The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway: Design and Installation
Evening discussion with Judith F. Dolkart, Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator, The Barnes Foundation
Drinks reception at 6.30 pm; discussion at 7:00 pm; close at 8:00 pm
Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of post-impressionist and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. Recently, in 2012, the collection was reinstalled in a new facility designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, who also designed the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
Judith F. Dolkart, the Barnes Foundation's Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator, responsible for planning the relocation of the collections from Merion to Philadelphia, will discuss the new facility and the careful reinstallation of the collections in the Gallery on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Dolkart supervises the Curatorial, Conservation, Publications, Registration, and Visual Resources departments, as well the Archives and Art Library at the Barnes Foundation. She spearheaded a new multilingual, multimedia audio guide of the Foundation's diverse holdings. Under her stewardship, the Barnes published three books in 2012: The Barnes Foundation: Masterworks, Renoir in the Barnes Foundation, and The Barnes Foundation: Two Buildings, One Mission.
Before joining the Barnes, Dolkart spent nine years at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, organizing major reinstallations of European paintings in 2003 and 2008. Her exhibitions included Michelangelo of the Menagerie: Bronzes by Antoine-Louis Barye (2005) and James Tissot: The Life of Christ (2009). She also coordinated Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea (2009). Dolkart received her B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught the realism, impressionism, and post-impressionism survey at Hunter College in New York in 2008–09. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Association of Art Museum Curators.