Programs: Calendar May 2013

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.

August 1, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

August 2, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Photographer: Katherine Raines

ArtSee Activities: Sizzling Summer

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

It’s sizzling outside but cool inside with positively refreshing art projects: there are beach scenes to imagine, water creatures to shape, and a beach bag to drizzle with colorful concoctions.

 

Sunday, August 2
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Storytime Sunday

Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.

 

Sunday, August 2
2­–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Judy Pfaff - The Order of Things

Conversation between Judy Pfaff and Guest Curator Martha Lucy

Internationally renowned artists Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, and Fred Wilson have been commissioned to create large installations responding to the unconventional way that Albert C. Barnes displayed his own collection. Join this intimate conversation between Pfaff and curator Martha Lucy as they discuss her creative and installation process in The Order of Things is on view through August 3.

 

Sunday, August 2, 2015
3:30-4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Sold out. Limited walk-up tickets available.
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Premier Tour: Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism / A Closer Look

An 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.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, August 4 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, August 4 
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes Wall Ensemble Tour

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.

August 6, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve 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.

August 7, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Brian LaPann

First Friday! The Creatives

Brian LaPann heats up the mic with his unique blend of blues, rock, and funk. The evening includes Renegade Company’s original theatrical performance inspired by Angelo Pinto’s reverse glass paintings in the Barnes collection. An evening of eclectic creativity awaits!

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase. This event's menu includes:

Grilled, prosciutto-wrapped peaches over arugula
stacked Jersey tomato Caprese

August 7, 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.

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.

August 8, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

August 9, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Ryan Donnell Photography

Matisse and Picasso

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

Esteemed art scholar Yve-Alain Bois referred to Matisse and Picasso’s relationship as a “complicated tango.” From their first meeting in 1906, they inspired, provoked, and challenged each other to push boundaries. Explore their fascinating relationship and the dialogue they had through their art.

August 11, 2015 (Start of 2-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

This workshop is sold out.

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Premier Tour: Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism / A Closer Look

An 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.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, August 11 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, August 11
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

August 11, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

members only

The Company of Collectors

After 90 years, the Barnes collection is still singular among art collections. Albert Barnes was not alone, however, in assembling an excellent collection or in engaging modernism. At this talk, the Bernard C. Watson Director of Education Blake Bradford explores Dr. Barnes's accomplishments alongside those of his collecting peers, including Katherine Dreier, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Duncan Phillips.

Wednesday, August 12
11 am-noon The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

Members Only Premier Tour

An 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.

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Wednesday, August 12
11 am–12:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

August 12, 2015
11 am-12:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: Mouse’s First Summer

by Lauren Thompson

Celebrate summer with a roll down the hill, juicy fruits, and a surprising sparkle in the sky.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

August 13, 2015
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes Wall Ensemble Tour

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.

August 13, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve 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.

August 14, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

August 15, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

August 16, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

John Kane, Along the Susquehanna, c. 1928Oil on canvas19 x 27 1/8 in. (48.3 x 68.9 cm)

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

August 16, 2015
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free.

Collection admission included; reservations required.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour: Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism / A Closer Look

An 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.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, August 18 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, August 18 
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

August 18, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

Members Only Premier Tour

An 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.

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Wednesday, August 19
11 am–12:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

August 19, 2015
11 am-12:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

A Children's Treasury of Poems

ARTime Storytime: A Children’s Treasury of Poems

Illustrated by Linda Bleck

This humorous collection of classic poems and summertime verses will amaze and delight.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

 

August 20, 2015
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes Wall Ensemble Tour

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.

August 20, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve 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.

August 21, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

August 22, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

August 23, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism / A Closer Look

An 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.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, August 25 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, August 25
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

August 25, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes Wall Ensemble Tour

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.

August 27, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve 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.

August 28, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

August 29, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

August 30, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Introduction to Visual Literacy

(Section I)

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

This engaging course is part of the original curriculum of the Barnes Foundation. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, students explore the entire collection as they learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing the elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning.

Mondays August 31, 2015-May 9, 2016 (28 classes)
6-8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Informed Perception

Part I: Informed Perception

Instructor: William Perthes
Having the galleries of the Barnes Foundation as your classroom is an experience you won't soon forget! Informed Perception introduces the concepts and application of the objective method of art analysis through direct engagement. This class provides highly motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves through immersion in our objective approach to the arts. While there are no prerequisites for this course, students should expect a dynamic and rigorous learning experience including required readings, written assignments, and papers.

