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The Barnes Foundation has announced Early Learner Summer Pods, a citywide effort realized with six other cultural organizations in Philadelphia, offering summer activities for children ages five and under living in underserved communities. Made possible with support from the William Penn Foundation, Early Learner Summer Pods is taking place over six weeks, through August 19, 2023, and is expected to engage more than 1,000 early learners and their caregivers through play, art, science, nature, and stories.

Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the appointment of Maryanne Murphy as the Barnes’s new Chief Financial Officer. A financial and operating officer with over 30 years of experience bringing processes and efficiencies to organizations to position them for stable growth, Murphy most recently served as Chief Financial and Operations Officer at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).

This summer, the Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts Philadelphia present Through My I: Art from SCI: Phoenix, an exhibition of original artwork created by artists at State Correctional Institute Phoenix, southeast Pennsylvania’s maximum-security prison for men. Free with general admission to the Barnes, Through My I will be on view in the first-floor gallery classroom from July 14 through August 21, 2023.

In fall 2023, the Barnes Foundation will present Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris, the first major US exhibition dedicated to French artist Marie Laurencin in over 30 years. Co-curated by Simonetta Fraquelli, consulting curator for the Barnes; and Cindy Kang, curator at the Barnes, this exhibition explores Laurencin’s career, from her self-portraits to her collaborative decorative projects; from her early cubist paintings to her signature works—feminine and discreetly queer—that defined 1920s Paris.

The Barnes Foundation announces the sixth annual Barnes on the Block, in collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia and AFROTAINO, on Sunday, July 16, 11 am–5 pm. Barnes on the Block with Mural Arts Philadelphia and AFROTAINO is presented through PNC Arts Alive. Taking place on the grounds of the Barnes Foundation, Barnes on the Block is a free block party that encourages neighbors to connect through various forms of creativity.

Following a large-scale, multi-institutional research project, the Institute for Learning Innovation and a consortium of 11 museums across the United States have announced the results of a new study designed to define and measure the value of museums—how they contribute to the overall well-being of visitors—in an empirical, verifiable, and monetizable way. The Value of Museums Study was unveiled at the 2023 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting in Denver on Friday, May 19.

The Barnes Foundation has announced that the complete correspondence of Albert C. Barnes is now fully digitized. The Barnes will publish the material in batches, beginning with the correspondence between Dr. Barnes and two of his most important confidants: philosopher John Dewey, and art critic and collector Leo Stein.

In summer 2023, the Barnes Foundation will present William Edmondson: A Monumental Vision, the first major East Coast exhibition dedicated to the work of self-taught American sculptor William Edmondson (c. 1874–1951) in decades. Though Edmondson was considered one of the most important Black artists of the American South in the early 20th century, in-depth attention to his work has been sporadic. Co-curated by the Barnes’s James Claiborne, Curator of Public Programs, and Nancy Ireson, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator, this exhibition sheds new light on Edmondson’s practice and artistry and explores the artist and his oeuvre within the context of African American social history.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that David A. Fleischner, Executive Vice President at Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC, has been elected to the Board of Trustees.

In a symposium exploring new research on the work of Amedeo Modigliani, the Barnes Foundation, home to one of the largest and most important holdings of Modigliani in the world, will convene leading national and international scholars to offer an in-depth exploration of the research behind the groundbreaking Modigliani Up Close project.