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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 celebration of Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die) at the Barnes Foundation—a new immersive film installation by artist and filmmaker Sir Isaac Julien, CBE RA, commissioned for the Barnes’s centennial—cultural partners across Philadelphia, including The Fabric Workshop and Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania & BlackStar Projects; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, are presenting film screenings and exhibitions of Isaac Julien’s work throughout the summer and beyond.

This year, the Barnes Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of its establishment with a constellation of exhibitions and public programs that reflect its commitments to education, community engagement, and diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Additionally, this month marks ten years since the Barnes opened its doors on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

The Barnes Foundation and People’s Emergency Center (PEC), through their collaborative initiative Barnes West, have announced seven West Philadelphia-based social-impact artists who have been selected to participate in the second annual Everyday Places Artist Partnerships initiative: Nikki Brake-Sillá, Shanina Dionna, Gigi McGraw, Anssumane Silla, Jaime Wiesner & Joanna Booth, and Yidan Zeng.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that Gregory E. Deavens, President and Chief Executive Officer of Independence Health Group, has been elected to the Board of Trustees. The Board has also announced that current trustee Armando I. Bengochea, PhD, has been named a Lincoln University–nominated trustee, having been officially nominated by Lincoln University’s Board of Trustees and elected by the Barnes Foundation’s Board.

This summer, in celebration of its centennial, the Barnes Foundation will debut a newly commissioned film installation by artist and filmmaker Sir Isaac Julien, CBE RA (b. London, 1960). On view in the Roberts Gallery from June 19 through September 4, Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die), a five-screen installation, explores the relationship of Dr. Albert C. Barnes and Alain Locke, a cultural theorist known as the Father of the Harlem Renaissance.

Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the promotion of Sheronda Whitaker, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, to Deputy Director for Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer. A human resources professional with over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit, business, and financial sectors, Whitaker joined the Barnes as Director of Human Resources in 2018 and became Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer in 2020.

This spring, the Barnes Foundation will present Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community, a major exhibition of historic and contemporary Southwest Native art, including Pueblo and Navajo pottery, textiles, and jewelry. Exploring living artistic traditions that promote individual and community well-being through their making and use, this exhibition is the Barnes’s first dedicated to Native American art and will be on view in the Roberts Gallery from February 20 through May 15, 2022.

The Barnes Foundation has announced special extended hours between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s holidays—opening as early as 9 am and closing at 6 pm on select days. Normally open Thursday through Monday, the Barnes will also be open on Tuesday, December 28, and Wednesday, December 29, to welcome more visitors during the week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the appointment of James Claiborne as the Barnes’s new Curator of Public Programs. A program and visual arts curator and educator with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit cultural sector, Claiborne most recently served as the Public Director of Programming at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). He began his post at the Barnes in September.