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Saturday, May 26

Opening Weekend

10–11am 
Kick-off with family fun and live music!

 

10 am 
[Family] Mold Making: Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

Learn to make a simple clay press mold, then cast your creation in plaster.

 

10 am 
[Family] Create a Masterpiece: Fresh Artists
Details to come.              
 

10 am 
[Film] The Collector
A documentary narrated by John Lithgow explores the life of Albert C. Barnes. Includes lots of great shots of the Barnes’s legendary art collection and Arboretum. Space is limited. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

 

11:15 am
[Music] Gospel Songs: Tindley Temple Choir
Albert C. Barnes loved gospel music. He had strong connections to Tindley and knew its pastor, Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley (1851–1933), one of the fathers of gospel music, known as the “Prince of Preachers.”

 

11:30 am
[Music] Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Black Pearl puts the power of the conductor's baton in your hands with iConduct! Artistic Director Jeri Lynne Johnson leads the ensemble in a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Between each movement, audience members have the rare opportunity to step onto the podium for a conducting lesson from Johnson. The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra's iConduct! Festival is supported in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
 

11:30 am–1:30 pm
[Family] ArtSee Activities
Try your hand at arts and crafts projects. Craft your own fabulous flower inspired by Henri Rousseau’s fantastically fanciful flora! Collage a handy-dandy tote bag with Matisse’s colorful cutouts! Draw a super sensational still-life just like Paul Cézanne! Drop-in. A Barnes Family Program
 

12:30–1:30 pm
[Family] ARTime Storytime
Reading out loud for the young and young-at-heart includes selections from such world-renowned and local favorites as Peter Catalanotto’s The Painter, Gertrude Stein’s A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays, and many more. Drop-in. A Barnes Family Program

 

1:30–3 pm
[Horticulture] Botanical Illustration: Marylyn Waltzer
Barnes instructor Waltzer demonstrates botanical illustrating and explains the process of creating these detailed drawings. 
 

1:30 pm
[Horticulture] Gardening on Concrete
Find out from Barnes horticulturalists how to make a simple container for your patio, porch, or deck. You’ll also learn about windowsill gardening, plants that thrive indoors, and how to distinguish between functional and ornamental plants.

2–3 pm
[Family] Storytelling: Denise Valentine presents, Who Me, A Hero? Learning to see the Hero in Me
In tall tales, myths, legends, and cartoons, superheroes—from Hercules and John Henry, to Spiderman and Anansi—often endowed with great courage and strength, are celebrated for bold and daring feats. As Valentine shows, there are real-life heroes in every community, and by believing in yourself and your abilities, you can find your own inner hero. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first seated basis.

2 pm
[Music] A Medley of Songs: Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
Since 1968, the Philadelphia Boys Choir has provided the finest musical education and performing experience for ensembles of its kind in the Greater Philadelphia area.

2:30 pm
[Horticulture] Barnes Horticultural Programs
Whether you have a green thumb or a lethal touch, you’ll want to find out about the Barnes Foundation’s horticulture courses.

3 pm
[Dance] Philadelphia High School for Girls
Details to come.

3–4 pm
[Family] Barnes 4 Senses Action Stations
Art and nature collide in an array of hands-on activities in the 4 Senses Action Stations. Watch the daily Venus Fly Trap feeding at the Touch Station! Listen to bird calls and meet Rick Schubert's birds of prey from the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education at the Sound Station! Discover the different ways bugs and humans see with the help of The Philadelphia Sketch Club Plein Air artists at the Sight Station! Stick your nose in the display of scented plants and decorate your own clay pot at the Scent Station! Drop-in. A Barnes Family and Horticulture Program

3:30 pm
[Music] Sak Tzevul Habana/Harlem® Exclusive Artists
The leading indigenous rock band from Chiapas, Mexico, performs Batsi Rock, mixing traditional Mayan culture with post-modern influences of rock and classical music, and creating original songs in Tzotzil and Spanish. Through music, the band has transformed the lives of previously disaffected young people in the Chiapas region. Presented by Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas.
 

3:30 pm
[Talk] Introduction to the Barnes
Find out about the history of the Barnes Foundation, its purpose, and its collection, as well as about Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the man behind it, from Katy Rawdon, director of archives, libraries, and special collections.  Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

4:30 pm
[Tasting] 1920s Food Tasting and Demonstration: First and Fresh
Details to come. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

5 pm
[Music] String Quartet: The School District of Philadelphia
Details to come. 

5–6:30 pm
[Horticulture] Botanical Illustration: Marylyn Waltzer
Barnes instructor Waltzer demonstrates botanical illustrating and explains the process of creating these detailed drawings.

5:30 pm
[Book Signing] Masterworks: The Barnes Foundation
Publication of Masterworks: The Barnes Foundation gives you a chance to own a spectacular, portable version of the Barnes collection. Buy your copy and have it signed by Barnes Chief Curator Judith Dolkart, one of the book’s authors.


5:30 pm
[Horticulture] How to Breed Your Plants
Why propagate plants? How can we create new types of plants? Join us for a fun, fascinating, attractive, and tasty exploration of plant breeding, with demonstrations by Barnes horticulture staff, using orchids, lilies, and African violets.

 
6:30 pm
[Music] Tony Miceli Quartet Featuring Larry McKenna
Tony Miceli has been performing for more than 25 years in Philadelphia and internationally, and Larry Mckenna is one of the most sought-after jazzmen in the Philadelphia area.
 

6:30 pm
[Art & Aesthetics] Visual Literacy: An Introduction to Seeing through the Barnes Foundation Collection
Experience a taste of the Barnes method pioneered by Albert Barnes and renowned educator John Dewey. This is a sampling of a Barnes course that is offered annually. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

6:30 pm
[Film] WHYY Documentary on the Barnes Foundation: Glenn Holston
See highlights of the film and hear director Holston’s insights on the documentary process. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
 

7 pm
[Horticulture] Walking Tour
Barnes horticulture staff or instructors point out plants of interest and explain how the arboretum in Merion influenced the planting structure and design of the landscape at the Philadelphia campus. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

7:45 pm
[Music] Philadelphia Gay Men’s Choirs
Details to come.

8 pm
[Tasting] Wine: First and Fresh
A lively discussion and comparison of our “Summer Crush” or Sauvignon Blanc! Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.


8:30 pm
[Music & Dance] Bomple: Afro-Caribbean Song and Dance
Details to come.
 

9:30 pm
[Music & Film] Entr’acte: Relâche
Relâche performs music by Erik Satie as accompaniment to René Clair’s silent, dadaist film Entr’acte (1924, dir. René Clair). The cast includes Francis Picabia, Erik Satie, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp, in cameo appearances. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.


10:30 pm–midnight
[Music] The Hoppin' John Orchestra: Big Band Musical Performance
Details to come.

10:30 pm 
[Film] The Collector
A documentary narrated by John Lithgow explores the life of Albert C. Barnes. Includes lots of great shots of the Barnes’s legendary art collection and Arboretum. Space is limited. Space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

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