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We're now offering a greater number of art classes, at a lower cost. We also have need-based scholarships to help make art accessible for everyone.

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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: Leroy Johnson

July – September 2019

Mixed-media artist Leroy Johnson is our current artist-in-residence.

Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

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Research Notes

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, June 30

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

Talks & Tours / Members

August Spotlight Tour: Wondrous and Strange

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This August, enter the mysterious and dreamlike worlds of some of the most imaginative artists in the Barnes collection.

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.

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!

Free / Film

Screenings: I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

Wednesdays, July 3 – September 11, 1 – 2:30pm

As part of this summer’s special exhibition on Bill Viola, we’re holding free weekly screenings of the artist’s 1986 feature-length work.

Members

Member Morning

Friday, August 23, 10 – 11am

Members are invited to join Barnes staff for a chat about membership at the Foundation and benefits, followed by a docent tour of the collection.

Free / Family / Film / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: African-Caribbean Roots

Sunday, September 1, 10am – 5pm

Learn about the music and art of Philly’s African-Caribbean communities.

Talks & Tours / Members

September Spotlight Tour: Pissarro and Friends

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This month, learn about Camille Pissarro’s relationships with fellow impressionists and his enduring influence.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Bill Viola’s Pneuma

Monday, September 2, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the work from Barnes Art Team member Ann Moss. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery

The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 1 – 3pm

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

The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Dawn of Modernism

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 1 – 4pm

This class explores the meaning of “modernism” and examines the relationship between painting, literature, and other media from the modern era.

Art in Context

Seurat’s Models: The Artist’s Studio as Metaphor

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 1 – 3pm

Look closely at Seurat’s innovative technique, his engagement with optical theory, and his dialogue with the history of art.

The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 6 – 9pm

Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying directly in the Barnes galleries.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Demystifying Old Master Materials and Techniques

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 6 – 8pm

Through careful looking and in-class exercises, learn how the old masters layered materials to create luminous color and illusionistic precision.

Art in Context

Looking at African American Art

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 6 – 8pm

Explore the rich history of African American art from the early 20th century to the present. This class provides a wider context for our upcoming 30 Americans exhibition.

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Odean Pope: Sounds of the Circle

Friday, September 6, 6 – 9pm

The Philly saxophone legend honors the enduring jazz legacy of the city with his original compositions.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Braun’s Cupboard

Monday, September 9, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the object from Robin Craren, collections research coordinator at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 18

Art in Context

Medievalisms in Modern Art

Mondays, September 9 – October 7, 6 – 8pm

Some of the most prominent artists collected by Dr. Barnes adapted medieval forms to interpret and shape modernity. How has their work affected our understanding of the past?

Art in Context

Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, September 10 – October 29, 2 – 4pm

Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.

Art in Context

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, September 10 – October 29, 6 – 8pm

What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists like Monet and Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?

Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, September 12, 10:30 – 11:15am

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

Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture: Cindy Kang on Pierre Bonnard

Saturday, September 14, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Barnes associate curator Cindy Kang will discuss the artist’s practice of working in multiple media.

Art in Context

Jean-Luc Godard: Four Chapters of Genius

Mondays, September 16 – October 14, 6 – 8pm

This course surveys the career of one of the great geniuses of cinema, from his groundbreaking French New Wave films to his contemporary work in digital media.

Members

New Member Reception

Thursday, September 19, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Explore the Barnes collection at this special evening reception for new members.

Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, September 19

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 Orientation

Friday, September 20, 10 – 11am

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

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Mysteries of Iron

Saturdays, September 21 – October 12, 10am – 12pm

Learn how the extraordinary metalwork in the Barnes collection was created and used, and see how it is preserved today.

Art in Context

Blurred Lines: Intersections of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture

Saturday, September 21, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop looks at modern artists and architects who have pushed the limits of traditional painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk:
de Chirico’s The Mysterious Swan

Monday, September 23, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 23

Nightlife / Music / Social

Young Professionals Night: Orange Crush

Friday, September 27, 7 – 10pm

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

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Tribute to Nina Simone

Friday, October 4, 6 – 9pm

The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble pays homage to the timely lyrics and fiery compositions of Nina Simone, the High Priestess of Soul.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Metalworks

Monday, October 7, 2 – 2:30pm

Learn about the metalworks in the Main Gallery from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Main Gallery

Members

Member Morning

Wednesday, October 9, 10 – 11am

Members are invited to join Barnes staff for a chat about membership at the Foundation and benefits, followed by a docent tour of the collection.

