Programs: Calendar May 2013

ArtSee Activities: Frame It!

ArtSee Activities: Frame It!

Imagination stations for family fun! In October, it’s time to Frame it! Find out some interesting frame facts with an array of hands-on art activities!

Sunday, October 2
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.

Free First Sunday: Maker Fair

Join us at a maker fair featuring the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program as they spotlight their young “artrepreneurs” in the making. The afternoon includes a dance party, for all ages, in partnership with Onehunted. Collection and exhibition access included.

Collection access 10-5pm
Program activity 1-4pm

Sunday, October 2
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Mind Over Media

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's featured artists Shinique Smith and Derrick Adams lead a discussion about art practice and engaging with youth on media literacy.

Derrick Adams is a New York-based artist who works in performance, video, sound, and 2D and 3D visual arts. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self-image and projection.

Shinique Smith is a New York-based artist whose mixed-media painting, sculpture, and installations of fabric and calligraphy are inspired by the things we consume and discard.

Sunday, October 2
3:30–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

 

Van Gogh's The Postman

In Focus Gallery Talk: Van Gogh’s The Postman (Joseph-Étienne Roulin)

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

Monday, October 3
2:00—2:30 pm Room 2 Free with admission

 

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Bing Moulin Rouge
members only

Member Preview of Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950

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

 

 

 

Thursday, October 6
11am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

To reserve online, follow the link and select your desired date from the calendar.

 

Bing Moulin Rouge
members only

Member preview of Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950

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

 

 

 

Friday, October 7
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

To reserve online, follow the link and select your desired date from the calendar.

 

Bing, Self portrait, photograph of the artist photographing

First Friday!

Come to the opening party for Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950. The evening includes a performance by The Hufftones featuring guitarist Vic Juris, interpreting French jazz from the 1930s and ’40s, and a formal welcome from Barnes Executive Director and President Thom Collins.

Program
6–7 pm live music
7 pm welcome by Thom Collins
7:30–8:30 pm live music

First Friday! is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo

 

 

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

Friday, October 7
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members free
​$10 college students: valid college ID must be presented, on site only.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

The Barnes Foundation from outside the West Terrace

Parkway Architecture walking tour

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

The Parkway is known for its monumental architecture, but how many times have you stopped to look? Consider the exteriors of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Parkway House, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Public Library, and the former Family Court Building from an aesthetic perspective. Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the bottom of the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rain date: October 9.

Saturday, October 8
9:45am-noon Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the bottom of the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. $20; members $16

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, October 9
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, October 11
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

The Museum

ARTime Storytime: The Museum

by Susan Verde

A little girl tours and twirls through the halls of an art museum with great excitement. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, October 13
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free.

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Matisse holding a long stick to the wall as he works on <i> The Dance</i>

Looking at Matisse Today: a symposium

Inspired by the Foundation’s catalogue Matisse in the Barnes Foundation, edited by Yve-Alain Bois and published in December 2015, the symposium brings together leading international scholars to examine the state of Matisse studies and to consider Matisse in the context of the history of modernism. The symposium includes access to the collection, with 59 works by Matisse, as well as the exhibition on view.

Speakers: Friday, October 14

Karen K. Butler, independent scholar
Why Matisse?

Cécile Debray, curator in charge of modern collections, Musée national d'art moderne–Centre Pompidou
Matisse in His Time

Claudine Grammont, director, Musée Matisse, Nice
Matisse from A to Z: Le Dictionnaire Matisse

Hélène Ivanoff, research fellow, Frobenius-Institute, Frankfurt
Matisse’s Anti-Fetishism

Camran Mani, PhD candidate in art history, Harvard University
Here and Elsewhere: Matisse's Dance Mural

Ellen McBreen, associate professor of art history, Wheaton College
Matisse’s Palette of Objects

Margaret Werth, associate professor, University of Delaware
Matissean Poetics in the 1910s

Alastair Wright, associate professor and tutorial fellow in art history, St. John's College, University of Oxford
Le Bonheur de vivre and the Legacy of Symbolism

 

Speakers: Saturday, October 15

Karl Buchberg, senior conservator, Museum of Modern Art, and Jodi Hauptman, senior curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Matisse’s Cut-Outs

Stephanie D'Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago
Regrets, Mistakes, and Failures

Patrice Deparpe, director, Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Bringing a Matisse Collection to Life in a Museum Setting

Jay Fisher, chief curator, Baltimore Museum of Art
Matisse Drawings c.1930: A Change in Practice

John Klein, professor of art history, Washington University in St. Louis
Ultimate Method or Ultimate Materials?

