January 20, 2016 |
If you want to hear the piano talent of tomorrow, you might press your ear to the wall of Eleanor Sokoloff's studio. In pedagogical tones that manage to be both sharp and warmly supportive, Sokoloff flourishes as one of the Curtis Institute of Music's busier piano professors. She's 101 years old. No eavesdropping was necessary Sunday afternoon. Eight current and former Sokoloff students stepped onto the stage of the Barnes Foundation's small auditorium to pay tribute. What is it like to study with Sokoloff?
November 7, 2015 |
Sylvie Patry, chief curator of impressionist and post-impressionist painting at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, has been named chief curator and deputy director of collections and exhibitions at the Barnes Foundation, officials announced Thursday. Her appointment - she will assume her duties in January - comes as the foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is poised to roll out an expansive plan embracing multiple ways of thinking about art, teaching art, and bringing art to the broader community.
October 28, 2015 |
After more than a decade as a Lower Merion Township commissioner and three terms as the board's president, Elizabeth Rogan faces a tough battle to keep her seat against a 26-year-old making his first run for office. In the May Democratic primary, Rogan beat political novice Andrew Karasik by 36 votes. But Karasik received 83 write-in votes on the Republican ballot, earning him another chance against Rogan in next Tuesday's general election. At a debate Monday night in Wynnewood, the two rehashed the primary point of contention in Ward 7, and in Lower Merion as a whole: development.
October 21, 2015
An Oct. 11 commentary on the Barnes Foundation referred incorrectly to former chief executive officer Kimberly Camp.
September 9, 2015 |
This fall looks to be an exciting one for dance in Philadelphia. It's year X for BalletX, as the troupe turns 10. Pennsylvania Ballet opens its action-packed first full season under artistic director Angel Corella. After 32 years at the Annenberg Center, Dance Affiliates is relocating its programming to Center City's Prince Theater with a new series, NextMove. Meanwhile, the Annenberg rebuilds its dance presence as Annenberg Center Live. Starting in October, Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series presents a season-long festival celebrating Trisha Brown, honoring the postmodern choreographer and company director, whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia, with performances, lectures and classes.
August 18, 2015 |
IT WAS 2006 - well past the time when Julian Bond could have easily coasted on his laurels as a founding father of the U.S. civil-rights movement who'd fought all the way to the Supreme Court to become one of Georgia's first black lawmakers. But when Bond learned that Pennsylvania was considering a bill to allow interest rates as high as 400 percent on so-called "payday loans," the then-NAACP chairman had to speak up. That's what he always did when he saw a perceived injustice. "Payday lenders prey on poor and working class families, a disproportionate number of whom are African-American, literally stealing money from their victims," Bond wrote to then-Gov.
August 16, 2015 |
Four teenage girls - all of whom have been raped or abused, overdosed on pills or cut themselves, or lived in foster care or detention homes - came to some place Friday none had ever been. The Barnes Foundation. The teens live now in a residential facility in Rosemont called theVillage for 60 girls like them. These girls were the four for whom art therapy this year has been the most healing, who have best used art projects at theVillage to help them control their emotions and be present in the moment.
May 28, 2015 |
Less than a year ago, Asef Khurshan had never been to the Barnes Foundation. Now, the 16-year-old would like to give you a tour, starting with his favorite room, No. 19. "Because the Barnes is not a typical museum, I've worked out some hints for you," he says. In Room 19, he introduces the family of Henri Matisse as depicted in The Music Lesson and asks, "What do you see when you look at this family? What are the relationships like?" He tells you to look closely at two paintings by Chaim Soutine on another wall and compare them: "What do you notice about the brushstrokes?
May 21, 2015
The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway was the setting, and a painting from its collection - Modigliani's "Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress" - was among the inspirations for the Moore College of Art & Design's Fashion Show 2015 last weekend. Twenty-one seniors, 23 juniors and eight sophomores showed their creations.
May 21, 2015 |
In a cool marriage of art, fashion, and retail, Moore College of Art and Design held its annual student fashion show Saturday night at the Barnes Foundation with Century 21 as its lead sponsor. Collections from Moore's 52 student designers featured many fun yet wearable looks that included a hot-pink trapeze coat by senior Chelsea McLay, and wide-legged slacks with windowpane details along the hem, courtesy of senior Jessica McKay. A drop-waist dress with fringed skirt from junior Claudia Geissler's resort-wear grouping made for an interesting - if not swishy - piece.