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Decoding Barnes's Ensembles

The Barnes Method

Saturdays, September 22 – October 27, 9 – 11am

Ensemble view, Room 7, east wall, Philadelphia. Image © The Barnes Foundation

$250; members $225

(6 classes)

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 Foundation and an adjunct professor at Lincoln University.