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John E. Dowell, Jr. Don’t Cross the Line (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist

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About the Talk

Cotton Revisited”—John E. Dowell, Jr. & James Claiborne
On-site & Online Talk | Member Appreciation Days

This exclusive talk features artist John E. Dowell, Jr., in conversation with James Claiborne, our newly appointed curator of public programs. The two will discuss Dowell’s traveling photography exhibition Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past—and provide insight on their past collaborations around the project. Learn more about Dowell’s visual arts practice and Claiborne’s vision for the future of public programming at the Barnes.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A.

Members are invited to join us on-site, in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium, or online via livestream. Online registrants will be emailed a link to access the talk on Thursday, December 9.


John E. Dowell, Jr.

Dowell is a photographer, painter, and printmaker whose work captures the pulse of cities and agricultural landscapes of America. Over four decades, Dowell has had more than 50 solo exhibitions, and his work is represented in 70 museum and public collections worldwide, including MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. He is a Philadelphia native and professor emeritus of printmaking at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

James Claiborne

Claiborne is curator of public programs at the Barnes. A program and visual arts curator and educator with over 15 years' experience, Claiborne most recently served as the public director of programming at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Prior to his tenure at AAMP, Claiborne served as community engagement manager for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, editor for Visit Philadelphia’s Philly 360 campaign, and program manager at First Person Arts. He recently served as an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, teaching audience development in the arts.