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The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists that is unavailable elsewhere. Established as an educational institution, the Barnes carries out its mission teaching classes in its galleries and Arboretum.
Can you name #5womenartists? Proud to join National Museum of Women in the Arts to celebrate women artists during #Womenshistorymonth all throughout March.
This #throwbackThursday, we’re looking back at our #30Americans exhibition to spotlight contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas. Her piece, “Baby I am Ready Now” layers bold contrasting textile patterns and recasts Matisse’s odalisques as contemporary black women in charge of their own sexuality.
On her process, she shared in an interview with Whitewall Magazine: “I made that painting for a two-person show with Shinique Smith at Caren Golden gallery in New York. I was listening a lot to Millie Jackson and this song “Baby I’m Ready Now.” I had just finished a photo shoot with my friend, Aisha Bell. She was my height, 5’ 10”, very striking, she’s an artist. I remember her very powerful, very strong, sitting there just like, ‘I’m ready for the world.’”
On being part of #30Americans, she said, “It is life changing. It’s fulfilling for me to know that the comments I get on Instagram, the DMs I get from different mothers or fathers that say how happy their daughters were, their nieces were, standing in front of my work—that’s immeasurable. That’s priceless. ”
🎨 Mickalene Thomas, “Baby I Am Ready Now,” 2007. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami.⠀
Happy birthday to American artist Morris Berd, born on this day in 1914 in Philadelphia.
Dr. Albert Barnes purchased his work, “Nature Study” in 1948. When Berd first visited the Barnes Foundation in 1952, he described it as “perhaps the most stimulating afternoon that I have experienced in many years.”
Berd was on the faculty of the Philadelphia College of Art, now the The University of the Arts, for 40 years. He was also an accomplished horticulturalist and there is a spring-flowering perennial, phlox pulchra “Morris Berd” named after him. He was born in a house on Elfreth’s Alley and grew up in West Philadelphia. In 1950 he and his wife bought a historic farmhouse in Media, Pennsylvania. In 1952,
Berd won a design competition for a mural of Philadelphia for Gimbel’s Department Store and the $2,000 prize money enabled him to convert the barn on the property into an artist’s studio. In 1975 an exhibition of Berd’s paintings was held at the Marian Locks Gallery, the press release quotes the artist describing his own work as, “an unconscious protest against the frustrating and shoddy quality of life in our cities.”
🎨 Morris Berd. Nature Study, 1947
NBC10 Philadelphia's Tracy Davidson gave a live Facebook peek of our critically acclaimed #MarieCuttoli exhibition with its curator Cindy Kang leading the way!
From paintings and tapestries to clothing and photographs, get a behind-the-scenes look of the first major American exhibition spotlighting a long overshadowed female entrepreneur who changed the course of modern art.
Tickets and tours at barnesfoundation.org/mariecuttoli
Celebrating a visionary woman. I always look to the past for what it can teach us about the future.I always look to the past for what it can teach us about the future.￼ Cindy Kang is the curator of a new exhibit at The Barnes showcasing Marie Cuttoli.
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Have you always wondered about the hundreds of ironworks punctuating masterpieces in the Barnes collection? The next time you’re #seeingtheBarnes, make time for #slowlooking––a hallmark of the Barnes method in art education.
There’s much to discover about the metalwork, like this two-foot-long iron key. It may surprise you to know that this was used not to open massive doors, but as part of a shop sign for a locksmith! It would have hung vertically from a bracket by the small loop at the key’s head. The highly textured and varied surfaces served as an advertisement for the ironworker’s skill. Elaborate scrollwork at the head is bound by thin sheets of hammered iron bent to look like curling leaves. This delicate openwork contrasts with the fluted shaft and the raised flower motif on the key’s tooth.
Look for this ironwork in Room 6 of the Collection Gallery.
📷 French, Sign for a Locksmith, 18th–early 19th century
#Barnesmember perk: Spotlight Tours are FREE everyday day for members. This month, join use for Artists and the French Riviera to learn why your favorite artists in the Barnes collection were so captivated by the Côte d'Azur.
