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The Barnes Foundation Announces the 2022 Barnes Art Ball

Benefit event celebrating the Barnes’s centennial and Modigliani Up Close exhibition

Featuring special performances by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, filmmaker and artist Rashid Zakat, and The Illustrious Blacks

Philadelphia, PA, October 13, 2022—The Barnes Foundation has announced its annual benefit, the Barnes Art Ball, taking place at the Barnes on Friday, October 21. An art-filled celebration of creativity, this year’s Art Ball brings together artists, philanthropists, collectors, and connectors to celebrate the Barnes’s centennial and tenth anniversary on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. 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.

In addition to these important milestones in the Barnes’s history, this year’s Art Ball also celebrates the opening of Modigliani Up Close, a major loan exhibition on view in the Roberts Gallery that shares new insights into Amedeo Modigliani’s working methods and materials, offering a unique opportunity to examine how he constructed and composed his signature works. The result of a multiyear global research effort, Modigliani Up Close has brought the international art community together to create a collaborative vision of the artist’s practice, leaving a legacy for future scholarship on the artist.

“We are delighted to celebrate this year’s centennial edition of the Barnes Art Ball with our remarkable community of friends, patrons, and supporters, whose commitment and generosity ensure the lasting success of the Barnes and our educational mission,” says Nina Diefenbach, senior vice president and deputy director for advancement. “This year’s Art Ball offers us a spectacular occasion to reflect on our progressive founding vision, celebrate the impact of our programming and scholarship, and inspire excitement for the Barnes’s next 100 years.”

In addition to exclusive after-hours access to Modigliani Up Close and the Barnes collection, the Barnes Art Ball will spotlight Philadelphia artists with acrobatic pop-up performances by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, a contemporary circus company dedicated to original works of genre-defying art, and filmmaker and artist Rashid Zakat’s audiovisual performance Revival! The evening will also include a high-energy performance by The Illustrious Blacks, a psychedelic-inspired DJ duo fusing funk, hypnotic house, and cosmic pop.

For more information about the 2022 Barnes Art Ball, please visit the Barnes Foundation’s website.


Trustee Co-Chairs
John J. Aglialoro
John R. Alchin
Sheldon M. Bonovitz
Pamela D. Bundy
Cathy Hughes
John H. McFadden
Joseph Neubauer
Aileen Roberts
Brenda A. Thompson

Honorary Co-Chairs
Laura T. Buck
Betsy Z. Cohen
Agnes Gund
Anne F. Hamilton
L. Marguerite Lenfest
Leigh P. Middleton
Hilarie L. Morgan
Megan Maguire Nicoletti
Marsha R. Perelman
Lyn M. Ross
Adele K. Schaeffer
Robbi S. Toll
Helene van Beuren
Regina and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten

Christine Angelakis
Karen Dougherty Buchholz
Marianne N. Dean
Marlene S. Dooner
Michelle Dubay
Katie Flaherty
Julia and David Fleischner
Michelle J. Hong
Margie Honickman
Joseph Kotarski and Federico Mingozzi
Susan Martinelli Shea
Donna and Jerry Slipakoff

Sandy Annesley, Billie Bailkin, Diane and Robert Bass, Ali Bauer, Chris and Wade Berrettini, Josh and Dori Broudy, Judith Broudy and Eli Packman, Julie Jensen Bryan, Elaine Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Dr. Jose and Lauren Canseco, Joan P. Carter, Dunham Townend Churchill, Evelyn Cintron, Gareth Clark and James Harrison, Jimmy Contreras, Jane Corrigan, Carra Cote-Ackah and Amachie Ackah, Martha W. Cyphers, Rahul Dandora, Lydie and Paul de Janosi, Becca Diefenbach, Mary Ann and Edward A. Dixon, Roberta Dranoff, Helen Drutt English, Barbara Eberlein, Tamala M. Edwards, Nina M. Eni, JoAnne A. Epps and L. Harrison Jay, Stacy and Bayard Fiechter, Melenese Ford, Barbara F. Freed and Alan Mittelman, Tuesday Gordon Gaines, Deborah E. Glass, Barbara and Jack Hafner, Sarah Roberts Hall, Pia and Richard Halloran, Robin Halpern and James Lovett, Penny Hansen, Beth C. Hare, Christine and George Henisee, Angela V.B. Hudson, Raye and Jerry Johnson, Joyce and Herb Kean, Catherine Klein, Amy and John Korman, Steven Lagos, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Liddy Lindsay, Christina Weiss Lurie, Mary MacElree and David Hoffman, Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, Sandy and David Marshall, Thomas B. McCabe IV, Leanne and Rob McMenamin, Terra Moné, Cathy M. Nassau, Jeanette Lerman Neubauer, Georgiana and Eric W. Noll, Melissa Novak, Marjorie Ogilvie and Miller Parker, Aleni Pappas, Janice Peck, Jill Powell, Anne S. Ravert, Jennifer Rice and Michael Forman, Anne and Bruce Robinson, Courtney Robinson, Marguerite Rodgers and James Timberlake, Lauren Peck Rosenau, Marilyn Sanborne, Nicole and Jim Schaeffer, Rebecca Segall, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and John Fernandez, Iris A. Shea, Nancy and Ben Shein, Gail Mosler Singer, Garrett Snider, Lindy Snider and The Snider Foundation, Babs Snyder, Stacey Leigh Spector and Ira Brind, Boo Stroud, Tiffany Tavarez, Ezio A. Torres, Libby and George Trammell, Gregory T. Walker, Noele Wein, Tina Wells, Kim Whetzel, Laurie Wightman, Dalila Wilson-Scott, Randi Zemsky and Bob Lane


