Person of the Crowd




Preview lecture: Strolling through Paris with the Flâneur: A 19th-Century Perspective

Therese Dolan, professor of art history at Temple University, explores the phenomenon of the flâneur in nineteenth-century French art and culture. Typically a bourgeois gentleman of leisure, the flâneur strolled the urban landscape, immersing himself in the modern crowd.  


Wednesday, February 8
6:30–7:30 pm
$18; members and students $9
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Person of the Crowd opening party

Break out your top hats and beaded dresses for our opening party! Come decked out in your best historical or contemporary dandy attire, check out the exhibition, and look for the strolling performers.


Friday, February 24
6–9 pm
$25; members and students $20
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Lee Mingwei (American, born 1964)  One Hundred Days with Lily, 1996  Five chromogenic prints  Courtesy of Mr. Rudy Tseng

Lee Mingwei (American, born 1964)

One Hundred Days with Lily, 1996

Five chromogenic prints

Courtesy of Mr. Rudy Tseng

Artist lecture: Lee Mingwei, Five Stories

Lee Mingwei, whose work is featured in the exhibition, creates participatory installations through which strangers explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. Lee has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In this lecture, he shares five stories on the themes of connection and beauty.


Wednesday, March 15
6:30–7:30 pm
$18; members and students $9
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Flânerie on screen: Midnight in Paris (2011), directed by Woody Allen

For Gil, the uninspired screenwriter at the center of this award-winning film, aimless urban wandering becomes a source of creativity. While on a trip to Paris, Gil begins taking midnight walks through the city and finds himself transported to the 1920s, into a social circle that includes Dalí, Eliot, Matisse, Picasso, and Gertrude and Leo Stein. Martha Lucy introduces the film, discussing Albert Barnes’s friendship with the historical figures depicted.


Monday, March 20
7:30–9:05 pm
$14; members and students $7
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Pop-up display and conversation: Art from the Heart

Project HOME artists display artwork inspired by the theme of the exhibition and participate in an open discussion about their experiences and creative processes. Project HOME is a Philadelphia non-profit organization empowering individuals to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through affordable housing, employment, health care, and education.


Sunday, April 2
1–4 pm 

In Focus: Renoir’s Leaving the Conservatory

Learn how Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting connects to the themes of the exhibition in this gallery talk by Martha Lucy, Barnes deputy director for education & public programs and curator. 


Monday, April 3
2–2:30 pm
Collection, Room 23
Free with admission

Artist talk: Allan Espiritu, The Boy with a Thorn in his Side 

Award-winning graphic designer Allan Espiritu discusses his pieces in the exhibition, as well as the progression of his work over time. Espiritu is the founder of GDLOFT, a collaborative Philadelphia design studio, and is one of the artists featured in the exhibition. 


Wednesday, April 12
6:30–7:30 pm
$18; members and students $9
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Symposium: Flânerie and the Politics of Public Space

Writers, artists and scholars discuss the history of flânerie, as well as the contemporary race and gender politics enmeshed in the simple act of walking down the street. Talks will address the complexity of public life in spaces both physical and virtual. Speakers include Bridget Alsdorf, Man Bartlett, André Dombrowski, Tom McDonough, Doreen St. Felix, Angela Washko, and Janet Wolff. 


Saturday, April 15
9 am–4 pm
$25; members and students $15
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Wanderlust walking tour: Michelle Ortiz        

Artist and muralist Michelle Ortiz focuses her work on people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Join Ortiz for a walking tour through South Philly’s Italian Market. Learn about the contributions that immigrant communities have made in our city, and meet vendors who will share their immigrant experiences and family histories with the group.


Saturday, April 29
10–11:30 am*
$15; member and students $10
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* Meet at the northwest corner of 9th Street and Washington Avenue, near the Giordano produce stand.



Artist lecture: Tania Bruguera, How to Transform Affect into Political Effectiveness

Tania Bruguera addresses issues of power and control through her often-controversial performances and installations. Hear Bruguera discuss her work, including the moving performance piece featured in the exhibition.  


Wednesday, May 3     
6:30–7:30 pm
$18; members and students $9
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Wanderlust walking tour: Paul M. Farber

Learn about Philadelphia history by joining historian and curator Paul M. Farber on a walking tour of the five main squares of Center City. Farber’s work engages cities by bridging narratives of civic history, memory, and solidarity. He researches from the point of view of the artist or writer as a critical walker in urban space, and reads layers of myth and meaning-making around monumental sites and public art. 


Saturday, May 6
10–11:30 am*
$15; member and students $10
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* Meet at the City Hall courtyard compass


Barnes open house: #PersonoftheCrowd

Meet up at the Barnes for free after-hours access to Person of the Crowd! Wearing her signature neon-yellow zebra-patterned bodysuit and high heels, performance artist Ayana Evans hosts an interactive food performance for randomly selected visitors.


Wednesday, May 10
5–8 pm
Exhibition access only

Teen party

Co-sponsored by STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly), this event for high school students offers food, music, and free admission to Person of the Crowd. Artist Man Bartlett will discuss his new exhibition-related video project created with students from Overbrook and Central High.


Thursday, May 11
3:30–5:30 pm

Wanderlust walking tour: A Ramble through 30th Street Station with Scott Knowles

Join urban historian Scott Knowles in an exploration of an urban space full of constant comings and goings: 30th Street rail station. Look for clues to history and the legacies of the dead, while also stopping to gather the stories of the living. Overheard narratives, stolen images, and bits and pieces of life in the city’s busiest public space will help participants compile an improvised artwork.


Saturday, May 20
10–11:30 am*
$15; member and students $10
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* Meet inside 30th Street Station near the angel statue.


Flânerie on screen: Following (1998), directed by Christopher Nolan

In this neo-noir thriller by the director of Memento (2000), a man’s innocent game of following strangers around the streets of London turns deadly. Martha Lucy introduces the film, discussing its connection to the exhibition’s themes of observation and interruption in contemporary urban life.


Monday, May 22
7:30–9:00 pm
$14; members and students $7
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Persons of Interest: A History of Performance Art

In performance art, which emerged in the 1960s, the primary medium is the human body. Learn the history of the genre and explore how it has informed the work of a wide range of 20th-century artists. Through lectures and visits to Person of the Crowd, consider the formal and conceptual strategies developed by artists from Marcel Duchamp to Marina Abramović.


Matthew Feliz, PhD
Mondays, February 6–March 6 (4 classes)
6–8 pm
$200; members $180

Detour: Histories of Urban Wandering

Artists, scholars, and civic participants have long considered the proper vantage points to grasp the complexity of urban public life. In addition to technologies that accelerate or augment experiences in cities, walking remains a singular form of urban exploration. Read short literary and historical essays by leading theorists and practitioners of urban walking, and explore the Person of the Crowd exhibition in depth. 


Paul Farber, PhD
Mondays, April 17–May 8 (4 classes)
6–8 pm
$200; members $180


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