Not a member? Learn more about free visits and member-only discounts + previews all year round!
barnesfoundation.org Learn why favorite artists in the Barnes collection were so captivated by the Côte d'Azur.
On International Womens Day, the Barnes is proud to be the first major American institution to present an exhibition spotlighting Marie Cuttoli, a visionary woman who revived the art of tapestry weaving for the modern era.
Leading modern artist Joan Miró had never worked in textiles before being commissioned by the modern art entrepreneur Marie Cuttoli to design this tapestry. Cuttoli was a collector and gallerist who is best known for reviving the French tapestry industry in the interwar years and bringing this historic medium into the modern era. Dr. Albert Barnes was one of her greatest supporters when she expanded into the American market during the Depression and World War II.
Explore this work and the story behind this fascinating woman in the exhibition #nowonview in the Roberts Gallery, “Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray.”
🎫 Book tickets: http://bit.ly/marie-cuttoli
JoanMiró. Rhythmic Figures (Personnages rythmiques), or Woman and Birds Woven in Aubusson, 1934
Joan Miró. Rhythmic Figures (Personnages rythmiques), 1934.
FOR TEACHERS: Last chance to save 30% on the 2020 Summer Teacher Institute “Tradition, Challenge, and Change” with code EARLYBIRD30! Offer ends 3/31.
Enjoy presentations from contemporary artists inspired by the Barnes collection, hands-on experiments with unusual art-making techniques, and opportunities to collaborate and build connections with fellow educators committed to using art to engage students.
You can also join the institute for FREE. A limited number of tuition waivers (excluding graduate credit fee) are available to teachers in Title I schools. Waiver applications are due Sunday, May 10.
For #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re joining National Museum of Women in the Arts’s #5womenartists movement to raise up women’s artistic achievements all throughout March.
Today, we’re spotlighting the star of our new exhibition #MarieCuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray. Thanks to this trailblazing female entrepreneur, Picasso, Léger, Braque, Miró and other leading contemporary artists of her time experimented with textile design. So how come you’ve never heard of her?
Cuttoli’s achievements have been largely disregarded not only because of the precarious place of women in the historical record but also because tapestry and interior decoration were associated with bourgeois taste, falling outside the realm of fine art.
Get to know this female force in art and business who the Philadelphia Inquirer recently called “an unsung modern art influencer.”
🎫 Tickets and tours at: barnesfoundation.org/mariecuttoli
Barnes member perk: Members-only exhibition tours of Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray are available on Wednesday, March 4, 11, and 18.
Not a member? Join today and enjoy year-round perks like special previews, discounts and free visits.
⚫ Le Corbusier. Marie Cuttoli, Woven in Aubusson, 1936. Wool and silk. Courtesy of Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris. © F.L.C. / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2019
Meet Natalia M. Villarán-Quiñones, our Community and Family Programs School Coordinator. Natalia works with a number of Barnes initiatives that create strong ties in our communities:
Summer Imaginarium, a program that partners with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to offer free, interactive art classes to summer camps in Philadelphia.
LoLa 38, a collaboration with the People's Emergency Center Community Development Corporation (PECCDC) on arts programming taking place in West Philadelphia and at the Barnes.
Toddler Time, a Storytime and art making program for toddlers and their caregivers.
Bridges to the Arts, a collaboration with Puentes de Salud on an art-based biliteracy program for pre-K youth and their families from South Philadelphia's Latino immigrant community.
On top of all this incredible outreach, Natalia also leads numerous school tours and programs for grades PreK–12 as a talented gallery educator!
Learn more about field trips to the Barnes and plan your visit today.
Join us on March 1 for PECO Free First Sunday Family Day for an action-packed day of fun and creativity. Plus, you can vote on your favorite Art of Math Challenge 2020 model!
