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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.

E.g., 04/20/2019
E.g., 04/20/2019
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Wed., January 30, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Wed., February 27, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., April 23, 2019, 12:00 pm
Focus Gallery

American artist Charles Burchfield used the landscape of northeast Ohio to express universal emotions and moods. He experimented avidly with watercolor in both his hometown Salem and Cleveland, where he attended the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Wed., April 24, 2019, 7:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

A highlight in the newly reinstalled Northern European galleries, Landscape with a Windmill is a brilliant work by a precocious 18-year-old who became the greatest landscape painter in the Netherlands.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., April 2, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., April 16, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., April 30, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery

A curator-led series of gallery talks, each focusing on a different section of Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950.

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Fri., May 3, 2019, 5:30 pm
Annual Harvey Buchanan Lecture in Art History and the Humanities
Recital Hall

Anne D. Hedeman considers how the collection of 100 tales and their illustrations in Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron were adapted and developed once they were brought from Italy to France, where Les cents Nouvelles—as the translation was called—was popular among the nobility rather than the mercantile class.

Tuesday, May 7, 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.

Tuesday, May 14, 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, May 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tue., March 5, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., May 15, 2019, 6:00 pm
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery | Gallery 230

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Explore how artists from 1885 to the present have used postproduction techniques to manipulate the “truth” in figurative studies and portraits. Free; no registration required.

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Fri., May 24, 2019, 7:00 pm
Ames Family Atrium

Gordon Parks: The New Tide 1940–1950 focuses on the first and most formative decade of the groundbreaking artist’s sixty-year career, beginning with his full immersion in the Chicago Black Renaissance. In this salon program, Gillian Johns (Associate Professor of English at Oberlin College) will join in conversation with Daniel Gray-Kontar (Executive Artistic Director of Twelve Literary Arts) and Tonika Johnson (Chicago-based photographer and activist) for a conversation about how Parks influenced and was inspired by a network of creative and intellectual figures including Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Langston Hughes, and the ongoing influence and relevance of Parks’ work today.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:00 pm
Recital Hall

A central feature of Japanese culture for many centuries, the veneration of kami deities—a practice often referred to as Shinto—has been a driving force behind a broad range of visual art.

Tuesday, June 4, 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 of Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental ignited-gunpowder paintings that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our plane

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