May 25, 2007 |
The Fairmount Park Commission in a special meeting last night approved a proposed lease that would allow the Barnes Foundation's museum and school to move to Philadelphia. Now it will be up to the City Council to approve the lease which Joseph Grace, Mayor Street's spokesman, said the administration hopes will happens before the Council ends its session next month. For a payment of $10, the foundation, now based in Merion, would get a 99-year lease on the site of Youth Study Center on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
March 2, 2007 |
Montgomery County will join Lower Merion Township and residents in their efforts to block the Barnes Foundation's move to Philadelphia. County commissioners yesterday voted unanimously to seek outside legal help to explore what options remain to keep the Barnes in Merion. "I just want to see if there are legal avenues open to us that have not been used previously," Commissioner Thomas Jay Ellis said. In addition, the commissioners asked their lobbyists to try to stall the release of more than $100 million authorized by the state in 2002 for the move to Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
February 8, 2007 |
In a quiet, passionate - but probably futile - campaign, neighbors of the Barnes Foundation soldier on in their battle to keep the world-famous art collection in Merion. "The political system is skewed toward this thing going to Philadelphia, with no actual basis for it, other than hope and prayer," said Walter Herman, who lives across Latches Lane from the museum grounds. As Herman; his wife, Nancy, and their Friends of the Barnes organization, with a mailing list of more than 1,000 members, cast about for a strategy to block the move, the foundation is on course to open a new museum five miles away on the Ben Franklin Parkway in late 2009 or early 2010.
December 7, 2006
IWATCHED an NFL football game Monday night. It was played in Philadelphia, and was broadcast on national TV, but the game was incidental - the star of the show was Rocky. Sylvester Stallone was all over the place: on the sidelines before the game and in the broadcast booth during the game, and everyone within shouting distance wanted their "Yo" moment. They love Rocky in South Philly. Rocky is a big deal in Philadelphia - except in that rarefied world of locked jaws and hyphenated names that rule the city's arts community.
November 20, 2006
Reasons to impeach John Yoo's commentary "New Congress should stay focused on war" (Nov. 13) makes many points with which I disagree. I'll mention two of them. Yoo states that the new Congress should not pursue impeachment because "it would cripple a nation that, lest we forget, is at war. " This is not correct. The United States has not been in a declared war since World War II. President Bush's self-declared war on terror is not the same as a congressional declaration of war against another nation.
August 10, 2006 |
Just like Dorothy post-Oz, the Barnes Foundation found fulfillment right in its own backyard on Monday, when it announced the appointment of Derek Gillman as its new executive director and president. Gillman will take over in Merion on Oct. 16 after running the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts since 1999. On paper, the 53-year-old Oxford graduate looks like an ideal choice - a 25-year museum professional with scholarly credentials (Chinese art) and construction experience.
October 12, 2005 |
The Barnes Foundation, which parted ways with director Kimberly Camp in June, has named a search firm to find a new director who would lead the effort to move the Barnes' art gallery from Merion to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Malcolm MacKay, a New York-based headhunter for nonprofit organizations at the international recruiting firm Russell Reynolds Associates, will lead the search, the Barnes said yesterday. It selected MacKay at its board meeting Friday and Saturday, said Claire Whittaker, outside spokeswoman for the Barnes.
May 22, 2005 |
Last month, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court cleared the way for the financially ailing Barnes Foundation to change its rules and move its famed art gallery to Philadelphia. For one critical year, Lincoln University fought the proposed changes, and then relented. Through interviews with more than 30 people and reviews of court records and correspondence, The Inquirer has pieced together what went on behind the scenes that year as Philadelphia politics and power clashed with a proud, historically black university in Chester County.