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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 special extended hours between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s holidays—opening as early as 9 am and closing at 6 pm on select days. Normally open Thursday through Monday, the Barnes will also be open on Tuesday, December 28, and Wednesday, December 29, to welcome more visitors during the week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the appointment of James Claiborne as the Barnes’s new Curator of Public Programs. A program and visual arts curator and educator with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit cultural sector, Claiborne most recently served as the Public Director of Programming at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). He began his post at the Barnes in September.

The Barnes Foundation has announced its annual benefit, the Barnes Art Ball, taking place on-site at the Barnes on Friday, October 15. Funds raised from the Barnes Art Ball directly support the Barnes’s educational mission and its dedication to caring for the collection, pursuing scholarly projects, presenting diverse exhibitions, and providing innovative programs for the community and its broad array of visitors.

The Barnes Foundation announces Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation, the first publication dedicated to its expansive collection of works by the renowned artist Paul Cézanne (1839–1906)—one of the largest and most significant in the world.

The Barnes Foundation has announced Early Learner Summer Pods, a citywide effort realized with seven other cultural organizations in Philadelphia, offering summer activities for children ages 5 and under living in underserved communities where the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted systems of education and support. Made possible with support from the William Penn Foundation, Early Learner Summer Pods will take place over six weeks, from July 6 through August 13, 2021, and will engage more than 1,000 early learners and their caregivers through play, art, science, nature, and stories.

The Barnes Foundation and People’s Emergency Center Community Development Corporation (PECCDC), through their collaborative initiative Barnes West, have announced five West Philadelphia-based social-impact artists who have been selected to participate in Everyday Places Artist Partnerships: Keyonna Butler, Marshall James Kavanaugh, Jahwula Seapoe, Karen Smith, and Andrea Walls.

The Barnes Foundation announces the fourth Barnes on the Block with Mural Arts Philadelphia, taking place together with Wawa Welcome America—Philadelphia’s annual July 4th festival—and its inaugural Our America Now event, on Friday, July 2, 6 – 10pm.

This fall, the Barnes Foundation will present Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the first exhibition dedicated to the French artist and model Suzanne Valadon at a major US arts institution. The first self-taught woman to exhibit at the Salon de la Sociéte Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Valadon challenged behavioral codes with her art and lifestyle, breaking new ground with her unapologetic portraits and nudes. On view in the Barnes’s Roberts Gallery from September 26, 2021, through January 9, 2022, this exhibition considers Valadon’s rich contribution to the early 20th-century art world and features representative works from all stages of her career.

In honor of National Hospital Week, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Franklin Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art jointly announce Free Admission Days for Hospital Workers.