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Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes: Eric Goldberg

Wednesday, January 17 – Monday, December 31
Eric Goldberg, selected for a residency as part of our Let's Connect exhibition, is offering printmaking demonstrations every Sunday.
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Wednesday, February 14 – Thursday, May 31
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Group Tours

Friday, March 16 – Saturday, March 17
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Research Notes

Tuesday, May 1 – Tuesday, March 31
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#SeeingtheBarnes: Instagram Open Call

Tuesday, August 28 – Sunday, September 30
Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 5 – Monday, May 13
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
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#SeeingtheBarnes:
Community Stories

Tuesday, October 2 – Thursday, August 1
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Morisot: Passport to Paris

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

Daily Highlights Tour

Wednesday, January 2 – Tuesday, December 31
This one-hour tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes.
Talks & Tours

Daily Premier Tour

Wednesday, January 2 – Tuesday, December 31
This 90-minute docent-led tour takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public.
Talks & Tours

Personalized Docent Tour

Wednesday, January 2 – Tuesday, December 31
A private one-hour tour for you and up to five guests during regular hours.
Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Tuesday, January 22 – Tuesday, April 23
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
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Friday, February 15 – Friday, May 31
Talks & Tours

Special Exhibition Tour: From Today, Painting Is Dead

Wednesday, February 27 – Sunday, May 12
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

Thursday, February 28 – Monday, March 25
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

Spotlight Tour: Barnes in Bloom

Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 31
This March, get inspired by nature and feel the power of flowers as we look at the most beautiful floral still lifes and lush landscapes in the collection.
Art in Context

Exploring the Marvelous: Surrealism

Tuesdays, March 19 – April 23, 1 – 3pm
Journey into the marvelous world of dreams, psychic terror, and liberation from the ordinary in this short course on surrealism.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Fauve Palette

Tuesdays, March 19 – April 9, 6 – 8pm
Learn how Fauve painters like Henri Matisse and Alfred Maurer drew upon theories about color and perception in their canvases.
Art in Context

“Dear Barnes”:
Letters Between Albert C. Barnes and His Artist Friends

Tuesdays, March 19 – April 9, 6 – 8pm
Archivist and historian Barbara Anne Beaucar shares the history of the Barnes through authentic archival documents—including newly discovered letters.
Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, March 21
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, March 22, 10 – 11am
New members are invited to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.
Free / Talks & Tours

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—
Keynote Lecture

Thursday, March 28, 6:30 – 8pm
Gauvin Alexander Bailey, professor at Queen's University, Ontario, speaks about the history and architecture of the Palace of Sans-Souci in Milot, Haiti.
Free / Talks & Tours

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art

Friday, March 29, 10am – 4:30pm
Discover current research in art history through presentations and moderated discussions.
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour: The Americans

Monday, April 1 – Monday, April 29
This April, find out more about the artists who brought modernism to America and Dr. Barnes's relationship with them.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Prendergast’s Brooksville, Maine (River & Rocks)

Monday, April 1, 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 7
Art in Context

Hot Art and Cold War:
American Art at Midcentury

Mondays, April 1 – April 29, 6 – 8pm
From abstract expressionism to pop, learn about the art and history of the United States at midcentury, when American artists moved to the forefront of the avant-garde.
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Jazz Age Music & Dance

Friday, April 5, 6 – 9pm
Move to the sounds of the Roaring ’20s with Blackbird Society Orchestra and Society Hill Dance Academy.
Free / Talks & Tours

Slow Art Day 2019

Saturday, April 6, 11am – 12:30pm
Discover the joy of looking at art at the Barnes. Spend an hour examining works in the galleries, then join a discussion about your experience.
Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: African Traditions

Sunday, April 7, 10am – 5pm
Explore the creative traditions of Africa. Join us for art, storytelling, music, and more.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Early Photographic Processes

Mondays, April 8 – April 29, 6 – 8pm
This course looks at how the earliest photographs were created, with hands-on opportunities to experience those original processes.
Art in Context

Pennsylvania German Decorative Arts

Mondays, April 8 – April 29, 6 – 8pm
Explore the Pennsylvania German artifacts collected by Dr. Barnes and learn about the culture in which they were originally made and used.​
Talks & Tours / Social

Annual Student & Alumni Benefit Brunch and Lecture

Tuesday, April 9, 9:30am – noon
Enjoy a lecture on the Prendergast brothers followed by a festive brunch.
Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

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

In Focus Gallery Talk: Beato’s Interior of the Angle of North Fort

Monday, April 15, 2 – 2:30pm
Hear the story behind the photo from Z. Serena Qiu, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery
Talks & Tours

Conversation with T. J. Clark

Monday, April 15, 6 – 8pm
Art historian T. J. Clark will discuss his newest book followed by a conversation and book signing.
The Barnes Method

The Painted Garden

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 1 – 3pm
Explore the visual vocabulary shared by painters and garden designers.
Art in Context

Manet, Impressionism, and Modernism

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 6 – 8pm
An introduction to the work of Édouard Manet, with special attention to his paintings of the 1870s.
Art in Context

Understanding Video Art

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 6 – 8pm
Explore key works of video art and learn about the theories behind them.
Nightlife / Performance

Barnes Takeover: Sattriya Dance Company

Saturday, April 20, 8 – 10pm
Local artists take over the Barnes. Can Indian dance change the way you see the collection?
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.
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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
Members

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.
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: Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews

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.
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.
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 their 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.
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The Barnes Arboretum

Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 27
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Drawing with Scissors

Tuesday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 7
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.