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Wednesday, February 14 – Thursday, May 31
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour: Rousseau: Monkeys, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!

Friday, June 1 – Saturday, June 30
Learn about Henri Rousseau and the inspirations behind his exotic landscapes in our June Spotlight Tour.
Talks & Tours / Members

Renoir: Father and Son Special Exhibition and Collection Tour

Monday, June 4 – Monday, September 3
Start in the exhibition and then move into the collection, focusing on works that illuminate the fascinating dialogue between father and son.

Membership Flash Sale

Monday, June 25 – Saturday, June 30
Now through Friday, June 29, you can save 15% on Contributor, Supporter, and Sustainer memberships
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, June 26, 10am – 4pm
An in-depth look at the color techniques of painters working in oil across a range of artistic movements—from old master painting to impressionism to fauvism.
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Summer Games

Sunday, July 1, 10am – 5pm
Celebrate summer with creative play at the Barnes! Join us for free art, crafts, film, and performances by the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre.
Talks & Tours / Film

BlackStar at the Barnes

Sunday, July 1, 3 – 4:30pm
BlackStar Film Festival will be at the Barnes for a special screening of 2017’s Best of the Fest Short Films Program.
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour: Dr. Barnes’s Favorites

Monday, July 2 – Monday, July 30
Find out which artists and works Dr. Barnes loved—or merely liked—in our July Spotlight Tour.
Talks & Tours

North Philly Peace Park: Designing for Light, Life, and the Afrofuture of North Philly

Friday, July 6, 5:30 – 7pm
Join us for a discussion about the design and development process for the park's Peace Pavilion.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! Rhythmic Fireworks: Cotler and Velez

Friday, July 6, 6 – 9pm
Using only vocals and a drum, Glen Velez and Loire Cotler deliver an unforgettable concert experience.
The Barnes Method

A Sense of Sight

Tuesday, July 10, 10am – 4pm
Focusing on several iconic paintings, this one-day workshop explores the ways that paintings engage our sense of sight and how artists communicate using their own visual language.
Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, July 12, 10:30 – 11:15am
Our new Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.

Member Orientation

Friday, July 13, 10 – 11am
New members are invited to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.

Floral Design

Mondays, July 16 – July 30, 10am – 12:30pm
Learn how to create a seasonal centerpiece, floral jewelry, and hand-tied bouquets.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Through the Artist’s Eyes

Tuesday, July 17, 10am – 4pm
Join us for a full day of discussion focusing on the artistic process, from the initial concept to the choice of materials to the final product.
Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, July 19, 10 – 11:45am
Join us for a combination of storytime, art making, and movement activities just for kids ages 2–4 and their parents or caregivers.
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Artist Bash: Historical Memory

Friday, July 20, 8 – 11pm
Our fourth Artist Bash brings you contemporary expressions of traditional art forms from around the world, reflecting the melting pot that is America.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! Mariel Bildsten Quartet

Friday, August 3, 6 – 9pm
An evening of jazz and swing music with jazz trombonist Mariel Bildsten and her quartet.
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Story Sharing

Sunday, August 5, 10am – 5pm
We’re featuring an array of voices and presentations will enrapture and delight audiences of all ages.
The Barnes Method

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesday, August 14 – Wednesday, August 15
What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists from Monet to Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?
The Barnes Method

The Practice of Meditation and Close Looking

Tuesday, August 21, 10am – 4pm
A daylong immersion in close looking and meditation. Enjoy the quiet experience of looking at artwork, with Dr. Barnes’s concepts in mind.
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Reboot, Renew, Revive!

Sunday, September 2, 10am – 5pm
Fall is coming, and it’s time to refresh our minds and bodies! Stimulate your creativity through body movement and art making.
Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Tuesday, September 4 – Tuesday, December 18
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
The Barnes Method

Women Artists Through the Lens of History

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 1 – 3pm
Why are women artists underrepresented in collections? Explore the socio-economic norms that have suppressed the creativity of talented women throughout history.
The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 1 – 4pm
Learn the aesthetic principles that underlie art and discover its communicative power by studying directly in the Barnes galleries.
Art in Context

The Female Nude in 20th-Century Art

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 2 – 4pm
Students will learn why the naked female body has been such a major preoccupation for artists throughout history.
The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 6 – 9pm
Explore how traditions influence and affect one another, how artists learn from and adapt traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 5 – Monday, May 13
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! Brazilian Day

Friday, September 7, 6 – 9pm
A taste of Afro-Brazilian culture with Project Capoeira.
Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture Series: Kenneth E. Silver, Transatlantic Episodes in Modern Art

Saturday, September 8, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Art historian Kenneth E. Silver illuminates the beautiful and sometimes surprising works that resulted from the cultural exchange between French and American artists.

