Programs: Calendar

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

May 30, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

May 31, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

June 2, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art" according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his "experiments in education" that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

June 4, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

June 5, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Etienne Charles

First Friday! Root Down: African Journeys

Take a soul-searching journey with Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles's Creole Soul as we hit a high note with our first African collection catalogue. Includes a short talk about the catalogue and a book signing.

African Art in the Barnes Foundation is the first catalogue of the 123 African objects, most of which originated in French colonies, that Albert C. Barnes acquired between 1921 and 1924. These include significant figural sculpture and masks as well as utilitarian objects. Barnes was one of the first people in the United States to display African objects as art, at a time when they were considered ethnographic specimens. The African collection is central to understanding Barnes’s socially progressive vision for his foundation. His lifelong commitment to the advancement of African Americans and his vision of social justice through education led to his promotion of African art and his early involvement in the Harlem Renaissance.

Etienne Charles has garnered a warm response to his Caribbean roots-informed jazz. Creole Soul, his biggest record so far, promises a career of ebullient and intimate artistry. As befits an artist who excels with such a diversity of musical styles, Charles has performed with a range of musicians, from Roberta Flack, René Marie, and David Rudder to Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Mandel, and the Count Basie Orchestra. The New York Times calls him "one of [jazz's] more ambitious soloists and composers." JazzTimes applauds him as a "daring improviser," and DownBeat celebrates his tone as "melodically captivating" and "rhythmically agile."

Program
6–7 pm live music: Etienne Charles
7–8 pm talk and book signing: African collection and catalogue
7:30–8:30 pm live music: Etienne Charles 

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase:

  • Curry chicken kabob
  • Fried plantains
  • with Kashata as a complimentary dessert

 

 

June 5, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members free

Collection admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

June 6, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Garden Days: Day Pass

The Barnes Foundation, in partnership with the Garden Conservancy Open Days invites you to tour outstanding gardens of alumni of the Barnes Horticulture Program. Purchase a discounted day pass to visit any or all participating gardens on the date your pass is valid. $7 admission to individual gardens also available onsite on the day of your visit. 

Gardens of the Main Line
Saturday, June 6
10 am - 4 pm

Click here for a list of participating gardens

Gardens of Philadelphia and Upper Montgomery County
Sunday, June 7
10 am - 4 pm

Click here for a list of participating gardens

You will receive an email confirming your purchase. Pick up your day pass at any of the open gardens or at the Barnes Arboretum.

June 6 - June 7, 2015
10 am - 4 pm At participating gardens $28

Purchase tickets for June 6 

Purchase tickets for June 7

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum tour

Explore the Arboretum-with its 31 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

June 7, 2015
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Horace Pippin: Changing Perceptions panel discussion

In the late 1930s, self-taught artist Horace Pippin rose from obscurity to critical acclaim. Championed initially by artist
N. C. Wyeth and critic Christian Brinton, Pippin was soon supported by Albert C. Barnes, Museum of Modern Art director Alfred Barr, and curator Holger Cahill, all of whom described Pippin’s art as “primitive,” “folk,” and “naïve,” and helped launch him into the mainstream art world. Join Audrey Lewis, associate curator at the Brandywine River Museum, who curated the first major exhibition of Pippin’s art in over two decades; Martha Lucy, consulting curator at the Barnes Foundation; and Lynne Cooke, senior curator of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art, for a dynamic conversation about perceptions of Pippin, the reception of his work during his lifetime, and his legacy in American art.



Sunday, June 7, 2015
3:30 – 4:30 pm Free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ArtSee Activities: Beasties and Birdies

Imagination stations for family fun. Birdies and beasties abound in the galleries! With a happy birthday nod to Courbet, conjure up a bird bag, beastie medallion, and sculpted animal creations.

 

June 7, 2015
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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Corporate Council exhibition preview and executive networking

The Corporate Council program invites members to an evening of networking and professional development. Mingle and see the new exhibition, The Order of Things.

