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The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University
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The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University

Monday, July 31 – Friday, December 30

Visitors are invited to explore the grounds and learn about our rare plants and breathtaking blooms.

Group Visits
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Group Visits

Thursday, March 15 – Wednesday, January 31
Research Notes: <br>January 2019
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Research Notes:
January 2019

Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1
Research Notes: May 2019
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Research Notes: May 2019

Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1
Research Notes: <br>March 2019
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Research Notes:
March 2019

Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1
#SeeingtheBarnes: <br>Community Stories
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#SeeingtheBarnes:
Community Stories

Monday, October 1 – Sunday, December 31
Research Notes: July 2019
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Research Notes: July 2019

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: September 2019
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Research Notes: September 2019

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: <br>May 2021
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Research Notes:
May 2021

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: <br> November 2019
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Research Notes:
November 2019

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: <br>January 2020
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Research Notes:
January 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: <br>March 2020
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Research Notes:
March 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: <br>May 2020
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Research Notes:
May 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: <br>September 2020
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Research Notes:
September 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: <br>December 2020
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Research Notes:
December 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: <br>July 2021
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Research Notes:
July 2021

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: December 2021
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Research Notes: December 2021

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Research Notes: <br>May 2022
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Research Notes:
May 2022

Tuesday, April 30 – Wednesday, March 1

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

Research Notes: <br>March 2022
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Research Notes:
March 2022

Tuesday, April 30 – Wednesday, March 1

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

READ Praxis
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READ Praxis

A one-of-a-kind professional development program
Art Education at the Barnes
Lifelong Learning

Art Education at the Barnes

New classes curated monthly

Learn about art and the Barnes collection from home with online courses.

Art Education Classes
Online / On-Site

Art Education Classes

New offerings every month

Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes with a full array of online and on-site classes.

The Barnes–de Mazia Certificate Program
Certificate Programs

The Barnes–de Mazia Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

Gift a Barnes Class
Special Offer

Gift a Barnes Class

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 8

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

Give the Gift of the Barnes: Tickets, Classes, and More
Special Offer

Give the Gift of the Barnes: Tickets, Classes, and More

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 8

Give the gift of the Barnes to family, friends, and colleagues.

Barnes from Home: Family Art Time
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Barnes from Home: Family Art Time

Ongoing

Kids and their adults can create art and learn from artists and objects in the Barnes collection.

Highlights Tour
Talks & Tours

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 Tours
Talks & Tours

Private Collection Tours

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.

Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Art Education
Barnes100 / Centennial

Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Art Education

All year long

This year, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Barnes Foundation with groundbreaking special exhibitions and innovative programs.

Member Introduction: <i>Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die)</i>
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Member Introduction: Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die)

Thursdays, June 23–September 1, 2 – 2:15pm

Enjoy a docent-led introduction to Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die) before viewing the video art exhibition.

July Spotlight Tour: When Art Is Magic
Talks & Tours / Members

July Spotlight Tour: When Art Is Magic

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

This enchanted journey through the collection highlights our most spellbinding works.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Between the Lines
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Between the Lines

Sunday, July 3, 10am – 5pm

This month, we celebrate reading, writing, and the new graphic novel BLAM! (Black Lives Always Mattered!).

Understanding Video Art
Online / Art in Context

Understanding Video Art

Wednesdays, July 6 – July 27, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Matthew Feliz

Toddler Time
Family / Social

Toddler Time

Saturday, July 9, 10 – 11am

Toddler Time is back! Join us for art activities, stories, and an adventure through the galleries.

Building the City of Light: Impressionism in Haussmann’s Paris
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Building the City of Light: Impressionism in Haussmann’s Paris

Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14
12 – 2pm

Instructor: Elizabeth Lovett

Post-Impressionism in the Barnes Collection
Online / Art in Context

Post-Impressionism in the Barnes Collection

Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14
3 – 5pm

Instructor: Kedra Kearis

Online Member Orientation
Members

Online Member Orientation

Friday, July 15, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Byzantine Tradition in the Barnes Collection
On-Site / Art in Context

Byzantine Tradition in the Barnes Collection

Tuesday, July 19, 10am – 4pm

Instructors: Amy Gillette, Kaelin Jewell

Members-Only Online Tour: When Art Is Magic
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: When Art Is Magic

Tuesday, July 19, 10 – 11am

A virtual tour through the collection to see how artists like Cézanne, Seurat, and Pippin create their spellbinding works.

Impressionism and Japonisme
On-Site / Art in Context

Impressionism and Japonisme

Wednesday, July 20, 10am – 4pm

Instructor: Matthew Palczynski

Members-Only Gallery Talk
Members

Members-Only Gallery Talk

Sunday, July 24, 10:15 – 11am

Each month, members of our Adult Education team present their ongoing research on the collection to members.

