Programs: Calendar July 2013

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Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Best for teens/tweens and their families. Collection admission included; reservations required.
April 19, 2015
2:30–3:30 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.

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Premier Tour: Impressionism and Beyond

Dr. Barnes collected superb examples of impressionist and post-impressionist art. Paintings by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh are among the many stunning works on view. 

This 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.

April 21, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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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.

April 21, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

April 23, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

Container workshop

Learn principles of creative container design and techniques for effective installation and maintenance to create a custom container that will give your porch, patio, deck, or garden a splash of color all summer long. Choose unusual sun- or shade-loving plants to combine in your own design.

Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066.

April 24, 2015
10 am–noon Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. Members $45; materials included. Registration required.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

Container workshop

Learn principles of creative container design and techniques for effective installation and maintenance to create a custom container that will give your porch, patio, deck, or garden a splash of color all summer long. Choose unusual sun- or shade-loving plants to combine in your own design.

Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066.

April 25, 2015
10 am–noon Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. Members $45; materials included. Registration required.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

The History of the Barnes Arboretum

Albert and Laura Barnes built an impressive teaching garden with several champion trees, unusual ferns, and many rare and wonderful plants that have influenced generations of horticulturists.

April 25, 2015
11 am–noon 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA Members free

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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First annual Violette de Mazia Lecture Soutine: Sources and Legacy

This series illuminates the educational principles to which Ms. de Mazia dedicated her life: social progress through art and aesthetic education.

Although many people seeing the paintings of Chaim Soutine for the first time find his compositions disorganized, non-traditional, and incomprehensible, Dr. Richard Wattenmaker argues that Soutine used his profound knowledge of artistic tradition and his predecessors as the basis for his own original and unique work. He illustrates the immense influence Soutine had on other artists, European and American, including those whose debt to him has not been acknowledged.

Richard Wattenmaker, a widely recognized authority on late 19th- and early 20th-century modern art, is a former student and instructor at the Barnes Foundation. He is the author of American Paintings and Works on Paper in the Barnes Foundation (2010), and a contributor to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition of ironwork from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen, France, that opens at the Barnes Foundation in fall 2015.

Wine and cheese reception follows the talk.

April 26, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required

SOLD OUT

Magnolias
members only

Magnolias for the Home Landscape

An iconic harbinger of spring, magnolias are beloved throughout the mid-Atlantic region. But with over 200 species and hundreds of cultivars, selecting the right magnolia for a home landscape can be a challenge. Andrew Bunting, Scott Arboretum curator and past president of the Magnolia Society International, discusses the best magnolias, from delicate small trees to statuesque specimen plantings, and how to successfully incorporate them into a residential setting.

April 26, 2015
2–3 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA Members free

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour: Paris and Modern Art

In the early 20th century, Paris was a center of artistic innovation. A wave of artists, including De Chirico, Miró, Modigliani, Picasso, and Soutine, gravitated there. 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.

April 28, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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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.

April 28, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

The Order of Things Artist Installation in Progress

Join curator Martha Lucy for a conversation about the exhibition concept and a behind-the-scenes look at the site-specific installations being created for Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things. Learn about the artists’ inspiration, materials, and process.

April 28, 2015
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circle Supporters and above free.

Reserve: 215.278.7110

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Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

April 30, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 1, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Mother’s Day trunk show, featuring Cynthia Gale

Find the perfect gift for mom (or others) at the Barnes Shop—jewelry designer Cynthia Gale will be here with the latest designs from her line, GeoArt by Cynthia Gale. Talk to Gale about her design process, inspiration, and how the Barnes collection inspires her wearable art. Featuring our new Ironwork Heart line of earrings, rings, charms, and bangles inset with birthstones—a gem for each month of the year.

Barnes members receive 10% off any purchase.

May 1, 2015
4–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; collection admission not included.