View over 25 student projects that deconstruct and reconstruct Barnes masterworks. This year, school groups from the Philadelphia region used math strategies and artistic choices to create 3-D models of paintings in the Barnes collection. A pop-up exhibit of works created for the competition will be on display from 10am – 4pm.
🎫 Free, with priority access for families with children under 18. Tickets are available on-site starting at 10am.
Happy birthday to Honoré Daumier, born on this day in 1808. Daumier was a French painter, printmaker, sculptor, and draftsman, and was especially well-known for his caricatures of 19th-century French society.
This self-portrait of the artist in front of his easel features exaggerated outlines and gestures reminiscent of caricature. This painting is a small version of two other paintings of the same subject by Daumier, one in The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the other at the The Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
🎨 Honoré Daumier. The Painter in Front of His Painting, c. 1870
We’re slippin’ into serious spring mode and will be partying 80’s style at The Philadelphia Flower Show's Flowers After Hours party this Saturday, Feb. 29!
Late night dancing, sips, and entry into the #FlowerShow—what’s not to love? Look for the Barnes table to for art inspired activities + fun giveaways.
🎫 Tickets at: https://bit.ly/2OSOvKX
Dance the night away with Stateside Vodka, Tiffany's Bakery, Mural Arts Philadelphia and much more at Flowers Afters Hours this Saturday 2/29. Food, drinks, entertainment, music, and 80's fun! ⚡ Buy your tickets here ➡️ https://bit.ly/2Esdwc7
Reimagine the connections between teaching, learning, and art at the 2020 Summer Teacher Institute. This year’s theme is Tradition, Challenge, and Change
This four-day workshop is an immersive experience of the Barnes collection, which inspires a universal way of seeing art. Change the way you experience an art museum by learning and using the Barnes method of close looking.
Registration includes daily catered lunch, exclusive access to the permanent collection, a tour of our upcoming exhibition, “Elijah Pierce’s America.”
Save 30% using code EARLYBIRD30 by 3/31! A limited number of tuition waivers are available. Learn more and register today.
Happy birthday to Pierre-Auguste Renoir, born on this day in 1841.
“The Artist’s Family,” an extremely personal work, is known to have been one of Dr. Albert Barnes’ most favored paintings in the Foundation’s collection. On this occasion, a quote from Renoir (as published by his son Jean in his book “Renoir: My Father”) feels especially poignant: “You’ve got to be a fool to want to stop the march of time.”
Want to learn more about this painting? Try our new mobile guide, “Barnes Focus” next time you’re #seeingtheBarnes. No download required. Just open barnesfoc.us on your mobile device and point your smartphone camera on the artwork. Instant info at your fingertips!
🎨 Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The Artist’s Family, 1896
OPENS TODAY, SUNDAY, 2/23!
#MarieCuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray spotlights a long overshadowed entrepreneur who pushed the leading contemporary artists of her time to experiment with textile design.
Watch this NBC10 Philadelphia interview with Barnes exhibition curator Cindy Kang to learn more about this female force who made modernism mainstream.
Now on view in the Roberts Gallery: barnesfoundation.org/mariecuttoli
nbcphiladelphia.com The Barnes Foundation is highlighting the incredible work of artist Marie Cuttoli, a “pioneering entrepreneur in modern art” who introduced leading modern artists like Picasso to textiles and tapestry. NBC10’s Lucy Bustamante has the story.
This Spring "Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray" will be on view in the Roberts Gallery.
As Interior Design Magazine notes, Cuttoli, "didn’t just collect paintings by Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. She also befriended and even persuaded them, as well as Le Corbusier and Fernand Léger, into working in a different medium: tapestry."
The exhibition opens tomorrow, Sunday, February 23.
➡ Learn more and book tickets: http://bit.ly/marie-cuttoli
interiordesign.net She didn’t just collect paintings by Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. She also befriended and even persuaded them, as well as Le Corbusier and Fernand Léger...
It's a double celebration as we honor Horace Pippin on his birthday today during Black History Month! Pippin was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1888.