June 8, 2015
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Corporate Council members free

Reserve: 215.278.7120 or corporatecouncil@barnesfoundation.org

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Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

June 9, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: Jazzy in the Jungle

By Lucy Cousins

Who's playing hide-and-seek deep in the jungle? Lift the leaves and peek through the tum tum trees to see who's there, and then craft your own beastie!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

June 11, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Space is limited, reserve your free tickets online. Please select a time: 10:30 am or 11:30 am.
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art" according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his "experiments in education" that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

June 11, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Contemporaries VIP reception

Fashionable scene, specialty cocktails, and insights on the Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things exhibition, exclusively for Contemporaries members.

June 12, 2015
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries free

Reserve: contemporaries@barnesfoundation.org or 215.278.7110

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Young Professionals Night: The Summer Palette

Summer evokes shades of sea and sky, and vibrant colors are in order. Make a splash at our 7th young professionals night with hundreds of young art lovers for art, music, and scene as we celebrate The Order of Things, an exhibition of three contemporary installations inspired by the unconventional yet universal way Dr. Barnes arranged his art collection. Attire: summer cocktail.

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase:

Pork, shrimp or tofu Bahn Mi.

 

June 12, 2015
7–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $30; members $15; Contemporaries free.

Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Ensemble Introduction: Symbol, Metaphor, and Design

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
The Barnes Foundation’s eclectic ensembles combine diverse cultures and art forms. The juxtaposition of different pieces creates multiple levels of interpretation. This two-day workshop guides students through a process of discovery and provides a deeper understanding of the design, aesthetics, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations and ensembles.

Monday and Tuesday, June 15–16 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Ferns and their Allies of the Barnes Arboretum

Instructor: Harriet Cramer
The Barnes Arboretum is home to one of the most extensive collections of hardy ferns in the country. Expand your knowledge about both native and notable non-native ferns suitable for this region, and learn how to identify, cultivate, and create effective designs using ferns. Participants should bring a lunch to enjoy in the garden.

June 16, 2015
10 am–2 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $55; members $49

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Dr. Barnes and Matisse: Collecting, Conversations, and the Commission

Circles members enjoy a workshop and lunch. The morning focuses on the relationship between Dr. Barnes and Henri Matisse via their correspondence and visits. Following lunch, join scholar Jack Flam and Barnes educator Leslie Bowen for a close study of the Matisses in the collection.

June 16, 2015
10:30 am–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Circles and Contemporaries $175

Reserve: 215.278.7110

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Premier Tour: Impressionism and Beyond

Dr. Barnes collected superb examples of impressionist and post-impressionist art. Paintings by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh are among the many stunning works on view. 

This intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

June 16, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

June 16, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: There is a Bird on Your Head

By Mo Willems

Elephant Gerald and Piggie are different as night and day—and best friends—which makes for hilarious good times when you make your own flapping bird.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

June 18, 2015
10:30–11 am & 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Space is limited, reserve your free tickets online. Please select a time: 10:30 am or 11:30 am.
Collection Gallery admission is not included.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art" according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his "experiments in education" that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

June 18, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.
June 21, 2015
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Drawing with Scissors: Matisse Cut Paper

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Henri Matisse remains among the rare artists whose late work was as original, vital, and controversial as their early work. In this two-day workshop, explore Matisse’s unorthodox method of using cut paper.  He originally used this practice to plan his compositions, but eventually developed the technique into finished works of art. Learn more about this fascinating medium as well as discovering your inner Matisse with a hands-on lesson in cut paper design.

Monday and Tuesday, June 22–23 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

June 23, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

room 18 west wall

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes’s Wall Ensembles

What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art" according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his "experiments in education" that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

June 25, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $45; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Dr. Barnes and the Women Artists of the Barnes Collection

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MEd
"Why are there so few women artists in the Barnes collection?" This workshop explores, through the lens of the Barnes collection, the history of female artists and their struggle for recognition. Learn about the women artists in the collection, including Mary Cassatt and Marie Laurencin, as well as unheralded female painters from the Renaissance through the modernist era.

