Alfred Barnes knew that a picture (or at least a painting) was worth a thousand words.
I’ve always had difficulty teaching the Barnes saga because doing so requires that I separate my unbridled enthusiasm for the place from a more scholarly discussion about the appropriate limits of deadhand control. But it’s also difficult to explain to students what moving the Barnes means when most have never visited the foundation.
This year, I’ll be helped along considerably by comparing these pictures of the current gallery
with these renderings of the new facility planned for downtown Philadelphia.
You can see other representations of the planned gallery here, courtesy of the New York Times.