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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 – Monday, November 1

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

Group Tours
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Group Tours

Thursday, March 15 – Wednesday, March 16
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.

READ Praxis
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READ Praxis

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

New online classes curated monthly

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

Art Education Classes
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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.

Members-Only Online Talks
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Members-Only Online Talks

Ongoing

Members can learn more about favorite works or artists in the collection, discover archival treasures, and see conservation practices behind the scenes.

Give the Gift of a Barnes Class
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Give the Gift of a Barnes Class

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 31

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

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, 10, 10:30 & 11am

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 four guests.

Private Virtual Tours
Talks & Tours / Online

Private Virtual Tours

Available Now

Visit the Barnes without leaving home! Book a custom online tour for your friends, family, or colleagues

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

September Spotlight Tour: Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde
Talks & Tours / Members

September Spotlight Tour: Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde

Thursday–Monday, 1 – 2pm

Take a closer look at the work of Van Gogh and his radical contemporaries.

Join Now!
Special Offer

Join Now!

Wednesday, September 15 – Tuesday, November 30
Demuth, Hartley, Sexuality, and American Modernism
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Demuth, Hartley, Sexuality, and American Modernism

Tuesdays, September 21 – October 12, 4 – 6pm

Barnes director Thom Collins teaches this special course exploring the work of two major American modernists against the backdrop of gay and lesbian history.

Online Curatorial Preview: <i>Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel</i>
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Online Curatorial Preview: Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel

Wednesday, September 22, 4 – 5pm

Members are invited to an in-depth virtual preview of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel ahead of its world premiere.

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes&nbspCollection
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Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection

Wednesday, September 22, 5:30 – 6:30pm

A free virtual tour of the collection for members. See details of favorite artworks like never before.

Member Previews: <i>Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel</i>
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Member Previews: Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel

Friday, September 24, and Saturday, September 25
11am – 5pm

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

Members-Only Art Team Morning
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Members-Only Art Team Morning

Sunday, September 26, 10:15 – 11am

Each month, members of our Art Team present their ongoing research on the collection to members.

Lecture: Nancy Ireson on Suzanne Valadon
Talks & Tours

Lecture: Nancy Ireson on Suzanne Valadon

Sunday, September 26, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Curator Nancy Ireson provides a lively introduction to our fall exhibition, Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel.

Special Exhibition Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Talks & Tours

Special Exhibition Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Daily beginning October 1, 1 – 2pm

Trace the fascinating career of the groundbreaking artist in this docent-led tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel.

Private Exhibition Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Private Exhibition Tour: Suzanne Valadon

October 1, 2021–January 9, 2022

Tour our newest exhibition and learn about Valadon’s extraordinary life. This tour is a private one-hour experience for you and up to four guests.

October Spotlight Tour: Wicked Paris: The Lure of Montmartre
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October Spotlight Tour: Wicked Paris: The Lure of Montmartre

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn about the revolutionary artists drawn to the bohemian neighborhood at the turn of the 20th century.

First Friday!<br>Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday!
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Friday, October 1, 6 – 9pm

Tonight, Black Pearl brings a diverse mix of classical music styles. Plus, see an opening performance by a student from the Curtis Institute of Music.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Wellness
Free / Family / Social

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Wellness

Sunday, October 3, 10am – 5pm

Free access to the collection and Suzanne Valadon exhibition, plus family activities on-site! Join us for art, games, and stories that teach about health and wellness.

Facing Change: Health
Free / Talks & Tours / Online

Facing Change: Health

Monday, October 4, 6 – 7:30pm

In our Facing Change series, artists, scholars, and community activists explore issues related to race in America.

The Decisions Artists Make
On-Site / Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Decisions Artists Make

Wednesdays, October 6 – October 27, 11am – 1pm

Explore how the creative choices made by artists communicate their vision and affect the viewer’s experience.

No Apologies: Suzanne Valadon
On-Site / Art in Context

No Apologies: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesdays, October 6 – October 27, 1 – 3pm

Suzanne Valadon is the subject of our fall exhibition. Learn more about the life and work of this radical French painter and get special access to the show.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Members-Only Online Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesday, October 6, 2 – 3pm

A free online tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel for members.

Online Class: Mexican Muralism
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Mexican Muralism

Thursdays, October 7 – October 28, 10am – 12pm

Examine the origins and development of the Mexican muralist movement in the 20th century, with a focus on Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, October 7, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

Online Class: Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism

Thursdays, October 7 – October 28, 6 – 8pm

Explore Pissarro’s practice, his relationships with other artists, and his influence on the evolution of modern art in the late 19th century.

Online Class: History of Modern Design
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: History of Modern Design

Fridays, October 8 – October 29, 12 – 2pm

This course traces major moments in the history of modern design, including material innovations and the ideas behind Bauhaus, art deco, postmodernism, and other movements.

Online Class: The Nude in France: From the Ideal to the Real
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: The Nude in France: From the Ideal to the Real

Saturdays, October 9 – October 30, 11am – 1pm

From the playful boudoir scenes of the rococo to the provocative working-class models of the avant-garde, this course explores the critical transformation of the nude over the 19th century.

In Focus Gallery Talk: Rousseau’s <i>The Past and the Present, or Philosophical Thought</i>
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In Focus Gallery Talk: Rousseau’s The Past and the Present, or Philosophical Thought

Monday, October 11, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Jalen Chang, a PhD candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 19

Members-Only Online Tour: Wicked Paris
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Members-Only Online Tour: Wicked Paris

Tuesday, October 12, 10 – 11am

Learn about the revolutionary artists drawn to bohemian Montmartre at the turn of the 20th century in this virtual collection tour.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, October 14, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

2021 Barnes Art Ball
Nightlife / Social

2021 Barnes Art Ball

Friday, October 15

Join us for a celebration of art, community, and philanthropy. Enjoy creative encounters and see the new exhibition Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel.

