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Adult Lectures

Check out the list below for upcoming lectures at the CMA. Interested in viewing past lectures? Visit the YouTube playlist here.

See also our annual lecture series.

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E.g., 06/16/2019
E.g., 06/16/2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., April 9, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., April 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., May 7, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., May 14, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., June 12, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., June 18, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

Learn about the “way of the kami” in this series of talks led by Sinéad Vilbar in the exhibition Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. Find out who the kami are, how they are worshiped, and the artistic creations they inspired.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:30pm
  • Wed., June 26, 2019, 6:30 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Cai Guo-Qiang joins David Stradling, co-author of "Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland", for a lively discussion of Cai’s art and social and environmental matters in the context of the exhibition. Moderated by Philip Dodd, award-winning BBC broadcaster, cultural entrepreneur, and former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., September 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery (230)

Curator Barbara Tannenbaum leads a gallery talk on Water: Edward Burtynsky, which draws attention to current threats to clean, sustainable water and encourages visitors to reflect on individual actions that can impa

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tue., June 4, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., August 6, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., September 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

Clarissa von Spee leads a tour through the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental gunpowder-ignited works that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., July 16, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., September 17, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery

Jennifer DePrizio, director of interpretation, leads a gallery discussion highlighting the ways in which monsters were used in the Middle Ages to instill fear, communicate morality, maintain power, and explain natural phenomena.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Tue., June 4, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., August 6, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., September 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

Clarissa von Spee leads a tour through the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental gunpowder-ignited works that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wed., August 14, 2019, 6:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Explore animals both real and imaginary in the Middle Ages with Elizabeth Morrison, senior curator of the Department of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tue., June 4, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., August 6, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., September 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

Clarissa von Spee leads a tour through the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental gunpowder-ignited works that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., September 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery (230)

Curator Barbara Tannenbaum leads a gallery talk on Water: Edward Burtynsky, which draws attention to current threats to clean, sustainable water and encourages visitors to reflect on individual actions that can impa

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., July 16, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., September 17, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery

Jennifer DePrizio, director of interpretation, leads a gallery discussion highlighting the ways in which monsters were used in the Middle Ages to instill fear, communicate morality, maintain power, and explain natural phenomena.