Programs: Calendar May 2013

Picasso's Cooking Pot
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Picasso and Matisse

Labeled “friends but enemies” by Gertrude Stein, who introduced them, Picasso and Matisse famously challenged and inspired each other over the course of their prolific careers. Learn about the friendship, mutual influences, and storied creative rivalry of these two giants of modern art.   

Thursday, April 27
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Sold out.

Syringa bloom

Member and Alumni Preview: Lilac Day at the Arboretum

Barnes members, students, and alumni are invited for a special preview of the Barnes Arboretum and celebration of the lilac collection. View a pruning demonstration by Ann Dixon, Barnes Arboretum gardener, and take part in guided tours highlighting the arboretum’s fragrant and colorful lilacs, including a variety of Syringa vulgaris named for the Barnes Foundation. Enjoy a presentation about Laura Barnes with archival photos and documents detailing the lilac grove’s design and importance. A great opportunity to share with family and friends!

Saturday, April 29
10 am–4 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 Free

Michelle Ortiz walking tour

Wanderlust walking tour: Michelle Ortiz

Artist and muralist Michelle Ortiz focuses on people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Join Ortiz for a walking tour through South Philly’s Italian Market. Learn about the contributions immigrant communities have made to our city, and meet vendors who will share their immigrant experiences and family histories. Meet at the northwest corner of 9th and Washington.

 

 

 

Saturday, April 29
10–11:30 am The northwest corner of 9th Street and Washington Avenue $15; members and students $10

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.

Modigliani's Béatrice

In Focus: Modigliani’s Béatrice

Gallery talk by Galina Olmsted, PhD candidate in art history at the University of Delaware

 

Monday, May 1
2–2:30 pm Room 19 Free with admission

 

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 14 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.

Tuesday, May 2
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Tania Bruguera

Lecture. Tania Bruguera, How to Transform Affect into Political Effectiveness

Tania Bruguera addresses issues of power and control through her often controversial performances and installations. Hear Bruguera discuss her work, including the moving performance piece featured in the exhibition. 

Wednesday, May 3
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members and students $9

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or 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 and the Consulate of Mexico.

First Friday! is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo

 

 

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.

Plant sale 2011

Barnes Arboretum plant sale

Tropicals, perennials, shrubs, and trees for sale—many of landscape size, some grown from our own living collections. Come support the Arboretum, learn from our plant experts, and take home something to enliven your own landscape!

Look for these plants among others at the sale (subject to availability!).

Saturday, May 6
Member preview 9–10 am; public hours 10 am–2 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066

Wanderlust walking tour

Wanderlust walking tour: Paul M. Farber

Join scholar and curator Paul M. Farber on a walking tour of the five main squares of Center City Philadelphia. Learn about the history of these urban spaces and how they function as sites of civic engagement and as repositories for cultural memory. Meet at the compass in the center of City Hall’s courtyard. 

Saturday, May 6
10–11:30 am City Hall courtyard compass $15; members and students $10

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: Youth performances

This Sunday features youth performances by Philadelphia Studio Ballet, Art Sanctuary, and PHILADANCO. Bring the family for a lovely afternoon of art, music, and dance!

Free First Sundays are generously presented by PECO.

 

Sunday, May 7
Collection access 10 am–5 pm; Programming 1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am. For more information, please click here.

Plant sale 2011

Barnes Arboretum plant sale

Tropicals, perennials, shrubs, and trees for sale—many of landscape size, some grown from our own living collections. Come support the Arboretum, learn from our plant experts, and take home something to enliven your own landscape!

Look for these plants among others at the sale (subject to availability!).

Sunday, May 7
10 am–1 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066

ArtSee Activities: Art Parts

ArtSee Activities: Art Parts

What do you collect? How do you arrange your belongings? This month we explore three art parts projects that have you constructing new art, designing an amazing art gallery, and collaging your very own bag.

Sunday, May 7
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-in for all ages.

