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Saturday, May 18, 8 – 10pm


A performance by Bread and Puppet Theater, radical players who will join in the Takeover.

About the Event

The Barnes Takeover series is back for 2019! Join us for three fresh artistic interpretations of the collection before heading into the galleries. For our second Takeover, host and performance artist Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews is bringing a team of artists to spin stories inspired by the Barnes.

Before modern technology, people told stories through images and artworks, sometimes using elaborate painted scrolls illuminated by firelight. Inspired by this tradition, Andrews’s troupe—featuring co-host Dorie Byrne on accordion, Dan Nosheny of West Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore-based artist and teacher Dirk Joseph, local shadow-maker Erik Ruin, Philly musician Myles Donovan, and activist-artists from Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theater—will perform a series of vignettes full of pictures, songs, and movements. Then, they will send you into the collection for a closer look at works that inspired them, including carved panels from Madagascar, painted Greek pottery, and Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Find out if the performers can change the way you see the Barnes, and don't miss our other Takeovers in this series, with Sattriya Dance Company on April 20 and drag songstress Cookie Diorio on June 13.

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

Artist Inspiration

The performers see stories in collection objects like this Egyptian relief and Greek urn.

Unidentified artist. Red-Figure Bell Krater, late 5th–4th century BC. A87. Public Domain.

Unidentified artist. Relief, 1539–1292 BC. A303. Public Domain.


8 – 9pm


9 – 10pm

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