Museums

#TBT Art Image – Dali Museum

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#TBT Art Image – Dali Museum

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#TBT-Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers

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#TBT-Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Revisit our post, A Day at the Museum, and take a closer look at Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting.

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Art and Music match game!

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Art and Music match game!

As a member of The Barnes Foundation’s Contemporaries group, I am fortunate to be part of some incredible learning experiences. Recently, we were asked to share what songs we were reminded of when looking at the collection. The collection is vast and I choose three of my favorite works and paired them with three of my favorite songs. I love this little painting by my favorite artist Georges Seurat. “The Ladies’ Man” pairs with Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” for me.   Philadelphia born and PAFA educated artist William James Glacken’s “The Bathing Hour” reminds me of another Philadelphia born and raised duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime.”   I love artist Amadeo Modigliani’s portraits. My favorite has always been “Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress.” There is so much debt behind her eyes that makes me wonder what she is hiding. The song “Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Springsteen pairs with this so easily for me.     I thought this exercise was brilliant! It is something that brings the collection home to the viewer, who may not be in tune (pun intended) to the history of the individual paintings. This is a task that could easily translate to your own classroom or child at home. You can go to any major museums website and find images of their works, Google Cultural Institute to find images or click on the link to see images from The Barnes Foundation’s website. *All images care of The Barnes Foundation   What artworks and songs do you think pair well together?  Share your combinations on our Facebook page!   ...

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#TBT Art Image – Starry Night at MOMA

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#TBT Art Image – Starry Night at MOMA

Here is a #TBT or #throwbackthursday art image I took when visiting the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.   Interestingly, I recently learned that this was a painting by Vincent van Gogh that Albert C. Barnes, of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, passed on! I’m sure MOMA is glad he did!

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5 Great Reasons to Visit a Natural History Museum

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5 Great Reasons to Visit a Natural History Museum

I love museums! One of my goals is to visit a few local museums that I have never been to. One of the museums I visited was The Academy of Natural Sciences, part of Drexel University, in Philadelphia. The museum in located in the heart of “Museum Mile” in Philadelphia. It is conviently located near The Franklin Institute, the Barnes Foundation Museum, the Rodin Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here are my top 5 reasons to visit your local natural history museum. 1. Dinosaur bones! Who doesn’t love to see life size dinosaur bones? It’s amazing to think that these giant creatures walked the same Earth that we do today. 2. World Travel in less than a day! Looking at all the diorama displays of animals in their natural habitats is like traveling the world in one afternoon. How else can you visit every continent in less than a day?     3. Get up close and personal! Where else can you get this close to a lion? Even a visit to your local Zoo doesn’t gaureentee this great of a view.   4. The Art! Yes, this is an art. The Natural History Museum in Philadelphia has an exihibit on how the dioramas are created. It’s fascinating to see the detail that goes into preparing the animals and painting the scene that will be the animals new home.   5. Look up, look down, look all around! The Academy of Natural Sciences Museum in Philadelphia has an entire room filled with live butterflies. The exhibit recreates the enviorment that makes these beautiful creatures thrive. The room is filled with various kinds of plants and the butterflies fly all around you. Watch out though because one of these little creatures may just take a little break on your shoulder.     Natural History Museums make SCIENCE FUN! As I walked through the museum, I thought what a great place to bring your kids and a sketchbook. Take a seat and let your kiddo’s draw all that they see! It’s also a fantastic way to experience STEAM in action. What museums have you visited this summer?  What is your favorite museum to visit with your...

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Installing a KAWS

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Installing a KAWS

Here is a great video clip of the installation of KAWS sculpture, COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), at 30th St. Station on April 10, 2013. KAWS installation (you will be taken to youtube to see the video) What do you think about KAWS?...

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