Visit the galleries with a Free First Sunday ticket.

Bryan Collier illustration

The Creative Process: An artist panel discussion

Join Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts (CBA) Festival for a panel discussion on the uniquely individual stories behind the creative process.

Featured presenter Bryan Collier is an acclaimed artist and writer who has received both the Coretta Scott King Award and the Caldecott Honor. In 2001, he won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Uptown, the first book he both wrote and illustrated. In 2014, he was the US nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s illustration. At the CBA Festival, Collier’s talk will focus on his artwork, which will be displayed at Art Sanctuary for the month of May. Directly following the presentation, Collier will be joined by author Lorene Cary, artist Richard Watson, and composer and jazz vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd in a conversation around the creative process and practice. 

The conversation will be followed by a book signing with Collier.

 

 

Sunday, May 7
3–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Part of Free First Sundays at the Barnes.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 14 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.

Tuesday, May 9
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Ayana Evans

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

The Ear Book

ARTime Storytime: The Ear Book

by Al Perkins

A boy and his dog listen to the world around them. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, May 11
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; reservations required.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

STAMP

STAMP teen party

Co-sponsored by STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly), this event for high-school students offers food, music, and free admission to Person of the Crowd. Artist Man Bartlett discusses his new exhibition-related video project created with students from Overbrook and Central high schools.

 

 

 

Thursday, May 11
3:30–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Ikiré Jones

Artist Bash: Personal Stories on Public Style

Join us for an evening of poets, dancers, musicians, and fashion designers performing and strutting the red carpet. Tonight’s theme is personal style: how does what you wear share your heritage or history? Featuring the Ikiré 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.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist.

Sunday, May 14
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free with gallery admission. Reservations required.

Second Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Elijah Anderson

The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life

Third Annual Violette de Mazia Lecture

Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University

Dr. Anderson will discuss his current ethnographic research in relation to the “cosmopolitan canopy,” which he defines as an island of mutual respect in a virtual sea of racial segregation. Under the canopy, diverse people gather in civility—yet even in this neutral zone, occasional fault lines appear and erupt in moments of acute disrespect, effectively marginalizing the most stigmatized people present. Depending on the weakness or strength of “civil society,” then, the canopy may be altered, jeopardizing positive race relations in the city. Join us for an exploration of the racial divide and how we can build a more inclusive and diverse society.

This lecture is presented in partnership with Art Sanctuary as part of the 2017 Celebration of Black Arts Festival.

 

Art Sanctuary

 







Sunday, May 14
3–5 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $10; members $8; students free

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

 

 

Rousseau's Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest

The Painted Garden

Christine Stoughton, PhD

Explore the intersection of art and horticulture, discussing the way painters interpret landscapes in terms of color while learning how to look at gardens with a painter’s eye. Classes take place in the Barnes Collection Gallery in Philadelphia, with visits to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Chanticleer Garden. 

Tuesdays, May 16–June 6 (4 classes)
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $250; members $225

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 14 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.

Tuesday, May 16
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Cézanne's The Card Players
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Cézanne

Considered by many to be the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne captured Albert Barnes’s attention early in his collecting career. Examine Cézanne’s influential style as it manifests in landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes throughout the Barnes collection, and discover how he affected other Barnes favorites like Matisse and Renoir.

Wednesday, May 17
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Sold out.

Mousterpiece

ARTime Storytime: Mousterpiece

by Jane Breskin Zalben

Join Janson the mouse in discovering the art of Picasso, Matisse, and others, then frame your own mousterpiece. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, May 18
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; reservations required.

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).  

 

For an interview with Marilyn Nonken about French spectral music and this Solo Series concert, tune into VERSO, our new behind-the-scenes podcast series! http://apple.co/2p1fqb0 

Subscribe to VERSO by searching for "Barnes Foundation" on iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app!



