Programs: Calendar

The Magnificent Seven

Film. The Magnificent Seven

Directed by John Sturges, 1960. 128 min.

Playing on the “urban rider” theme explored in the works of Mohamed Bourouissa, the Barnes presents The Magnificent Seven, the 1960 classic starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. A remake of Seven Samurai, the Japanese epic historical film from 1954, The Magnificent Seven set the standard for the American Western genre and was declared by the US National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, aesthetically significant.”

Monday, June 26
8–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Mohamed Bourouissa's Horse Day

Opening of Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

Join us in celebrating Bourouissa’s first major solo exhibition in Philadelphia, featuring approximately 85 works, including drawings, photos, costumes, and sculptures, and a video. Many of the works relate to his 2014 project, which focused on a North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization via a horseback-riding event. 

Friday, June 30
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members $20; college students free with valid ID (walk-up only)

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Sumi Tonooka

First Friday! Sumi Tonooka

The first program in our three-part jazz series features Sumi Tonooka on piano. Tonooka has been called “an incisive musician of great originality and imagination” by NPR and is considered “among the best of today’s jazz pianists” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. “At her best,” writes Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes, “she can knock you down and run you over.”

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Friday, July 7
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

No Face Performance Group

Midnight Vigil: A Delirious Encounter with Divine Inspiration

Photo by Nessie Nankivell.

This July, join us for Abbot Adam: Matins/Lauds, a three-night performance installation that explores creativity and devotion through temporal and circadian disruption. In line with Dr. Albert Barnes's support of emerging contemporary artists, the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Contemporary present a new work by No Face Performance Group, the collaborative project of artists Jaime Maseda and Mark McCloughan.

Matins/Lauds is the latest installment of Abbot Adam, an ongoing series of works that uses the structure of medieval monasticism—specifically the rigorous practice of hourly prayer—to examine the concepts of commitment, community, and desire. In residence at the Annenberg Court for three consecutive nights, the artists, performing as medieval nuns, will engage in a devotional practice from midnight to sunrise. Alternating periods of improvised creation with brief cycles of sleep, the performers spontaneously compose a night in the abbey as mundanity gives way to delirium. The first two nights, July 6–7, will be live-streamed at barnesfoundation.org. The third night of the installation, July 8, is open for the public to witness in person.

Live streaming
July 6, 11:59 pm–6 am
July 7, 11:59 pm–6 am

Live event
July 8, 11:59 pm–6 am




Saturday, July 8
11:59 pm–6 am 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members $8; college students $8 with valid ID (walk-up only)

Drop in any time between midnight and 6 am or stay for the entire vigil.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Henri Rousseau, The Unpleasant Surprise

The Renegade Company presents An Unpleasant Surprise

The Renegade Company, a theater group based in South Philadelphia, presents An Unpleasant Surprise, a surrealist take on Henri Rousseau's 1901 painting Unpleasant Surprise. Audience members will be led through the arboretum and will interact with the performers as if they are a part of the painting themselves. Conceived and created by Mike Durkin and Doug Greene, this choose-your-own-adventure experience—a mix of audience interaction, dance, and music—will enable audience members to appreciate the different perspectives of the characters in the painting: the woman, the bear, and the hunter.   

The Renegade Company celebrates, challenges, and deconstructs the iconography of classic artworks and creates original theatrical pieces that repurpose them. With partnerships with local artisans, from puppeteers to ice-cream makers, Renegade incorporates myriad sensory experiences in each multidisciplinary piece. For more information, visit www.therenegadecompany.org.

 

Saturday, July 15
Noon 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA $25; members $22

Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200. Parking is free.

Can't make it on Saturday? Catch Sunday's performance instead.

Henri Rousseau, The Unpleasant Surprise

The Renegade Company presents An Unpleasant Surprise

The Renegade Company, a theater group based in South Philadelphia, presents An Unpleasant Surprise, a surrealist take on Henri Rousseau's 1901 painting Unpleasant Surprise. Audience members will be led through the arboretum and will interact with the performers as if they are a part of the painting themselves. Conceived and created by Mike Durkin and Doug Greene, this choose-your-own-adventure experience—a mix of audience interaction, dance, and music—will enable audience members to appreciate the different perspectives of the characters in the painting: the woman, the bear, and the hunter.   

The Renegade Company celebrates, challenges, and deconstructs the iconography of classic artworks and creates original theatrical pieces that repurpose them. With partnerships with local artisans, from puppeteers to ice-cream makers, Renegade incorporates myriad sensory experiences in each multidisciplinary piece. For more information, visit www.therenegadecompany.org.

Sunday, July 16
Noon 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA $25; members $22

Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200. Parking is free.

Ratatouille

Film. Ratatouille

Directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava, 2007. 111 min.

When fate pushes Remy the rat into the city of Paris, he discovers his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau, and a chance to pursue his own lifelong dream of becoming one of the greatest chefs in history. Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy at Gusteau’s restaurant, who inadvertently discovers Remy's amazing talents.  

Monday, July 24
7–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Jordan Dodson

Solo Series: Resonance with Jordan Dodson, guitar

Classical guitarist Jordan Dodson presents Resonance,a tour-de-force program featuring world-premiere performances of Stand Still Here by Jenny Beck and North Star by Mark Yodice. The program also includes Dai Fujikura’s turbulent but dreamy Chance Monsoon (2014); Luciano Berio’s modern classic Sequenza XI (1987–88); legendary Cuban guitarist-composer Leo Brouwer’s newest sonata, Ars Combinatoria (2013); and Sonata L. 483 by Domenico Scarlatti.

