Barnes Foundation to Build $5.8M Addition

The Barnes Foundation will build an addition to its building's northeast corner that will allow it to expand its restaurant and accommodate more educational programs. | Photo: f11photo / Shutterstock.com

The Barnes Foundation will build an addition to its building’s northeast corner that will allow it to expand its restaurant and accommodate more educational programs. | Photo: f11photo / Shutterstock.com

What do you do when 93,000 square feet of space just isn’t cutting it anymore?

Well, for the Barnes Foundation, the answer is simple: expand.

The institution is set to break ground this week on a $5.8 million project to allow more space for educational programming and expanded dining services. The new Garden Pavilion, a 4,000-square-foot multi-use space, will sit on the northeast corner of the Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia campus at 21st Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway. Read more »

20 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Andrea Hornick’s “Unbounded Histories” opens at the Barnes on Friday. Photo from Facebook/Savery Gallery

Andrea Hornick’s “Unbounded Histories” sound installation opens at the Barnes on Friday. Photo from Facebook/Savery Gallery

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6

Tango Night @ The Barnes
Let dancers from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School show you how it’s done, and then get out on the dance floor and attempt to tango like the pros. Trio de la Plata will provide the live music. Also happening Friday evening, Andrea Hornick’s “Unbounded Histories,” a site-specific sound installation, opens in the Collection Gallery. Hornick will perform and discuss the project with curator Martha Lucy.

Philly Loves Bowie Week @ Various Locations
The nine-day David Bowie celebration kicks off Friday with an opening reception for the Bowie Art Show at Ruckus Gallery and, over at Doobies Bar, the first pour of Round Guys Brewing’s Bowie-inspired Loving The Alien, a BlackStar Saison.

Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls @ African American Museum in Philadelphia
The AAMP is showing the 1982 PBS video of Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, starring Alfre Woodard and Lynn Whitfield. Before the free screening, there will be a guided tour of the museum’s related exhibit, “i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls,” which closes Sunday. Read more »

Arts List: 6 Exhibits to See This Week

Phoebe Hort, a student at One River School, will show her work at Savery Gallery on Saturday.

Phoebe Hort, a student at One River School, will show her work at Savery Gallery on Saturday.

Lino Tagliapietra: Painting in Glass @ Philadelphia Museum of Art | Through July 16, 2017
Lino Tagliapietra is known in the art world for his glass vessels, but these two-dimensional works are something different. The Art Museum is displaying five of Tagliapietra’s large-scale abstract panels that look like paintings at first, but come closer and you’ll see light playing off the kiln-fused glass.

Art Effect @ Savery Gallery | Saturday, November 5
The new One River School of Art and Design, from the guy who founded the School of Rock chain, is hosting a pop-up exhibition to display artwork from a selection of students in its studio residency program. Eleven budding artists, ages 12 to 17, will be featured in the one-night-only exhibit.

Live and Life Will Give You Pictures @ The Barnes Foundation | Through January 9, 2017
Time magazine named the Barnes’ first-ever photography show, “Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950,” one of the 32 U.S. photo exhibitions you can’t miss.

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Weckerly’s Creates Barnes Inspired Ice Cream Sandwich

Weckerly's Ice Cream at the Barnes Foundation

Weckerly’s Ice Cream at the Barnes Foundation

It’s not everyday that an art museum and an artisan ice cream brand get together. But that’s the case with the “Barnes Ensemble,” an ice cream sandwich inspired by the Barnes collection and available exclusively at the the Weckerly’s pop-up location at the Barnes Foundation’s Parkway location. The pop-up will operate from Wednesday, August 24th through Monday, September 5th.

The Barnes Ensemble” was inspired in part by the Barnes Arboretum and the Foundation’s commitment to horticultural education and appreciation. The ice cream sandwich includes organic milk from Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in Kimberton; and Lemon Verbena from CHICORY, a flower farm, and Farm 51 in Philadelphia.