No ticket or reservation necessary.

pj tour

ARTime Pajama Tour

Cool Collecting

See how a collection grows on this fun gallery hunt. For ages 2–5; wear your pajamas!

May 1, 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.

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First Friday! Red Light Jazz: Ragtime Revivals

Leigh Howard Stevens and Stefon Harris

Featuring legendary musicians Leigh Howard Stevens, Stefon Harris, Warren Wolf, Jon Singer, Tony Miceli, and the group Escape 10 Duo with sounds of the marimba, xylophone, and vibraphone. Travel to the 1920s for red-light-district ragtime and work your way back to contemporary jazz. Plus, a talk by Lisa Minardi, assistant curator at Winterthur Museum, on the Pennsylvania German furniture in the Barnes collection. Minardi discusses connections between the furniture and Fraktur, a Pennsylvania German style of illuminated manuscript folk art that is the subject of her most recent book and three exhibitions at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Winterthur, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Live music in partnership with Malletech Instruments.

Program
6–7 pm live music
7–7:20 pm talk: Pennsylvania German furniture
7:30–8:30pm live music

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase:
Rahmshnitzel
Dill marinated grilled chicken
Ramp spaetzle

May 1, 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.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 2, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Barnes Arboretum plant sale

Join us for the annual plant sale, featuring rare trees and shrubs, many propagated from the Barnes living collections. Choose among a wide variety of classic and hard-to-find annuals, perennials, and woody plants. Barnes horticulture experts are on hand to answer your garden questions and ensure you choose the right plant for the right location.

May 2, 2015
8:30–10 am member preview
10 am–2 pm public hours

Free. Held at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 3, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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ArtSee Activities: Art Parts

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

What do you collect? How do you arrange things? The Order of Things spurs ideas for constructing new art from old, designing an amazing gallery, and collaging a collection bag.

May 3, 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.

May 5, 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.

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

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

May 7, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 8, 2015
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

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 9, 2015
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

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 10, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour: The Art of Renoir

Tour the largest collection of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Barnes collected his work tenaciously, amassing 181 works by the painter between 1912 and 1942, making good on his 1913 declaration to fellow collector Leo Stein: “I am convinced I cannot get too many Renoirs.”

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

May 12, 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.

May 12, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: Artful Reading

By Bob Raczka

Artists love to paint people reading and you'll see why once you frame up some fabulous faces!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

May 14, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Space is limited, reserve your free tickets online. Please select a time: 10:30 am or 11:30 am.
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

May 14, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 15, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Preview Party

Enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres and get the first chance to purchase limited quantities of more than 200 unusual tropicals and annuals at this popular event. Come early for a tour of annuals and tropicals in the Scott Arboretum, guided by Scott curator Andrew Bunting. Receive a 25% discount off the regular price of $40 when you register here.

May 15, 2015
5:30–7:30 pm Held at the Scott Arboretum $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

The Order of Things Circles preview

Hear an exclusive preview lecture and meet the featured artists during the Circles preview of the exhibition Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things. Enjoy a presentation and reception with curator Martha Lucy.

May 15, 2015
4–6 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles free

Reserve: 215.278.7110

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The Order of Things opening party

Be among the first to view The Order of Things, which presents three large-scale installations by internationally renowned artists Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, and Fred Wilson. Each of these works, commissioned for the show, is inspired by the unusual way that Dr. Albert C. Barnes chose to display his collection, defying curatorial norms and inviting a different view of objects by shifting their context.

Philly’s own King Britt will present a live, improvised sonic presentation along with bassist Anthony Tidd, guitarist Chuck Treece and keyboardist Damon Bennett.  

May 15, 2015
4–6 pm Supporter-level members and above
6–9 pm public opening
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; Patron-level, Contributor-level, and student members $20; Supporter-level members and above free

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 16, 2015
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

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 17, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Best for teens/tweens and their families. Collection admission included; reservations required.
May 17, 2015
2:30–3:30 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.

monet

Premier Tour: Impressionism and Beyond

Dr. Barnes collected superb examples of impressionist and post-impressionist art. Paintings by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh are among the many stunning works on view. 