Gaku Kondo, independent scholar
Matisse’s “In-progress” Photography, 1931–1945

Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, former deputy director for collections at the Musée national d’art moderne–Centre Pompidou
1919–1920 Cinquante dessins par Henri-Matisse: A Demonstration

Anne Théry, PhD candidate in art history, Université Paris X­–Nanterre
Henri Matisse’s Writings and Talks: The Making of a Discourse

 

Please note: speaker schedules are subject to change.

Looking at Matisse Today: A Symposium is sponsored by

Freeman's logo

American Airlines logo

 

With generous support from the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, Graham Gund, Toni Ritzenberg, and Constance Smukler.

Additional support from Sheldon Bonovitz, and the Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo.

Accommodations generously provided by The Logan Hotel and The Rittenhouse. Travel arrangements made by Patron Travel. Printing courtesy of Brilliant Studio, Inc.

Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15
9am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $200

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Ellen Philips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden

Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden walking tour

Guide: David Nolan, AFA

Explore the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden, on the banks of the Schuylkill River northwest of Boathouse Row. Developed over nearly thirty years, this sculptural landscape features works on a variety of subjects by national and international artists. Parking available below Girard Avenue Bridge on Kelly Drive. Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the Lipchitz sculpture. Rain date: October 16.

Saturday, October 15
9:45am-noon Meet at Lipchitz sculpture in Memorial Garden. $20; members $16

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Parkway Plantings
members only

Parkway Plantings

Join Barnes gardener Rachel Burlington for a tour of the Parkway grounds.

 

 

Saturday, October 15
11 am-noon Members free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

artsee cart

ArtSee Cart: African Art Adventure

When the ArtSee Cart pops up, there are plenty of things to look at, touch, and do!

The ArtSee Cart is generously funded by The 25th Century Foundation; Marcy Gringlas, Joel Greenberg, and Seed the Dream Foundation; and Louise A. and Peter H. Havens

Sunday, October 16
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-by for all ages

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, October 16
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.

Rousseau's The Unpleasant Surprise, a bather caught unaware by a bear with a hunter pointing a gun at it

In Focus Gallery Talk: Rousseau’s Unpleasant Surprise

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

Monday, October 17
2:00—2:30 pm Room 23 Free with admission

 

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, October 18
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse, red madras headress
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour, Matisse's Models

Every artist has their muse, and every muse has their story. Find out which sitter Matisse credited with influencing his famous sense of color, which sitter he spotted on a film set in Nice, and more about the people portrayed in some of his most noted works in the Barnes collection.

 

© 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Wednesday, October 19
2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Book a 2pm tour online or call 215.278.7200.

I Spy: An alphabet in Art

ARTime Storytime: I Spy: An alphabet in Art

by Lucy Micklethwait

What will you spy with your little eye? Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, October 20
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free.

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

A group of Contemporary members pose for a photo at the bar at the VIP reception.
members only

Contemporaries VIP Reception

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

Friday, October 21
6:30-7:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries Free

Reserve: 215.278.7110.

A young couple in formal-wear pose for a photo in the Barnes Foundation's Annenberg court.

Young Professionals Night: noir et blanc

Step back in time as we pay homage to masters of French photography at our next Young Professionals Night. Celebrating our exhibition Live and Life Will Give You Pictures, our black-and-white-themed fall fête is a throwback to classic moments. Think Atget, Cartier-Bresson, and Man Ray––flâneurs whose photographs turned the everyday into art. 

It's #BarnesYP tradition to dress the theme, so show up chic in noir et blanc, ready for your photo op. Live beats, cocktails, and art after hours are calling Philly's rising leaders and art lovers. Are you in? 

Hosted by the Contemporaries.

Young Professionals Night is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo
 
Drexel LeBow

Powered by
Mole Street Logo
 

 

Friday, October 21
7–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $15; Contemporaries free

Includes collection access. Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200. For complimentary admission to all YP Nights including VIP Receptions, become a Contemporaries member.