Monday and Tuesday, June 29–30 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour: A Closer Look

Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

This intimate 90-minute tour is on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

June 30, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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First Friday! Sax and the Beat: A Dynamic Duologue

Saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Lewis Nash join forces at the Barnes for a dynamic “duologue,” a one-on-one musical conversation that melds brilliant swinging sax sounds with lyrical, rhythmic drumbeats. Dive in as these two jazz titans take you on an adventurous ride through modern jazz and discover why allaboutjazz.com claims “it’s a treat to hear them work their magic.”

Cocktails and light fare will be available for purchase.  This event's menu will include:

Watermelon mojito
Pulled pork slider with slaw
Salt and vinegar chips

July 3, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members free

Collection admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Storytime Sunday

Storytime Sunday

Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.

Sunday, July 5
2-4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

ArtSee Activities: Play Days

Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in programs for all ages on Free First Sundays.

Summer screams playtime! Just in time for his birthday, we look to Giorgio de Chirico’s swimming swan and other playful patterns to make an array of spirited works of art.

Sunday, July 5
1-4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, July 7
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, July 7
4–5:30 pm  

Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

July 7, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!

ARTime Storytime: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!

A dab of blue, a splash of red, and a goopy smear of green add up to arty fun.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

Thursday, July 9
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session online or call 215.278.7200.

The Sounds of France

The Sounds of France

Raise a complimentary glass of French wine as we celebrate the intersection of French and American art in the Barnes collection with the wonderful sounds of La Vie en Rose Band, where the melodious voice of French singer Tiphanie joins a trio of musicians from around the world. The Sounds of France will keep you swinging all night!

Friday, July 10
6 - 9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20

Book general admission or member tickets  online or call 215.278.7200.

Mark Dion's Installation

Investigating The Order of Things: Conversation with Mark Dion, Fred Wilson, and curator Martha Lucy

Internationally renowned artists Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, and Fred Wilson have been commissioned to create large installations responding to the unconventional way that Albert C. Barnes displayed his own collection. Hear Dion and Wilson discuss their creative processes and their installations in a captivating conversation with exhibition curator Martha Lucy. The Order of Things is on view through August 3.

July 11, 2015
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $15; members $12

Collection admission not included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine

Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

This workshop explores Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine’s diverse emotional responses to their experiences in Paris in the 1920s. These artists, Jewish expatriates fascinated by the studio and café life of Montmartre and Montparnasse, earned the reputation of peintres maudits (cursed painters). The Barnes Foundation houses an incredible number of masterpieces by these artists. Through examination of the formal elements in their work, students consider how Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine responded to their unique artistic, historical, and social position.

July 13, 2015 (Start of 3-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $600; members $540

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Reading the Collection

Reading the Collection: Narrative Patterns and Visual Meaning

Instructor: John B Gatti, MFA

Read artists’ visual language and the elements that reveal their narrative intentions. Learn to recognize how pictorial content and visual styles create an artist’s voice. Consider Bonnard, Cézanne, Manet, Picasso, and Rousseau.

July 13, 2015 (Start of 2-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, July 14
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, July 14
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

July 14, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Count Monet’s Lilies

ARTime Storytime: Count Monet’s Lilies

Just imagine walking through a park, riding on a swing, and playing “snap the whip” in this delightful counting book.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

Thursday, July 16
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200.

Photographer: Katherine Raines

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. 

Sunday, July 19
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free.

Collection admission included; reservations required.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, July 21
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, July 21
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

July 21, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Make More Plants

Make More Plants: Propagation workshop

Instructor: Bruce Keyser

The best time of year to propagate many trees and shrubs is midsummer. In this hands-on workshop, learn techniques for successfully rooting greenwood cuttings from master propagator Bruce Keyser, using plant material from the Barnes Arboretum living collections. Participants make their own sweatboxes, a key to successfully rooting the cuttings they take home. Fee includes all materials; participants should bring their own lunch.