A self-taught artist, Pippin’s work includes depictions of everyday life that capture childhood memories to wartime experiences, landscapes, portraits, and religious subjects. Pippin’s style is distinctive with his use of bright colors, flat shapes and simple lines. Pippin’s work includes relatively few paintings with religious subject matter, but “Christ and the Woman of Samaria” is a subject that would have been familiar to him from his upbringing in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Want to learn more about this piece? Try our new mobile guide, “Barnes Focus” next time you’re #seeingtheBarnes. No download required. Just open barnesfoc.us on your mobile device and point your smartphone camera on the artwork. Instant info at your fingertips!
🎨 Horace Pippin. Christ and the Woman of Samaria, 1940
You Know #Miró, #ManRay & #Picasso. Now get to know the "unsung modern art influencer" who got the leading contemporary artists of her time to experiment with tapestry.
#MarieCuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray opens Sunday, 2/23.
inquirer.com The pioneering entrepreneur combined the latest looks in both fine art and fashion with the ancient craft of tapestry-making. She persuaded Picasso, Leger, Miro, and others to design woven works of art.
Escape to Mediterranean-inspired gardens at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show themed Riviera Holiday, then extend your experience from blooms to brush at the Barnes.
Save $5 on your next Barnes visit or Spotlight tour: Artists and the French Riviera all throughout March. Just show your Flower Show ticket or PHS member ID to enjoy this discount.*
*$5 off Barnes adult admission or Spotlight tour: Artists and the French Riviera can be redeemed by presenting a 2020 Flower Show ticket or valid PHS membership ID. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer valid from March 2-30, 2020.
🎫 Book Flower Show tickets: https://bit.ly/2HcMk0E
🎫 Book March Spotlight Tour tickets: http://bit.ly/Spotlight-Tour-March
🎨 Vincent van Gogh. Still Life (Nature morte), May 1888.
📷 Photo courtesy of @phsgardening
Artsy spotlights four curators celebrating this Black History Month. Zoe Whitley, who will be co-curating an exhibition on the late woodcarver Elijah Pierce, with Barnes Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator Nancy Ireson, this June is featured in the article.
Regarding Pierce, Whitley noted, “Elijah Pierce is likely to be little known to most people in the art world. He was self-taught; the son of two formerly enslaved parents, he ended up living in Columbus, Ohio. The majority of a representative body of his work is in the collection of the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, but most people would probably only be familiar with Pierce if they were already completely immersed in the world of folk and self-taught artists. Nancy Ireson and I felt that this was exactly the type of artist who could be seen and shown in a context like the Barnes Foundation, alongside works by Renoir and Matisse. ‘Fine’ and ‘folk’ are distinctions that other people make and impose, but we don’t necessarily have to give in to those.”
We believe art is for everyone. Our founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes, believed that art had the power to improve minds and transform lives. Our diverse educational programs are based on his teachings and one-of-a-kind collections—both his art holdings and the rare trees, flowers, and other plants at the Barnes Arboretum. Learn more about our history.
An art experience like no other.
The Barnes is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European paintings, with especially deep holdings in Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. Assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes between 1912 and 1951, the collection also includes important examples of African art, Native American pottery and jewelry, Pennsylvania German furniture, American avant-garde painting, and wrought-iron metalwork.
The minute you step into the galleries of the Barnes collection, you know you’re in for an experience like no other. Masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso hang next to ordinary household objects—a door hinge, a spatula, a yarn spinner. On another wall, you might see a French medieval sculpture displayed with a Navajo textile. These dense groupings, in which objects from different cultures, time periods, and media are all mixed together, are what Dr. Barnes called his “ensembles.”
The ensembles, each one meticulously crafted by Dr. Barnes himself, are meant to draw out visual similarities between objects we don’t normally think of together. Created as teaching tools, they were essential to the educational program Dr. Barnes developed back in the 1920s. Give it a go online.
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