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Research Notes: <br>June 2023
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Research Notes:
June 2023

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, February 28

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes’s curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>August 2023
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Research Notes:
August 2023

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, February 28

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes’s curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>March 2024
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Research Notes:
March 2024

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, February 28

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes’s curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>October 2023
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Research Notes:
October 2023

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, February 28

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes’s curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Barnes West
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Barnes West

Celebrating culture, creativity, and community voices
Highlights Tour
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Highlights Tour

Thursday–Monday, 11:30am & 1:30pm

This one-hour tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes.

Private Collection Tour
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Private Collection Tour

Thursday–Monday

Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes. This tour is a private one-hour experience for you and up to seven guests.

Gift a Barnes Class
Special Offer / Online / On-Site

Gift a Barnes Class

Ongoing

Give the gift of lifelong learning with art history classes taught by Barnes experts.

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Friday, February 2 – Friday, May 10
Exhibition Tour: <i>Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me</i>
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Exhibition Tour: Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Trace the indelible mark that Brodovitch left on a generation of artists, designers, and publishers.

Private Exhibition Tour: <i>Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me</i>
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Private Exhibition Tour: Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me

Thursday–Monday, 10am, 11am, 2pm

This tour is a private one-hour experience for up to seven guests.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me</i>
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Members-Only Tour: Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me

Thursdays, March 7 – May 16, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive tours of Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me in the Roberts Gallery.

April Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women
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April Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn how the women in Renoir’s life influenced his career and found their way onto his canvases.

The Classical Tradition in Modern Art
Online

The Classical Tradition in Modern Art

Mondays, April 15 – May 6, 6 – 8pm

Learn how some modern artists looked to classical myths, artifacts, and ideas for inspiration. Instructor: Naina Saligram

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Thursday, April 18 – Saturday, August 31
Fashion Photography: The Magazine as Canvas
Online / Exhibition-Related

Fashion Photography: The Magazine as Canvas

Wednesdays, April 24 – May 15, 6:30 – 8pm

Survey the key artists who blurred the lines between fine art and commercial photography, forever changing print media. Instructor: Stephanie Sporn

Online Member Orientation
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Online Member Orientation

Friday, April 26, 10:30 – 11:30am

New members are invited to join us online to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.

Works on Paper in the Barnes Collection
On-Site

Works on Paper in the Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, May 1 – May 22, 1 – 3pm

Explore the Barnes collection’s rich array of works on paper, including images in ink, graphite, watercolor, tempera, pastel, and gouache. Instructor: Christine Stoughton

May Spotlight Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories—El Greco to Pippin to Van Gogh
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May Spotlight Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories—El Greco to Pippin to Van Gogh

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Look closely at collection works that use a variety of techniques to create meaningful narratives.

Portraiture at the Barnes: From the 15th Century to Modernism
Online

Portraiture at the Barnes: From the 15th Century to Modernism

Thursdays, May 2 – May 23, 6 – 8pm

Uncover the wide range of expression that portraits at the Barnes offer. Instructor: Laura L. Watts

Member Appreciation Days
Members / Special Event

Member Appreciation Days

Fridays in May

This May, members get even more—join us for exclusive talks and extra discounts.

Member Appreciation Talk: André Dombrowski on Monet
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Member Appreciation Talk: André Dombrowski on Monet

Friday, May 3, 12 – 1pm

Learn how Claude Monet represented time in his groundbreaking works.

The Japanese American Century: Noguchi, Nakashima, and Asawa
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The Japanese American Century: Noguchi, Nakashima, and Asawa

Fridays, May 3 – May 24, 1 – 3pm

Examine the critical contributions Japanese American artists made to the 20th-century art world. Instructor: Joseph Tokumasu Field

First Friday: Ben O’Neill
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday: Ben O’Neill

Friday, May 3, 6 – 9pm

The Philadelphia guitarist and singer-songwriter performs new music tonight.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: The Spirit of Art and Music
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: The Spirit of Art and Music

Sunday, May 5, 10am – 5pm

Enjoy fun art activities, performances, and free access to the collection and Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me.

(re)FOCUS 2024 Panel: Women Who Run Galleries
Free / Talks

(re)FOCUS 2024 Panel: Women Who Run Galleries

Monday, May 6, 2 – 3:30pm

Join us for a conversation with prominent women gallerists, organized with the festival (re)FOCUS 2024.

Members-Only Evening Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories
Members

Members-Only Evening Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories

Monday, May 6, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Members are invited to an exclusive evening tour exploring all the techniques artists use to create narratives.