This 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.

May 19, 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.

May 19, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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members only

Private collection tour for Contemporaries

As a member of the Contemporaries, your arts patronage provides you insider access to explore one of Philadelphia’s great private contemporary art collections.

May 20, 2015
6–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries free

Reserve: 215.278.7110

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ARTime Storytime: Lines that Wiggle

By Candace Whitman

Follow the line that turns itself into all kinds of things. A find-the-line project follows.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

May 21, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Space is limited, reserve your free tickets online. Please select a time: 10:30 am or 11:30 am.
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Barnes Arboretum

Cracking the Container

Instructor: Dan Benarcik, horticulturist at Chanticleer
Learn how to make your next planter a massive success with instructor Dan Benarcik, container specialist at Chanticleer. Select the right container and medium and get specific instructions on how to achieve various design outcomes using a variety of plant material. The last class is a practicum, where students select from among Dan’s favorite plants to design and install their own fabulous container to take home.

Thursdays, May 21, 28, and June 4, 11 (4 classes)
10 am–noon Held at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $104; members $93; + materials fee (based on selection)

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

May 21, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 22, 2015
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

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 23, 2015
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

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 24, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

monet

Premier Tour: Paris and Modern Art

In the early 20th century, Paris was a center of artistic innovation. A wave of artists, including De Chirico, Miró, Modigliani, Picasso, and Soutine, gravitated there. 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.

May 26, 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.

May 26, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

May 28, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 29, 2015
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

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 30, 2015
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

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 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.

May 31, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Roses: growing and knowing the world’s favorite flower

Instructor: Nicole Juday
Despite its reputation for being tricky, no flower is more beloved or culturally symbolic than the rose. Learn about the history of this plant in order to gain clues on how to grow it successfully. The lecture is followed by a tour of the Barnes Arboretum’s rose garden.

May 31, 2015
2–3 pm Held at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $15; members $12

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.

June 2, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Corporate Council exhibition preview and executive networking

The Corporate Council program invites members to an evening of networking and professional development. Mingle and see the new exhibition, The Order of Things.

June 3, 2015
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Corporate Council members free

Reserve: 215.278.7120 or corporatecouncil@barnesfoundation.org

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

June 4, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Etienne Charles

First Friday! Root Down: African Journeys

Take a soul-searching journey with Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles's Creole Soul as we hit a high note with our first African collection catalogue. Includes a short talk about the catalogue and a book signing.

African Art in the Barnes Foundation is the first catalogue of the 123 African objects, most of which originated in French colonies, that Albert C. Barnes acquired between 1921 and 1924. These include significant figural sculpture and masks as well as utilitarian objects. Barnes was one of the first people in the United States to display African objects as art, at a time when they were considered ethnographic specimens. The African collection is central to understanding Barnes’s socially progressive vision for his foundation. His lifelong commitment to the advancement of African Americans and his vision of social justice through education led to his promotion of African art and his early involvement in the Harlem Renaissance.

Etienne Charles has garnered a warm response to his Caribbean roots-informed jazz. Creole Soul, his biggest record so far, promises a career of ebullient and intimate artistry. As befits an artist who excels with such a diversity of musical styles, Charles has performed with a range of musicians, from Roberta Flack, René Marie, and David Rudder to Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Mandel, and the Count Basie Orchestra. The New York Times calls him "one of [jazz's] more ambitious soloists and composers." JazzTimes applauds him as a "daring improviser," and DownBeat celebrates his tone as "melodically captivating" and "rhythmically agile."

Program
6–7 pm live music: Etienne Charles
7–8 pm talk and book signing: African collection and catalogue
7:30–8:30 pm live music: Etienne Charles 

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase:
Curry chicken skewer
Mango chutney
Fried plantains

June 5, 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.