August Spotlight Tour: When Art Is Magic
Talks & Tours / Members

August Spotlight Tour: When Art Is Magic

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

This enchanted journey through the collection highlights our most spellbinding works.

Isaac Julien in Focus
On-Site / Art in Context

Isaac Julien in Focus

Tuesday, August 2, 10am – 4pm

Instructor: TK Smith

Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception

Tuesday, August 2, 10am – 4pm

Instructors: Kaelin Jewell, Carl Walsh

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles
On-Site / The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Wednesday, August 3, 10am – 4pm

Instructor: William Perthes

Ancient Greek Art in Context
Online / Art in Context

Ancient Greek Art in Context

Wednesdays, August 3 – August 24, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Madeleine Glennon

First Friday! Omar’s Hat & BlackStar Film Festival
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Omar’s Hat & BlackStar Film Festival

Friday, August 5, 6 – 9pm

Enjoy an evening of art and live performances by the Philly music collective Omar's Hat.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Rhythm and Beat
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Rhythm and Beat

Sunday, August 7, 10am – 5pm

Enjoy global rhythms and beats with the Steve Weiss Mallet Festival, and find stories about music and melodies in our galleries.

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection

Wednesday, August 10, 5:30 – 6:30pm

See favorite works like never before, with up-close looks that reveal more about the art and artist.

The Traditions of Art
Online / The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Mondays, August 22 – December 5, 1 – 4pm

Instructor: Kedra Kearis

Monet and the Instant
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Monet and the Instant

Monday, August 22 – Thursday, August 25
3 – 5pm

Instructor: André Dombrowski

Members-Only Online Tour: When Art Is Magic
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: When Art Is Magic

Tuesday, August 23, 10 – 11am

A virtual tour through the collection to see how artists like Cézanne, Seurat, and Pippin create their spellbinding works.

Member Orientation
Members

Member Orientation

Friday, August 26, 10 – 11:30am

Learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes and take a guided tour of the collection.

The Elements of Art
On-Site / The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, August 30 – December 13, 1 – 4pm

Instructor: William Perthes

Collection Concentration: Medieval Modern
On-Site / The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Medieval Modern

Tuesdays, August 30 – December 13, 6 – 9pm

Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Pennsylvania German Decorative Arts
On-Site / Art in Context

Pennsylvania German Decorative Arts

Tuesdays, August 30 – September 20, 7 – 9pm

Instructor: Lisa Minardi

September Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and <i>The Dance</i>
Talks & Tours / Members

September Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and The Dance

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Tour our collection of paintings by Henri Matisse and learn how a visit to the Barnes collection was a pivotal moment in the artist's career.

The Elements of Art
Online / The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Thursdays, September 1 – December 8, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Kedra Kearis

First Friday! V. Shayne Frederick
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! V. Shayne Frederick

Friday, September 2, 6 – 9pm

Jazz vocalist, pianist, and composer V. Shayne Frederick performs.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: A Philly Renaissance
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: A Philly Renaissance

Sunday, September 4, 10am – 5pm

Tap, jazz, poetry, and more! Today, we look at how the Harlem Renaissance still influences life, art, and culture in Philadelphia today.

Learning to See
Online / On-Site / The Barnes Method

Learning to See

Wednesdays, September 7 – September 28, 12 – 2pm

Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

The Birth of Fashion in the 19th Century
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

The Birth of Fashion in the 19th Century

Wednesdays, September 7 – September 28, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Caterina Y. Pierre

What Is Beauty?
Online / Art in Context

What Is Beauty?

Wednesdays, September 7 – September 28, 3 – 5pm

Instructor: Casey Haskins

Orientalism
Online / Art in Context

Orientalism

Wednesdays, September 7 – September 28, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Naina Saligram

Indivisible: Threads of American Art
Online / Art in Context

Indivisible: Threads of American Art

Thursdays, September 8 – September 29, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Matthew Palczynski

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—Reflections on the Installation
Talks & Tours / Centennial

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—Reflections on the Installation

Saturday, September 10, 11am – noon

Featuring art historians Dario Gamboni and Martha Lucy, and moderated by Monique Scott, this candid discussion explores Dr. Barnes’s famously quirky ensembles.

Reading: Dario Gamboni on “Learning to See”
Talks & Tours

Reading: Dario Gamboni on “Learning to See”

Saturday, September 10, 1:30 – 2:30pm

The art historian reads from his 2019 book The Museum as Experience, which focuses on the Barnes Foundation as a collector's museum.

