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Archives Exhibition

The Art in Music

October 5 – October 18, 2021

See how African American spirituals and symphonic performances influenced Dr. Barnes's approach to education.


Albert C. Barnes in the Cret Gallery, circa 1946. Photograph by Angelo Pinto. Photograph Collection, Barnes Foundation Archives, Philadelphia, PA

About the Exhibition

Albert C. Barnes believed painting and music had much in common and incorporated the study of music with the educational program of the Barnes Foundation. This exhibition spotlights the two musical genres that most captivated Dr. Barnes—African American spirituals and symphonic performances. His patronage of the conductor Leopold Stokowski, the composer Nicolas Nabokov, and the African American Bordentown Glee Club are explored through correspondence, photographs, a magazine review, and lecture notes.

On view on the Lower Level. These small displays of material from the Archives offer a glimpse into the history of the Barnes and its history-makers.