Programs: Calendar April 2014

Barnes Foundation

Free First Sunday: Collecting Creatively

The Barnes offers free admission and programs on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors are welcome to attend talks, performances, and hands-on activities throughout the day.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place in the Annenberg Court.

1–1:30 pm Performance by KIPP's Honor Band
KIPP Philadelphia Schools is honored to present their first ever All-Region Honor Band. The band, comprised of musicians and vocalists from KIPP elementary, middle, and high schools will delight and inspire. Be prepared for the power of music and the strength of the KIPP team.

1–4 pm Hands-on ArtSee Activities: African Art Adventure (Lower Level)
Masks are used for protection, performance, and important celebrations. Get into the spirit of things by creating a face mask, collaging a mask bag, and crafting a beaded braid.

1:35–3 pm Celebration of Black Writing presentation and reading
Join Valerie Gay, executive director of Art Sanctuary, as she unveils the lineup for the May 2016 Celebration of Black Writing (CBW). CBW is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent festivals spotlighting black literature and visual and performing arts. Founded by Larry Robin of the iconic Robin’s Books, CBW became an Art Sanctuary program in 2001.

After the presentation, join the CBW 2016 lineup for a reading of work by the author who’ll be honored at the CBW award ceremony this May. 

Sunday, February 7
10 am–5 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am.

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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, February 9
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Tour of Barnes's Wall Arrangements

What makes the Barnes Foundation unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the “universal language of art” according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his “experiments in education” that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

Includes post-tour collection access.

Thursday, February 11
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve 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, February 14
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

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, February 16
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Picasso and the Body
members only

Picasso and the Body

Join Martha Lucy, deputy director for education & public programs and curator, for a member preview lecture for Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change that explores the role of the human body in Picasso’s work around the time of the First World War.

Image: Pablo Picasso. Two Figures, c. 1921. BF283. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

 

Thursday, February 18
11 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Tour of Barnes's Wall Arrangements

What makes the Barnes Foundation unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the “universal language of art” according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his “experiments in education” that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

Includes post-tour collection access.

Thursday, February 18
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve 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, February 21
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

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, February 23
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Tour of Barnes's Wall Arrangements

What makes the Barnes Foundation unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the “universal language of art” according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his “experiments in education” that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

Includes post-tour collection access.

Thursday, February 25
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Tour of Barnes's Wall Arrangements

What makes the Barnes Foundation unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the “universal language of art” according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his “experiments in education” that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

Includes post-tour collection access.

Thursday, March 3
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Tour of Barnes's Wall Arrangements

What makes the Barnes Foundation unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the “universal language of art” according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his “experiments in education” that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

Includes post-tour collection access.

Thursday, March 10
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Americanism and the French Avant-Garde: Picasso's Parade and Beyond

Instructor: William M. Perthes

Parade, the avant-garde ballet created by Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Erik Satie, and Léonide Massine in 1917, tells the story of a group of American and French circus performers. Though none of the ballet's creators had ever visited the United States, Parade reflects their detailed concept of what it is to be American. In this lecture, Barnes senior instructor William Perthes explores the French avant-garde's fascination with Americanism before and during the First World War.

Image: Pablo Picasso. Girl with a Goat, 1906. BF250. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

 

Sunday, March 13
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $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. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Mary McAuliffe on Picasso's Paris

In celebration of the exhibition Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change, Mary McAuliffe, author of Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War, talks about Picasso’s life in Paris during World War I and the interwar years, including his collaboration with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes and his relationships with notable musicians, writers, and artists of the period. Circles members only.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 15
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles free

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Tour of Barnes's Wall Arrangements

What makes the Barnes Foundation unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the “universal language of art” according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his “experiments in education” that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

Includes post-tour collection access.

Thursday, March 17
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve 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, March 20
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Tour of Barnes's Wall Arrangements

What makes the Barnes Foundation unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the “universal language of art” according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his “experiments in education” that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

Includes post-tour collection access.

Thursday, March 24
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Tour of Barnes's Wall Arrangements

What makes the Barnes Foundation unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the “universal language of art” according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his “experiments in education” that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

Includes post-tour collection access.

Thursday, March 31
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.