Teaching at the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway is slightly different than teaching at the Barnes in Merion, says John Gatti in this interview. For one thing, classes on Friday nights, which are part of the new programming effort by the institution, involve a mix of wine and spirits along with gallery visits to see the art. Also new on the Parkway is the Roberts Gallery for contemporary art. Gatti is very excited about that, and refers to the large, 5,000 sq. foot space as “our Gagosian.” Right now, there’s an Ellsworth Kelly exhibit on view in the Roberts Gallery. John, who also loves contemporary art, originated his class Art Now a number of years ago in Merion. In that class, he takes students into local galleries and museums to look at contemporary art. We spoke with John March 11, 2013, at the Barnes in one of their state-of-the-art digital classrooms.
For more pictures from our interview see Roberta’s Flickr and Libby’s Flickr. And for many images of the Barnes galleries and people, including the architects Billy Tsien and Tod Williams at the Press opening a year ago, see these Flickr sets here and here.