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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 Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that Emily A. Cavanagh, lawyer and patron of the arts, has been elected to the Board of Trustees, and that longtime trustee, Stephen J. Harmelin, Esq., has been named Trustee Emeritus.

Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the appointment of James Claiborne to the newly created position of Deputy Director for Community Engagement. A program and visual arts curator and educator with nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit cultural sector, Claiborne returns to the Barnes—where he previously served as Curator of Public Programs—after most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Exhibitions and Programs at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

Mickalene Thomas: All About Love will be the first major international tour of this pioneering artist’s work whose influences range from 19th-century painting to popular culture. Co-organized by the Hayward Gallery, London, and The Broad, Los Angeles, and in partnership with the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, All About Love will be shown as a series of independent presentations, with further venues to be confirmed.

In spring 2024, the Barnes Foundation will present Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me, a major exhibition exploring the influence and significance of photographer, designer, and instructor Alexey Brodovitch (1898–1971). Brodovitch is best known for his art direction of the US fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar from 1934 to 1958 and his role in making photography the cornerstone of its visual identity.

The Barnes Foundation has announced special extended hours between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s holidays—opening as early as 9 am on select days. Normally open Thursday through Monday, the Barnes will also be open on Tuesday, December 26, and Wednesday, December 27, to welcome more visitors during the week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. General admission tickets are valid for two consecutive days.

The Barnes Foundation has announced its annual benefit, the Barnes Art Ball, taking place on Friday, October 20. This year’s Art Ball brings together artists, philanthropists, collectors, and connectors for an art-filled celebration of the Barnes and creativity in myriad forms. Funds raised directly support the Barnes’s educational mission and its commitment to caring for the collection, presenting diverse exhibitions, and providing innovative programs for the community.

The Barnes Foundation—through its collaborative initiative with community organizations in West Philadelphia, Barnes West—has announced four West Philadelphia–based social-impact artists who have been selected to participate in the third annual Everyday Places Artist Partnerships initiative: Elicia Epstein, Isaiah Reese, Meghan Tranauskas, and Pili X.

The Barnes Foundation announces the publication of The Barnes Then and Now: Dialogues on Education, Installation, and Social Justice, a new collection of essays and contemporary conversations exploring how the Barnes has evolved in the 100 years since its founding, with a special focus on its unconventional art installation and mission rooted in progressive education and social justice.

The Barnes Foundation’s Board of Trustees has announced that the Barnes has received permission from the Orphans’ Court of Montgomery County to lend paintings from its collection galleries on a limited basis to temporary exhibitions to advance the institution’s educational mission. The Court stated in its ruling that making such loans today is in keeping with Dr. Barnes’ stated mission “to promot[e] the advancement of education and appreciation of the fine arts.” Dr. Barnes selectively made loans of works in the collection during his lifetime.