Thursday, May 18
8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $20; students $10

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Parkway view

Parkway sculpture walking tour

David Nolan, adjunct art instructor


This guided discussion of sculpture along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway examines two modes of public art: memorials and pure art. Consider the problem of the memorial, the question of representation versus abstraction, and issues surrounding public space. Highlights include Henry Moore’s Three Way Piece Number 1: Points and Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. This tour is a one-way walk down the Parkway, not a loop. We leave promptly at 10 am from the plaza in front of Café Cret at 16th Street on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Rain date: Sunday, May 21.

Saturday, May 20
9:45 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $20; members $16

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

30th Street Station

Wanderlust walking tour: 30th Street Station with Scott Knowles

This walk invites participants to explore a space in the city full of comings and goings. Drexel history professor Scott Knowles leads the group. Overheard stories, collected images, and bits and pieces of life in one of the city’s busiest public spaces help compile an improvised work of art. Meet inside 30th Street Station near the angel statue.

Saturday, May 20
10–11:30 am 30th Street Station $15; members and students $10

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist. 

 

Sunday, May 21
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required.

Third Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse's The Venetian Blinds

In Focus: Matisse's The Venetian Blinds

Gallery talk by Francesca Ferrari, PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Monday, May 22
2–2:30 pm Room 23 Free with admission

 

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.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 14 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.

Tuesday, May 23
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Matisse's The Music Lesson
members only

Music at the Barnes Foundation

Archivist Barbara Anne Beaucar explores the connections between Albert Barnes and classical artists, conductors, and composers, including his support of black musicians and choral groups and the incorporation of music into his gallery lectures as he compared pieces of music to art. 

Thursday, May 25
Noon–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required

Reserve member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square architecture walking tour

Ross Mitchell, director of Barnes-de Mazia education and outreach programs

Examine the buildings surrounding Rittenhouse Square, in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, in terms of their design aesthetics, their relationship to each other and to nearby structures, and their cultural legacy. Tour meets at the Guard House in the center of Rittenhouse Square. Rain date: Sunday, May 28.

Saturday, May 27
9:45 am–noon The Guard House in the center of Rittenhouse Square $20; members $16

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 14 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.

Tuesday, May 30
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

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.

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: Strong at Art

This Sunday’s programming pours out onto the grounds with a farmers' market and boot camp for the “strong at art”! Explore the collection, elevate your heart rate, and go home with local produce.

Free First Sundays are generously presented by PECO.

 

Sunday, June 4
Collection access 10 am–5 pm; Programming 1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am. For more information, please click here.

ArtSee Activities: Lush Landscapes

ArtSee Activities: Lush Landscapes

Enter the whimsical world of landscapes. Make a pop-up garden, a picturesque painting, and a landscape bag.

Sunday, June 4
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-in for all ages.

Visit the galleries with a Free First Sunday ticket.

Seurat's Models

In Focus: Seurat's Models

Gallery talk by Galina Olmsted, PhD candidate in art history at the University of Delaware

Monday, June 5
2–2:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free with admission

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 14 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.

Tuesday, June 6
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Picasso's Cooking Pot
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Picasso and Matisse

Labeled “friends but enemies” by Gertrude Stein, who introduced them, Picasso and Matisse famously challenged and inspired each other over the course of their prolific careers. Learn about the friendship, mutual influences, and storied creative rivalry of these two giants of modern art.   

Wednesday, June 7
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Sold out.

In the Garden with Van Gogh

ARTime Storytime: In the Garden with Van Gogh

by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober

Visit the country with Vincent Van Gogh. Make your own sunny sunflower! Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, June 8
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery walking tour

Ross Mitchell, director of Barnes-de Mazia education and outreach programs

Examine the art and aesthetics of this historic 1836 cemetery. Participants are encouraged to look beyond surnames, dates, and history, and focus instead on the designed landscape as an aesthetic statement. Join us for an exploration of the art in the cemetery’s most incredible architecture, monuments, and mausoleums. Meet at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking in the lot across the street from the gatehouse. Light reception after the tour. Presented in conjunction with Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Thursday, June 8
6–9 pm 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132 $20; members $16

Reserve online or call 215.228.8200.

