About the Class
Join us in the galleries for an introduction to the remarkable history and extraordinary collections of the Barnes Foundation.
Learn about the major artworks in the galleries—from Van Gogh’s Postman to Matisse’s Dance mural to Fang sculpture from equatorial Africa—and why many of these works were so controversial when Albert Barnes purchased them nearly one hundred years ago. Find out why Dr. Barnes rejected museum conventions and arranged his collection in such an unusual way, and how that arrangement connects to the Barnes’s progressive educational mission. Perfect for first-time students—but also for those who already know the Barnes and want to learn more.
Topics covered include:
The early years: Albert Barnes, early collecting, European modernism
What’s with the quirky Installation? Education and democracy on the gallery wall
The role of African art
A global approach: modern art and traditions from around the world
Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes. She holds a PhD in late Roman and early medieval art history from Temple University and has worked as a field archeologist. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.
Lucy is the deputy director for research, interpretation and education at the Barnes. As an art historian, she specializes in modern European art and visual culture. She is the coauthor of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation and has published articles and essays on topics ranging from the early charcoals of Odilon Redon to contemporary installation art.
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.
A member of the Barnes Art Team, Williamson studied at Yale University and the Milton Avery Graduate School of Bard College. He taught art history and studio art for nearly 30 years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Williamson has an active art practice and has shown his paintings locally.
The Barnes Method
Courses in the Barnes Method follow the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia. Classes focus on rigorous formal analysis and direct visual engagement with works of art. In this method, close looking at art helps build critical-thinking skills that can be carried beyond the gallery walls.