Member Orientation

Friday, September 14, 10 – 11am
New members are invited to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Artist Bash: Impressive Women

Friday, September 21, 8 – 11pm
Our fifth Artist Bash showcases women in the arts, including musicians, choreographers, designers, and acrobats.
The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes's Ensembles

Saturdays, September 22 – October 27, 9 – 11am
Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.
Talks & Tours / Members

BYOB Fireside Chat: Why should I care about an artist’s personal conduct?

Tuesday, September 25, 6 – 7pm
This new series presents our director, Thom Collins, in dialogue with a featured guest about a difficult topic.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Mechanics of Paper: The Poetry of Progress

Tuesdays, September 25 – October 16, 6 – 8pm
The evolution of paper is woven into the DNA of human development. Learn how paper is made and how the technology spread.
Art in Context

Picasso in the Making

Tuesdays, October 2 – October 23, 6 – 8pm
Contextualize the iconic artist’s early works and consider the role his canvases play in the Barnes collection.
Art in Context

Albert C. Barnes: A Philadelphia Story

Wednesdays, October 3 – October 24, 6 – 8pm
The life of Albert Barnes is a remarkable success story. Follow the journey from research chemist to art collector and educator.
Art in Context

The Contemporary Art Market

Thursdays, October 11 – November 1, 1 – 3pm
Have you ever wondered how collectors of contemporary art choose their pieces? How gallerists decide which artists to represent?
Nightlife / Music / Social

Morisot: Passport to Paris

Friday, October 19, 7 – 11pm
Enjoy an evening of breathtaking art, sumptuous bites, artisanal cocktails and live music at the preview party celebrating Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist.
Talks & Tours / Members

Fashion and Feminism: A Symposium Inspired by Berthe Morisot

Saturday, October 20
Join us for a full day of lively discussion about the ways fashion has been deployed to make powerful political statements—in paintings, on the runway, and in everyday life.
Art in Context

Charles Demuth and American Modernism

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
Charles Demuth worked to cultivate a distinctively American mode of modern art by applying avant-garde principles to the early-20th-century United States.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Impressionist Methods

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
Explore the materials and methods of the impressionist era through lectures accompanied by painting demonstrations.
Art in Context

African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
This class will discuss the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Albert Barnes.
Art in Context

Berthe Morisot: A Personal Reflection

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
Painter and scholar Bill Scott examines the life, artwork, friendships, and career of impressionist painter Berthe Morisot.
Art in Context

The Body in Contemporary Art

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
For many contemporary artists, the human body is a subject of endless fascination. This course offers an introduction to key examples of the use and representation of the body in different media, including performance art.
Art in Context

Fashion and Impressionism

Tuesdays, October 23 – November 13, 2 – 4pm
Study the theoretical, literary, and art historical aspects of Parisian fashion and its impact on the arts.
The Barnes Method

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, October 30 – December 4, 6 – 8pm
What was it about Cézanne’s painting that inspired many artists of the period and continues to influence painters today?
Art in Context

Picasso and His Contemporaries

Saturday, November 3, 10am – 4pm
Trace key moments in Picasso's oeuvre while highlighting his impact on his contemporaries through a daylong immersion in his work.
The Barnes Method

Works on Paper in the Barnes Foundation

Tuesdays, November 13 – December 4, 1 – 3pm
Works on paper can convey a sense of immediacy, spontaneity, and intimacy. Learn about the process used to create such works and explore their visual impact.
Art in Context

African-American Culture and Music

Wednesdays, November 14 – December 5, 6 – 8pm
Explore Albert Barnes’s relationship with the African-American community, with particular focus on Dr. Barnes’s love of spirituals and his involvement in the Harlem Renaissance.
Art in Context

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

Mondays, November 19 – December 10, 6 – 8pm
Explore Morisot's critical reception, her modern subject matter, and her pioneering place within the Parisian avant-garde.
Art in Context

Manet and Modern Paris

Mondays, November 19 – December 10, 6 – 8pm
This class will place Édouard Manet’s influential paintings within the context of modern Paris, the French Empire, and the city’s increasingly global reputation.

The Barnes Arboretum

Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 27