February 27, 2015 |
Four contemporary classical composers walk into an art museum. No punch line. But after walking in, this quartet of composers eventually walked away having penned four new compositions, which Network for New Music will premiere Friday at the Barnes Foundation - amid the art and spaces that inspired them. The obvious historical precedent is Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition , a vivid series of musical evocations connected by a recurring promenade. Each of Network's new pieces assumes a different form, chamber-music instrumentation, and philosophy about using the eye to tease out a translation for the ear. "Music is the most incorporeal art, and, while we all accept that it is very much like a language, it is a non-representational one," said Stephen Hartke, who produced The Blue Studio , inspired by the cobalt walls in Matisse's Studio with Goldfish , which are the same shade as his own workroom in Los Angeles.
February 22, 2015 |
In a highly unusual outcome to conservation efforts, the Barnes Foundation has discovered it owns two previously unknown Cézanne sketches - even collector Albert C. Barnes was most likely unaware of their existence. The two works, unmentioned in any correspondence and not included in the master compendium of Cézanne's works, are on the backs of two watercolors that are permanently hung in the foundation's galleries on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The works had been taken down a year ago for needed conservation.
February 20, 2015 |
* ALLEGIANCE . 10 Thursdays, NBC10. NBC's "Allegiance" brings its reluctant Russian spies - and their CIA agent son - to Philadelphia Thursday. Besides including a cameo for Mayor Nutter, the show, which filmed two episodes here in October, takes viewers inside a local landmark most Philadelphians have seen only from the outside. The Masonic Temple on North Broad Street is the focus of a storyline in which the spies are racing the feds to retrieve something from City Hall on a Sunday without being detected.
January 20, 2015
SO YOU THOUGHT the long-running soap opera surrounding the Barnes Foundation and its priceless collection of paintings by Renoir, Matisse, Cezanne, Picasso and others was finally over, right? Guess again. In an apparent effort to get the last word in the bitter feud that pitted those who wanted to bring the gallery to Philadelphia (including Daily News publisher Gerry Lenfest) and those who wanted it to remain in Lower Merion, the Barnes Foundation has commissioned a documentary giving its side of the story.
January 19, 2015 |
It's a given in the gardening world that wintertime is for resting, recharging, and reimagining our next - and best - garden ever. But, increasingly, the off-season is for learning. The Philadelphia region, which immodestly but accurately touts itself as "America's garden capital," with 30 public gardens, arboretums and historic landscapes within 30 miles of the city, offers scores of classes, workshops and programs to keep you in the game till spring. You can find the whole collection at www.americasgardencapital.org . On Jan. 24, for example, a panel of Barnes Arboretum School graduates will present an hourlong program on careers in horticulture at the Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
January 9, 2015 |
The Barnes Foundation has selected Thomas Collins, head of the resurgent Pérez Art Museum in Miami, to be its new chief executive and president, the museum announced Wednesday. A native of the Philadelphia area, Collins, 46, will assume the post in March at an institution that is now in its third year on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. He succeeds Derek Gillman, who guided the Barnes from 2006 to 2013, when the Barnes successfully, if sometimes contentiously, moved its spectacular collection of impressionist and early modernist art from its longtime home in Merion to Philadelphia.
January 3, 2015 |
A garden in winter can be a sad old thing - brown, soggy, bare. Even Lucretia Robbins has some of that going on in her Wyndmoor backyard. But, oh my! In addition to being an expert gardener, Robbins is an accomplished painter, botanical artist, and photographer. All of these gifts joyfully intersect in her garden, which has been evolving and delighting for 16 years - even in winter. "I love when snow gets on the seed heads," she says. For Robbins, the winter garden is a place of meditation, inspiration, and beauty of a different sort.
December 5, 2014 |
IS TONY LUKE JR. going Hollywood on us? The cheesesteak impresario has acted in movies before, such as his unforgettable turn in "Invincible" and his starring role in "The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone," but he made a national splash this year with the Spike food-competition series "Frankenfood. " Well, I hear that Luke was in Los Angeles recently, and it wasn't just to get a tan. Luke has signed with Babette Perry, of IMG, a big-deal agency that will rep Luke for more hosting gigs.
December 4, 2014 |
When he came to America, alone, on a ship, as a boy of 14, Joseph Neubauer knew only the English he'd learned from watching John Wayne movies. He could say "Yep" and "Pardner" and "Yes, ma'am. " His American aunt and uncle gave him a job in their garden shop, where this son of Israel earned his keep selling lawn ornaments of the Virgin Mary. From that beginning, Neubauer rose to shape and run Aramark, the $15 billion, worldwide hospitality company based in Philadelphia. And on Tuesday evening, in a quiet announcement made after the stock market closed, he called it a career, saying he would step down after 30 years as chairman with plans to devote more time to the philanthropy that has improved cities, colleges, and lives from Philadelphia to Chicago.