All in Visual Art
Though it's primarily known, obviously, for its unrivaled collection of Impressionist paintings and folk art, one of the great surprises of the Barnes Foundation, since its move to Center City, has been its exhibitions. These shows consistently expand and build on what's in the permanent collections, and the current exhibition, Live And Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950, is no exception. The show pulls in a truly stunning array of works that point to both photography's earliest iterations as an art, as well as contextualizing the period in which Dr. Albert Barnes was collecting. It's deeply arresting, inspiring stuff — some of which we're happy to share here via our friends at the Barnes — but if you'd like to see it all, don't delay. The show is currently in its last days, running through January 9th.