Through the foundation that bears his name, Albert C. Barnes put into practice John Dewey's notions of education, democracy, and scientific method. A description of the egalitarian and empirical aspects of the institution known as The Barnes Foundation confirms the instrumental function of art for education. The Barnes Foundation served as a learning laboratory rather than as a museum of art; in this manner works of art served an instrumental function through indicating Deweyan theory about democracy and education.


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