Large champion sequoia tree at the Barnes Arboretum

They Might (or Might Not) Be Giants: Champion trees of the Barnes Arboretum

Instructor: Bill Rein, Barnes living collections associate and horticulture programs coordinator

The Barnes Arboretum packs nearly 40 state champion trees into its humble 12 acres. Join us for a guided exploration of the arboretum's collection of trees that are the largest known of their kind in Pennsylvania.

Saturday, October 22
10-11:30am Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $15; members $12

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, October 25
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

pedestrians in the square in front of the Grand Bazar Universel

Changing Paris: Photography in the City of Light, 1839–1939

In celebration of the exhibition Live and Life Will Give You Pictures, Sarah Kennel, curator of photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, discusses photography’s technological and artistic evolution during the medium’s first hundred years.

Tuesday, October 25
6:30-7:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Pinus Virginia tree

Conifers

Instructor: Dr. Richard Bitner, horticulturist, author of Designing with Conifers and Conifers for Gardens: an Illustrated Encyclopedia

Learn to identify and classify a range of ornamental conifers, including the best species and cultivars for our region. This profusely illustrated course focuses on the major coniferous genera, highlighting identification, growth patterns, and landscape uses, from dwarf specimens for containers to large trees for screening. The instructor's Pocket Guide to Conifers is a required text.

Wednesdays, October 26 - December 14 (8 classes)
1:30–4 pm Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $400; members $360

Register to audit.

 

The Joy of Life by Henri Matisse

The Fauves

Instructor: Marilyn Bauman, MA

Fauvism stands between pictorial illusion and the kind of "pure paint" that became a preoccupation of twentieth-century modernism. As Matisse later observed, "Fauve painting is not everything, but it is the foundation of everything." Explore fauve work and its influence on modern art.

 

©2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Thursdays, October 27–November 17 (4 classes)
1–3 pm Hershey’s Mill, 1500 Greenhill Rd., West Chester, PA 19380 $150; members $120

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

members only

Albert Barnes, African Art, and the Modernist Photographic Vision

Wendy A. Grossman, curatorial associate at The Phillips Collection and lecturer for New York University, Washington DC Program

Photography played a critical role in the way African objects came to be appreciated as modern art in the first half of the 20th century. Starting from a Man Ray photograph of an African mask in the Barnes collection, this talk explores the intersection of avant-garde tastes, African art, and photography, in conjunction with the exhibition Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950.

 

 

Saturday, October 29
2–3 pm Members free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Fifteen members of the Crossing chamber choir stand in an arc around the conductor in front of a bright neon backdrop.

The Crossing

Canticles of the Holy Wind

Commissioned by The Crossing chamber choir in 2012, this magnum opus of Pulitzer laureate John Luther Adams is an aural kaleidoscope in which four choirs surround the audience. 

Sunday, October 30
6–7 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $35; seniors $25; students $20

Book tickets

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, November 1
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

First Friday! Musical Traditions

Ustad Shafaat Khan has distinguished himself by his simultaneous excellence on the sitar, surbahar, and tabla. Khan presents a fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions, showcasing a blend of classical and folk Indian music on sitar, tabla, and vocals, with violin, flamenco, jazz and rock guitars, keyboard, and world percussion with guest musicians from the Philadelphia area.

Program
6–7 pm Indian classical music
7:30–8:30 pm Indian classical/jazz/pop/rock fusion

First Friday! is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo

 

 

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

Friday, November 4
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members free
​$10 college students: valid college ID must be presented, on site only.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ArtSee Activities: Sparkle and Light

ArtSee Activities: Sparkle and Light

Imagination stations for family fun! Sparkle and Light and all that glitters makes for dazzling fun when you spark your creativity to design amazing art!

Sunday, November 6
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.

Free First Sunday: Theater and Dance

Join us for a playful dialogue between theater and dance with Tiny Dynamite and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. The two companies trade off, each giving three 20-minute performances over the course of the afternoon. Collection access included.

