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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."

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.

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members only

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: or 215.278.7110


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.

Barnes building

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 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.