Image credit: Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Mr. Loulou (Louis Le Ray), 1890. Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. (55.2 x 46.4 cm). BF589. Photo © 2014 The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation
In the upcoming month some very special and exciting events are happening at the Barnes. On the first Friday of January join us in celebration of the late Dr. Barnes’ birthday. (His birthday is the 2nd, but the Barnes’ activities will be on the 3rd.) Special activities will be ongoing from 6-9 but even if that is too late for you just stop by for a little while after school in honor of this innovative man.
In addition, the Barnes’ newest exhibition is opening up in January, featuring the work from the British artist of Nigerian descent, Yinka Shonibare. The exhibit is called Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders. This exhibit fits in well with Dr. Barnes’ strong belief in education for African Americans, and his appreciation for the art of Africa. It includes human-scale mannequins and “cites the art historical tradition and intellectual history of Europe while exploring history, race, slavery, authenticity, and commerce” (The Barnes Foundation).
The event’s big opening will be Friday, January 24, 2014 from 6-9pm, and for a sneak peak at what to expect, watch the video on the Barnes Foundation website at this link: http://www.barnesfoundation.org/exhibitions/upcoming/shonibare/
And remember, you can use your STAMP Pass at the Barnes!
The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute also has a new exhibit open right now called Pompeii. And although the exhibit is not free, I would still highly suggest grabbing a friend or family member and checking it out. This exhibit explores the ancient city, Pompeii, left in ruins by the volcano Mt. Vesuvius.
While you are there you can also catch the 50 Greatest Photographs exhibition from National Geographic. Upon my first time seeing it I was completely mesmerized with the powerful, emotionally charged images I saw there. When properly looked over and reflected upon, I believe these pictures have the power to change anyone’s perspective on life.
For more information on The Franklin, visit their website: http://www2.fi.edu/
And last but not least, don’t forget to go down to Love Park and check out the fabulous tree at the center of the Christmas Village. Here you can find over 60 vendors selling international, seasonal and holiday themed gifts, ornaments, food, jewelry, and much more. The village is open until January 1st. For more details visit the website: http://www.philachristmas.com/
Enjoy the winter season!
This post was written by Asia Kaiser, a STAMP Teen Council member. Asia attends J.R. Masterman School.