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The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University

Monday, July 31 – Tuesday, December 31
Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

Free / Social

Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes: Jonathan D. Pinkett

April – June 2019

Painter Jonathan D. Pinkett is our current artist-in-residence.

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Research Notes

Monday, April 30 – Monday, March 30
Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

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#SeeingtheBarnes:
Community Stories

Monday, October 1 – Wednesday, July 31
Talks & Tours

Highlights Tour

Daily, 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.

Talks & Tours

Premier Tour

Daily, 4:30pm; Saturdays, 10am

This 90-minute docent-led tour takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public.

Talks & Tours

Personalized Docent Tour

Available Daily

A private one-hour tour for you and up to five guests during regular hours.

Special Offer

Join Now!

Thursday, February 14 – Friday, May 31
Talks & Tours

Special Exhibition Tour: From Today, Painting Is Dead

Daily, 1 – 2pm

Learn about the innovative photographic processes being developed in the mid-19th century and the creative artists making their mark with the new medium.

Talks & Tours

Afternoons with
the Art Team

Ongoing

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!

Talks & Tours / Members

April Spotlight Tour: The Americans

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This April, find out more about the artists who brought modernism to America and Dr. Barnes’s relationship with them.

Art in Context

The Battle Between Line and Color

Tuesdays, April 23 – May 14, 1 – 3pm

Trace the long-running debate on the relationship between line and color through close looking at paintings in the Barnes collection.

Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture: Makeda Best on the Origins of Social Reform Photography in America

Saturday, April 27, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Explore the early days of photography in the US with Makeda Best, a curator at Harvard Art Museums.

Talks & Tours / Special Offer

Gogh, Mom!

May 1 – 31

Happy Mother’s Day! Take your mom on a tour this May and we’ll treat her with a special gift.

Talks & Tours / Members

May Spotlight Tour: Renoir and His Women

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This May, discover the influence the women in Renoir’s life had on his career.

Members / Special Event!

Member Appreciation Days

Fridays in May

On Fridays in May, members get even more! Free talks and tours, plus extra discounts!

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Member Appreciation Days: Conservation Talk with Barbara Buckley

Friday, May 3, 12 – 1pm

Exciting updates on conservation projects, including an in-depth look at the ongoing study and treatment of Paul Cézanne’s The Large Bathers.

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday!
Dan Blacksberg’s Freilachs Music

Friday, May 3, 6 – 9pm

Trombonist Dan Blacksberg's band plays old-world klezmer with a contemporary sound. Featuring trumpeter Susan Watts.

Free / Talks & Tours

5th Annual Violette de Mazia Lecture and Reception, in Memory of Richard J. Wattenmaker

Saturday, May 4, 11:30am – 2:30pm

Presentations from a biographer, a former student, an archivist, and a historian will shed light on Ms. de Mazia's life and legacy.

Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Creative Creatures

Sunday, May 5, 10am – 5pm

Be inspired by magical creatures, creative stories, and talented young musicians from Philadelphia.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Rousseau’s Scouts Attacked by a Tiger

Monday, May 6, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Ramey Mize, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 14

Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, May 9, 10:30 – 11:15am

Our new Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.

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New Member Reception: From Today, Painting Is Dead

Thursday, May 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Explore From Today, Painting Is Dead: Early Photography in Britain and France and the permanent collection at this special evening reception for new members.

Nightlife / Music / Social

Young Professionals Night: Spot On

Friday, May 10, 7 – 10pm

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

Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, May 16

Join us for a combination of storytime, art making, and movement activities just for kids ages 2–4 and their parents or caregivers.

Members

Member Appreciation Days: Art Team Talks

Friday, May 17, 12 – 1pm

Members of the Barnes Art Team present their exciting new research into the collection.

Nightlife / Performance

Barnes Takeover: “P is for Picture-Theatre”

Saturday, May 18, 8 – 10pm

Local artists take over the Barnes. Will this performance change the way you see the collection?

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Scabello Side Chair

Monday, May 20, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the object from Z. Serena Qiu, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 8

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Member Orientation

Friday, May 24, 10 – 11am

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

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Artist Bash: Bring It

Saturday, May 25, 8 – 11pm

Our seventh Artist Bash features artists who incorporate the audience into their projects and performances.

Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture: Mary Morton on Corot’s Figures

Saturday, June 1, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Curator Mary Morton shares why master landscape painter Camille Corot deserves attention for his figure paintings as well.

Talks & Tours / Members

June Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This June, learn about the friendship that grew between these modern artists while working in Paris.

Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Summer Solstice

Sunday, June 2, 10am – 5pm

Celebrate summer's arrival with floral crafts! Plus, global music by Philly's Drum Like a Lady.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Van Gogh’s Still Life

Monday, June 3, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the object from Ramey Mize, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 2

Art in Context

Homegrown Concerns:
American Modernism c. 1900–1950

Tuesday, June 4, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop explores key artists from one of the most prolific moments in American history, including Alfred Stieglitz, Jacob Lawrence, and Edward Hopper.

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! The Music of Marvin Gaye

Friday, June 7, 6 – 9pm

The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble brings the songs of Marvin Gaye to life with its inventive arrangements.

Nightlife / Performance

Barnes Takeover:
Cookie Diorio

Thursday, June 13, 8 – 10pm

Local artists take over the Barnes. Will this performance change the way you see the collection?

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Matisse’s Three Sisters with an African Sculpture

Monday, June 17, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the object from Z. Serena Qiu, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 19

The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesday, June 18, 10am – 4pm

Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way in this one-day workshop.

Members

Member Previews for I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

Thursday, June 27 – Saturday, June 29

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

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Living Still Life

Tuesday, July 9, 10am – 4pm

In this one-day workshop, learn how the once-humble still life became an important genre in contemporary art.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, July 16, 10am – 4pm

Explore the history and use of color in paintings from the Barnes collection.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Drawing with Scissors

Wednesday, August 6 – Thursday, August 7, 10am – 4pm

Explore the unique cut-paper method developed by Henri Matisse and discover your inner artist with a hands-on lesson.

Art in Context

Bill Viola in Context

Saturday, August 17, 10am – 4pm

A look at the artist’s innovative contributions to video, sound, and installation art as well as the provocative themes that inspire his creations.

Nightlife / Social

2019 Barnes Art Ball

Thursday, October 24

Join us this fall for a celebration of Henri Matisse’s 150th birthday and a preview of the contemporary art exhibition 30 Americans.