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Barnes's ironwork in context

Barnes’s ironwork in context

In this lecture complementing Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, scholar and exhibition catalogue contributor Richard Wattenmaker—who is an alumnus and former teacher at the Barnes Foundation—explores the creation and display of Dr. Barnes’s ironwork collection in the context of other collections and museums of the period.

Saturday, December 5
11 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $15; Members and alumni free.

Includes exhibition access to Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen and Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting

Reserve online or call 215.278.7110

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More than Meets the Eye: Dr. Barnes and the decorative arts

David Raizman, an art history professor at Drexel, examines the cultural meaning of rustic decorative arts, ironwork, and furniture in the Barnes collection and the motivations of Dr. Barnes’s collecting practices. Topics of this talk include indigenous Southwest culture, both in the early 20th century, when tourists flocked to the Southwest, and today; and the Arts and Crafts movement.

David Raizman is a Distinguished Professor of Art History in the Westphal College of Media Arts at Drexel University. He is the author of History of Modern Design, a second edition of which was issued in 2010, which is used as a textbook in more than 100 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Great Britain. Raizman previously taught a course at the Barnes Foundation on the role of the decorative arts in the collection.

Sunday, December 13
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $15; members free

Includes exhibition access to Strength and Splendor and Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.