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Saturday, October 28, 10am – 4pm


Marsden Hartley. Flowerpiece (detail), 1916. BF2072. Public Domain.

$170; members $153
(one-day workshop)

About the Class

How did American painting go from Robert Henri to Jackson Pollock to Andy Warhol in only a half-century? Thinking more broadly, what are the best ways to identify each of the styles of 20th-century painting in America? What makes precisionism precisionism? How do artworks associated with that style reflect the industrial zeitgeist of the time? From the Ashcan School to great contemporary painters like Brice Marden and Jordan Casteel, we’ll explore these and other questions in a one-day roundup of some of the most compelling treasures of American painting.

Capacity: 100

Barnes classes will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

Marsden Hartley. Flowerpiece, 1916. BF2072. Public Domain.


Matthew Palczynski

Palczynski is an art history lecturer, consultant, curator, and educator for academic, corporate, and nonprofit institutions. He regularly leads sessions on innovation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, teaches art history at Tyler School of Art and the Barnes, and presents lectures worldwide for Road Scholar.

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