Programs: Calendar March 2014

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour May 1

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

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

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

trisha brown: in the new body

Creative Collaborations in the Work of Trisha Brown

Susan Rosenberg, the scholar-in-residence at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, discusses choreographer Trisha Brown’s collaborations with visual and sound artists, her staged performances between 1979 and 2012, her drawings, and her work in opera. This talk underscores Brown’s distinctive approach to music and to her work’s staging, emotion, and narrative.

Sunday, May 1
3:30–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free, reservations recommended. Pick up separate Free First Sunday tickets to access the galleries.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

BF283

What Did Picasso See in Renoir?

In the early 1920s Picasso developed a strange brand of classicism, filling his canvases with hulking human bodies bearing massive limbs and serene expressions. Looking closely at these paintings, Deputy Director for Education & Public Programs and Curator Martha Lucy explores their connection to the late work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Though Renoir’s late paintings are often derided by critics today, they were undeniably important for Picasso and other artistic giants of the early 20th century. 

Pablo Picasso. Two Figures, c. 1921. BF283. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © 2016 The Barnes Foundation

Sunday, May 1
3:30–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA Free; reservations recommended. Pick up separate Free First Sunday tickets to access the galleries.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Tuesday Premier Tours

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.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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 3
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour May 7

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Saturday, May 7
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 May 8

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

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

Reserve tickets 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. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, May 8
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ArtSee Cart: Circus/Costumes

Alumni day trip: Exploring the Artist’s Process

Join fellow Barnes students, and alumni and their guests for a thought-provoking day of art in New York. Tour Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at MoMA and witness the artist’s innovation in printmaking. Following lunch, tour Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, the inaugural exhibition at the Met Breuer. Unfinished highlights works from the Renaissance to the present that were abandoned or left incomplete by artists. Transportation, snacks, museum admission, and tours included.

Tuesday, May 10
7:30 am–7:30 pm Barnes students, alumni, and their guests $125

Reserve: 215.278.7110

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Tuesday Premier Tours

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.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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 10
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Laurel Hill Cemetery walking tour

Guide: Ross Mitchell, director of Barnes-de Mazia Education and Outreach Programs

Join us for a tour focused on the aesthetics of Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery, the National Historic Landmark founded in 1836. Look beyond the history of the cemetery to understand the designed landscape as an aesthetic expression, and experience Laurel Hill in a new way. The rain date for this tour is Sunday, May 15.

 

 

 

Saturday, May 14
9:45 am–noon Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the cemetery’s main gate: 3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA. $25; members $20

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour May 14

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Sunday, May 14
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 May 15

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

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

Reserve tickets 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. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

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.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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 17
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

President's Lecture: What We Talk about When We Talk about Art

In this lecture series exclusively for Circles members, Executive Director and President Thom Collins reveals what makes modern art “modern,” surveying the modernist canon and referencing examples from the Barnes collection. In this talk, the second in the series, Thom turns his focus to Édouard Manet. Join us for a glass of wine before the lecture and a reception afterward.

Wednesday, May 18
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Circles free

Reserve: 215.278.7110

Barnes Foundation

Fountains of Philadelphia walking tour

Guide: 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. On this walking tour, explore several of Philadelphia’s iconic public fountains, including the Washington Monument fountain, the Rodin Museum reflecting pool, and the Barnes Foundation water table. The rain date for this tour is Sunday, May 22. 

 

Saturday, May 21
9:45 am–noon Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the Washington Monument fountain on Eakins Oval. $20; members $16

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour May 21

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Saturday, May 21
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 May 22

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Sunday, May 22
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 Foundation

The Second Annual Violette de Mazia Lecture

Albert Barnes and John Dewey, a Deep and Mutually Rewarding Friendship

George Hein, professor emeritus, Lesley University

Albert Barnes and philosopher John Dewey were close friends for over 30 years. Their relationship was one of intellectual stimulation, and each supported the thoughts and activities of the other. Barnes gained conceptual grounding and support for his education theories from Dewey, while Dewey learned from Barnes how to integrate the field of aesthetics into his grand scheme to create an all-encompassing philosophy. Barnes’s aesthetic theories also taught Dewey how to appreciate the formal components of visual art. George Hein, professor emeritus and founding director of the PhD program in educational studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, lectures on the special Barnes-Dewey relationship. Lecture is followed by a reception on the Barnes Foundation’s terrace.

Program
3–4 pm lecture by George Hein
4–5 pm reception on the terrace

 

Sunday, May 22
3–5 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $10; members $8; students free using coupon code DEWEY at checkout

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

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.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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 24
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour May 28

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Saturday, May 28
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 May 29

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Sunday, May 29
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

Tuesday Premier Tours

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.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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 31
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Alumni bloom tour

Alumni bloom tour at Peony's Envy

Join fellow Barnes students and alumni and their guests for a behind-the-scenes tour of Peony’s Envy, a nursery and display garden in Bernardsville, NJ, with an extensive peony collection, including tree, herbaceous, and intersectional varieties. Enjoy a picnic lunch following the tour. Owner Kathleen Gagan studied horticulture at the Barnes Arboretum, and writes and gives nationwide lectures on peonies.

 

Wednesday, June 1
9:30 am–noon Barnes students, alumni, and their guests $15

Reserve: 215.278.7110

ArtSee Cart

Parkway sculpture walking tour

Guide: David Nolan, adjunct art instructor

This guided discussion of sculpture along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway examines two modes of public art: the memorial and the pure artwork. 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 No. 1: Points and Auguste Rodin’s Thinker. This tour is a one-way walk down the Parkway, not a loop. The rain date for this tour is Sunday, June 5.

 

 

Saturday, June 4
9:45 am–noon Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the plaza in front of Café Cret at 16th Street on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. $20; members $16

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 4

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Saturday, June 4
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 June 5

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Sunday, June 5
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

Tuesday Premier Tours

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.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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 7
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Theories of the Nonobject: author talk and reading

Join Mónica Amor, a native of Venezuela, as she discusses her new book Theories of the Nonobject: Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, 1944–1969. Amor investigates the crisis of the sculptural and painterly object in the practices of artists, and presents case studies of movements, artists, and critics, tracing their role in the reconceptualization of the art that Brazilian critic and poet Ferreira Gullar heralded in “Theory of the Nonobject,” a seminal essay published in 1959. Her book brings scholarly attention to a group of major art figures, including Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, and Gego, whose work proposed engaged forms of spectatorship that dismissed medium-based understandings of art.

Wednesday, June 8
6–7 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ArtSee Cart

Center City architecture walking tour

Guide: Ross Mitchell, director of Barnes-de Mazia Eduation and Outreach Programs

How many times have you passed a remarkable example of architecture and not noticed? Philadelphia’s built environment offers a wide range of shapes and textures—explore the architecture of the Race Street Quaker meeting house, the Metropolitan Hotel, and the Masonic Temple. The rain date for this tour is Sunday, June 12.

 

Saturday, June 11
9:45 am–noon Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the Benjamin Franklin sculpture across from the Masonic Temple at 1 North Broad Street. $20; members $16

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 11

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Saturday, June 11
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 June 12

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

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

Reserve tickets 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. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, June 12
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

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.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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 14
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 18

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Saturday, June 18
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 June 19

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

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

Reserve tickets 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. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, June 19
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

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.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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 21
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 25

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Saturday, June 25
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 June 26

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 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.

Sunday, June 26
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

Tuesday Premier Tours

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.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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 28
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.