Programs: Calendar

Eleanor Antin, The Wonder of It All, 1974-75. From The King of Solana Beach  unique set of 6 black and white photographs mounted on board.
members only

Member preview of Person of the Crowd

As a member, see the show before the public opening.

Eleanor Antin, The Wonder of It All, 1974-75. From The King of Solana Beach unique set of 6 black and white photographs mounted on board. 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 each. Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

 

Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24
10 am–5 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members free

Call 215.278.7200 or reserve online by clicking the link and selecting your desired date from the calendar.

Antin – Wonder of it All from King of Solana Beach—2, 1974-75
members only

Installing Person of the Crowd: Panel Discussion and Member Q&A

New Program!
Installing Person of the Crowd: Panel Discussion and Member Q&A
Moderated by Barbara Buckley, Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings

As part of Member Previews, join Barnes Collections staff for a panel discussion that reveals the installation process for our special exhibition, Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie. Learn about the variety of considerations that go into bringing a show to fruition, including working with the artists and troubleshooting conservation issues, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from the days leading up to opening night.  

Please note: tickets for the panel discussion do not include exhibition access. Please book Member Preview tickets as well if you plan to view Person of the Crowd before or after the panel.

Friday, February 24
11 am–12 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; free reservations required.

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Person of the Crowd opening party

Break out your top hats and beaded dresses for our Person of the Crowd opening party! Come decked out in your best historical or contemporary dandy attire, check out the exhibition, and look for the strolling performers.

Friday, February 24
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members $20; college students free with valid ID (walk-up only)

Register online or call 215.278.7200

A page from an old choir book

Resounding Voices Choral Series: Vigilia

Resounding Voices is a new free choral series showcasing vocal traditions from around the world on Sunday afternoons, alternating with the Solo Series. Guest conductor Robert Whalen leads the talented Philadelphia Voices in this inaugural program featuring a complete performance of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s stunning Vigilia for a cappella choir. At once peaceful and awe-inspiring, Vigilia is a beautiful and apt beginning to the Resounding Voices Choral Series.

Sunday, February 26
3–4:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

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 from 1-4 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, February 28
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.

Two salsa dancers

First Friday! Salsa

Come out for a night of live music and salsa dancing! Elvis Bonilla y su Orquesta bring the beats and Estilo Dance Company provides instruction until 6:30 pm; after that the floor is yours.

Program
6–6:30 pm dance instruction
6:30–9 pm dancing

First Friday! is sponsored by

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and
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Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, March 3
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: STEAM Fair

Today’s STEAM Fair celebrates the intersection of science, technology, engineering, art, and math with 3D models of paintings created by students from the School District of Philadelphia—vote on your favorite!

 

 

Sunday, March 5
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.

ArtSee Activities: Shape of Things

ArtSee Activities: Here Comes the Sun

Here comes the sun!  Picture a sundrenched still life, collage a Vincent sunshiny bag, and sculpt a sunscape in celebration of Vincent van Gogh’s brilliant birthday!

Sunday, March 5
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-in for all ages.

Visit the galleries with a Free First Sunday ticket.

Monet, Studio Boat

In Focus: Monet’s Studio Boat

Gallery talk by Galina Olmsted, doctoral candidate in the history of art, University of Delaware

Monday, March 6
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 from 1-4 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, March 7
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.

Sky Color

ARTime Storytime: Sky Color

by Peter H. Reynolds

Marisol paints a sky without blue. Explore the colors of the sky in your own work of art. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, March 9
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free.

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Soutine's The Pastry Chef
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Modigliani and Soutine

Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine became friends while living in Montparnasse, the Parisian artistic and intellectual hub of the 1920s and ’30s. Learn more about their friendship and the very different ways they approached visual representation.

Thursday, March 9
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Sold out.

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, March 12
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free with gallery admission. Reservations required.

Second Sunday of each month

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 from 1-4 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, March 14
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.

Rousseau's The Unpleasant Surprise, a bather caught unaware by a bear with a hunter pointing a gun at it
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Henri Rousseau

Though he never left Paris, Rousseau spent his career depicting exotic jungle scenes inspired by children’s books, botanical gardens, and even taxidermy animals. What drew Albert Barnes to these unusual landscapes? Examine Rousseau’s painting style and learn about his relationship to other Barnes favorites like Picasso and Matisse.

Wednesday, March 15
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Sold out.

Photograph of Lee Mingwei

Lee Mingwei lecture

Lee Mingwei, whose work features in the Person of the Crowd exhibition, creates participatory installations through which strangers explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. Lee has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In this lecture, he shares five stories on the themes of connection and beauty.

Wednesday, March 15
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members $9

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Planting a Rainbow

ARTime Storytime: Planting a Rainbow

by Lois Ehlert

See how each flower adds to a brilliant rainbow of color, just like the garden you’ll grow. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, March 16
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free.

Book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: Art Themes

Explore the collection on thematic tours, so visitors of all ages can see the collection like never before.

 

Sunday, March 19
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free with gallery admission. Reservations required.

