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An Evening with the Barnes Foundation (Presented by Main Street’s Culture Series)

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Join us for a very special session of Main Street Culture Series open to all!

Main Street is thrilled to be able to share the vision of Dr. Barnes with our community. This is the perfect opportunity for all siblings, family members and friends to participate in one of our ongoing culture sessions!

Participation is FREE for those enrolled in Main Street’s Fall 2020 Membership Session and $10 for Non-Members.

Grab a beverage of your choice, find a comfy spot and tour a spectacular Philadelphia museum. The Barnes Foundation houses one of the world’s greatest collections of modern European paintings, with numerous works by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh and Modigliani. It also features African art, Native American ceramics, Greek antiquities, Pennsylvania German furniture and decorative ironwork. Albert C. Barnes collected these works between 1912 and 1951, arranging them in ‘ensembles’ that include objects from across history and around the globe. The ensembles make visual connections between light, line, color and space. Our guide will be using innovative Deep Zoom technology that will enable us to view the artwork closer than ever before!

The founder of the Barnes Collection has an interesting story of his own. He grew up in a working-class neighborhood of Philadelphia, went on to become a chemist, business owner, art collector, writer and educator. Dr. Albert C. Barnes believed that art had the power to improve minds and transform lives. He held art appreciation lessons at his factories. Each day, for two hours, production stopped as his workers discussed painting and philosophy. Dr. Barnes was a strong supporter of progressive education and social justice.

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