Online Member Orientation
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Online Member Orientation

Friday, October 15, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Lecture: Aruna D’Souza on Linda Nochlin’s Essay
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Lecture: Aruna D’Souza on Linda Nochlin’s Essay

Saturday, October 16, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Learn how the art world has changed in the 50 years since the groundbreaking essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” was published.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesday, October 20, 2 – 3pm

A free online tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel for members.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, October 21, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

November Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
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November Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

This tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection—Degas, Renoir, Modigliani, and more—who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

Another Jasper Johns
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Another Jasper Johns

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

Learn about the life and work of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. Just in time for the major Johns retrospective at the PMA this fall.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, November 4, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

First Friday! <br>Unison feat. Joanna Pascale
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday!
Unison feat. Joanna Pascale

Friday, November 5, 6 – 9pm

Jazz group Unison shakes up the classic Philly sound with inventive instrumentation. Tonight, they're joined by singer Joanna Pascale.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Wings
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PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Wings

Sunday, November 7, 10am – 5pm

Free access to the collection and Suzanne Valadon exhibition, plus family activities on-site! Join us for artful games and storytime, plus a performance by Native Nations Dance Theater.

In Focus Gallery Talk: Valadon’s <i>Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte</i>
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In Focus Gallery Talk: Valadon’s Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte

Monday, November 8, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Jalen Chang, a PhD candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery

Poems and Paintings
On-Site / The Barnes Method

Poems and Paintings

Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 10am – 12pm

Discover analogies between the visual and the textual. Learn about the various strategies used by painters and writers to create imagery.

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

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 12 – 2pm

Get a better understanding of why Dr. Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesday, November 10, 2 – 3pm

A free online tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel for members.

Online Class: Posers: A History of the Artist’s Model in European Painting
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Posers: A History of the Artist’s Model in European Painting

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

This course explores the behind-the-scenes realities of the artist’s model across time, focusing especially on the class and gender dynamics of the 19th-century studio.

Online Class: <i>Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation</i>: Learn from the Authors
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation: Learn from the Authors

Thursdays, November 11 – December 9, 1 – 3pm

A special course team-taught by the authors of our much-anticipated new catalogue about the Cézannes in the Barnes collection. The book—and the class—are the culmination of years of research.

Online Class: Artistic Exchange along the Silk Road
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Artistic Exchange along the Silk Road

Thursdays, November 11 – December 9, 4 – 6pm

Along with goods, ancient trade routes led to an exchange of art and ideas. This course explores the visual cultures of empires that rose and fell along this storied network.

Member Orientation
Members

Member Orientation

Friday, November 12, 10 – 11:30am

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

Artist Bash: Vagina Chorus
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Artist Bash: Vagina Chorus

Friday, November 12, 7 – 10pm

Join us for a one-of-a-kind performance that combines technology, theater, and physical therapy–inspired choreography.

Lecture: Carl Walsh on Ancient Egypt
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Lecture: Carl Walsh on Ancient Egypt

Saturday, November 13, 11:30am – 12:30pm

This talk spotlights our collection of Egyptian objects and explores the ways in which museums can engage audiences with ancient Egypt more ethically and equitably.

Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Tuesday, November 16, 2 – 3pm

This virtual collection tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes&nbspCollection
Members / Online

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection

Wednesday, November 17, 5:30 – 6:30pm

A free virtual tour of the collection for members. See details of favorite artworks like never before.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, November 18, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

Online Talk: <i>Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation</i>: A Conversation with the Editors
Talks & Tours / Online

Online Talk: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation: A Conversation with the Editors

Thursday, November 18, 5 – 6:30pm

The editors of our newest collection catalogue discuss the project and the significance of the Barnes’s Cézannes in the artist’s career.

December Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
Talks & Tours

December Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

This tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection—Degas, Renoir, Modigliani, and more—who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, December 2, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

First Friday! Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters

Friday, December 3, 6 – 9pm

Led by poet and vocalist Yolanda Wisher, the Philly jazz band performs music from its debut album.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Faces
Free / Family / Social

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Faces

Sunday, December 5, 10am – 5pm

Free access to the collection and Suzanne Valadon exhibition, plus family activities on-site! This month we have fun games, storytime, and dance performances.

Online Class: Monet and Modernism
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Monet and Modernism

Tuesdays, December 7 – December 28, 2 – 4pm

This course explores Monet’s work and contributions to modernism in the 20th century and beyond.

Online Member Orientation
Members

Online Member Orientation

Thursday, December 9, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Lecture: Caetlin Benson-Allott on the Female Gaze
Talks & Tours

Lecture: Caetlin Benson-Allott on the Female Gaze

Saturday, December 11, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Join a film and media expert for a look at how contemporary filmmakers, critics, and scholars are redefining the female gaze in the 21st century.

In Focus Gallery Talk: <i>Madame Cézanne with Green Hat</i>
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Madame Cézanne with Green Hat

Monday, December 13, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Jalen Chang, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Main Gallery

Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Tuesday, December 14, 2 – 3pm

This virtual collection tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesday, December 15, 2 – 3pm

A free online tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel for members.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, December 16, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.