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Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

The Barnes Method

Tuesday, July 7, 10am – 4pm


Ensemble view, Room 2, north wall, Philadelphia. © The Barnes Foundation

$170; members $153

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About the Class

Learn to better understand 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.” We will review the philosophy behind Dr. Barnes’s installation and study how the works in each group connect to one another through the formal elements of light, line, color, and space. We will also reflect on how contemporary installation artists encourage a similar 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.