Chief Conservator of Paintings Barbara Buckley and Gund Family Chief Curator Judith F. Dolkart give you an inside look at the Barnes's treasured Cézanne still lifes; witness firsthand the mastery of the artist's layered colors and brushstrokes. Dolkart also provides insight into the exhibition of Cézanne still lifes coming up in 2014.
8–9 am, Noon—1 pm, 6–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway For Circles $1,000 and above
Alisa LaGamma, curator of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Met, discusses historical and contemporary African textiles and their use in contemporary art, such as the textiles Shonibare works in. She provides a history of Dutch wax fabric and its introduction to Africa, and links it to the textile traditions of West Africa, which historically reflect political and social aspiration. She is a contributor to the Foundation’s forthcoming catalogue on African art and has written a catalogue on African textiles at the Met. Members of the Circles enjoy a reception with LaGamma following the lecture.
Setting the stage for a conversation among a panel of international collectors, Barnes chief curator Judith F. Dolkart provides insight into Yinka Shonibare’s Sarah Hewitt, a female mannequin in Victorian dress made of Dutch wax fabrics, on view in the exhibition. The figure represents the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, one of the sisters who founded the Cooper-Hewitt Museum with objects collected during her avid international travels. Enjoy a lively conversation among the panel about how each collector pursued her artistic passion to build a private collection for personal enjoyment and to share with the world.
6:00 pm Panel conversation
7:30 pm Reception
Join W. Ian Bourland, art history professor at Maryland Institute College of Art, as he places the work of contemporary artists like Yinka Shonibare in the context of artists like Cézanne, Gauguin, and Picasso. Explore the legacy of modernism and the history of globalization.
Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.
Join Horticulture Education Coordinator Nicole Juday and Andrew Bunting, president of the Magnolia Society, for a delightful tour and conversation highlighting the lush magnolias in the Arboretum. With cascading flowers in various shades of pink, they make a perfect backdrop to Merion campus's main entrance. Learn the history of the species and the history of Laura Barnes's living collection.
Reservations required: 215.278.7110