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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 / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.