Centennial Sponsors
The Maguire Foundation
Jeanette and Joseph Neubauer
Aileen and Brian Roberts

Underwriting Sponsors
John Aglialoro and Joan Carter
John Alchin and Hal Marryatt
Christine and Michael Angelakis
Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz
Betsy Z. and Edward E. Cohen
Connelly Foundation
Marianne N. Dean
Agnes Gund
Independence Blue Cross
Lisa Kabnick and John H. McFadden
Morgan Stanley
Adele K. Schaeffer

Event Sponsors
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Laura and Bill Buck
Comcast NBCUniversal
Michelle and Eugene Dubay
Julia and David Fleischner
Barbara and Jack Hafner
Robin Halpern and James Lovett
Anne and Matt Hamilton
Marjorie and Jeffrey Honickman
Joseph Kotarski and Federico Mingozzi
Leigh and John Middleton
Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan
Northern Trust
Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman
Lyn M. Ross
Katie and Tony Schaeffer
Susan Martinelli Shea
Joan and Bernard Spain Foundation
Robbi and Bruce Toll
Helene and Archie van Beuren
Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg

Dennis J. Alter
Ballard Spahr LLP
Judith Broudy and Eli Packman
Edward A. and Mary Ann Dixon
Fiduciary Trust International
Alta and Peter Hamilton
Christine and George Henisee
Sandy and David Marshall
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and John Fernandez
Donna and Jerry Slipakoff
The Snider Foundation
Brenda A. and Larry D. Thompson
Team Whetzel/Kurfiss Sotheby’s

And the numerous other individuals who purchased VIP and Patron level tickets.

As of September 15, 2022

Modigliani Up Close is organized by the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. It is curated by a prestigious and collaborative team of curators and conservators: Barbara Buckley, Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings, Barnes Foundation; Simonetta Fraquelli, independent curator and Consulting Curator for the Barnes; Nancy Ireson, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator, and Annette King, Paintings Conservator, Tate, London.

Major support for Modigliani Up Close has been provided by Morgan Stanley and Comcast NBCUniversal.

Additional support is provided by David Berg Foundation, Sue Perel Rosefsky, Alter Family Foundation, Pamela and David Berkman, Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan, Laura and Bill Buck, Marianne Dean, Dietz & Watson, Roberta and Carl Dranoff, Deborah Glass, Anne and Matt Hamilton, Pamela and James Hill, Amy Donohue-Korman and John Korman, Sueyun and Gene Locks, the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation, Yasmina M. Moukarzel, Nicole and James Schaeffer, Joan F. Thalheimer, Bruce and Robbi Toll, Harriet and Larry Weiss, Margaret and Tom Whitford, Randi Zemsky and Bob Lane, and other generous individuals.

Ongoing support for exhibitions comes from the Christine and Michael Angelakis Exhibition Fund, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Christine and George Henisee Exhibition Fund, and Aileen and Brian Roberts.

The exhibition publication is made possible with generous support provided by Joan Garde, Bob Wilson and Michele Plante, the Lois and Julian Brodsky Publications Fund, and Furthermore: the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

In addition, support for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:

Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer

John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura and Bill Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Penelope P. Harris, Jones & Wajahat Family, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Victor F. Keen and Jeanne Ruddy, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, The Park Family, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, Bruce and Robbi Toll, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, The Victory Foundation, Kirsten White, Anonymous

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 collection is displayed in ensembles that integrate art and objects from across cultures and time periods, overturning traditional hierarchies and revealing universal elements of human expression. Home to one of the world’s finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings—including the largest groups of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne in existence—the Barnes brings together renowned canvases by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and Vincent van Gogh, alongside African, Asian, ancient, medieval, and Native American art as well as metalwork, furniture, and decorative art.

The Barnes Foundation was established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” A visionary collector and pioneering educator, Dr. Barnes was also a fierce advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, women, and the economically marginalized. Committed to racial equality and social justice, he established a scholarship program to support young Black artists, writers, and musicians who wanted to further their education. Dr. Barnes was deeply interested in African American culture and became actively involved in the Harlem Renaissance, during which he collaborated with philosopher Alain Locke and Charles S. Johnson, the scholar and activist, to promote awareness of the artistic value of African art.

Since moving to Philadelphia in 2012, the Barnes Foundation has expanded its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice, teaching visual literacy in groundbreaking ways; investing in original scholarship relating to its collection; and enhancing accessibility throughout every facet of its programs.

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