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We're now offering a greater number of art classes, at a lower cost. We also have need-based scholarships to help make art accessible for everyone.

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The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University

Monday, July 31 – Tuesday, December 31
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.

Free / Social

Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes: Jonathan D. Pinkett

April – June 2019

Painter Jonathan D. Pinkett is our current artist-in-residence.

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Research Notes

Monday, April 30 – Monday, March 30
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 – Wednesday, July 31
Talks & Tours

Highlights Tour

Daily, 11:30am, 1:30pm

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

Daily, 4:30pm; Saturdays, 10am

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

Talks & Tours

Personalized Docent Tour

Available Daily

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

Talks & Tours

Afternoons with
the Art Team

Ongoing

Join us for casual pop-up talks in the galleries led by our Art Team. Each talk focuses on a specific work of art—it’s a great way to explore the collection and learn something new!

Special Offer

Join Now!

Saturday, April 27 – Monday, July 15
Talks & Tours / Members

June Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This June, learn about the friendship that grew between these modern artists while working in Paris.

Special Offer

Membership Flash Sale

Sunday, June 16 – Friday, June 21

Now through Friday, June 21, you can save 15% on Contributor, Supporter, and Sustainer memberships!

Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, June 20

Join us for a combination of storytime, art making, and movement activities just for kids ages 2–4 and their parents or caregivers.

Talks & Tours / Performance

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Kathryn Ott Lovell and Sherman Fleming

Tuesday, June 25, 5:30 – 7pm

An unconventional conversation about creativity, gender, and race where we bring the intriguing guests and you bring the questions.

Members

Member Previews for I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

Thursday, June 27 – Saturday, June 29

As a member, see the exhibition before the public opening.

Talks & Tours / Members

July Spotlight Tour:
Self-Taught Artists

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This month, discover artists in the collection who made their mark with little or no art school training.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Master of Riglos

Monday, July 1, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Barnes research associate Amy Gillette. Free with admission; Room 14

Free / Film

Screenings: I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

Wednesdays, July 3 – September 11, 1 – 2:30pm

As part of this summer’s special exhibition on Bill Viola, we’re holding free weekly screenings of the artist’s 1986 feature-length work.

Nightlife / Film / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Erica Corbo: American Odyssey

Friday, July 5, 6 – 9pm

Musician and performance artist Erica Corbo leads a humorous and heartfelt dive into the American musical experience.

Free / Family / Film / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Family Art Fest

Sunday, July 7, 10am – 5pm

Join us for all-ages art activities—sidewalk chalk, face painting, and more—and piano performances from the Philadelphia Jazz Project.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Living Still Life

Tuesday, July 9, 10am – 4pm

In this one-day workshop, learn how the once-humble still life became an important genre in contemporary art.

Talks & Tours / Members

Member Discussions: I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

Wednesdays, July 10 and 17, 11am – noon

Members are invited to join Ann Moss of the Barnes Art Team for an in-depth talk about our new Bill Viola exhibition.

Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, July 11, 10:30 – 11:15am

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

Free / Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Barnes on the Block

Sunday, July 14, 5 – 8pm

Join us for a block party, with live art, food trucks, a beer garden, and performances by GLBL VLLG.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Severini’s Commedia dell’Arte

Monday, July 15, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Barnes research associate Amy Gillette. Free with admission; Room 19

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, July 16, 10am – 4pm

Explore the history and use of color in paintings from the Barnes collection.

Talks & Tours / Members

Curators in Conversation: Bill Viola

Tuesday, July 16, 6 – 7pm

Join three Philadelphia curators for a discussion about the artist’s exceptional work and career.

Members

Member Orientation

Friday, July 19, 10 – 11am

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

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Bill Viola’s The Greeting and Observance

Monday, July 22, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the stories behind the works from Barnes Art Team member Ann Moss. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery

Talks & Tours / Members

August Spotlight Tour: Wondrous and Strange

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This August, enter the mysterious and dreamlike worlds of some of the most imaginative artists in the Barnes collection.

Nightlife / Film / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Masters of Mallet Percussion

Friday, August 2, 6 – 9pm

An exciting evening of classical, jazz, and African music performed on mallet instruments by top percussionists from around the world.

Free / Family / Film / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Summer Fun!

Sunday, August 4, 10am – 5pm

Camp-themed crafts and stories about adventure, plus a concert featuring vibraphones, marimbas, and other unusual percussion instruments.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk:
di Pietro’s Sienese Government Officials Receiving an Embassy

Monday, August 5, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Barnes research associate Amy Gillette. Free with admission; Room 23

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Drawing with Scissors

Tuesday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 7, 10am – 4pm

Explore the unique cut-paper method developed by Henri Matisse and discover your inner artist with a hands-on lesson.

Art in Context

Bill Viola in Context

Saturday, August 17, 10am – 4pm

A look at the artist’s innovative contributions to video, sound, and installation art as well as the provocative themes that inspire his creations.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Veronese’s Baptism of Christ

Monday, August 19, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Robin Craren, collections research coordinator at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 14

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Member Morning

Friday, August 23, 10 – 11am

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: Bill Viola’s He Weeps for You and Ascension

Monday, August 26, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the stories behind the works from Barnes Art Team member Ann Moss. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery

Free / Family / Film / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: African-Caribbean Roots

Sunday, September 1, 10am – 5pm

Learn about the music and art of Philly’s African-Caribbean communities.