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ArtSee Activities: Beasties and Birdies

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

Birdies and beasties abound in the galleries! With a happy birthday nod to Courbet, conjure up a bird bag, beastie medallion, and sculpted animal creations.

June 7, 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.

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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.

June 9, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: Jazzy in the Jungle

By Lucy Cousins

Who's playing hide-and-seek deep in the jungle? Lift the leaves and peek through the tum tum trees to see who's there, and then craft your own beastie!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

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

Space is limited, reserve your free tickets online. Please select a time: 10:30 am or 11:30 am.
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

June 11, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Contemporaries VIP reception

Fashionable scene, specialty cocktails, and insights on the Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things exhibition, exclusively for Contemporaries members.

June 12, 2015
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries free

Reserve: contemporaries@barnesfoundation.org or 215.278.7110

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Young Professionals Night: The Summer Palette

Summer evokes shades of sea and sky, and vibrant colors are in order. Make a splash at our 7th young professionals night with hundreds of young art lovers for art, music, and scene as we celebrate The Order of Things, an exhibition of three contemporary installations inspired by the unconventional yet universal way Dr. Barnes arranged his art collection. Attire: summer cocktail.

June 12, 2015
7–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $30; members $15; Contemporaries free.

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Ensemble Introduction: Symbol, Metaphor, and Design

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
The Barnes Foundation’s eclectic ensembles combine diverse cultures and art forms. The juxtaposition of different pieces creates multiple levels of interpretation. This two-day workshop guides students through a process of discovery and provides a deeper understanding of the design, aesthetics, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations and ensembles.

Monday and Tuesday, June 15–16 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Ferns and their Allies of the Barnes Arboretum

Instructor: Harriet Cramer
The Barnes Arboretum is home to one of the most extensive collections of hardy ferns in the country. Expand your knowledge about both native and notable non-native ferns suitable for this region, and learn how to identify, cultivate, and create effective designs using ferns. Participants should bring a lunch to enjoy in the garden.

June 16, 2015
10 am–2 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $55; members $49

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Dr. Barnes and Matisse: Collecting, Conversations, and the Commission

Circles members enjoy a workshop and lunch. The morning focuses on the relationship between Dr. Barnes and Henri Matisse via their correspondence and visits. Following lunch, join scholar Jack Flam and Barnes educator Leslie Bowen for a close study of the Matisses in the collection.

June 16, 2015
10:30 am–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles and Contemporaries $175

Reserve: 215.278.7110

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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.

June 16, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: There is a Bird on Your Head

By Mo Willems

Elephant Gerald and Piggie are different as night and day—and best friends—which makes for hilarious good times when you make your own flapping bird.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

June 18, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Space is limited, reserve your free tickets online. Please select a time: 10:30 am or 11:30 am.
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

June 18, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Best for teens/tweens and their families. Collection admission included; reservations required.
June 21, 2015
2:30–3:30 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.

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Drawing with Scissors: Matisse Cut Paper

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Henri Matisse remains among the rare artists whose late work was as original, vital, and controversial as their early work. In this two-day workshop, explore Matisse’s unorthodox method of using cut paper.  He originally used this practice to plan his compositions, but eventually developed the technique into finished works of art. Learn more about this fascinating medium as well as discovering your inner Matisse with a hands-on lesson in cut paper design.

Monday and Tuesday, June 22–23 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

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.

June 23, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes 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.

June 25, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Dr. Barnes and the Women Artists of the Barnes Collection

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MEd
"Why are there so few women artists in the Barnes collection?" This workshop explores, through the lens of the Barnes collection, the history of female artists and their struggle for recognition. Learn about the women artists in the collection, including Mary Cassatt and Marie Laurencin, as well as unheralded female painters from the Renaissance through the modernist era.

Monday and Tuesday, June 29–30 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

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.

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

Register online or call 215.278.7200.