Programs: Calendar

Charles Demuth, Musician

American Composers Respond

The Network for New Music presents contemporary classical music at the Barnes. The Network Ensemble performs art-inspired works by American composers Jeremy Gill, Stephen Hartke, Louis Karchin, William Kraft, and Kristin Kuster. Includes talks and collection access.

Light fare and cocktails available for purchase:
Charcuterie and cheese platter $6
Olli salami bites, prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, St. André cheese, Membrillo, Marcona almonds

Symphony and Spice sangria $8
Spiced red sangria with seasonal fruit

Program
6–9 pm collection access

6:30–7 pm live music
Kandinsky Variations (1981), composed by William Kraft
Sons Découpés (2015), composed by Jeremy Gill
Folding Planes: Frosted Panes (2015), composed by Kristin Kuste

7–7:30 pm short talk by composers

7:30–8 pm live music
Luminous Fields (2015), composed by Louis Karchin
The Blue Studio (2015), composed by Stephen Hartke

February 27, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $30; members $24

Collection admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

artsee

ArtSee Activities: Seeing Blue

Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in program for all ages on Free First Sundays

Everyone loves blue. It’s been used by artists to show a range of emotions and portray the world around us. Wish Vincent van Gogh a happy birthday by painting the town blue with projects that go from dull to bright and light to deep!

March 1, 2015
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Cardplayers

Premier Tour: Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne is often regarded as the father of modern painting. This is a comprehensive look at the artist’s major achievements, including the monumental works The Card Players and The Large Bathers.

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

March 3, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

March 3, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

pj tour

ARTime Pajama Tour

Spying Blue

Seeing is believing when you search for this popular color. For ages 2–5; wear your pajamas!

March 6, 2015
6–6:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Included with Collection Gallery admission on a space-available basis: free with admission, free for members. Reservations required.

Reserve your general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

first friday

First Friday! Lights, Camera, Action!

Get glammed up and head to the Barnes for art, cocktails, and star power. We’re taking you back to old Hollywood as a nod to this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show theme. Join us for Denise King’s musical tribute to legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. Short talks include a spotlight on Jean Renoir, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s ceramicist son who became a major Hollywood filmmaker, plus a conversation with Nicole Juday, horticulture education and programs manager, about the starring role of flowers in impressionist paintings.

Program
6–7 pm live music
6:30–6:50 pm Spotlight on Jean Renoir
7–7:20 pm Starring Roles of Flowers
7:30–8:30 pm live music

March 6, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members free

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

delacroix

Ingres, Delacroix, and the Battle of Line and Color

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
Focusing on Ingres and Delacroix, examine the tensions that energized painting in 19th-century Paris. While some artists advocated for classical motifs and focused on line and drawing, a new generation emphasized color as the most important compositional element. Study these artists’ works and learn how they gave rise to a more modern style.

Mondays, March 9-April 6 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

March 10, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

education

The Barnes Collection: Painting Practice and a Look Beneath the Surface

Instructor: Barbara Buckley, Barnes senior director of conservation
How do the artist's materials affect the appearance of a painting? Led by Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings Barbara Buckley, this workshop explores historic painting materials and techniques with a focus on impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings. Students look closely at paintings in the collection and are introduced to painting media including fresco, egg tempera, oil, and modern synthetic paints. Includes a visit to the Barnes conservation studio.

Tuesdays, March 10–April 7 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

SOLD OUT

Matisse, seated riffian
members only

“No Thanks!” The Art that Dr. Barnes Didn’t Buy

Why did Dr. Barnes choose not to buy Van Gogh’s Starry Night? Did he really want to trade away Matisse’s Seated Riffian? Archivist Barbara Beaucar offers insight into these collecting choices.

March 11, 2015
11 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: Vincent’s Colors

By Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh’s own words bring the colors of the rainbow to life. Get busy with the color blue by decorating a special uniform. 

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

March 12, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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Beauty and the African Body

Christa Clarke, senior curator of arts of global Africa at the Newark Museum, and Yaba Blay, co-director and assistant teaching professor of Africana studies at Drexel University, reflect on correlations between African aesthetics and pieces in the Barnes's African collection.

March 15, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $15; members $12

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

tour

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. 

March 15, 2015
3–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation
members only

Circles and Corporate Council Conversation: The Business of Art

Join the Circles and Corporate Council for the first in a series of lively conversations on art as an investment.

March 16, 2015
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles and Corporate Council members free. Reserve: 215.287.7110

monet

Premier Tour: Impressionism's Legacy

Encounter superb works of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the collection. Paintings by Renoir, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gaugin are among the many stunning works on view.

