Person of the Crowd: Classes and Workshops

6 Feb - 8 May 2017
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Sanford Biggers, Hangman’s House, 1998. Book, nails. 8 x 12 inches. Object used in Suburban Invasion (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?). Collection JP Morgan Chase Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

As part of its multi-part project Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, The Barnes Foundation will host two educational classes on the history of performance art and urban exploration.

Person of the Crowd captures city life through a gallery exhibition, newly commissioned public installations and performances, and citizen-created photos and videos. Featuring over 50 artists including Marina Abramović, Jenny Holzer, Zhang Huan, and the Guerilla Girls, the project invites audiences to become contemporary flâneurs through activities such as photography and walking tours.

See the full schedule of classes below.

Persons of Interest: A History of Performance Art
Mondays, February 6- March 6 at 6 p.m. (4 classes)
Temple University art history professor Matthew Feliz leads a course on the history of performance art, exploring how its development informed the work of a wide range of 20th-century artists, from Marcel Duchamp to Marina Abramović.

Detour: Histories of Urban Wandering
Mondays, April 17-May 8 at 6 p.m. (4 classes)
Urban historian and curator Paul M. Farber presents a course on urban wandering, investigating why walking remains a singular form of urban exploration.