Audience members are invited to spend time in the Barnes collection galleries prior to the concert.

 

Thursday, July 27
Collection access: 6:30–8 pm; Concert: 8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $20; students $10

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Oscar Peñas

First Friday! Oscar Peñas

The second performance in our three-part jazz series features Spanish guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas, whose music has been described by WNYC as “transnational cool.” Nominated for an Independent Music Award in 2015, Peñas fuses Spanish folk music and Brazilian grooves over an American jazz base. Peñas’s quartet features harmonica player Yotam Ben-Or, bassist Moto Fukushima, and drummer Richie Barshay.

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, August 4
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

St. Thomas Gospel Choir

Resounding Voices Choral Series. Celebrate!

The choral series continues in the Barnes Foundation’s light-filled Annenberg Court with the voices of the St. Thomas Gospel Choir. Director Walt Blocker leads the choir in a musical journey through African American music: from spirituals to gospel and a little Motown. Come celebrate with St. Thomas! This event is free and open to the public.

 

Sunday, August 27
3–4:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Reserve free tickets online. For more information, call 215.278.7200. 

Moonrise Kingdom

Film. Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson, 2012. 94 min.

In this Wes Anderson romp set in 1965, two twelve-year-olds fall in love and make a pact to run away into the wilderness, escaping the tyranny of parents and summer camp. As the authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm brews over their New England island, and social order is turned on its head.

Monday, August 28
7–8:45 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

The Jost Project

First Friday! The Jōst Project

This jazz collective features the vocal stylings of Paul Jōst with Tony Miceli on vibraphones and Kevin MacConnell on acoustic bass as they merge standards from the Great American Songbook. The ever-expanding repertoire of The Jōst Project includes rock/pop classics such as Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”; Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King’s “Tennessee Waltz”; and the Beatles’ “Come Together.”  

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, September 1
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

La Haine

Film. La Haine

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995. 98 min.

This French film follows the lives of three young men from immigrant families in the aftermath of a riot. Set in the notoriously violent housing projects on the outskirts of Paris, La Haine’s themes of race, community, and marginalization resonate with those of our special exhibition Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders.

Monday, September 4
7:30–9:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Artist Bash

Artist Bash: Drivers of Social Change

Artist Bash returns this fall, packing another powerhouse lineup of creative movers and shakers at the forefront of social change. Taking a cue from our contemporary exhibition, Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders, which centers on themes of civic engagement and youth empowerment in marginalized communities, this artist salon-style event brings together musicians, comedians, and poets harnessing art's power to drive social justice and transformation.

Catch an open mic hosted by The Harvest, and watch Jamie Merwin of olive Dance Theatre and DJ Rich Medina premiere a new collaboration celebrating the artistry and activism of Muhammad Ali. The lineup also includes Yellow Rage—a spoken-word duo made up of Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh—and more.

In partnership with Hilary Beard, iHeartRadio, Onehunted, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and Small But Mighty Arts. Includes after-hours access to the collection and Urban Riders exhibition.

Friday, September 15
8–11 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $15.

Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200. 

The Wake World

Opera Philadelphia Dinner

Please join us for an early dinner at the Barnes before enjoying Opera Philadelphia’s performance of The Wake World.

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For questions, please contact Christian Lindberg at christian.lindberg@starrcateringgroup.com



Monday, September 18–Tuesday, September 19; Saturday, September 23–Monday, September 25
5–7 pm seating 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $110; members $99

Make general or member reservations online or call 215.278.7200.

The Wake World

Opera Philadelphia: The Wake World

Music and libretto by David Hertzberg

Based on the story “The Wake World” by Aleister Crowley

Directed by R.B. Schlather

Performed in English with English supertitles

In this world premiere, two of the early 20th century’s most prolific and polarizing artistic visionaries collide: physician, collector, and writer Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951) and Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), the British poet, magician, and occultist once dubbed the “wickedest man in the world.” In a one-act opera inspired by Crowley’s ecstatic fairy tale “The Wake World,” visitors will experience the Barnes collection like never before. Works of art jump off the gallery walls and into the action as the museum is transformed, with the voices of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus drawing the audience through a vivid, mystical world. A fully immersive performance, The Wake World challenges understandings of art, opera, and the self in a way audiences are unlikely to forget.

Interested in joining us for an early dinner on-site? 



Monday, September 18–Tuesday, September 19; Saturday, September 23–Monday, September 25
Collection access: 7–8 pm; Performance: 8–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Register online or call 215.732.8400.

Barnes + Indego

Open House: #BiketoBarnes

Hey, Philly! Bring your bikes and ride up to the Barnes as we celebrate our partnership with Indego bike share. Admission is free tonight and includes valet bike parking for your ride!

Be first to see the unveiling of Indego bikes wrapped in Barnes paintings—wraps were selected by public vote, and we’ll be hosting pop-up talks in our collection so you can learn about the works you’ll see rolling through the city. Plus, check out our exhibition Urban Riders, inspired by artist Mohamed Bourouissa’s collaboration with a community of North Philadelphia horsemen. Sips, bites, and art after hours await. Don’t miss it.

 

Friday, September 22
5–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free walk-up; exhibition access only

For more information, call 215.278.7200.