On Tuesday we traveled to Philadelphia where we visited the Barnes Foundation, which holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings. We also saw the special exhibition “Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change.” On Wednesday morning we took a tour of the city’s community murals with a guide from the MuralArts organization. Their website muralarts.org explains their mission:
“WE BELIEVE ART IGNITES CHANGE.
We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art.
Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding.”
We saw over a dozen murals throughout the city, including one by the artist Swoon in north Philadelphia.