Talks & Tours / Members

September Spotlight Tour: Pissarro and Friends

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This month, learn about Camille Pissarro’s relationships with fellow impressionists and his enduring influence.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Bill Viola’s Pneuma

Monday, September 2, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the work from Barnes Art Team member Ann Moss. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery

The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 1 – 3pm

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

The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Dawn of Modernism

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 1 – 4pm

This class explores the meaning of “modernism” and examines the relationship between painting, literature, and other media from the modern era.

Art in Context

Seurat’s Models: The Artist’s Studio as Metaphor

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 1 – 3pm

Look closely at Seurat’s innovative technique, his engagement with optical theory, and his dialogue with the history of art.

The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 6 – 9pm

Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying directly in the Barnes galleries.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Demystifying Old Master Materials and Techniques

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 6 – 8pm

Through careful looking and in-class exercises, learn how the old masters layered materials to create luminous color and illusionistic precision.

Art in Context

Looking at African American Art

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 6 – 8pm

Explore the rich history of African American art from the early 20th century to the present. This class provides a wider context for our upcoming 30 Americans exhibition.

Nightlife / Film / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Odean Pope: Sounds of the Circle

Friday, September 6, 6 – 9pm

An exciting evening of classical, jazz, and African music performed on mallet instruments by top percussionists from around the world.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Braun’s Cupboard

Monday, September 9, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the object from Robin Craren, collections research coordinator at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 18

Art in Context

Medievalisms in Modern Art

Mondays, September 9 – October 7, 6 – 8pm

Some of the most prominent artists collected by Dr. Barnes adapted medieval forms to interpret and shape modernity. How has their work affected our understanding of the past?

Art in Context

Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, September 10 – October 29, 2 – 4pm

Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.

Art in Context

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, September 10 – October 29, 6 – 8pm

What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists like Monet and Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?

Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture: Cindy Kang on Pierre Bonnard

Saturday, September 14, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Barnes associate curator Cindy Kang will discuss the artist’s practice of working in multiple media.

Art in Context

Jean-Luc Godard: Four Chapters of Genius

Mondays, September 16 – October 14, 6 – 8pm

This course surveys the career of one of the great geniuses of cinema, from his groundbreaking French New Wave films to his contemporary work in digital media.

Members

New Member Reception

Thursday, September 19, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Explore the Barnes collection at this special evening reception for new members.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Mysteries of Iron

Saturdays, September 21 – October 12, 10am – 12pm

Learn how the extraordinary metalwork in the Barnes collection was created and used, and see how it is preserved today.

Art in Context

Blurred Lines: Intersections of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture

Saturday, September 21, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop looks at modern artists and architects who have pushed the limits of traditional painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk:
de Chirico’s The Mysterious Swan

Monday, September 23, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 23

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Decisions Artists Make

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 5, 1 – 3pm

Explore how the creative choices made by artists communicate their vision and affect the viewer’s experience.

Art in Context

Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 19, 6:30 – 8:30pm

What makes art “contemporary”? How do we decide what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.

Art in Context

Inside the Mind of Matisse

Saturday, October 19, 10am – 4pm

Using examples from the collection, we will explore the art and objects that mattered to Matisse at the different phases of his career in this one-day workshop.

Art in Context

Van Gogh

Mondays, October 21 – November 11, 6 – 8pm

Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, one of the greatest—and most mythologized—painters of the modern era.

Art in Context

Rhythm in Chinese Art

Tuesdays, October 22 – November 12, 10am – 12pm

This course explores how Chinese artists have expressed rhythm in sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and ceramics.

Nightlife / Social

2019 Barnes Art Ball

Friday, October 25

Join us this fall for a celebration of Henri Matisse’s 150th birthday and a preview of the contemporary art exhibition 30 Americans.

Art in Context

A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin

Tuesdays, October 29 – November 19, 1 – 3pm

These four painters were central to the avant-garde scene in early 20th-century Paris. How did their faith influence their outlook and their artwork?

Art in Context

30 Americans: Black Art Across Time, Space, and Practice

Tuesdays, October 29 – November 19, 6 – 8pm

Inspired by our fall exhibition, this class explores the dynamic intersection of race, identity, and sexual politics in the work of several influential black artists featured in the show.

Art in Context

African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings

Saturday, November 9, 10am – 4pm

Learn the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Dr. Barnes while considering the impact of colonialism and imperialism.

The Barnes Method

Exploring Pictorial Space: From Giotto to Cézanne

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 1 – 3pm

Find out how Giotto and Cézanne opened up new ways of thinking about three-dimensional space in art.

Art in Context

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 2 – 4pm

What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists like Monet and Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?

Art in Context

Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 6 – 8pm

Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.

Art in Context

The Ancient World: Treasures from Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Mondays, November 18 – December 9, 6 – 8pm

This class takes an in-depth look at the major artistic and architectural moments of the ancient world.