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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 on a mobile browser and focus on a work of art; the guide will recognize the work and deliver information about it.

The Barnes Foundation has announced its annual benefit, the Barnes Art Ball, taking place on Friday, October 25. Funds raised from the Barnes Art Ball directly support the Barnes’s mission and its dedication to caring for the collection, presenting diverse exhibitions, and providing innovative educational and public programs for the community and its broad array of visitors.

The Barnes Foundation has launched the Research, Education, Adaptation, and Development (READ) Praxis, a new professional development program for corporate audiences that uses the Barnes collection to help companies improve and empower teams, train employees, and inspire creativity in the workplace.

The Barnes Foundation has announced an expansion of its virtual reality program following a successful pilot phase, which kicked off last year in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia. To serve a wider and more diverse audience, the program is expanding from five to 62 sites, including senior centers, parks and recreation centers, and select K–12 schools throughout Philadelphia, as well as Barnes community partners.

The 10th anniversary presentation of 30 Americans, a major exhibition drawn from the acclaimed Rubell Family Collection and featuring works by many of the most important and influential African American artists of the past four decades, will be on view at the Barnes Foundation from October 27, 2019, through January 12, 2020.

The Barnes Foundation and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, have announced reciprocal free admission for members beginning June 1, 2019. This is the first reciprocal admission program between American and French arts institutions.

Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the appointment of Valerie V. Gay as the Barnes’s new Deputy Director for Audience Engagement & Chief Experience Officer. With nearly 20 years’ leadership experience in nonprofit administration, and in the arts, culture, and financial sectors, Gay most recently served as Executive Director of Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia. She begins her post at the Barnes in April.

In its first exhibition devoted to video art, the Barnes Foundation is presenting a survey of works by pioneering American video artist Bill Viola (b. 1951). Organized for the Barnes by distinguished guest curator John G. Hanhardt, I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola is the first large-scale exhibition of Viola’s work to be presented in Philadelphia. This exhibition brings together a selection of the artist’s major pieces dating from 1976 to 2009.

Looking ahead to its 100th anniversary and the beginning of its second century of operations in 2022, the Barnes Foundation is publicly launching a $100 million capital campaign to enhance educational programs and community engagement initiatives, support operations, and strengthen the endowment. The Second Century Campaign has reached more than one third of its $100 million goal with over $35 million raised to date.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that John H. McFadden, Esq., and Christine Poggi, PhD, have been elected to the Board of Trustees.