July 22, 2015
10 am–4 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $84; members $76

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Exploring the Collection

Exploring the Collection: Line, Space, and Shape

Instructor: John B Gatti, MFA

Using masterworks in the Barnes collection, learn how artists use techniques like dynamic line and ambiguous perspective to engage the eye and invite viewer into the work. Explore the art of El Greco, Gauguin, Soutine, Van Gogh, and others.

July 27, 2015 (Start of 2-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, July 28
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.  

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, July 28
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

 

 

July 28, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Photographer: Katherine Raines

ArtSee Activities: Sizzling Summer

Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in programs for all ages on Free First Sundays

It’s sizzling outside but cool inside with positively refreshing art projects: there are beach scenes to imagine, water creatures to shape, and a beach bag to drizzle with colorful concoctions.

 

Sunday, August 2
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Storytime Sunday

Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.

 

Sunday, August 2
2­–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Exploring the Collection

Exploring the Collection: Color, Mood, and Intention

Instructor: John B Gatti, MFA

Investigate how major artists use color to create mood and establish tension, balance, and space in their work. Learn color theory and the effects of color on design and composition, and see how artists apply color theory to depict their inspirations from nature, history, culture, and personal experience.

August 3, 2015 (Start of 2-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, August 4 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, August 4 
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

August 4, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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First Friday! The Creatives

Brian LaPann heats up the mic with his unique blend of blues, rock, and funk. The evening includes Renegade Company’s original theatrical performance inspired by Angelo Pinto’s reverse glass paintings in the Barnes collection. An evening of eclectic creativity awaits!

Cocktails and light fare will be available for purchase. The menu will include:

Grilled peaches wrapped in prosciutto over arugula
Stacked Jersey tomato caprice

August 7, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members free

Collection admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse and Picasso

Matisse and Picasso

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

Esteemed art scholar Yve-Alain Bois referred to Matisse and Picasso’s relationship as a “complicated tango.” From their first meeting in 1906, they inspired, provoked, and challenged each other to push boundaries. Explore their fascinating relationship and the dialogue they had through their art.

August 11, 2015 (Start of 2-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, August 11 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, August 11
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

August 11, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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ARTime Storytime: Mouse’s First Summer

by Lauren Thompson

Celebrate summer with a roll down the hill, juicy fruits, and a surprising sparkle in the sky.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

August 13, 2015
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200.

John Kane, Along the Susquehanna, c. 1928Oil on canvas19 x 27 1/8 in. (48.3 x 68.9 cm)

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

August 16, 2015
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free.

Collection admission included; reservations required.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, August 18 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, August 18 
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

August 18, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

A Children's Treasury of Poems

ARTime Storytime: A Children’s Treasury of Poems

Illustrated by Linda Bleck

This humorous collection of classic poems and summertime verses will amaze and delight.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

 

August 20, 2015
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, August 25 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, July 7
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

August 25, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Introduction to Visual Literacy

(Section I)

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

This engaging course is part of the original curriculum of the Barnes Foundation. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, students explore the entire collection as they learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing the elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning.

Mondays August 31, 2015-May 9, 2016 (28 classes)
6 - 8pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Henri Matisse, Still Life With Gourds

Matisse: In Color and Light

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Color was an organizing principle in Matisse’s art. “All I thought about was making my colors sing,” he said. Study the range of the artist’s works in the Barnes collection—the radiant Bonheur de vivre, the monumental Dance mural, and his enchanting final paintings on canvas. Through discussions of the formal elements of art, explore how Matisse worked and learn about his unprecedented artistic journey.

September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
1–4 pm or 6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Reserve Section 1 (1-4pm) or Section 2 (6-9pm) online or call 215.278.7200.

Ensembles

Ensembles - Third Year

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

The Barnes collection contains a diverse range of objects: paintings, furniture, metalwork, other decorative arts, and more. Albert Barnes arranged them into “ensembles” that invite close looking by creating formal connections across traditional categories. Students deepen their understanding of the design, aesthetic, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations.

