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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>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.

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.

Barnes West
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Barnes West

Monday, April 3 – Wednesday, July 31
Highlights Tour
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 Tour
Tours

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.

February Spotlight Tour: Paul Cézanne: His Art, His Life
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February Spotlight Tour: Paul Cézanne: His Art, His Life

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

This February, we’re looking closer at the life, work, and influence of the “father of modern art.”

Join Now!
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Join Now!

Friday, February 2 – Friday, May 10
Members-Only Gallery Talk: Pippin’s <i>Giving Thanks</i>
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Members-Only Gallery Talk: Pippin’s Giving Thanks

Sunday, February 25, 10:15 – 11am

Each month, members of our education, research, and curatorial teams present exclusive talks to members. Today, Alison Boyd discusses Horace Pippin in Room 12.

Members-Only Online Tour: Paul Cézanne: His Art, His Life
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Paul Cézanne: His Art, His Life

Tuesday, February 27, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to an exclusive online collection tour focused on works by Paul Cézanne.

Member Previews: <i>Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me</i>
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Member Previews: Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me

Thursday–Saturday, February 29–March 2

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

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Keynote Lecture
Free / Talks

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Keynote Lecture

Thursday, February 29, 6:30 – 8pm

Professor Pamela M. Lee delivers this year's opening lecture, “Eli Whitney, Serial Artist.”

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art
Free / Talks

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art

Friday, March 1, 9:30am – 4pm

Discover current research in art history through presentations and moderated discussions.

March Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women
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March 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.

First Friday: Denise King
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday: Denise King

Friday, March 1, 6 – 9pm

The Philly singer celebrates some of the great women of jazz.

First Friday with AIGA Philadelphia
Nightlife / Social / Special Event

First Friday with AIGA Philadelphia

Friday, March 1, 6 – 9pm

Join fellow creative professionals for an evening of networking and inspiration at the Barnes.

United by Art: Celebrating the Philadelphia Flower Show
Tours / Special Event

United by Art: Celebrating the Philadelphia Flower Show

Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 10

Visit our box office with your Flower Show ticket or PHS membership card to save on admission and tours.

Curator Talk: <i>Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me </i>
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Curator Talk: Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me

Saturday, March 2, 1 – 2pm

Join curator Katy Wan for an enlightening preview of our latest exhibition.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Art of Math
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Art of Math

Sunday, March 3, 9am – 5pm

Learn about how artists use math in their work with fun art activities. See creative student projects and our newest exhibition.

The Bauhaus: Unity of the Arts
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The Bauhaus: Unity of the Arts

Mondays, March 4 – March 25, 12 – 2pm

Delve into the Bauhaus school and movement and explore how we are still unpacking its remarkable legacy. Instructor: Matthew Palczynski

Flower Power: Symbolism and Science in the Barnes Collection
On-Site

Flower Power: Symbolism and Science in the Barnes Collection

Tuesdays, March 5 – March 26, 1 – 3pm

In celebration of spring, take a closer look at floral works in the collection, considering the aesthetics and symbolism of nature in art. Instructor: Amy Gillette

Art and Splendor in Ancient Rome
Online

Art and Splendor in Ancient Rome

Tuesdays, March 5 – March 26, 6 – 8pm

Explore the major achievements of the Roman world by looking closely at key examples of architecture, painting, and sculpture. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Art of the Great Migration
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Art of the Great Migration

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

Examine important works by African American artists who migrated from south to north after the Reconstruction era. Instructor: Michael Williamson

The French Revolution and the Arts
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The French Revolution and the Arts

Wednesdays, March 6 – March 27, 5 – 7pm

Study the cultural, social, and visual changes that occurred during and after the French Revolution. Instructor: André Dombrowski

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

Thursday–Monday, beginning March 7, 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, beginning March 7, 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>
Members

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.

In Focus Gallery Talk: German Master’s <i>Last Supper</i>
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In Focus Gallery Talk: German Master’s Last Supper

Monday, March 11, 3 – 3:30pm

An in-depth discussion about the medieval painting with Penn PhD candidate Elliot Mackin. Free with admission; Room 4

Close-Looking Immersion: Cézanne’s <i>Ginger Jar</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Cézanne’s Ginger Jar

Wednesday, March 13, 12 – 1:30pm

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

ARTZ @ The Museum
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ARTZ @ The Museum

Wednesday, March 13, 1:30 – 2:30pm

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

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

Members-Only Online Tour: Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me

Wednesday, March 13, 2 – 3pm

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

Lecture: Alison Boyd on Albert Barnes’s African Sculpture Collection
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Lecture: Alison Boyd on Albert Barnes’s African Sculpture Collection

Thursday, March 14, 6 – 7pm

Learn how how Dr. Barnes’s collection and display of African art sparked dynamic conversations that still resonate today.

Members-Only Online Tour: Renoir and Women
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Renoir and Women

Tuesday, March 19, 2 – 3pm

Explore Renoir's paintings of women and how they represent different ideals of femininity.

Online Member Orientation
Members

Online Member Orientation

Friday, March 22, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Paintings from an Artist’s Perspective
On-Site

Paintings from an Artist’s Perspective

Wednesdays, April 3 – April 24, 1 – 3pm

This class explores visual imagination from an artist’s point of view, revealing how a painter transforms ideas into physical works of art. Instructor: Stuart Shils

Dutch Art in the Time of Rembrandt and Vermeer: A Look at the “Non-Golden Age”
Online

Dutch Art in the Time of Rembrandt and Vermeer: A Look at the “Non-Golden Age”

Fridays, April 5 – April 26, 12 – 2pm

Examine the masters of the Dutch Golden Age while also considering the social and political issues of the time. Instructor: Ashley West

The Classical Tradition in Modern Art
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The Classical Tradition in Modern Art

Mondays, April 8 – April 29, 6 – 8pm

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

Artists As Cultivators
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Artists As Cultivators

Tuesdays, April 9 – April 30, 6 – 8pm

This course, taught by the curators of the PAFA exhibition, examines how artists use nature to explore issues of American identity. Instructors: Anna O. Marley, Leah Triplett Harrington

Close-Looking Immersion: Picasso’s <i>Acrobat and Young Harlequin </i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Picasso’s Acrobat and Young Harlequin

Wednesday, April 10, 12 – 1:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Cassatt at Work
Online

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.

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.