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

March 17, 2014
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

March 17, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

book cover

ARTime Storytime: Sue Likes Blue

By Barbara Gregorich

Listen, dance, create, and sing to the art from the collection. Best for ages 2–5. Free; reservations required

What's your favorite color? See how Sue colors her world blue and then you will too!

March 19, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

wine

Artful Tastings: French Wines

Sample spirits and compare nuances of flavor, ingredients, scents, and regions with formal and sensory aspects of the collection’s masterworks. Collection access 6–7 pm, tasting 7–8:30 pm.

 

Tasting menu
White wines
Marcel Giraudon Aligoté
Christophe Thorigny Vouvray Sec

Red wines
Billard Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune
Domaine du Pas Saint Martin Saumur Rouge
Château Laffitte-Teston Madiran.

French cheese
Petit Basque
Délice de Bourgogne
Roquefort


March 20, 2015
6–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $40; members $32

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

illustration

Gardening for Beginners

Instructor: Kathy Salisbury, MS in horticulture
Designed for those who are new to gardening or have dabbled a bit but can’t seem to get it right. Learning the basic functions of plants; how to test your soil; and the fundamentals of plant selection, installation, and maintenance gets you on your way to a greener thumb.

Saturdays, March 21–28 (2 classes)
9:30 am–noon Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $60; members $54

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

workshop

ArtKids Workshop: Blue

From denim jeans and flags to artists’ painted skies and oceans, blue is a power color! After exploring how artists like Van Gogh use blue, ArtKids try out different media to make a personal statement with this inspiring color.

March 22, 2015
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20. Collection admission and art materials included.

Register: 215.278.7200.

monet

Premier Tour: Parisian Moderns

In the early 20th century, Paris was a center of artistic innovation. A wave of European artists, including De Chirico, Miró, Modigliani, Picasso, and Soutine, gravitated to the French capital. View important works by these artists, who believed that Paris was the place to be.

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

March 24, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

March 24, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

March 31, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation
members only

Private collection tour

Contemporaries, delight in an exquisite Center City private collection. Learn how the collectors first began to develop their artistic eye and passion for visual arts.

March 31, 2015
6–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries free. Reserve: 215.287.7110

first friday

First Friday! A Musical Garden

Western harmonies merge with Middle Eastern melodies in the enchanting music of Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble and youth choir. Meaning “the garden” in Arabic, Al-Bustan sows the seeds of cultural exploration that blur the lines between classical and contemporary. Includes a talk on Cézanne Uncovered, the conservation treatment of two sketches, led by Barbara Buckley, senior director of conservation and chief conservator of paintings.

Program
6–7 pm live music: Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble
7–7:20 pm talk: Cézanne Uncovered
7:30–8:30 pm live music: Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble

April 3, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members free

Collection admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

beer tasting

Artful Tastings: Beer

Sample spirits and compare nuances of flavor, ingredients, scents, and regions with formal and sensory aspects of the collection’s masterworks. Collection access 6–7 pm, tasting 7–8:30 pm.

 

April 17, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $40; members $32

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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American Artists’ Innovations with Drawing and Color

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
American artists returning from studies in Paris implemented the language of 19th-century European masters in new ways. Instead of choosing to continue a rigid emphasis on color or line, American modernists challenged existing definitions of beauty. Artists like William Glackens, Ernest Lawson, Alfred Maurer, and Maurice Prendergast established a visual language that was both gritty and vibrant, like the experience of their urban milieu. Their innovations paved the way towards international recognition of American art.

Mondays, April 20–May 11 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Museum Additions: Reinventing Architectural Traditions

Instructor: Grace Ong Yan, PhD
How do architects design additions to historical buildings? Explore how new architecture has been forged from existing structures and traditions. Visit and discuss sites like the Liberty Bell Center, Independence National Historical Park, the Franklin Institute, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and Franklin Court, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including walking tours with the architects and landscape architects who designed them: Venturi Scott Brown Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Saylor Gregg, and Olin Partnership. 

Tuesdays, April 21–May 12 (4 classes)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Albert Barnes in the Company of Collectors

Instructor: Blake Bradford, Bernard C. Watson Director of Education
After 90 years, the Barnes Foundation’s collection continues to be a singular experience. Albert Barnes was not alone, however, in assembling an excellent collection or in engaging modernism. Explore Barnes’s accomplishments alongside those of Katherine Dreier, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Duncan Phillips, and other peers. This course offers a timeline for what was being collected by Barnes and his contemporaries, both individual and institutional.

Tuesdays, April 21–May 12 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.