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The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution that shares its unparalleled art collection with the public, organizes special exhibitions, and presents programming that fosters new ways of thinking about human creativity.

The Barnes Foundation has announced an expansion of its virtual reality program following a successful pilot phase, which kicked off last year in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia. To serve a wider and more diverse audience, the program is expanding from five to 62 sites, including senior centers, parks and recreation centers, and select K–12 schools throughout Philadelphia, as well as Barnes community partners.

The 10th anniversary presentation of 30 Americans, a major exhibition drawn from the acclaimed Rubell Family Collection and featuring works by many of the most important and influential African American artists of the past four decades, will be on view at the Barnes Foundation from October 27, 2019, through January 12, 2020.

The Barnes Foundation and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, have announced reciprocal free admission for members beginning June 1, 2019. This is the first reciprocal admission program between American and French arts institutions.

Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the appointment of Valerie V. Gay as the Barnes’s new Deputy Director for Audience Engagement & Chief Experience Officer. With nearly 20 years’ leadership experience in nonprofit administration, and in the arts, culture, and financial sectors, Gay most recently served as Executive Director of Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia. She begins her post at the Barnes in April.

In its first exhibition devoted to video art, the Barnes Foundation is presenting a survey of works by pioneering American video artist Bill Viola (b. 1951). Organized for the Barnes by distinguished guest curator John G. Hanhardt, I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola is the first large-scale exhibition of Viola’s work to be presented in Philadelphia. This exhibition brings together a selection of the artist’s major pieces dating from 1976 to 2009.

Looking ahead to its 100th anniversary and the beginning of its second century of operations in 2022, the Barnes Foundation is publicly launching a $100 million capital campaign to enhance educational programs and community engagement initiatives, support operations, and strengthen the endowment. The Second Century Campaign has reached more than one third of its $100 million goal with over $35 million raised to date.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that John H. McFadden, Esq., and Christine Poggi, PhD, have been elected to the Board of Trustees.

For its second survey of photography, the Barnes Foundation is presenting nearly 250 early photographs—most of which have never been exhibited before—created by British and French photographers between the 1840s and 1880s. Curated by Thom Collins, executive director and president of the Barnes, From Today, Painting Is Dead: Early Photography in Britain and France is drawn from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg and spans the invention of the daguerreotype to photography on paper and beyond. The show is on view in the Barnes’s Roberts Gallery from February 24 through May 12, 2019.

To welcome more visitors during the holiday season, the Barnes Foundation has announced special extended hours of 10 am–8 pm on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24, and from Wednesday, December 26, through Sunday, December 30. The Barnes will also be open from 11 am to 5 pm on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.