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Barnes Takeover:
Cookie Diorio

Nightlife / Performance

Thursday, June 13, 8 – 10pm


Photo by Pink Melon Media

About the Event

Our third and final Takeover of 2019 features a performance by drag songstress Cookie Diorio. Join us for her new collection-inspired piece, “Out of the Oven, into the Barnes,” before heading into the galleries.

A classically trained vocalist and songwriter, Cookie will present a musical self-portrait in three phases: mind, body, and spirit. Her performance is inspired by Dr. Barnes’s one-of-a-kind ensembles—the unconventional wall displays that combine paintings and objects from different cultures and time periods. “It is art made of art,” Cookie says. “It is a quintessential example of meta.”

Find out if she can change the way you see the Barnes, and don’t miss the earlier Takeovers in this series, featuring Sattriya Dance Company on April 20 and performance artist Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews on May 18.

Note: Bulky coats and large bags must be stowed in our free coat check on the Lower Level.

Artist Inspiration

Cookie sees Dr. Barnes’s wall ensembles, like this one in Room 6, as individual works of art.


Ensemble view, Room 6, south wall.


8 – 9pm


9 – 10pm

Collection access