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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., 03/25/2019
E.g., 03/25/2019
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Fri., April 12, 2019, 5:30 pm
Recital Hall

JULIUS FUND LECTURE IN RENAISSANCE ART
This lecture explores the subtle art of nature during the era of Rembrandt and Vermeer through a discussion of gardens, collections, paintings, and luxury objects.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Sun., April 14, 2019, 2:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

THE PAULINE AND JOSEPH DEGENFELDER FAMILY DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN CHINESE ART
The spectacular Buddhist caves of Dunhuang, on the Silk Road in the Gobi Desert in northwest China, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lecture presents the sites’ sculptures and wall paintings, among the finest and earliest examples of Buddhist art in China.

Speaker: Mimi Gardner Gates, Director Emerita, Seattle Art Museum

Tuesday, April 16, 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.

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.

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
Recital Hall

HARVEY BUCHANAN LECTURE IN ART HISTORY AND THE HUMANITIES
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 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.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • 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.

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