Senator Arlen and Joan Specter admired the Barnes Foundation galleries which are exact replicas of the galleries on Latch's Lane in Merion.
Gala celebrates inauguration of New Philadelphia Campus designed by Tod William Billie Tsien Architects
Star-studded event raises more than $3.7 million. Proceeds support the care and preservation of the world-renowned Barnes Collection.
— by Bonnie Squires
Among the hundreds of movers and shakers who delighted in the Barnes Foundation Gala and celebrated the opening of the museum's move to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway were many Jewish philanthropists who donated to the $200 million project.
Bonnie Squires greeted Brian Williams as he arrived for the cocktail reception.
Brian Williams, who anchors the NBC network nightly news, served as master of ceremonies for the dinner, following a lavish cocktail reception inside the museum. The galleries with hundreds of fabulous Impressionist paintings collected by Albert Barnes were open for the gala guests.
The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Court also included an additional set of galleries for visiting exhibits. The first exhibit is dedicated to the life and times of Albert Barnes, including letters to Barnes from some of the artists whose works he collected.
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