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Barnes Jawn(t)

Friday, October 11, 6 – 9pm

A Barnes Jawn(t) is an improvised tour of the Barnes collection with a fascinating Philly personality as your guide.

Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture: Anne Monahan on Horace Pippin

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

Scholar Anne Monahan views the self-taught painter’s meteoric rise through a segregated art world.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Decisions Artists Make

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 5, 1 – 3pm

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

Art in Context

Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 19, 6:30 – 8:30pm

What makes art “contemporary”? How do we decide what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.

Art in Context

Inside the Mind of Matisse: The Artist’s Tour

Saturday, October 19, 10am – 4pm

Using examples from the collection, we will explore the art and objects that mattered to Matisse at the different phases of his career in this one-day workshop.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Seated Female Figure of the Sãdo’o Society

Monday, October 21, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the work from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 21

Art in Context

Van Gogh

Mondays, October 21 – November 11, 6 – 8pm

Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, one of the greatest—and most mythologized—painters of the modern era.

Art in Context

Rhythm in Chinese Art

Tuesdays, October 22 – November 12, 10am – 12pm

This course explores how Chinese artists have expressed rhythm in sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and ceramics.

Members

Member Previews for 30 Americans

Thursday, October 24 – Saturday, October 26

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

Nightlife / Social

2019 Barnes Art Ball

Friday, October 25

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

Art in Context

A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin

Tuesdays, October 29 – November 19, 1 – 3pm

These four painters were central to the avant-garde scene in early 20th-century Paris. How did their faith influence their outlook and their artwork?

Art in Context

30 Americans: Black Art Across Time, Space, and Practice

Tuesdays, October 29 – November 19, 6 – 8pm

Inspired by our fall exhibition, this class explores the dynamic intersection of race, identity, and sexual politics in the work of several influential black artists featured in the show.

Members

Supporter Reception for 30 Americans

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 – 9pm

Supporter- and Sustainer-level members are invited to enjoy an evening preview of 30 Americans with live music and cocktails.

Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tour: 30 Americans

November 1, 2019 – September 12, 2020
Daily, 1 – 2pm

Learn more about the artists and artworks in 30 Americans.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Matisse’s Moorish Woman

Monday, November 4, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 19

Members

Member Orientation

Friday, November 8, 10 – 11am

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

Art in Context

African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings

Saturday, November 9, 10am – 4pm

Learn the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Dr. Barnes while considering the impact of colonialism and imperialism.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Kerry James Marshall’s Vignette #10

Monday, November 11, 3pm – 3:30am

Hear the story behind the painting in 30 Americans from Jill Vaum, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery

The Barnes Method

Exploring Pictorial Space: From Giotto to Cézanne

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 1 – 3pm

Find out how Giotto and Cézanne opened up new ways of thinking about three-dimensional space in art.

Art in Context

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 2 – 4pm

What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists like Monet and Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?

Art in Context

Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 6 – 8pm

Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.

Talks & Tours / Members

Artist Conversation: Hank Willis Thomas and Deborah Willis

Saturday, November 16, 11:30am – 12:30pm

A lively conversation between two influential artists who are also mother and son, moderated by scholar Li Sumpter.

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Artist Bash: Activated Peoples

Saturday, November 16, 8 – 11pm

Tonight, we feature artists who perform as they create, activating their histories, identities, and passions.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: de Chirico’s Alexandros

Monday, November 18, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 18

Art in Context

The Ancient World: Treasures from Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Mondays, November 18 – December 9, 6 – 8pm

This class takes an in-depth look at the major artistic and architectural moments of the ancient world.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Gozzoli’s Madonna and Child with Angels

Monday, December 2, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 19

Members

Lecture: “Sitting Pretty: Renoir’s Women and the Art of Self-Adornment”

Friday, December 6

This lively talk focuses on the intimate, modern scenes created by Renoir and his contemporaries.

Members

Member Morning

Wednesday, December 11, 10 – 11am

Members are invited to join Barnes staff for a chat about membership at the Foundation and benefits, followed by a docent tour of the collection.

Members

Behind the Scenes: Special Exhibitions

Friday, December 13, 12 – 1pm

Associate curator Cindy Kang provides an inside look at the special exhibition process at the Barnes.

Talks & Tours / Members

Artist Conversation: William Pope.L with Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

Monday, December 16, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Performance artist William Pope.L joins 30 Americans curator Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw in conversation.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence

Monday, December 16, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Amy Gillette, research associate at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 2

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: John Bankston’s Man’s Country I

Monday, December 16, 3pm – 3:30am

Hear the story behind the painting in 30 Americans from Tamir Williams, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery