Program areas at The Barnes Foundation
The Foundation engages in an active program of collection care and conservation. The Barnes art collection comprises over 8,000 works of fine and decorative arts, including paintings, frames, works on paper, furniture, and decorative metalwork. The Foundation's philadelphia facility includes a state-of-the-art painting conservation lab. The ongoing technical examination of 12 modigliani oil paintings in The Barnes collection continued this year in preparation for The Barnes's fall 2022 exhibition modigliani up close and its accompanying catalogue. Xrf scanning, xrf spot analysis, and x-radiography and technical imaging, including normal light recto and verso, raking light, ultraviolet-visible fluorescence, reflected infrared digital photography false color reflected infrared reflectography, and selected details and were completed for all 12 paintings. Infrared reflectography was completed on seven paintings in addition to modigliani's head sculpture. Technical imaging of 18 paintings by henri rousseau commenced as The next group of works to be studied for The multiyear research project. Xrf scanning was completed on five paintings. Painting conservation treatments have included stabilization and minor treatment of 13 paintings in The collection including works by soutine, renoir, and matisse among others. In addition to these works, an 18th-century painted blanket chest from berks county, Pennsylvania, was treated.in 2021, conservation of The 29 objects in The egyptian collection was completed, including visual examination, x-radiography of The objects, and infrared reflectography as well as research on The materials and manufacturing techniques used to create The objects. A written report was produced for each object, documenting its condition, evidence of manufacturing techniques, and recommendations for possible treatment and further analysis. A specialist was contracted to analyze five egyptian statuettes. The analysis of these objects has provided information on The alloy compositions and The methods used for finishing their surfaces.additionally, treatment of a calyx krater -a vessel used to mix water with wine-continued. This long-term project is complex, and The treatment involved reversal of a previous treatment, which had become unstable, and reassembly of The fragments; after cleaning and repair, losses have been compensated and inpainting of The piece has begun. Also treated in 2021 were two oinochoe (wine jugs) contaminated with soluble salts.the objects conservation laboratory underwent renovations, including ventilation upgrades (a new fume hood and fume extraction arms at benches), installation of a deionized water system, and lighting upgrades. The work is expected to be completed by february 2022.the Foundation presented two temporary exhibitions in 2021. Organized by The Barnes Foundation and The musees dorsay et de lorangerie, paris, soutine / de kooning: conversations in paint (on display from march 7 through august 8, 2021) explored The affinities between The work of lithuanian artist chaim soutine (1893-1943) and dutch- american abstract expressionist willem de kooning (1904-1997). The exhibition reached more than 45,500 regional, national, and international visitors.the Foundation presented The first exhibition dedicated to The french artist and model suzanne valadon at a major us arts institution. Suzanne valadon: model, painter, rebel considered valadon's rich contribution to The early 20th-century art world and featured representative works from all stages of her career. On display from september 26, 2021, through january 9, 2022, The exhibition was curated by nancy ireson, deputy director for collections and exhibitions & gund family chief curator, and featured 54 works, including paintings, drawings, and prints created between 1890 and 1937.changing displays of materials from The Barnes archives are regularly shown on The Barnes Foundation's lower level. This year featured two exhibitions: The art in music (november 22, 2020- october 18, 2021) and tools of her trade: how violette de mazia taught The Barnes method (november 2021-november 2022). The Barnes's curatorial and conservation staff continued to work with colleagues around The world to produce scholarly publications about our collection and special exhibitions. This collaboration resulted in The compilation, research, writing, and editing of five extensive articles that were submitted to tate papers to be published in early 2022. In 2021, The Barnes produced several major publications, including cezanne in The Barnes Foundation, The first book dedicated to its expansive collection of works by The renowned artist paul cezanne (1839-1906), this landmark 432-page volume catalogues The 69 works by cezanne in The Barnes collection, which include 61 oil paintings and eight works on paper.the Barnes also published two exhibition catalogues. The 176-page volume accompanying The soutine / de kooning: conversations in paint exhibition and The 160-page exhibition catalogue suzanne valadon: model, painter, rebel. This year also saw The publication of The Barnes Foundation handbook, a compact and lavishly illustrated introduction to The Barnes collection. The book features a room-by-room tour with concise entries on 172 works in The collection, as well as an introduction and an essay on dr. albert Barnes's unique approach to displaying artworks to provide greater context about The institution and its mission.
