Programs: Calendar April 2014

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.

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. 

 

"How can art really influence politics?" Click here to see more from Tania Bruguera.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cosmopolitan Canopy

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
3–4 pm: Lecture; 4–5 pm: Reception on the terrace 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $10; members $8; students free

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.

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

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.