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Learn to connect works of art to history. What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time the piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?

Art in Context

Native North American Art

Monday, September 11 – Monday, October 9
In the early 20th century, southwestern Native American art held a special attraction for American collectors, including Dr. Albert Barnes.
Art in Context

Women Artists through the Lens of History

Tuesday, September 12 – Tuesday, December 19
Why are women artists underrepresented in museum collections? Learn how the socioeconomic conditions of the times suppressed the creativity of talented women.
Art in Context

Les Artistes et leurs musées sur la Côte d’Azur*

Tuesday, September 12 – Tuesday, October 10
Ce cours examine la vie et le travail des grands artistes du XXe siècle—Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir—dont les noms sont associés à l'art du Riviera. *Taught in French.
Art in Context

Matisse: In Color and Light

Tuesday, September 12 – Tuesday, December 19
This class studies Matisse’s extraordinary life, which followed a trajectory from darkness into light and color.
Art in Context

Abstract Expressionism

Monday, September 18 – Monday, October 16
This four-session class surveys important artists and works from this movement.
Art in Context

Early 20th-Century Art and Music

Monday, October 23 – Monday, November 13
Taught by an art historian and two classically trained musicians, this course analyzes the relationships between early modern painting and music.
Art in Context

Impressionism at the Barnes

Monday, November 20 – Monday, December 11
This course will survey the movement’s stylistic innovations and major proponents through the unparalleled lens of Dr. Barnes's collection.
Art in Context

Kiefer in Context

Mondays, November 20 – December 11, 6pm
Animated by pieces in the Kiefer Rodin exhibition, this seminar will equip participants to engage Kiefer’s work in all its complexity.
Art in Context

The Art of Sculpture

Tuesday, November 21 – Tuesday, December 12
Through the Kiefer Rodin exhibition, which presents one artistic titan’s homage to an earlier one, we explore an art form that appears throughout the Barnes collection.