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


Randall Morgan. Amalfi: Moonlight Pattern (detail), 1950. BF2538. © 2019 Estate of Randall Morgan

$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475
(14 classes)
(no class on October 1 and October 8)

Class is full; to be wait-listed, email us.

About the Class

Modernism is broadly defined as an artistic response to the tumultuous social, political, and technological changes of the modern era. As an aesthetic, it spread throughout the arts—painting, sculpture, photography, literature, music, film, architecture—and is generally characterized by abstraction, fragmentation, and ambiguity.

But what else might modernism mean? What are its other qualities? This class will address these and other questions as we consider the relationship between painting, literature, and other media from the modern era.

Capacity: 18


William Perthes

Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.