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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.

In September 2020, the Barnes Foundation will present Elijah Pierce’s America, a landmark exhibition featuring the rich and varied sculpture of woodcarver Elijah Pierce (1892–1984). On view in the Roberts Gallery from September 27, 2020 through January 10, 2021, this is the first major retrospective of Pierce’s work to be presented outside his home city of Columbus, Ohio, for more than 25 years.

The Barnes Foundation has announced it will reopen to the public on Saturday, July 25, at noon, following member days on Thursday, July 23, Friday, July 24, and the morning of Saturday, July 25, with extended hours each day, and new health and safety protocols for staff and visitors. The Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray exhibition, which opened less than three weeks before the Barnes closed on March 13, has been extended through August 23.

Art and culture is beginning to reopen in Philadelphia. Following a closure of over three months to protect against the spread of COVID-19, 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), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Rodin Museum have jointly announced plans to reopen with new health and safety protocols for staff and visitors, as state and city restrictions begin to lift.

In a proactive measure to protect against the spread of COVID-19, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have made the joint decision to temporarily close to the public and postpone or cancel public programming and events for a minimum of two weeks.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that Armando I. Bengochea and Jeffrey A. Honickman have been elected to the Board of Trustees.

In February 2020, the Barnes Foundation will present Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray, an exhibition that traces Marie Cuttoli’s pioneering career, from her early work in fashion and interiors to her revival of the French tapestry industry in collaboration with Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and other modern artists.

To welcome more visitors during the holiday season, the Barnes Foundation has announced special extended hours of 11 am–8 pm from December 26 through 30, 2019, and January 2 and 4, 2020. The Barnes will also be open on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, and New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, from 10 am–3 pm.

To welcome more visitors around the Thanksgiving holiday, the Barnes Foundation has announced special extended hours of 10 am–8 pm on Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30. The Garden Restaurant will also have extended hours of 11 am–8 pm on those dates.

The Barnes Foundation has announced the launch of Barnes Focus, a new interpretive guide to the collection that works on any smartphone with a web browser. When you’re in the galleries, simply open the guide by going to barnesfoc.us on a mobile browser and focus on a work of art; the guide will recognize the work and deliver information about it.