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April 2014 events

family day

Family Day

Explore and celebrate the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE.

11 am–3 pm
ArtSee Activities: Signs and Symbols
Things aren’t always as they seem. Signs and symbols take on new significance when you combine them in whimsical ways for your animals-all-around mobile and rebus bag.

Noon–1 pm
Artsee Stages
Jennifer Turnbull: Shaping Dance 
Move to the rhythms of shapes.

1–2:30 PM 
Artkids @ the Movies
Tales of the Night. 
Six fabulous fables take you to enchanted lands full of dragons, princesses, and sorcerers. 
Animation, 84 min. 
Best for ages 6 and older.


Family Day has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
PCAH

 

 

 

April 13, 2014
11 am–3 pm (drop-in) 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Free drop-in tickets at admission desk

Cezanne's Ginger Jar
members only

I Don’t Get It? Understanding Contemporary Art through the Barnes Collection

Join W. Ian Bourland, art history professor at Maryland Institute College of Art, as he places the work of contemporary artists like Yinka Shonibare in the context of artists like Cézanne, Gauguin, and Picasso. Explore the legacy of modernism and the history of globalization.

April 13, 2014
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free; reservations required.

SOLD OUT. Member tickets are still available for the April 12 lecture Shonibare in context.

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Premier Tour: Landscapes in the Barnes Collection

For centuries, the landscape has been a muse for artists. Whether inspired by real locations or purely from imagination, great artists like Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, and Rousseau have created remarkable paintings that capture the beauty, mystery, and experience of nature.  

April 15, 2014
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Lines that Wiggle

ARTime Storytime: Lines that Wiggle

By Candace Whitman

Follow the line that turns itself into all kinds of things and means different things. Find-the-line project follows!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

April 17, 2014
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Sold out

Arboretum photo

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.

April 18, 2014
11 am–noon 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion

$15; members $12

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Ken Vandermark

Ken Vandermark's Made to Break ensemble

7 pm discussion
8 pm concert

MacArthur Fellow and Chicago jazz legend Ken Vandermark premieres a piece inspired by the Barnes collection with his latest and most radical ensemble, Made to Break. Inspired by elements of Ethiopian music, Dutch group The Ex, the New Music concepts of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and jazz and improvised music history, Vandermark has devised a compositional framework that engages and complements Dr. Barnes’s peculiar personal curatorial philosophy. Before the show, ticketholders are invited to join Vandermark and Blake Bradford, the Barnes Foundation’s Bernard C. Watson Director of Education, for a discussion on Vandermark’s composing practices and how they relate to Dr. Barnes’s curatorial vision.

Ken Vandermark, reeds; Devin Hoff, electric bass; Tim Daisy, drums; and Christof Kurzmann, electronics [lloopp]

April 21, 2014
7–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $20; members $15

Collection admission not included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour: Landscapes in the Barnes Collection

For centuries, the landscape has been a muse for artists. Whether inspired by real locations or purely from imagination, great artists like Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, and Rousseau have created remarkable paintings that capture the beauty, mystery, and experience of nature.  

April 22, 2014
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Lines that Wiggle

ARTime Storytime: Lines that Wiggle

By Candace Whitman

Follow the line that turns itself into all kinds of things and means different things. Find-the-line project follows!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

April 24, 2014
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.

Merion

From the Ground Up: Building a Living Collection

Plantsman Jenks Farmer discusses designing and curating living collections at public gardens, and explains the importance of weaving history and memory into contemporary landscapes.

April 24, 2014
5 pm reception and book signing
6–7 pm lecture
300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion $20; members $16

Collection admission not included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

New Architectural Traditions

Instructor: Grace Ong Yan, PhD

The Barnes in Philadelphia is among several exceptional new buildings in the city. Meet some of the architects who designed them, and visit the Comcast and Cira Centers, Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania, and projects by local architects such as DIGSAU and Erdy McHenry Architecture.  

Fridays, April 25–May 16 (4 classes)
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7300.

Young Professionals Friday night

Young Professionals: Music and Muses

Music and muses reign supreme this spring; step out in the season's most inspiring hues, and join us at our sixth Young Professionals night! Contemporaries members, start the night with a VIP reception 6:30–7:30 pm.

Music and art share a common language: colorful tones, rhythmic strokes, and harmonious ensembles. All of these elements inspired Dr. Barnes to build one of the most distinct art collections in the world. Discover what moves you and find your muse this April.

Recently showcased at Miami’s famed Ultra Music Festival, DJ Serop Buldukyan brings you house music inspired by ’70s and ’80s disco funk. The evening continues with a powerful performance by the Enon Tabernacle Mass Choir.

With cocktails and after-hours collection access, the Barnes is the city's cultural hotspot for Philly's young industry leaders.

April 25, 2014
7–10 pm; Collection Gallery closes at 9. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $30; members $15; Contemporaries free.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

magnolias
members only

Magnolia Morning Tour and Reception

Join Horticulture Education Coordinator Nicole Juday and Andrew Bunting, president of the Magnolia Society, for a delightful tour and conversation highlighting the lush magnolias in the Arboretum. With cascading flowers in various shades of pink, they make a perfect backdrop to Merion campus's main entrance. Learn the history of the species and the history of Laura Barnes's living collection.

April 27, 2014
11 am–1 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion Barnes alumni and students $25; Circles and Corporate Council free. Reservations required.

Reservations required: 215.278.7110

 

Redon painting

ArtKids Workshop: Symbolic Sculpture

It’s the sign of the times! Discover the multiple meanings that signs and symbols can have within the same object. After exploring the galleries, ArtKids design and craft a symbolic sculpture.

For ages 9–12.

April 27, 2014
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20

Register: 215.278.7200. Includes collection admission and art materials. No caregivers or unregistered siblings, please.

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Premier Tour: Landscapes in the Barnes Collection

For centuries, the landscape has been a muse for artists. Whether inspired by real locations or purely from imagination, great artists like Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, and Rousseau have created remarkable paintings that capture the beauty, mystery, and experience of nature.  

April 29, 2014
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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