In arranging his collection into groupings called “ensembles,” Dr. Barnes disrupted traditional historical and geographic boundaries to focus on the commonalities between fine art and everyday objects. In his displays, paintings, metalwork, furniture, ceramics, textiles, and other objects are placed side by side in unexpected and surprising ways.
Designed as teaching tools, Dr. Barnes’s ensembles can be both enigmatic and enlightening. This class explores some of their themes and ideas.
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Instructor:William Perthes, Bernard C. Watson, Director of Adult Education at the Barnes.
Photo: Ensemble view, Room 11, east wall, Philadelphia. © The Barnes Foundation