Collection access 10-5pm
Program activity 1-4pm

Sunday, November 6
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Matisse’s Le Bonheur de vivre

In Focus: Matisse’s Le Bonheur de vivre

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

Monday, November 7
2:00—2:30 pm Le Bonheur de vivre gallery, second floor Free with admission

 

ArtSee Activities: Sparkle and Light

Screening of Le Voyage dans la Lune

11 minutes. Directed by Georges Méliès, 1902.

This silent short film by Georges Méliès is one of the most influential works in cinema history and the earliest example of the science fiction genre. Philippe Met, professor of French literature and film at the University of Pennsylvania, introduces the film and leads a discussion afterward. Come learn why this film is so iconic—and what passed for special effects in 1902!  

Monday, November 7
6:30–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

student drawing a landscape design in class

Landscape Design I


Instructor: Jesse Forrester, RLA, Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects
Learn how thoughtful manipulation of form can communicate feeling and meaning. Discover the importance of structure, organization, light, color and pattern, and composition to the landscape design process. Through a series of lectures and design exercises, gain familiarity with design principles and vocabulary and learn basic visual communication through landscape graphics.

Tuesdays, November 8–December 20 (7 classes)
1–4:15 pm Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $420; members, $378

Register to audit.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, November 8
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Night Light

ARTime Storytime: Night Light

by Nicholas Blechman

Count the nighttime lights on a train, a helicopter, and more vehicles in a picture book filled with surprises! Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

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

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

The unique bark of a Japanese Stewardia

Laura’s Favorites: A Bark Appreciation Walk

Instructor: Mark Shaw, Bartlett Tree Experts

Laura L. Barnes was especially fond of trees with interesting bark, which offer a visual and tactile treat even in winter. Her penchant is reflected in the grove of mature Stewartia, the Kousa dogwoods, and other woody plants that offer interest after their leaves have fallen. Join us for a guided tour of trees and large shrubs with ornamental bark. Begins with a presentation in the library classroom.

Saturday, November 12
10–11:30 am Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $15; members $12

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, November 13
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, November 15
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse, three sisters on grey background
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Family Influences

Artists don’t create work in a vacuum; they are influenced by a myriad of factors, notably the people closest to them: their families. Learn about how the partners, children, and siblings of Matisse, Renoir, and Van Gogh affected the works and careers of these artists.

 

© 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Wednesday, November 16
11 am and 2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Book an 11am tour or a 2pm tour online or call 215.278.7200.

A man stands with his hand on his hip outside a window

A Most Ingenious Way of Manipulating the Sun

Kaja Silverman, professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the acclaimed History of Photography, Part I, explores photography’s early history in France, focusing on the pioneering work of Hippolyte Bayard.

Wednesday, November 16
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

The House in the Night

ARTime Storytime: The House in the Night

by Susan Marie Swanson

Naming nighttime things is lots of fun in this “enlightening” surprise book! Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, November 17
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free.

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Two college students laughing in the Barnes Foundation's Annenberg court

College Night at the Barnes

Students, come explore the legendary Barnes collection to the sounds of Penn alumni Ivy Sole on the mic and a wide range of opportunities to learn more about the history of the foundation, Dr. Barnes and the collection.  Programs include a site specific performance by Renegade Theater Company, collection tours, short talks and film screenings.   Collection and exhibition access included.

In partnership with Campus Philly        

Friday, November 18
6–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Register online.

Picasso, <i>Acrobat and Young Harlequin</i>
members only

Interpreting the Clues: The Metamorphosis of Picasso's Paintings

The surfaces of many of Picasso’s pictures reveal evidence of hidden compositions. Join Ann Hoenigswald, senior conservator of paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as she goes beneath the surface of Picasso’s art with X-radiographs and infrared images.

 

 © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

Saturday, November 19
2-3pm Members free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

artsee cart

ArtSee Cart: African Adventure

When the ArtSee Cart pops up, there are plenty of things to look at, touch, and do!

The ArtSee Cart is generously funded by The 25th Century Foundation; Marcy Gringlas, Joel Greenberg, and Seed the Dream Foundation; and Louise A. and Peter H. Havens

Sunday, November 20
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-by for all ages

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, November 20
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.

