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Photo by Mike Fleck Photography

First Friday! Carnaval

Bem-vindos! We’re heating up February’s First Friday Carnaval-style with samba dancers and capoeira performers. Feel the energy of Brazil through live performances merging dance, rhythm, and martial arts. Unwind with cocktails and after-hours access to the collection. Johanna Halford-MacLeod, director of publications, gives an eye-opening short talk on the relationship of African works to the objects around them in a favorite ensemble. In partnership with Brazilian Day Philadelphia.

Program

6–7 pm Xande Cruz and PhillyBloco Performance
With a sound as rich and diverse as his native São Paulo, Xande Cruz adeptly blends urban and traditional rhythms in a soulful way like none other. PhillyBloco is modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro, Carnaval bands with large percussion sections made up of 12 drummers. The performance explores the tremendous range of Brazilian rhythms.

7–7:30 pm African collection talk

7:30–8:30 pm Philly Bloco and capoeira performance
Capoeira was born out of the struggle for freedom. African slaves brought it to Brazil in the 16th century and cleverly disguised this powerful form of self-defense as a harmless dance. To hide their fighting spirit from their masters, the earliest capoeiristas combined playful, graceful dance and acrobatic movements with deadly kicks. While training, they avoided injuries by keeping direct physical contact to a minimum. Songs, percussion instruments, and clapping completed the ritual. For the master, capoeira was merely entertainment; for the slave, it was a fight for liberation.

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.
Featured dish: Feijoada. Afro-Brazilian stew of black eye peas, beef, okra and kale served over orange scented rice.

February 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.

Koresh

Love at the Barnes

Koresh Dance Company presents six love duets to stir your soul and ignite desire. This Valentine’s Day, Ronen Koresh’s acclaimed contemporary company brings its raw, percussive athleticism and lyrical precision to the Barnes Foundation. Giving physical expression to passion, sorrow, and promises kept and broken, Koresh digs into the truth of human connection. Take in this powerful performance while savoring free champagne and chocolate. Later, enjoy an intimate experience while strolling past your favorite masterpieces accompanied by live music.   

Program
6–9 pm collection access
6–7 pm Koresh Dance Company presents six love duets in Annenberg Court
7:30–8:30 pm live music in Room 1

February 14, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $35; members $28

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Charles Demuth, Musician

American Composers Respond

The Network for New Music presents contemporary classical music at the Barnes. American composers Stephen Hartke, Louis Karchin, Kristin Kuster, and Jeremy Gill debut art-inspired performances. Includes talks and collection access. Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.

February 27, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $30; members $24

Collection admission included.

Book 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.

wine

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.