The barnes-de mazia education program builds on dr. albert Barnes's groundbreaking approach to teaching visual literacy and The curriculum developed by dr. Barnes, violette de mazia, and john dewey, which emphasizes The formal analysis of art and reflects progressive education philosophies of The 1920s. This pioneering education program for adults was expanded in 2016 to include new course offerings that complement The Barnes method and highlight other interpretive approaches.the barnes-de mazia adult education program continued to experience great success in 2021, with online classes enabling The Barnes to engage larger and more diverse audiences, as class size was no longer limited by building capacity or geographical distance. During The 2020-21 academic year, enrollment grew by 22% over The year prior, with 2,918 students participating in 61 classes. The Barnes also provided 405 need-based scholarships, nearly doubling The number offered The year prior. Overall, since The introduction of online classes, enrollment and related tuition for adult education have grown by 300%. During this time, when museums around The world, including The Barnes, lost critical sources for earned revenue such as ticket sales, shopping, dining, and parking, these online classes provided critical funds for The institution while introducing new audiences to The barnes.in 2021, The Barnes Foundation began work on The planning, development, and launch of a first-of-its-kind digital arts education platform that would host other museums' courses and content in addition to its own. The Barnes initiated a year-long research project in september to determine The needs of a wide array of users and transform existing nonprofit approaches to revenue-sustainable, mission-aligned models.the Barnes hosted 34 public lectures this year-on-site, online, or in a hybrid format-including "cezanne in The Barnes Foundation: a conversation with The editors" in november, celebrating The publication of The much-anticipated cezanne catalogue presenting years of research by an international team of scholars.the Barnes also partnered with The italian consulate of philadelphia to present The curatorial talk "new ways of looking at modigliani," which received 6,500 views on our youtube channel. Speakers included curators, conservators, scholars, and researchers from The Barnes and peer institutions worldwide, as well as collectors, contemporary artists, filmmakers, activists, journalists, philanthropists, economists, and wealth advisers. These programs have been viewed online more than 60,000 times, bringing The art and mission of The Barnes well beyond our gallery walls.the Barnes Foundation's pre-k-12 education program was once again recognized for its excellence in 2021. The Barnes continued to engage students with online programming throughout 2021 and resumed on-site school group visits in The fall, reaching over 12,800 students. Through The Barnes's partnership with The school district of philadelphia, students in grades 7-12 were invited to tour The exhibition suzanne valadon: model, painter, rebel, explore suzanne valadon's artistic process, and discuss The underrepresentation of women artists during her time.a virtual learning platform offering live, interactive episodes of instruction from featured artists and Barnes staff members, Barnes art adventures launched as a pilot program in spring 2020 in response to pandemic-related closures of The Barnes and area schools. Based on lessons learned during this experimental period, The Barnes honed The program and expanded its offerings in The fall of 2020.during The 2020-21 academic year, Barnes art adventures served 16,600 schoolchildren, reaching a much larger audience than our traditional in-person programs, which engage about 12,000 students annually. The students participating in Barnes art adventures hailed from 188 schools in six states: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, new jersey, and new mexico. Additionally, 83 teachers from philadelphia public and catholic schools and camden public schools participated in three professional development workshops. The Barnes provides free general admission on sundays to k-12 teachers from The school district of philadelphia and philadelphia parochial schools.the Barnes offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students seeking job experience and continued education. In 2021, The Barnes resumed its summer internship program and hosted 15 interns in various departments. In addition, we hosted one intern in spring 2021 and three interns in fall 2021.program expenses for education includes a pro-rate share of depreciation and other facility costs.
The Foundation's permanent collection gallery in philadelphia welcomed nearly 133,000 guests during 2021 despite not returning to full operations until july 2021. The Foundation is open to The public five days per week (thursday through monday). A retail store sells reproductions, publications and other items related to The art collection. The Foundation also provides entertaining privileges to its members, hosting approximately 56 special events during 2021.following covid-19-related closures in 2020 and early 2021, The Barnes resumed in-person programming for its most popular offerings in The summer and fall of 2021, including peco free first sunday family day, first friday!, Barnes on The block, artist bash, and young professionals night. On july 2, The Barnes hosted The fourth Barnes on The block with mural arts philadelphia. Taking place on our grounds, The benjamin franklin parkway, and on 21st street near The Barnes, this event welcomed The neighborhood for a free block party that encouraged neighbors to connect with art and one another. Welcoming over 2,000 guests, this event included free admission to The collection and soutine / de kooning: conversations in paint exhibition, food trucks, a beer garden, live music, and interactive art-making demos.one of The Barnes's most popular events, The monthly first friday! Program resumed in august. The monthly program features live music, performances, and access to The collection and exhibitions. In 2021, The Barnes welcomed over 1,100 guests to first friday.once a month, peco free first sunday family day offers free access to The Barnes collection and special exhibitions, along with a robust program of performances and activities designed to engage audiences who might not otherwise have The opportunity to visit. While online programming and art-making activity sheets