Tuesdays, September 1–December 15; no class September 15 and 22 (14 classes)
Noon–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $750; members $675

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Henri Matisse, Still Life With Gourds

Matisse: In Color and Light

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Color was an organizing principle in Matisse’s art. “All I thought about was making my colors sing,” he said. Study the range of the artist’s works in the Barnes collection—the radiant Bonheur de vivre, the monumental Dance mural, and his enchanting final paintings on canvas. Through discussions of the formal elements of art, explore how Matisse worked and learn about his unprecedented artistic journey.

September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
1–4 pm or 6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Register for Section 1 (1-4pm) or Section 2 (6-9pm) online or call 215.278.7200.

Ensembles

Ensembles - Third Year

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

The Barnes collection contains a diverse range of objects: paintings, furniture, metalwork, other decorative arts, and more. Albert Barnes arranged them into “ensembles” that invite close looking by creating formal connections across traditional categories. Students deepen their understanding of the design, aesthetic, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations.

September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
11 am–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour: Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism / A Closer Look

An 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.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 1 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 1  
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 1, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Traditions

Traditions

Instructor: Linda Robinson, M.Ed, or Molly Walker, MA

Study the evolution of art in the Barnes collection. Discover how artists learned from and developed creative responses to their predecessors, explore the influence of old masters like Michelangelo and Rembrandt on artists as diverse as Matisse and Renoir, and learn how 20th-century innovations like cubism, fauvism, and abstract expressionism were inspired by the impressionists and post-impressionists.

September 1, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
1–3 pm or 6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online for the 1-3 pm class or the 6-8 pm class or call 215.278.7200.

The Tradions in Art

Part II: Traditions in Art

Instructor: William Perthes
An overview of art as it has developed through history. Includes required readings and written assignments. Completion of Part I: Informed Perception is helpful but not required.

This course is designed to be the second of three courses under the de Mazia Certificate Program. Students who successfully complete Part I: Informed Perception, Part II: Traditions in Art and one Part III: Seminar course are eligible to earn the Certificate of Completion.

Tuesdays, September 1–December 15; no class September 15 and 22 (14 classes)
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $750; members $675

Register online or call 215.278.7200

Introduction to Visual Literacy

Introduction to Visual Literacy

(Section II)

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

This engaging course is part of the original curriculum of the Barnes Foundation. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, students explore the entire collection as they learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing the elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning.

September 2, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes Wall Ensemble Tour

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.

September 3, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve 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.

September 4, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Pajama Tour: Looking for Work

See different kinds of jobs people do on this fun gallery hunt. For ages 2–5; wear your pajamas!

September 4, 2015
6–6:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Included with collection admission; members free. Reservations required.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Oran Etkin

First Friday! One World of Jazz: From Africa to Israel and Beyond

African and Jewish music meet modern jazz in Kelenia, the debut album by clarinetist and saxophonist Oran Etkin. Describing the love between different kinds of people, Kelenia bridges world beats and joins Etkin with Malian griot musicians Balla Kouyate (balafon) and Makane Kouyate (calabash and vocals), American bassist Marcos Varela, and special guest Malian vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate. Go on a musical journey that transcends cultural boundaries, seamlessly fusing swing rhythms with traditional African and Israeli music in "exulted moments of beautiful lyricism," according to Jazz Improv Magazine. Followed by a short talk on the African collection.

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase. This event's menu includes:

sweet and savory macaroons

September 4, 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.

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.

September 5, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

September 6, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Storytime Sunday

Storytime Sunday

Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.

 

Sunday, September 6
2­–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Photographer: Katherine Raines

ArtSee Activities: At Work

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

It’s fall and thoughts turn to work. Yard work, schoolwork, and chores of all sorts. Get your artwork going in full force by making an imaginative set of tools, a box, and a bag.

 

Sunday, September 6
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

ensemble

Premier Tour: Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism / A Closer Look

An 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.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 8 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 8  
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 8, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ARTime Storytime

ARTime Storytime: Andrew Drew and Drew

by Barney Saltzberg

When Andrew gets hold of a pencil, anything can happen!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

September 10, 2015
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes Wall Ensemble Tour

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.

