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This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.
Learn more about the artists and artworks in 30 Americans.
Learn about the importance of the region to favorite artists in the Barnes collection this November.
A free members-only tour of the groundbreaking special exhibition.
This one-hour tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes.
This 90-minute docent-led tour takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public.
A private one-hour tour for you and up to five guests during regular hours.
Join us for casual pop-up talks in the galleries led by our Art Team. Each talk focuses on a specific work of art—it’s a great way to explore the collection and learn something new!
Our Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.
A conversation between two influential artists who are also mother and son, moderated by scholar Li Sumpter.
Tonight, we feature artists who perform as they create, activating their histories, identities, and passions.
Hear the story behind the painting from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 18
This class takes an in-depth look at the major artistic and architectural moments of the ancient world.
Author and curator Denise Murrell traces the evolving representation of the black figure in modernist art.
Join us for a combination of storytime, art making, and movement activities just for kids up to age 5 and their parents or caregivers.
Make festive arts and crafts and see soulful performances from the Philadelphia Jazz Project.
The Barnes Shop is celebrating Museum Store Sunday with special events and discounts.
This December, we’re looking closer at the life, work, and influence of the “father of modern art.”
Learn about the new comic book inspired by the history of Philly jazz with its authors and illustrators.
Hear the story behind the painting from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 19
This lively talk focuses on the intimate, modern scenes created by Renoir and his contemporaries.
Tenor Allen Pinkney, Jr., lends his voice to a dazzling variety of music, exploring its power to heal and elevate the human spirit.
Members are invited to join Barnes staff for a chat about membership at the Foundation and benefits, followed by a docent tour of the collection.
Associate curator Cindy Kang provides an inside look at the special exhibition process at the Barnes.
Hear the story behind the painting from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 2
Hear the story behind the painting in 30 Americans from Tamir Williams, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery
Performance artist William Pope.L joins 30 Americans curator Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw in conversation.
Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying directly in the Barnes galleries.
Explore Matisse’s stunning use of color across major works from the collection.
All artists engage with earlier formal vocabularies in one way or another—even the modernists we often think of as turning tradition on its head.
Trace the evolution of one of the most famous urban planning projects in European history.
Join us for an intensive study of one of the greatest masterpieces in the Barnes collection. Learn why The Card Players is so important in the history of modern art and how it fits into Cézanne’s broader career.
Learn about how influential fashion designers blurred the traditional boundaries between commerce and fine art. Inspired by our Marie Cuttoli exhibition.
Explore major monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting from ancient Egypt in the class taught by our new postdoctoral fellow.
Learn about impressionist color theories and techniques through in-class demonstrations and visits to the Barnes galleries.
In this one-day workshop, explore the complex history of the civil rights movement and Dr. Barnes’s role in championing black culture and integration.
Look closely at the influence of Native American art on Dr. Barnes and on modern art as a whole.
Delve into the life and work of one of the greatest—and most mythologized—painters of the modern era.
Archivist and historian Barbara Anne Beaucar shares the history of the Barnes through authentic archival documents—including a few newly discovered letters.
Get a better sense of why artists like Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol took the art world by storm in the decades after World War II.
Learn about the long and fascinating relationship between these two celebrated painters.
We live in a world saturated with images. Use the principles of the Barnes method to think critically about the images that surround us—in museums, on social media, and beyond.
Explore the complicated relationship between spiritual belief and artistic production. What does religious art tell us about the people who made it?
Examine key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe during the Second World War as well as the work of those who stayed behind.
In conjunction with our spring exhibition, survey the career of Marie Cuttoli, the pioneering entrepreneur who introduced leading modern artists to textiles and tapestry.
Explore the analogies between the visual and the textual. Learn about the various strategies used by painters and writers to create imagery.
Get a better understanding of why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.
Trace the history of tapestry from its princely beginnings in the Middle Ages to its revival by modernist painters and patrons in the 20th century.
Learn about Dr. Barnes’s dialogue with several key figures of the Harlem Renaissance and how this dialogue impacted his approach to education.
A close look at the old masters in the collection and an introduction to earlier painting traditions more broadly.
Learn more about the methods of tapestry design and construction and create your own in the tradition of your favorite era.
Artists and activists from across the African diaspora are imagining new myths and radical visions into reality. Learn about them in this one-day workshop.
Is it possible to paint time? Join us for an investigation into how Monet articulated a new cultural understanding of time in some of his key landscapes.
Explore the visual vocabulary shared by painters and garden designers.
Inspired by our summer exhibition on Elijah Pierce, this workshop details the various modes of modern and contemporary sculpture.
Curator Ellen McBreen brings to light the deeply personal objects that so often found their way into Matisse’s paintings. What is the relationship between 2-D and 3-D in Matisse’s work?
A daylong immersion in close looking and meditation. Enjoy the quiet experience of looking at artwork, with Dr. Barnes’s concepts in mind.
Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way in this one-day workshop.
Explore the history of color in painting through demonstrations and close looking at works in the galleries.
How can art historians, museums, collectors, and critics include artists like Pierce in a fuller and more expansive story of American art?
In this three-day workshop, investigate the intersecting lives and contributions of these three key modern painters.