were available for families to engage with throughout The year, on-site programming for peco free first sunday family day resumed in september. Peco free first sunday family day particularly supports The Barnes's efforts to provide all families with avenues to strengthen their relationships with art, and through art. The Barnes partners with community organizations throughout The philadelphia region on diverse programming- including performances by emerging talents, hands-on experiences, and stimulating talks-that is designed to help all visitors see their culture and history reflected within The Barnes. In 2021, The Barnes welcomed nearly 8,000 visitors to peco free first sunday family day and worked with 14 community partners.the Barnes is committed to strengthening access and engagement for all communities, including youth and families from across philadelphia. By building new relationships and deepening existing ones, we are working to uphold dr. Barnes's belief that art is for everyone.this year, we continued to work with a variety of local and regional public service agencies- including The city of philadelphia department of parks and recreation, philadelphia housing authority, baker industries, The free library of philadelphia, mural arts, people's emergency center community development corporation, Pennsylvania department of corrections, and puentes de salud-to help expand our reach in philadelphia's richly diverse neighborhoods and communities. Programs and staff facilitate meaningful and innovative connections to art by meeting people where they are. When The covid-19 pandemic caused The closure of The Barnes Foundation and local schools and community centers, our staff worked quickly to ensure that literacy development and creative learning and expression could continue at home. We delivered art activity kits to participants in puentes a las artes / bridges to The arts and to people's emergency center, neighborhood food-distribution sites, and west philadelphia parks and recreation centers to promote at-home learning and literacy development, as well as creative learning and expression. To date, 2,250 art activity kits have been distributed.in partnership with The people's emergency center community development corporation (peccdc), Barnes west has been serving west philadelphia with multifaceted arts programming since 2018. In june 2021, Barnes west launched everyday places artist partnerships, offering opportunities for social impact artists to engage community residents in art-making activities that would spark creativity, hope, and healing. The five artists selected for 2021 were keyonna butler, marshall james kavanaugh, jahwula seapoe, andrea walls, and karen smith with sistahs laying down hands. The artists partnered with neighborhood businesses and sites-including a hair salon, a jewelry shop, restaurants, public parks, and community organizations-to build interactive projects that engaged and inspired west philly residents and empowered them to share their own creative voices. The projects incorporated poetry, creative writing, drumming, photography, yoga, visual art, and upcycled fashion and helped more than 350 residents experience interpersonal connections through art.in 2021, The Barnes evolved its summer camp programming into a citywide effort to address gaps in early childhood development programs during The pandemic, which disrupted access to high-quality learning opportunities for many philadelphia children five and under-particularly those in low-income families hardest hit by The impact of The pandemic. The william penn Foundation chose The Barnes to lead seven peer cultural agencies-the academy of natural sciences of drexel university, The clay studio, fairmount water works, fleisher art memorial, please touch museum, smith memorial playground and playhouse, and whyy-in aligning free summer opportunities for low-income communities across philadelphia through The early learner summer pods initiative. The creation of this cultural partners' network coordinated common goals for early childhood and literacy development and presented families with access to a variety of program choices including art, science, nature, play, literacy, and environmental experiences. As part of this initiative, The Barnes offered its own programming in partnership with The city of philadelphia parks and recreation department at playstreet locations in mantua and kingsessing in west philadelphia, and at mifflin square park and ford pal rec center in south philadelphia- locations chosen to deepen existing institutional relationships with these vibrant neighborhoods. The Barnes's programming at these four sites reached 303 early learners and families over six weeks. Overall, The early learner summer pods initiative served 858 children ages five and under with direct learning experiences over six weeks and engaged 459 families in program activities. In addition, 960 children received learning supplies and resource materials.the 2020-21 school year was The fourth year of puentes a las artes / bridges to The arts, an arts-based biliteracy program for ell/esl early learners (ages 3-5) from south philadelphia's growing latinx immigrant community. With lead support from The william penn Foundation, The program works with community health and wellness organization puentes de salud to reach a vulnerable population of families who lack access to high-quality learning and enrichment opportunities as they embark on The path to literacy, social and emotional well-being, and ultimately a successful future.due to The pandemic, Barnes staff developed a hybrid approach where teaching artists and staff worked to stay connected to early learners and their families remotely, as continuity is critical to ensuring momentum for early learning and development. Programming included bilingual weekly classes on zoom with virtual visits to The Barnes collection and art-making lessons, home delivery of books and art kits for classes, monthly check-in calls to support at-home literacy development, and open access to videos of teaching artists and staff reading storybooks. Puentes a las artes continued to provide high-quality learning and social-emotional support for early learners as well as essential support services for parents. During The 2020-21 academic year, 28 early learners from 25 families and 19 parents/caregivers participated in this program, with a 100% retention rate over The full 24 weeks of The program. Weekly attendance stayed consistently high at 90%.