Programs: Calendar July 2016

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour July 24

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Sunday, July 24
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Member Tour
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Matisse's Models

Every artist has their muse, and every muse has their story. Find out which sitter Matisse credited with influencing his famous sense of color, which sitter he spotted on a film set in Nice, and more about the people portrayed in some of his most noted works in the Barnes collection.

Wednesday, July 27
11 am and 2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Book an 11am tour or a 2pm tour online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour July 30

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Saturday, July 30
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Party on the Parkway: Flex-N-Barnes

Characterized by snapping, gliding, and pausing, "flexn" is a high-energy form of street dance born from the Jamaican dance style "bruk-up" and raised in the dance halls and reggae clubs of Brooklyn, NY.

This summer, the Barnes foundation brings flex dance to Philadelphia for a special free event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Described by the New York Times as "electrifying," flexn is more than just dance: it is a form of personal narrative and political protest.

The evening closes with Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray co-director and choreographer of the Park Avenue Armory production FLEXN in conversation with Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News & Community Affairs for iHeartMedia, on the topic of Art as Activism.

Party on the Parkway was generously made possible by Todd Williams and Billie Tsien.

Program

Outdoors        
Free, no tickets required
6:15-7:15pm Outdoor Dance Performance by FLEXN
Location: 20th and the Parkway
Note: Bad weather will pull all activities indoors.

Indoors          
Free, tickets required.  Tickets released, on site, at 4pm on the day of progam.
6-9pm Nari Ward: Sun Splashed Access
8-8:45pm Discussion: Art as Activism

Saturday, July 30
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Outdoors: Free, no tickets required
Indoors: Free, tickets required.  Tickets released, on site, at 4pm on the day of progam.

Gospel Lunch

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas brings its choir to the Barnes Foundation to perform gospel songs and spirituals, reviving a tradition started by Dr. Barnes in the 1920s. Before feeding your soul, feed your body in the Garden Restaurant. Lunch attendees receive front-row seats for the choir and a discount on collection admission—the Nari Ward: Sun Splashed exhibition is included.

Program
12:30–2 pm lunch
2–3:30 pm church choir 

Sunday, July 31
12:30–3:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Concert: free. Lunch: $30; members $28. With collection access: $50; members $28

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour July 31

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Sunday, July 31
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.