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Thursdays, October 11 – November 1, 1 – 3pm


$200; members $180

(4 classes)

Class is full; to be wait-listed, email us.

About the Class

Have you ever wondered how collectors of contemporary art choose their pieces? How gallerists decide which artists to represent? Why the contemporary art market exploded in the 1990s? This team-taught course will address all of these questions and more.

Christine Pfister, owner of Philadelphia’s Pentimenti Gallery, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the life of someone deeply ensconced in the business; Barnes executive director Thom Collins will describe how museums go about acquiring contemporary art; and Barnes deputy director Martha Lucy will discuss the historical development of art as commodity. The course includes visits to Pentimenti Gallery and to the private home of a collector.

Capacity: 40


Martha Lucy

Martha Lucy is an art historian specializing in modern European art and visual culture. She has published many articles and essays on topics ranging from the early charcoals of Odilon Redon to contemporary installation art. At the Barnes Foundation she is deputy director for research, interpretation, and education.

Thomas Collins

Collins is the executive director and president of the Barnes. An innovative educator and accomplished art historian, administrator, and author, Collins has more than 20 years of experience at some of America’s top arts institutions, including the Pérez Art Museum Miami; the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York; the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Christine Pfister

Pfister is the co-owner and director of Pentimenti Gallery. An accomplished gallerist with more than 20 years of experience curating and jurying exhibitions, she has given lectures and participated on multiple panels at the University of Pennsylvania, Maryland Institute College of Art, the American Association of Museums, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and more.