Skip to content Skip to footer

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

The Barnes Method

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


Pablo Picasso. Young Woman Holding a Cigarette (detail), 1901. © 2019 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society, New York

$500; members $450
(14 classes)
(no class October 1 and October 8)

About the Class

Learn why Dr. Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way, mixing paintings, decorative arts, and utilitarian objects from different cultures and time periods into groupings he called “ensembles.” Sharing insights about the connections we discover on the walls, we will discuss the educational philosophy behind Dr. Barnes’s installation, using the formal elements of light, line, color, and space. Like contemporary installation artists, Dr. Barnes and his colleague Violette de Mazia encouraged an out-of-the-box visual experience.

Capacity: 18


Molly Walker

Walker received her MA in museum administration from the University of the Arts in 2013 after completing the Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program as well as coursework in museum education at the Guggenheim Museum. She is an art instructor at the Barnes and an adjunct professor at Lincoln University.