Young Professionals Night

Contemporaries VIP Reception

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

 

 

 

Friday, June 9
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Contemporaries free.

Reserve 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.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist.

Sunday, June 11
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required.

Second Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 14 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.

Tuesday, June 13
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Count Monet's Lilies

ARTime Storytime: Count Monet’s Lilies

by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo

Step into Monet’s garden and count the lilies one by one. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!). 

Thursday, June 15
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; reservations required.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Parkway Plantings
members only

Parkway Plantings

Join Barnes gardener Rachel Burlington for a tour of the Parkway grounds and experience the exciting seasonal changes taking place in the flora at the Barnes.

 

Thursday, June 15
11 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

 

Fountains

Fountains of Philadelphia walking tour

David Nolan, adjunct art instructor

Public fountains have played an integral role in the growth and development of Philadelphia and they remain vital to the city’s vibrancy. Explore several of Philadelphia’s iconic public fountains, including the Washington Monument fountain, the Rodin Museum reflecting pool, the Barnes Foundation water table, and the Swann Memorial Fountain. Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the Fountain of the Seahorses on Waterworks Drive behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, near the Azalea Garden. Rain date: Sunday, June 18.  

Saturday, June 17
9:45 am–noon The Fountain of the Seahorses on Waterworks Drive behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art $20; members $16

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist.  

Sunday, June 18
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required.

Third Sunday of each month

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

Havana concert

Solo Series Special Guest: Mozart in Havana

In their first US appearance, the Havana Lyceum Orchestra travels from Cuba to the Barnes Foundation to perform, with acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein, the works of their new Sony album, Mozart in Havana.

For the recording, Grammy® nominee Dinnerstein collaborated with the orchestra over three long, sleepless nights, using donated strings and recording equipment brought in by Grammy®-winning producer Adam Abeshouse.

Their collaborative performance here at the Barnes, which features Mozart’s Piano Concerti no. 21 and 23, is a testament to the ability of music to cross all cultural and language barriers.

In Dinnerstein’s own words: "My first direct connection to Cuba came in 2013 when my former piano teacher Solomon Mikowsky inaugurated a piano festival in Havana and invited me to play. Two years later I returned to his festival, this time to play a Mozart concerto with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. I had not known what to expect, and they were stunning. The orchestra mixed conservatory students, recent graduates, and professors. They played with thoughtful sensitivity and sensual beauty, despite the fact that in some cases the materials they were using were inferior. It was clear that the sound they made came from inside them, not simply from their instruments. I left thinking that the world would be hearing much more from them."

Read more at https://www.sonyclassical.com/releases/88985382442

 

Monday, June 19
7 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $10; members and students $5

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 14 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.

Tuesday, June 20
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Matisse's The Joy of Life
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Themes of Arcadia

Often depicted as an idyllic, uncorrupted natural space and a frequent subject of Renaissance painting, Arcadia has inspired artists and writers since antiquity. Discover how Cézanne, Gauguin, and Matisse have interpreted this timeless subject. 

Thursday, June 22
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 14 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.

Tuesday, June 27
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Photograph of Mohamed Bourouissa

Lecture. Mohamed Bourouissa

In celebration of his exhibition at the Barnes, Mohamed Bourouissa discusses his work with Philadelphia’s Fletcher Street Riding Club, addressing urban aesthetics, gentrification, the post-industrial landscape, and the transformation of the environment through community and social justice.

Wednesday, June 28
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members $9

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Mohamed Bourouissa's Horse Day

Member previews of Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

As a member, see the show before the public opening. 

Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30
Noon–5 pm and 11 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

 

Mohamed Bourouissa's Horse Day

Opening of Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

Join us in celebrating Bourouissa’s first major solo exhibition in Philadelphia, featuring approximately 85 works, including drawings, photos, costumes, and sculptures, and a video. 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.