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Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

The Barnes Method

Tuesday, June 18, 10am – 4pm


Ensemble view, Gallery 7, west wall, Philadelphia. © The Barnes Foundation

$150; members $135

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

About the Class

Learn to better understand why 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.” We will discuss the educational philosophy behind Dr. Barnes’s installation and explore how the works in each group connect to one another through the formal elements of light, line, color, and space. We will also look at the way contemporary installation artists encourage a similar out-of-the-box visual experience.

Capacity: 18


Molly Walker

Walker is an art instructor at the Barnes and an adjunct professor at Lincoln University.