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—On Our Relationship with Lincoln University
Talks & Tours / Centennial

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—On Our Relationship with Lincoln University

Thursday, September 15, 6 – 7pm

Lincoln University president Brenda Allen and Barnes director Thom Collins explore the institutions' complicated history and promising future. Moderated by Roxanne Patel Shepalavy.

Online Member Orientation
Members

Online Member Orientation

Friday, September 16, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Members-Only Online Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and <i>The Dance</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and The Dance

Tuesday, September 20, 10 – 11am

Study paintings by Matisse and learn how The Dance reinvigorated the artist in the later years of his career.

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—Close Looking at the Education Program
Talks & Tours / Centennial

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—Close Looking at the Education Program

Wednesday, September 21, 6 – 7pm

Rika Burnham and William Perthes discuss the “objective method” of looking at art developed by Albert Barnes in the 1920s and what we can learn from it now. Moderated by Monique Scott.

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—Reflections on Art and Social Justice
Talks & Tours / Centennial

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—Reflections on Art and Social Justice

Wednesday, September 28, 6 – 7pm

Jane Golden and Val Gay explore the egalitarian beliefs underpinning Albert Barnes’s creation of the Foundation in 1922. Moderated by Roxanne Patel Shepalavy.

October Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and <i>The Dance</i>
Talks & Tours / Members

October Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and The Dance

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Tour our collection of paintings by Henri Matisse and learn how a visit to the Barnes collection was a pivotal moment in the artist's career.

Visual Cultures of Latin America, 15th–19th Centuries
Online / Art in Context

Visual Cultures of Latin America, 15th–19th Centuries

Thursdays, October 6 – October 27, 3 – 5pm

Instructor: David Kim

The School of Paris
Online / Art in Context

The School of Paris

Mondays, October 10 – October 31, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Joseph Tokumasu Field

Imagining Hell, from Giotto to Grosz
Online / Art in Context

Imagining Hell, from Giotto to Grosz

Mondays, October 10 – October 31, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Sheila Barker

Chinese Art in the Barnes Collection
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Chinese Art in the Barnes Collection

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 12 – 2pm

Instructor: Xiuqin Zhou

The Painted Garden
On-Site / The Barnes Method

The Painted Garden

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 12 – 2pm

Instructor: Christine Stoughton

Matisse and Color
On-Site / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Matisse and Color

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 2 – 4pm

Instructor: Michael Williamson

Art and the Brain: Your Brain on Art
Online / Art in Context

Art and the Brain: Your Brain on Art

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Karen A. Baskerville

European Painting and the Arts of Africa, 1900–1918
Online / Art in Context

European Painting and the Arts of Africa, 1900–1918

Wednesdays, October 12 – November 2, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Naina Saligram

2022 Centennial Barnes Art Ball
Nightlife / Social / Centennial

2022 Centennial Barnes Art Ball

Friday, October 21

Join us for a celebration of art, community, and philanthropy. The Art Ball marks the Foundation’s centennial, tenth anniversary on the Parkway, and the new exhibition Modigliani Up Close.

German Expressionism: Revolution and Resistance
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

German Expressionism: Revolution and Resistance

Tuesdays, November 1 – November 22, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Ty Vanover

Sacred Spaces: Objects of Devotion in the Barnes Collection
On-Site / Art in Context

Sacred Spaces: Objects of Devotion in the Barnes Collection

Tuesdays, November 8 – November 29, 2 – 4pm

Instructor: Amy Gillette

Light in Art
Online / On-Site / The Barnes Method

Light in Art

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Seurat: Pointillism or the New Impressionism
Online / Art in Context

Seurat: Pointillism or the New Impressionism

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 3 – 5pm

Instructor: Kedra Kearis

Early Modern Artists of Montmartre in the Barnes Collection
Online / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Early Modern Artists of Montmartre in the Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Al Gury

Exhibition Class: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Online / Art in Context

Exhibition Class: Modigliani Up Close

Thursdays, November 10 – December 8, 1 – 3pm

Instructors: Barbara Buckley, Simonetta Fraquelli, Matthew Gale, Vivian Greene, Nancy Ireson, Margaret Little

Hearing Painting, Seeing Music
Online / Art in Context

Hearing Painting, Seeing Music

Thursdays, November 10 – December 8, 6 – 8pm

Instructors: Hannah Chan-Hartley, Corrinne Chong

<i>Matisse in the 1930s</i>: The Exhibition in Context
Online / Art in Context

Matisse in the 1930s: The Exhibition in Context

Fridays, November 11 – December 9, 12 – 2pm

Instructors: Camran Mani, Ellen McBreen

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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