Soutine’s Woman Seated in Armchair

In Focus: Soutine’s Woman Seated in Armchair

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

Monday, November 21
2:00—2:30 pm Room 14 Free with admission

 

Two men and two women sitting on the lawn

Screening of Une Partie de campagne

42 minutes. Directed by Jean Renoir, 1936.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose photographs feature in the exhibition on view, is credited as an assistant director in Jean Renoir’s light-hearted featurette. Distinguished scholar Dudley Andrew, professor of film and comparative literature at Yale University, introduces the film and leads a discussion afterward.

Monday, November 21
6:30–8:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, November 22
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, November 29
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Glackens Street Cleaners - two men clean a winter street while passersby look on
members only

Member Appreciation Talk with Martha Lucy

Join Martha Lucy, deputy director for education & public programs and curator, for an afternoon talk exclusively for members.

Friday, December 2
Noon–12:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

First Friday! Mark Kramer/Eddie Gomez Trio

Charismatic Philadelphia pianist and composer Mark Kramer teams up with Eddie Gomez, one of the most celebrated bassists in the history of jazz. Together, they present selections from their “Jazz Fiddler on the Roof.”

First Friday! is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo

 

 

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, December 2
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members free
​$10 college students: valid college ID must be presented, on site only.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Large wreath made from greens and magnolia blossoms

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Instructor: Rachel Burlington, Barnes gardener and Pennsylvania certified horticulturist

Learn simple techniques to transform a selection of fresh-cut evergreens, pods, cones, and berries from the Barnes Arboretum into a wreath embellished with unusual decorative elements inspired by nature.

Saturday, December 3
9am-noon or 1-4pm Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $88; members $79

Register for the 9am or the 1pm session, or call 215.278.7200.

ArtSee Activities: Shape of Things

ArtSee Activities: Shape of Things

Imagination stations for family fun! Vivid colors and dramatic shapes abound on the walls of the Barnes Foundation. Have fun creating works of art inspired by our collection!

Sunday, December 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.

Free First Sunday: Sensations

Join us for an afternoon of programming created by Maggie Lily, University of the Arts class of 2017. The program includes choreographer Jess Adams, New York experimental performance and hip hop duo Yackez, and internationally recognized operatic tenor Richard Troxell. Collection access included.

Collection access 10-5pm
Program activity 1-4pm

Sunday, December 4
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Picasso’s The Ascetic

In Focus: Picasso’s The Ascetic

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

Monday, December 5
2:00—2:30 pm Room 18 Free with admission

 

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Lots of Dots

ARTime Storytime: Lots of Dots

by Craig Frazier

Watch how the ordinary becomes extraordinary as buttons, wheels, ice cream, and more magically become a cascade of dots! Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

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

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Glackens Street Cleaners - two men clean a winter street while passersby look on
members only

Member Appreciation Talk with Sylvie Patry

Join Sylvie Patry, deputy director for collections and exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator, for an afternoon talk exclusively for members.

Friday, December 9
Noon–12:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, December 11
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

A young woman stand behind a pool table

Painting and Photography in Dialogue

The photographs in this fall’s exhibition relate thematically, artistically, and theoretically to many of the modern French paintings in the Barnes collection. Martha Lucy, deputy director for education & public programs and curator, explores the interplay between painting and photography in early twentieth-century Paris. 

Tuesday, December 13
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Mix it Up

ARTime Storytime: Mix it Up

by Hervé Tullet

Colors come alive and mix it up in a dazzling adventure of art and whimsy. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

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

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Member Tour
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Saints and Their Stories

For centuries, visual expression has been used to transcend the boundaries of written language. Highlighting our collection of religious works, this tour decodes the symbols of the saints—which contemporary viewers would have recognized readily—and delves into their dramatic stories.

Friday, December 16
11 am and 2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Book an 11am tour or a 2pm tour online or call 215.278.7200.

artsee cart

ArtSee Cart: African Adventure

When the ArtSee Cart pops up, there are plenty of things to look at, touch, and do!

The ArtSee Cart is generously funded by The 25th Century Foundation; Marcy Gringlas, Joel Greenberg, and Seed the Dream Foundation; and Louise A. and Peter H. Havens

Sunday, December 18
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-by for all ages

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, December 18
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse’s The Madras

In Focus: Matisse’s Le Madras

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

Monday, December 19
2:00—2:30 pm Room 19 Free with admission

 

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.