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The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Ongoing

This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.

Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.

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#SeeingtheBarnes:
Community Stories

Monday, October 1 – Friday, July 31
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Research Notes: July 2019

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, June 30

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

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Research Notes: September 2019

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, June 30

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

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Research Notes:
March 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, June 30

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

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Research Notes:
November 2019

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, June 30

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

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Research Notes:
January 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, June 30

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

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READ Praxis

A one-of-a-kind professional development program
Special Offer

Join Now!

Thursday, November 14 – Wednesday, May 6
Talks & Tours

Special Exhibition Tour: Marie Cuttoli

Postponed

Learn more about the pioneering entrepreneur Marie Cuttoli and her textile work with Picasso, Léger, and other great modern artists.

Talks & Tours

Highlights Tour

Postponed

This one-hour tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes.

Talks & Tours

Premier Tour

Postponed

This 90-minute docent-led tour takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public.

Talks & Tours

Personalized Docent Tour

Postponed

A private one-hour tour for you and up to five guests during regular hours.

Online / Learn from Home

Explore the Barnes Online

Friday, March 20 – Sunday, May 31

Stay connected with the Barnes through our many online resources, detailed here.

Learn from Home

New! Online Classes

Wednesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 30

Learn about art and the Barnes collection from your own home with online courses.

The Barnes Method / Online

Online Class:
Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Wednesdays, April 1 – April 22, 1 – 3pm

Get a better understanding of why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.

Art in Context / Online

Online Class:
Ravenna: City of Mosaics

Fridays, April 3 – April 24, 1 – 3pm

Explore the glittering mosaics, the buildings that house them, and the fabulously wealthy patrons who commissioned them.

Free / Music / Social / Performance / Online

First Friday! Orchestra 2001 Online

Friday, April 3, 6 – 7:15pm

Join us online for an exciting and eclectic evening of classical music inspired by Dr. Barnes’s ensembles.

Talks & Tours

Slow Art Day 2020

Saturday, April 4, 11am – 12:30pm

Discover the joy of looking at art. Spend an hour examining works in the galleries, then join a discussion about your experience.

Art in Context / Online

Online Class:
Manet, Women, and Paris

Mondays, April 6 – April 27, 1 – 3pm

Delve into the artist's depictions of modern Paris and the fashionable women inhabiting the rapidly changing city.

Art in Context / Online

Online Class:
The World of Giotto

Tuesdays, April 7 – April 28, 1 – 3pm

A look at his most famous paintings, sculptures, and buildings, and how his innovations inspired modern artists such as Renoir and de Chirico.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Demuth’s Three Figures in Water

Wednesday, April 8, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the work from Virginia Duncan, a graduate student in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania.

Art in Context / Online

Online Class:
On the Run: European Artists/Intellectuals Flee WWII

Thursdays, April 9 – April 30, 1 – 2:30pm

Examine key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe as well as the work of those who stayed behind.

Free / Talks & Tours

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—
Keynote Lecture

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 – 8pm

Jonathan D. Katz, a founding figure in queer art history, speaks on the relationship between the art world and the AIDS epidemic.

Free / Talks & Tours

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art

Friday, April 10, 10am – 4:30pm

Discover current research in art history through presentations and moderated discussions.

Talks & Tours / Members

Matthew Affron: “Marie Cuttoli and the Making of Modern French Tapestry”

Saturday, April 11, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Modern art curator Matthew Affron discusses Marie Cuttoli's role in bringing modern art to the masses.

Art in Context

Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray

Postponed

In conjunction with our spring exhibition, survey the career of Marie Cuttoli, the pioneering entrepreneur who introduced leading modern artists to textiles and tapestry.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Myrbor’s Evening Dress

Wednesday, April 22, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the design from Anna Linehan, PhD candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery

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Coffee with Cuttoli: Networking for Women Leaders

Thursday, April 30, 8 – 9:30am
Members / Special Event!

Member Appreciation Days

Fridays in May

On Fridays in May, members get even more! Free talks and tours, plus extra discounts!

The Barnes Method

The Painted Garden

Postponed

Explore the visual vocabulary shared by painters and garden designers.

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Arturo Stable Trio

Friday, May 1, 6 – 9pm

An evening of Afro-Cuban jazz led by percussionist and composer Arturo Stable.

Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Women’s Work

Sunday, May 3, 10am – 5pm

In honor of trailblazing entrepreneur Marie Cuttoli we’re celebrating the history and contributions of women business, art, family, and more.

Art in Context

Old Masters at the Barnes Foundation

Postponed

A close look at the old masters in the collection and an introduction to earlier painting traditions more broadly.

Art in Context

Painting Time: Monet and the Pace of Modernity

Postponed

Is it possible to paint time? Join us for an investigation into how Monet articulated a new cultural understanding of time in some of his key landscapes.

Art in Context

Afrofuturism: Introduction to the Multiverse

Postponed until May

Artists and activists from across the African diaspora are imagining new myths and radical visions into reality. Learn about them in this one-day workshop.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Cézanne’s Young Man and Skull

Wednesday, May 6, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Anna Linehan, doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 13

Members

Member Appreciation Lecture: The Barnes Archives

Friday, May 8, 12 – 1pm

Amanda McKnight, the Barnes’s Manager of Archives, Library, & Special Collections, details the role of our archives and the crucial work done in the department.

Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, May 14, 10:30 – 11:15am

Our Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.

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Member Appreciation Lecture: The Art Team

Friday, May 15, 12 – 1pm

Join members of the Barnes Art Team for a look at their ongoing research on the collection.

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Lecture & Book Signing: Jed Perl on Alexander Calder

Saturday, May 16, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Author and art critic Jed Perl discusses his new biography, Calder: The Conquest of Space.

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Member Orientation

Wednesday, May 20, 10 – 11:30am

New members are invited to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: McCarthy’s Girl in Red Spotted Skirt

Wednesday, May 20, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Virginia Duncan, graduate student in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 17

Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, May 21

Join us for a combination of storytime, art making, and movement activities just for kids up to age 5 and their parents or caregivers.

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Artist Bash: Paella for the Soul

Friday, May 29, 8 – 11pm

Tonight’s artists and performers each bring a unique flavor and energy to this powerful party.

Talks & Tours / Members

June Spotlight Tour: American Modern: Glackens, Prendergast, Hartley, Demuth

Postponed

Dr. Barnes collected works by a number of great American painters. Learn about his relationship with these artists and how they brought modernism to America.

Art in Context

3-D/4-D: Sculpture 1850 to the Present

Wednesday, June 3, 10am – 4pm

Inspired by our summer exhibition on Elijah Pierce, this workshop details the various modes of modern and contemporary sculpture.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Matisse’s The Music Lesson

Wednesday, June 3, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Anna Linehan, PhD candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 19

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! “Black Magic Woman”—Tribute to Santana

Friday, June 5, 6 – 9pm

The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble pays tribute to the music of Santana.

Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Native Origins

Sunday, June 7, 10am – 5pm

Celebrate Native cultures with performances, art making, stories, and free access to our galleries!

Art in Context

Matisse and His Palette of Objects

Tuesday, June 9, 10am – 4pm

Curator Ellen McBreen brings to light the deeply personal objects that so often found their way into Matisse’s paintings. What is the relationship between 2-D and 3-D in Matisse’s work?

The Barnes Method

The Intensive Practice of Meditation and Close Looking

Tuesday, June 16, 10am – 4pm

A daylong immersion in close looking and meditation. Enjoy the quiet experience of looking at artwork, with Dr. Barnes’s concepts in mind.

Members

Member Morning

Wednesday, June 17, 10 – 11:30am

Members are invited to join Barnes staff for a chat about membership at the Foundation and benefits, followed by a docent tour of the collection.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Kane’s Girl Coming Down Garden Steps

Wednesday, June 17, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Virginia Duncan, graduate student in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 19

Family / Talks & Tours / Social

Saturday Family Art Labs

Coming this fall

Guided gallery visits and interactive art projects for kids ages 3 to 12 and their adults.

The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesday, July 7, 10am – 4pm

Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way in this one-day workshop.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, July 14, 10am – 4pm

Explore the history of color in painting through demonstrations and close looking at works in the galleries.

Art in Context

Art History is a Gated Community: How to Open the Discipline to Elijah Pierce and His Peers

Tuesday, August 4, 10am – 4pm

How can art historians, museums, collectors, and critics include artists like Pierce in a fuller and more expansive story of American art?

Art in Context

Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine

Monday, August 10 – Wednesday, August 12
10am – 4pm

In this three-day workshop, investigate the intersecting lives and contributions of these three key modern painters.