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November 2014 events

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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.

November 1, 2014
1–2 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion

$15; members $12

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

The Phillips Collection
members only

Bus Trip: Neo-Impressionism at the Phillips Collection

Join us for a guided tour of the Phillips Collection’s latest exhibition, Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music. With over 70 paintings and works on paper, this exhibition demonstrates how neo-impressionists like Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Théo van Rysselberghe employed stylization and a deliberate orchestration of color to create landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature.

November 1, 2014
8:30 am–6 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members $80; member guest $90

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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.

November 2, 2014
1–2 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion

$15; members $12

Book tickets 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.

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

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: My Many Colored Days

By Dr. Seuss

A dazzling assortment of colors and animals and Dr. Seuss's bouncing rhymes. Make a colorful character stick puppet!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

November 6, 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.

A class at the Barnes Arboretum

Designing with Plant Ensembles

Instructor: Dan Benarcik, Chanticleer horticulturist

Often we feel that a garden must be design-driven, based on principles above our heads or beyond our means. This workshop introduces the discipline of designing with plants, including selecting plant combinations and presenting them in an aesthetically successful manner. Different elements of the garden are featured each session. The course also covers how to incorporate must-have plant purchases.

Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20 (3 classes)
9:30 am–noon 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion $105; members $94

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Student and alumni luncheon: celebrating William Glackens

Celebrate your experience in the Barnes education programs and pay tribute to the artist who purchased the first paintings of Dr. Barnes’s teaching collection. Students and alumni who have taken Barnes courses get the opportunity to see William Glackens before it opens to the public.

November 6, 2014
11 am–noon VIP tour
Noon–2 pm luncheon
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Students and alumni $75; VIP $125.

Call 215.278.7110

Barnes Foundation
members only

Corporate Council networking breakfast and preview of William Glackens

Friends since their days at Central High School, William Glackens encouraged Albert Barnes’s appreciation of modern French painting and guided many of his earliest purchases. The first comprehensive survey of William Glackens in nearly half a century, this exhibition brings together 45 paintings and 20–25 works on paper to show a new generation the breadth of his oeuvre, displaying key works from each decade of his career. Members of the Corporate Council are invited to mingle and network at a breakfast and exhibition preview. 

November 7, 2014
7:30–9:30 am 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Corporate Council members free.

Reserve: 215.278.7120 or corporatecouncil@barnesfoundation.org

A class at the Barnes Arboretum

Moss is Boss!

Instructor: Przemek Walczak, Chanticleer horticulturist

Moss, the oldest living plant, is enjoying a surge of popularity among gardeners. This two-part lecture covers mosses and their role in the ecosystem, anatomy and reproductive cycle, growing conditions, garden uses, and design ideas for a variety of mosses.

Fridays, November 7, 14 (2 classes)
9:30 am–noon 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion $55; members $49

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

First Friday! William Glackens opening party: Vaudeville

In celebration of the William Glackens exhibition, we're going on a rip-roaring ride of live entertainment, vaudeville-style. Catch comedy, jazz, tap dancing, and circus performance. Hosted by comedian Maggy Keegan of Figment Theater, with Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society; tap dancer Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley accompanied by percussionist Dendê; and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Plus, enjoy a reading from the archives on the relationship between Glackens and Dr. Barnes. Incudes collection and exhibition access.

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.
Spirit spotlight: The Last Word. A speakeasy-inspired cocktail believed to have been concocted by a vaudeville performer. Contains gin, chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice.
Light fare: Andouille Po’Boy and beignets dusted with chocolate powdered sugar

6–9 pm The Collector screenings
6–7 pm live performance
7:30–8:30 pm live performance

Image: William James Glackens. Vaudeville Team (detail), c. 1908–1909. London Family Collection

November 7, 2014
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members free

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Sold out

Member preview tickets are still available for William Glackens.

Barnes Foundation

New Perspectives on William Glackens symposium

As the Foundation hosts the first major exhibition of William Glackens’s work in nearly half a century, reflect on the breadth of his oeuvre and his legacy. Scholars include Avis Berman, curator of William Glackens; Sylvia Yount, curator in charge of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Michael Lobel, professor of Art History and director of the MA Program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism, and Theory at Purchase College, State University of New York; and Carol Troyen, Kristin and Roger Servison Curator Emerita of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Sylvia Yount
Brotherly Love and Fellowship: Glackens’ Formative Years

Michael Lobel
Glackens’s Illustrating in Context

Avis Berman
Modernity Begins at Home: Edith Dimock Glackens

Carol Troyen

November 8, 2014
9 am–12:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; reservations required.

Collection admission not included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation
members only

Into the Galleries: How to talk to your kids about art

Back by popular demand! Join us to see how easy it is to instill a love of art from a young age. Get tips for talking to young children about art in a museum setting and discover the Barnes Foundation’s new game app for young learners, Keys to the Collection. While you study techniques to pique and maintain your child's interest, they’ll be busy making summer art projects and listening to stories. After the workshop, head into the Collection Gallery to practice what you’ve learned.

November 9, 2014
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Corporate Council members free.

Reserve: 215.278.7120 or corporatecouncil@barnesfoundation.org

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ARTime Storytime: My Many Colored Days

By Dr. Seuss

A dazzling assortment of colors and animals and Dr. Seuss's bouncing rhymes. Make a colorful character stick puppet!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

November 13, 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.

William James Glackens. At Mouquin's (detail), 1905. The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection 1925.295
members only

Annual Circles Soirée celebrating William Glackens

In celebration of your invaluable support of the Barnes with your Circles membership, join us for a special cocktail reception. Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the William Glackens exhibition and live music with Barnes leadership.

Image: William James Glackens. At Mouquin's (detail), 1905. The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection 1925.295

November 13, 2014
6:30–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles free. 215.278.7110

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ArtSee Activities: Fall Colors

Fall colors cast rich earth tones on city and country living. Come ready to decorate a city park scene, watercolor a fall still life, and collage a falling leaves bag, all inspired by the art of William Glackens. 

November 14, 2014
5–7 pm (drop-in) 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.

Barnes Foundation
members only

New member welcome

A multifaceted collection with a complex history, the Barnes deserves an introduction. Spend a morning with Blake Bradford, director of education, and Aidan Vega, director of audience engagement, to learn about the founders, their collection, and their educational experiment. Plus, tips to make sure you're getting the most from your membership. Includes admission to collection and William Glackens.

November 15, 2014
10:30–11:30 am 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

artsee

ArtSee Activities: Fall Colors

Fall colors cast rich earth tones on city and country living. Come ready to decorate a city park scene, watercolor a fall still life, and collage a falling leaves bag, all inspired by the art of William Glackens. 

November 16, 2014
1–3 pm (drop-in) 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.

Glackens

Seurat and Van Gogh

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA

When Van Gogh arrived in Paris in 1886, he immediately visited the eighth and last impressionist exhibition, where he saw the work of George Seurat. Enthralled by Seurat’s theories of color and his understanding of the interaction of hues, Van Gogh may have begun to emulate Seurat’s methods. This seminar examines the Barnes’s Seurats and select works by Van Gogh to compare their conception of color. This workshop also considers works like The Postman, in which Van Gogh advanced innovations that have influenced several generations of twentieth- and twenty- first-century artists.

Mondays, November 17–December 8 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

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.

November 18, 2014
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: Dylan’s Day Out

By Peter Catalanotto

Get a dog's-eye view of the world when Dylan the dalmatian finds new black-and-white playmates. Make some colorful canines and companions!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

November 20, 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.

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