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Spotlight Tour: Charles Demuth

Talks & Tours / Members

Wednesday, August 1 – Friday, August 31

Charles Demuth. In Vaudeville: Acrobatic Male Dancer with Top Hat (detail), 1920. BF1199. Public Domain.

$45; members $22 (free on Member Thursdays)

Tours are daily from noon to 1pm.

About the Tour

Each month, we focus on a different artist or theme, allowing for a deeper dive into specific areas of the collection.

A larger-than-life figure who is remembered for his painting and his wit, the bold and insatiably curious Charles Demuth was a masterful colorist and pivotal figure in the avant-garde circles that introduced modern art to America. Challenging the boundaries of race, class, sexuality, and artistic tradition, he digested the shifting social landscape around him and left behind a memorable body of work that defies categorization. Learn about his life, his art, and his deep friendship with Dr. Albert Barnes.

After the tour, you’re invited to explore the collection galleries and special exhibition.

Next up: Don't miss our September Spotlight Tour.

Get Up Close with Works by Demuth

From his exquisite watercolors to the machine-age aesthetic of his precisionist style, Charles Demuth ably negotiated the contradictions of American modernism.

In Vaudeville: Acrobatic Male Dancer with Top Hat, 1920. BF1199. Public Domain.
Bermuda: Trees and Architecture, c. 1916–1917. BF658. Public Domain.
Masts, 1919. BF343. Public Domain.
Piano Mover's Holiday, 1919. BF339. Public Domain.

More Tours at the Barnes

Daily Highlights Tour Weekdays 11am – noon / weekends 10 – 11am, 11am – noon

This one-hour, docent-led tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access. 

$45; members $22


Daily Premier Tour Wed – Mon, 4:30 – 6pm

This intimate 90-minute tour, led by a specially trained docent, takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public. 

$60; members $30


Exhibition Tour $45; members $22 / Wed–Mon, 1 – 2:15pm

This tour starts in the Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema exhibition and then moves into the collection with a look at select works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir that further illuminate the relationship between the painter and his filmmaker son, Jean Renoir. 


NEW - Personalized Docent Tour Wed–Mon

A private one-hour tour for you and up to five guests during regular hours. Explore the Barnes with a specially trained docent who will shape the tour around a subject of your choice, such as highlights of the collection or a favorite artist like Matisse, Renoir, Cézanne, or Rousseau.

Request tours at least one week in advance: email us or call 215.278.7035. $60 per person. Maximum tour size: 6. Includes post-tour collection access.


Stroller Tour Every second Thursday of the month, 10:30 – 11:15am

Our Stroller Tours make visiting the collection galleries less stressful for families. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap. 

Adults $10; babies free