Exploring Pictorial Space
On-Site / Barnes Method

Exploring Pictorial Space

Tuesdays, May 7 – May 28, 1 – 3pm

Take a closer look at the ways artists create the illusion of depth in paintings and other works of two-dimensional art. Instructor: Michael Williamson

Close-Looking Immersion: Matisse’s <i>Red Madras Headdress</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Matisse’s Red Madras Headdress

Wednesday, May 8, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions focuses on individual works in the collection. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

ARTZ @ The Museum
Tours

ARTZ @ The Museum

Wednesday, May 8, 1:30 – 2:30pm

This program provides free access to the Barnes for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Mother’s Day Weekend at the Barnes
Tours / Special Event

Mother’s Day Weekend at the Barnes

Thursday, May 9 – Sunday, May 12

Give Mom the gift of inspiration this May—brunch, art, tours, and more.

Member Appreciation Talk: Alison Boyd on the Barnes’s Prehistory
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Member Appreciation Talk: Alison Boyd on the Barnes’s Prehistory

Friday, May 10, 12 – 1pm

Learn about the surprising roots of our education program with our director of research and interpretation.

Young Professionals Night: Astonish Me
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Young Professionals Night: Astonish Me

Friday, May 10, 7 – 10pm

After-hours art, style, and music await Philadelphia’s young leaders and Barnes Contemporaries members.

In Focus Gallery Talk: <i>Christ Carrying the Cross</i>
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In Focus Gallery Talk: Christ Carrying the Cross

Monday, May 13, 3 – 3:30pm

An in-depth discussion about the medieval painting with Penn PhD candidate Elliot Mackin. Free with admission; Room 21

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me

Wednesday, May 15, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to an exclusive online tour of Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me.

Member Appreciation Talk: Nina Holland on Brodovitch's <i>Ballet</i>
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Member Appreciation Talk: Nina Holland on Brodovitch's Ballet

Friday, May 17, 12 – 1pm

Learn about the making and remaking of Alexey Brodovitch's influential 1945 photobook, Ballet.

Members-Only Online Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories

Tuesday, May 21, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to a virtual tour exploring all the techniques artists use to create narratives.

June Spotlight Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories—El Greco to Pippin to Van Gogh
Tours

June Spotlight Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories—El Greco to Pippin to Van Gogh

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Look closely at collection works that use a variety of techniques to create meaningful narratives.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Cultivating Culture
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Cultivating Culture

Sunday, June 2, 10am – 5pm

Enjoy fun art activities, free access to the collection, and special performances that celebrate cultural traditions in Philadelphia.

Mary Cassatt at Work
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Mary Cassatt at Work

Tuesdays, June 4 – June 25, 4 – 6pm

Explore Cassatt's methods, materials, and contributions to modernism with the curators of the PMA exhibition. Instructors: Laurel Garber, Jennifer Thompson.

Artist Conversation: Mark Thomas Gibson
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Artist Conversation: Mark Thomas Gibson

Tuesday, June 4, 6 – 7pm

The artist and educator discusses his creative process and his work with the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora.

First Friday: Philadelphia Latino Arts & Film Festival
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday: Philadelphia Latino Arts & Film Festival

Friday, June 7, 6 – 9pm

Enjoy an evening of art, live music, film, and cocktails at our monthly First Friday mixer, presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Latino Arts & Film Festival.

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection

Wednesday, June 12, 5:30 – 6:30pm

This exclusive online tour offers members up-close views of favorite artworks.

Member Orientation
Members

Member Orientation

Friday, June 14, 10 – 11:30am

New members are invited to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.

Member Previews: <i>Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes</i>
Members

Member Previews: Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes

Thursday–Saturday, June 20–22

As a member, see our latest exhibition before the public opening.

Members-Only Online Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories

Tuesday, June 25, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to a virtual tour exploring techniques artists use to create narratives.

Exhibition Tour: <i>Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes</i>
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Exhibition Tour: Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes

Thursday–Monday, beginning June 27, 1pm

Get a fresh perspective on Henri Matisse and Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the Roberts Gallery.

Private Exhibition Tour: <i>Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes</i>
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Private Exhibition Tour: Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes

Thursday–Monday, beginning June 27, 10am, 11am, 2pm

This tour is a private one-hour experience for up to seven guests.

The Barnes–de Mazia Certificate Program
Certificate Program

The Barnes–de Mazia Certificate Program

Ongoing

This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes Method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Program / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.