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Mondays, March 21 – April 11, 6 – 8pm


Water Jar (detail), Zuni Pueblo, c. 1920. Probably by Catalina Zunie (c. 1862–1949). Fired clay

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

The class is held on-site at the Barnes Foundation. Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend; masks are also required.

In the 1930s, Albert Barnes traveled to the majestic landscape of the American Southwest. Inspired by the Native American and Hispanic peoples and the creative spirit of the region, he quickly amassed a stunning collection of art and incorporated it into his galleries and the educational curriculum of his foundation.

This course explores Pueblo and Navajo art and the Santa Fe style that moved Dr. Barnes and others of his day. Looking closely at Pueblo water jars, colorful Navajo blankets, and hand-wrought silver and turquoise jewelry in the Barnes collection, we will uncover the techniques and social histories of Pueblo and Navajo art and material culture, its driving forces, and enduring legacies.

Capacity: 80


Lucy Fowler Williams

Williams is associate curator-in-charge and Jeremy A. Sabloff Keeper of American Collections at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia. A cultural anthropologist, she is interested in understanding Native North American art and material culture within its varied social contexts. Her recent projects at the Penn Museum include the exhibit Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now (2014–2022) and the Louis Shotridge Digital Archive.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?