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Musée d’Orsay Chief Curator Tapped for Post at Barnes Foundation

Sylvie Patry | Photo courtesy of Barnes Foundation

Sylvie Patry | Photo courtesy of Barnes Foundation

After being without a chief curator for more than a year following Judith Dolkart’s move to the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Barnes Foundation has chosen Sylvie Patry as its new chief curator and deputy director for collections and exhibitions. She will begin the position in January 2016. Patry comes to Philadelphia after serving as the chief curator of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

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Coffee, Rum And Art–Tonight At The Barnes Foundation

LaColombeRumMany of Dr. Alfred Barnes’ commissioned artists, as famous as they are now, marched to the beat of their own drum at the time they lived and painted. So it’s somewhat fitting that The Barnes Foundation is partnering with La Colombe tonight to showcase Different Drum–the coffee roaster’s own rum at an event at the Barnes Foundation.

Rum cocktails at an art gallery? What could possibly go wrong…

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Local Teens Record Audio Tours to Get Youth Interested in Philly’s Museums

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Many teenagers would argue that museum tours don’t exactly scream cool … up until now. The Philly museum scene is gaining youth appeal with the help of The Greater Philadelphia Culture Alliance’s Students At Museums in Philly (STAMP) program.

On Thursday May 28th hundreds of Philly teens will flock to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to partake in the debut of the teen-crafted STAMP Audio Tours. After special announcements by the STAMP Teen Council and  Mayor Michael Nutter, hundreds of youth will be released to partake in a free scavenger hunt that will take participants through five different museums along the Parkway.

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Two Hidden Cézanne Sketches Found at the Barnes Foundation

Photo courtesy of Barnes Foundation

Photo courtesy of Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation is known for their collection of impressionist and early modern artwork, including 69 pieces of work by Cézanne. Well, now make that 71. In the process of conserving some of Cézanne’s watercolors, the Barnes Foundation discovered two previously undocumented Cézanne sketches that were covered by brown paper and stashed within the frame. According to Barbara Buckley, the Barnes Foundation’s senior director of conservation and chief painting conservator, “we’ve had [the watercolors] out of frames before. But the backs were covered with brown paper. That’s one of the reasons they were sent [for conservation]. Brown paper is very acidic and they needed acid-free paper.” After the brown paper was taken off the work of Trees (c. 1900), the conservators at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia found a black and white sketch of a house with part of the Toile range that Cézanne frequented while sketching and painting. The conservators also discovered on the back of  Chaine de l’Etoile Mountains (c. 1885 or 1886) an unfinished sketching of trees. The piece was laid down by pencil with color added on top.

A Barnes spokeswoman states, “as part of our educational mission, we felt it was important for the public to see these.” L’Etoile, Trees, and the two discovered pieces of art will be on a special display for eight weeks in an education room.

Barnes Foundation Names New Director

In this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 photo, Thom Collins, director of the Perez Art Museum Miami, is shown during an interview at the museum in Miami. The museum, called the PAMM by locals, opened in December and is becoming a must-see destination for tourists and locals alike with its eclectic and provocative collection. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 photo, Thom Collins, director of the Perez Art Museum Miami, is shown during an interview at the museum in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Barnes Foundation has named its new director. Thom Collins comes here from Miami, where he was director of the Perez Art Museum Miami. Collins is a native Philadelphian.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Collins, 46, who also served for five years as director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, N.Y., said he was drawn to the Barnes not only because it was one of the places where he first learned about art while growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, but also because of the philosophy of its founder, Albert C. Barnes, a pharmaceutical tycoon who cast it more as a teaching institution than as a traditional museum.

“I’ve always thought of myself as an educator,” said Mr. Collins, who added that he felt that the Barnes had “really never been able to bridge to that great academic community in and around Philadelphia” — schools like the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University and Swarthmore College, his undergraduate alma mater.

Asked his opinion about the Barnes’s relocation from the suburb of Merion — permitted in a 2004 court decision that circumvented the charter and bylaws of Barnes, who had stipulated that his collection could not be lent, sold or moved from its original home — Mr. Collins said: “To me it seems like an unqualified success. I have no reservations now about it at all, and I wouldn’t be going there if I did.”

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