June 22, 2016 |
WHEN JAMAICA-BORN Nari Ward, 53, was preparing for a large 2011 exhibition at Mass MoCA, the contemporary art museum in North Adams, Mass., he took a look around and knew exactly what he needed. Snowmen tourists. Obviously. It was a case of art speaking to the new economics of western Massachusetts, a place once known for making things, but now importing art-making to attract traveling consumers. Mango Tourist , his gaggle of eight seared-foam, capacitor-bedecked, mango-seed-studded, 10-foot-tall figures was born, a wry reflection on the shared lives of the Berkshire hills and sunburned Jamaica.
June 11, 2016 |
"A lot of us know what to do when we go to a baseball game: You buy a hotdog, yell a lot, clap and cheer and whistle," said Ruth Anderson, director of arts education at Doylestown's James A. Michener Art Museum. Less obvious: How you and your kids should approach a staid and seemingly stodgy art museum. Five big-deal venues share tips for introducing children to their collections, exhibitions, and programs - and have fun doing it. Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-278-7200 . Family programming is relatively new - as in, fewer than five years old - at the Barnes.
May 23, 2016
On May 3, WHYY hosted its 15th annual President's Dinner. This year's WHYY Lifelong Learning Award was presented to Joe Neubauer for his commitment to education, the arts, and business. The former Aramark CEO is currently the Barnes Foundation board chairman. The evening offered guests a welcoming reception in the Dorrance Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY, a sit-down dinner and program, a dessert reception, and an exclusive interview of the honoree with Terry Gross, co-executive producer and host of Fresh Air.
April 10, 2016 |
Deadlines are a nuisance. There's a story I heard on the audio tour at the Barnes Foundation that - like most discussions of great art - eventually will bring me back to subject of Kanye West. One of Dr. Albert Barnes' favorite artists was Maurice Prendergast, the American post-impressionist who has 21 paintings in the museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The story goes that Prendergast was frequently tempted to alter his own works. Once, while dining chez Barnes, he sneaked off to add a few brushstrokes to one of his paintings hanging on the wall at the doctor's Merion manse.
April 3, 2016 |
After taking over the town in 2011 and again in 2013, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is back April 8-23. Comprising more than 60 events, it kicks off with Article 13 , a huge multimedia, multigenre installation, and it closes with a big street fair, on Broad Street between Chestnut and South Streets, with art, food, vendors, and entertainment. Curated by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the festival takes as its theme "We Are What We Make. " A massive installation on that theme by MacArthur Award-winner Mimi Lien will take over the Kimmel lobby.
March 11, 2016 |
The Barnes Foundation will show a mid-career retrospective this summer of the work of Nari Ward, filling its special exhibition space with Ward's idiosyncratic assemblages, installations, and sculptures fashioned from objects found around the 52-year-old artist's New York neighborhood. "Sun Splashed," on view from June 24 to Aug. 22, features more than 30 works. Thom Collins, Barnes executive director and president, said the Ward exhibition would create "a fascinating dialogue" with the Barnes' permanent collection, including the foundation's potent holdings of African art. "With the content of the collection, the context it provides, and Dr. Barnes' history of supporting African American culture and the Harlem Renaissance," Collins said, "there are many interesting connections to explore through the contemporary lens of the show.
March 8, 2016 |
Ann Caroline Barnes, 83, of Rosemont, an artist and former television producer, died of an intestinal infection Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mrs. Barnes died on her 83rd birthday in the same Main Line hospital where she was born, said one of her sons, D. Alexander Barnes. As her strength ebbed, Mrs. Barnes heard lullabies being played on the loudspeaker - the hospital's way of announcing the birth of babies on a different floor. The music also was a fitting close to his mother's life, her son said.
February 22, 2016 |
The title of the Barnes Foundation's new exhibition, "Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation, and Change," is filled with portent. It names the most consequential artist of the 20th century and the deadly, depressing, disillusioning event - usually called World War I nowadays - that resolved little politically but that is conventionally seen as a turning point in Western culture. World War I happened a century ago, and nobody really remembers it now, though we are still dealing with its consequences in Iraq, among other unlikely places.
February 21, 2016 |
Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation, and Change Sunday through May 9 at the Barnes Foundation, 20th Street and the Parkway. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Monday, and 6 to 9 p.m. on select Fridays; closed Tuesdays. Admission: Collection and exhibition: $29; seniors, $27; students and youths, $15. Exhibition: $14 (walk-up only). Information: 215-278-7000 or barnesfoundation.org.
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?