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September 2014 events

Barnes Foundation

Ensembles

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

Albert Barnes arranged his art into “ensembles” that invite close looking by creating formal connections across traditional categories. Using techniques honed in Visual Literacy and Traditions, deepen your understanding of the design, aesthetic, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations.

Tuesdays, September 2–December 2 (14 classes)
11 am–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900, members $810

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Traditions, section I

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MEd or Molly Walker, MA 

Building on skills developed in Visual Literacy and the method of looking pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, make connections between artistic styles and techniques as you explore works of art from before the Renaissance to the 21st century and discuss the persistence and evolution of Western artistic forms over the last millennium.

Tuesdays, September 2–May 5 (28 classes)
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Traditions, section II

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MEd or Molly Walker, MA 

Building on skills developed in Visual Literacy and the method of looking pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, make connections between artistic styles and techniques as you explore works of art from before the Renaissance to the 21st century and discuss the persistence and evolution of Western artistic forms over the last millennium.

Tuesdays, September 2–May 5 (28 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Art Now

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

Examine the practice of artists working today and their response to cultural, social, political, and ideological issues. Meet artists, scholars, art dealers, and other visual arts professionals, and visit exhibitions, cultural institutions, and artists’ studios. Course highlights have included visits to the West Collection in Oaks, PA, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Wednesdays, September 3–December 17 (14 classes)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900, members $810

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Plant Pathology

Instructor: Mark Shaw, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist at Bartlett Tree Experts

Learn to identify signs and symptoms of woody plant diseases, including the most common biotic and abiotic diseases in the Delaware Valley. Emphases are the diagnostic process, systematic assessment, and the concepts of abiotic disorder and predisposing stresses. Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum.

Wednesdays, September 3–October 22
1:30–3:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion $180; members $162

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Saturday Night at the Beastro

ARTime Storytime: Saturday Night at the Beastro

By Jane Breskin Zalben and Steven Zalben

Dinner is served at the Beastro and it’s like no meal you’ve ever seen, with squiggly slugs and glasses of skunk juice! After hearing about the hungry monsters, pinch a pot. 

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

September 4, 2014
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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Introduction to Visual Literacy, section II

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

Part of the original Barnes curriculum. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning. 

Thursdays, September 4–May 7 (28 classes)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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First Friday! French Cabaret

Escape to Paris at a cabaret-inspired fête––a sensual feast for your eyes and ears! Featuring live music and a talk on the exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne.

September 5, 2014
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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Private Gardens of Delaware County

The Alumni Association presents a tour of two private gardens owned and designed by horticulturists Andrew Bunting in Swarthmore and Adam Levine and Tom Borkowski in Media. See how professionals pair plant culture knowledge with design skills. Registrants receive driving directions. 

September 6, 2014
10 am–noon $12, members $10

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Museums, Modern Art, and the Shock of the New

Instructor: Ian Bourland, PhD

When Dr. Barnes showcased his collection at PAFA in 1923, the Philadelphia art establishment reviewed it as radical and even vulgar. Consider how America has been introduced to avant-garde practice and work by artists from abroad, and how exhibitions have exposed audiences to "the shock of the new.”

Mondays, September 8–29 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA

Renoir was unique in his broad subject matter—landscapes, interiors, still lifes, and portraits—and made deeply personal pieces as well as commissions. His 181 works in the Barnes have been recently catalogued and documented by Martha Lucy and John House in Renoir in the Barnes Foundation. Using this publication, examine Renoir’s blend of modern and classical.

Mondays, September 8–29 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Introduction to Visual Literacy, section I

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

Part of the original Barnes curriculum. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning. 

Mondays, September 8–May 11 (28 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Alternative American Modernisms

Instructor: Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, PhD

The Barnes served many homegrown artists during the first half of the 20th century. Focusing on the work of black artists and queer white artists, examine the impact of Dr. Barnes and the Foundation on the development of "alternative" modernisms at the start of the 20th century.

Tuesdays, September 9–30 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Architecture in the Age of Renoir, Cézanne, and Picasso

Instructor: Grace Ong Yan, PhD

From the 1860s to the 1930s, Paris was a nexus for innovation in architecture and in painting, both steeped in tradition and progressively modern. Explore comparisons between select masterpieces in the Barnes collection and great architectural achievements like the Palais Garnier, the Eiffel Tower, and buildings by Le Corbusier.

Tuesdays, September 9–30 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Saturday Night at the Beastro

ARTime Storytime: Saturday Night at the Beastro

By Jane Breskin Zalben and Steven Zalben

Dinner is served at the Beastro and it’s like no meal you’ve ever seen, with squiggly slugs and glasses of skunk juice! After hearing about the hungry monsters, pinch a pot. 

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

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

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Jean Renoir

An Afternoon with Jean Renoir

To celebrate Jean Renoir's birthday, join us for a talk about his ceramics, which Dr. Barnes collected, and a screening of his cinematic masterpiece La Grande Illusion (1937). Q&A after the screening. In partnership with Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

September 13, 2014
2–5 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $15; members $12

Collection admission not included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

I’m a Little Teapot

ARTime Storytime: I’m a Little Teapot

By Iza Trapani

A lively little teapot gets all steamed up on one imaginative adventure after another. Decorate your own teapot to take home. 

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

September 18, 2014
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Tickets are available two weeks before program date. 
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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ArtSee Activities: Pour and Store

Pitchers and pots have stories to tell about the work of Jean Renoir, whose birthday we celebrate this month. Press a pitcher, plan a tea party, and craft a pottery bag.

September 19, 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.

pj tour

ARTime Pajama Tour

Gemstones & Jewelry

Let’s look for shiny gems and jewelry on our glittery gallery hunt! For ages 2–5; wear your pajamas!

September 19, 2014
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.

Tasting at the Barnes

Artful Tastings: Cider

Join Ben Watson, author of Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own to sample ciders and consider the works in The World Is an Apple. Tasting 7–8 pm; book signing after; collection and exhibition access until 9 pm.

September 19, 2014
7–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $40; members $32

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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