September 10, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook

The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook

Instructor: Jeff Charlesworth

Learn various graphic techniques that go beyond traditional record-keeping to record and enrich your observations about the natural world and your garden. Using graphic illustration (pencil, watercolor, and other media) and principles of landscape architecture, create a beautiful and valuable reference to inspire you, help you see more creatively, and make you a better gardener.

 

Fridays, September 11, 18, 25 (3 classes)
10 am–12:30 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $105; members $94*

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.

September 11, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Rittenhouse Square

The Art of Architecture – Rittenhouse Square

Instructor: Ross Mitchell
How many times have you passed a remarkable example of architecture and not noticed? Slow down and join us for a walking tour of the unique buildings surrounding Rittenhouse Square in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. These buildings will be examined in terms of the aesthetics of each design and the building’s relationship to other nearby buildings. Philadelphia’s built environment offers a wide range of shapes and textures open to creative understanding. Explore the art in the architecture of these buildings and their ever evolving cultural legacy.

 

September 12, 2015
10 am - 12 pm This tour will meet at the Guard House in the center of Rittenhouse Square at 9:45 am. $20; members $18

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.

September 12, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

September 13, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism / A Closer Look

An 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.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 15 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 15  
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 15, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ARTime Storytime

ARTime Storytime: Good Night, Construction Site

by Sherri Duskey Ringer and Tom Lichtenheld

Tough trucks work with all their might down at the construction site until it’s time to say good night.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

 

September 17, 2015
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes Wall Ensemble Tour

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.

September 17, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve 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.

September 18, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Strength and Splendor
members only

Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen member preview

Members are among the first to view the Barnes’s latest exhibition, Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen before it opens to the public.

September 18, 2015
11 am–5 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free

Please call 215.278.7200.

Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen

Opening party for Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen

Join us for the public opening of an exhibition of the world’s most important collection of wrought-iron objects! The exhibition from the Musée le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen, France, complements one of the most intriguing collections at the Barnes Foundation: the 887 pieces of European and American metalwork that punctuate the Foundation’s signature wall arrangements. Be the first to see the show!

September 18, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $22

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Ellen Philips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden

The Art of Sculpture - Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden

Instructor: David Nolan
This discussion explores the unique sculpture environment of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden along the banks of the Schuylkill River below Boat House Row. Developed over nearly thirty years, this sculptural landscape offers the viewer a wide range of works by both national and international artists presenting a variety of subjects and forms for consideration. This tour involves a minimum of walking. Parking is available below the Girard Avenue Bridge on Kelly Drive.

 

September 19, 2015
10 am - 12 pm This tour will meet at 9:45 AM at the Lipchitz Sculpture in the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden located on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River, south of the Girard Avenue Bridge. $20; members $18

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.

September 19, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

September 20, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Photographer: Katherine Raines

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

September 20, 2015
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free.

Collection admission included; reservations required.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour

An 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.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 22 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 22  
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 22, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes Wall Ensemble Tour

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.

September 24, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Design with Confidence! A step-by-step approach

Instructor: Jules Bruck, APLD

Designing a garden should be fun, but it can easily become overwhelming. By learning to measure your garden space, put it on paper, make design decisions, and communicate your ideas using quick landscape graphics, you’ll save money, time, and back pain. Students practice landscape design and plant combination skills to get a boost of gardening confidence.

September 25, 2015 (Start of 3-class workshop)
1–3:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $105; members $94

Reserve 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.

September 25, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

September 26, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets 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.

September 27, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour

An 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.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 29 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 29
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 29, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Prometheus Bound

The Wrath of the Gods: The Art of Prometheus Bound

Instructor:  Christine Stoughton, Ph.D.
This course will focus on Peter Paul Rubens and his masterpiece Prometheus Bound in conjunction with the exhibit The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens being shown at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rubens and his work will be examined within the context of the traditions that influenced him and, in turn, his influence on artists that followed him.The first two sessions will be held at the Barnes preparing for the final session on October 14, 2015 where we will be viewing the exhibit at PMA.

9/30/15 – 10/14/15 (3 sessions; 2 at Barnes and one at PMA)
1-3 pm Barnes Foundation/Philadelphia Museum of Art $150; members $135

Register online or call 215.278.7200.