September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
11 am–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 1 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 1  
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 1, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Traditions

Traditions

Instructor: Linda Robinson, M.Ed, or Molly Walker, MA

Study the evolution of art in the Barnes collection. Discover how artists learned from and developed creative responses to their predecessors, explore the influence of old masters like Michelangelo and Rembrandt on artists as diverse as Matisse and Renoir, and learn how 20th-century innovations like cubism, fauvism, and abstract expressionism were inspired by the impressionists and post-impressionists.

September 1, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
1–3 pm or 6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Reserve online for the 1-3 pm class or the 6-8 pm class or call 215.278.7200.

Introduction to Visual Literacy

Introduction to Visual Literacy

(Section II)

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

This engaging course is part of the original curriculum of the Barnes Foundation. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, students explore the entire collection as they learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing the elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning.

September 2, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Pajama Tour: Looking for Work

See different kinds of jobs people do on this fun gallery hunt. For ages 2–5; wear your pajamas!

September 4, 2015
6–6:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Included with collection admission; members free. Reservations required.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Oran Etkin

First Friday! One World of Jazz: From Africa to Israel and Beyond

African and Jewish music meet modern jazz in Kelenia, the debut album by clarinetist and saxophonist Oran Etkin. Describing the love between different kinds of people, Kelenia bridges world beats and joins Etkin with Malian griot musicians Balla Kouyate (balafon) and Makane Kouyate (calabash and vocals), American bassist Marcos Varela, and special guest Malian vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate. Go on a musical journey that transcends cultural boundaries, seamlessly fusing swing rhythms with traditional African and Israeli music in "exulted moments of beautiful lyricism," according to Jazz Improv Magazine. Followed by a short talk on the African collection.

September 4, 2015
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members free

Collection admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Storytime Sunday

Storytime Sunday

Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.

 

Sunday, September 6
2­–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

Photographer: Katherine Raines

ArtSee Activities: At Work

Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in programs for all ages on Free First Sundays.

It’s fall and thoughts turn to work. Yard work, schoolwork, and chores of all sorts. Get your artwork going in full force by making an imaginative set of tools, a box, and a bag.

 

Sunday, September 6
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; drop-in

When you arrive, pick up your free program tickets on-site to access the activities. Collection Gallery admission is not included.

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Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 8 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 8  
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 8, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ARTime Storytime

ARTime Storytime: Andrew Drew and Drew

by Barney Saltzberg

When Andrew gets hold of a pencil, anything can happen!

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

September 10, 2015
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200.

The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook

The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook

Instructor: Jeff Charlesworth

Learn various graphic techniques that go beyond traditional record-keeping to record and enrich your observations about the natural world and your garden. Using graphic illustration (pencil, watercolor, and other media) and principles of landscape architecture, create a beautiful and valuable reference to inspire you, help you see more creatively, and make you a better gardener.

 

Fridays, September 11, 18, 25 (3 classes)
10 am–12:30 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $105; members $94*

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 15 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 15  
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 15, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ARTime Storytime

ARTime Storytime: Good Night, Construction Site

by Sherri Duskey Ringer and Tom Lichtenheld

Tough trucks work with all their might down at the construction site until it’s time to say good night.

Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.

 

September 17, 2015
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required.

Book tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200.

Photographer: Katherine Raines

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

September 20, 2015
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free.

Collection admission included; reservations required.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 22 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 22  
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 22, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Design with Confidence! A step-by-step approach

Instructor: Jules Bruck, APLD

Designing a garden should be fun, but it can easily become overwhelming. By learning to measure your garden space, put it on paper, make design decisions, and communicate your ideas using quick landscape graphics, you’ll save money, time, and back pain. Students practice landscape design and plant combination skills to get a boost of gardening confidence.

September 25, 2015 (Start of 3-class workshop)
1–3:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $105; members $94

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier Tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

A Closer Look
Tuesday, September 29 
4–5:30 pm  
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesday, September 29
4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.

 

September 29, 2015
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $60; members $30

Register online or call 215.278.7200.