Third Sunday of each month

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Rouault's Acrobat

In Focus: Rouault’s Acrobat with Two Dogs

Gallery talk by Francesca Ferrari, doctoral candidate in the history of art, University of Pennsylvania

 

Monday, March 20
2–2:30 pm Room 19 Free with admission

 

midnight in paris poster

Film. Midnight in Paris

Directed by Woody Allen, 2011. 94 min.

For Gil, the uninspired screenwriter at the center of this award-winning film, aimless urban wandering becomes a source of creativity. While on a trip to Paris, Gil begins taking midnight walks through the city and finds himself transported to the 1920s, into a social circle that includes Dalí, Eliot, Matisse, Picasso, and Gertrude and Leo Stein. Martha Lucy introduces the film, discussing Albert Barnes’s friendship with the historical figures depicted.

Monday, March 20
7:30–9:05 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Register 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 from 1-4 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, March 21
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.

Graduate Symposium keynote lecture

"Reality Mechanically Registered": Sound Recording and Racial Violence in Contemporary Art History

Keynote lecture for the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art

Jane Blocker, Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota

In 1993, the Whitney Biennial infamously included an amateur video showing five white police officers beating Rodney King. Looking back to that event, this paper considers the ways in which recorded sound serves as historical document. It draws together critical reactions to the tape, the performance practice of Anna Deavere Smith, and the myth of Echo to think about the effect of racial violence on historical

Thursday, March 23
6:30–8 pm Barnes Foundation, Comcast Auditorium Free tickets required for keynote lecture and symposium.

Co-organized by Bryn Mawr College in collaboration with Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Reserve online or call 215-278-7200.

Martha Lucy speaks to an auditorium of guests from behind a podium

The 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art

This symposium brings together graduate students from nine mid-Atlantic colleges and universities to present current research in the field of art history. Each session includes presentations followed by a moderated discussion.

Friday, March 24
10 am–4:30 pm
Barnes Foundation, Comcast Auditorium

Co-organized by Bryn Mawr College in collaboration with Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

10–11:30am: Session 1

Nicole Brown, Princeton University
Living Trees on Stone Bases: The Urbanization of Nature in Roman Art

Amanda K. Chen, University of Maryland
The Fortune of a Freedwoman: Iconography and Identity in Context at the Tomb of Naevoleia Tyche

Michelle DiMarzo, Temple University
Titian and the Culture of Mid-Century Rome

11:30 am–1 pm: Lunch break

1–2:30 pm: Session 2

Laura Almeida, Penn State University
Forgetting the Best of LIFE: Vik Muniz's Memory Renderings

Emily Warner, University of Pennsylvania
Abstraction Unframed: Abstract Expressionism, Public Space, and the Postwar City

Spencer Wigmore, University of Delaware
‘A Spunky and Skittish Creature': Examining the Animal Body in Thomas Eakins' Equestrian Sculptures

2:30–3 pm: Coffee break

3–4:30 pm: Session 3

Kira Maye Albinsky, Rutgers University
Conspicuous Devotion: The Arciconfraternita del SS. Crocifisso di San Marcello a Roma

Michelle Al-Ferzly, Bryn Mawr College
Enviable Possessions: The Thirteenth-Century Gemellions of Limoges

Orsolya Mednyánszky, John Hopkins University
To Guide the Wandering Mind: A Therapeutic Triptych in Esztergom

 

 

 

Friday, March 24
10 am–4:30 pm Barnes Foundation, Comcast Auditorium Free tickets required for keynote lecture and symposium.

Co-organized by Bryn Mawr College in collaboration with Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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 from 1-4 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, March 28
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.

instruments under spotlights

Sound/Art/Space lecture

Composer Spencer Topel creates experimental music and sound installations that explore the relationship between sound and space. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Juilliard School’s Palmer Dixon Prize for best composition, Topel discusses his boundary-crossing work in anticipation of the March 30 performance of “Violine,” Topel’s masterwork for solo violin.

Wednesday, March 29
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members and students $9

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Renoir's On the Grass - 2 young women in large petticoats sit in the grass
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Renoir: The Person behind the Paintings

You know the Barnes is famous for its 181 Renoirs, but how much do you know about the man behind the masterpieces? Learn about Renoir’s life, his relationships, and his opinions about women and modernity. Explore how his personal experiences and ideas manifest in his work.

Thursday, March 30
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Sold out.

Pauline Kim Harris playing the violin

Solo Series Concert: The Modern Violin

Electrifying violinist Pauline Kim Harris presents the next installment of the cutting-edge Solo Series at the Barnes Foundation that redefines the modern violin. The performances includes Spencer Topel’s contemporary masterpiece “Violine,” Bach’s “Chaconne in D minor,” Heinrich Biber’s “Passacaglia,” and Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Six Caprices.”. This concert follows an exciting, interactive lecture with Dartmouth professor and composer Spencer Topel on Wednesday, March 29, during which audiences can learn more about his work and thoughts on “Sound / Art / Space.”

Friday, March 31
8–9:30 pm $30; members $20; students $15

Register online or call 215.278.7200