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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., 01/30/2023
E.g., 01/30/2023
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., February 7, 2023, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Every museum display is the result of collaboration. In this “behind-the-scenes stories” talk, Kristen Windmuller-Luna, curator of African art, highlights objects whose presentations benefited from recent collaborations with CMA conservators and mount makers, a contemporary Nigerian artist, and a bird expert.

Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 2:00pm
  • Sat., March 4, 2023, 2:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Join G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan)—esteemed artist, author, curator, educator, and filmmaker—for a lecture on his wide-ranging career given in conjunction with the museum’s new Indigenous Peoples and Land Acknowledgment. Jemison, an authority on Haudenosaunee history, is a self-described “culture worker” and builds bridges to broad audiences by improving understanding of Seneca traditions and history. The Haudenosaunee [hoe-deh-no-show-knee] or Iroquois Confederacy comprises six nations; among them are the Seneca and Cayuga, who are recognized in the acknowledgment.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., March 7, 2023, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Drawing transformed radically in 19th-century France and became an independent medium used by artists for exploration and experimentation. Although this moment in art history is often associated with male artists, from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres to Edgar Degas, women played an important role in the history of drawing. Britany Salsbury, associate curator of prints and drawings, highlights their influence by taking a closer look at works by and influenced by women included in the exhibition Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 2:00pm
  • Sat., March 11, 2023, 2:00 pm
The Robert P. Madison Family Distinguished Lecture in African and African American Art
Gartner Auditorium

Beauford Delaney’s painting shifted dramatically when he left America for France, becoming more abstract and more luminous. In this lecture, Key Jo Lee guides audiences through the life and artistic transformations that occurred after Delaney, like so many other Black American artists at the time, moved from New York City to Paris in 1953.

Sunday, April 2, 2023 - 2:00pm
  • Sun., April 2, 2023, 2:00 pm
THE PAULINE AND JOSEPH DEGENFELDER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN CHINESE ART
Gartner Auditorium

Free: Ticket Required

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., April 4, 2023, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Tilman Riemenschneider (c. 1460–1531), one of the most prominent German sculptors of the 15th and 16th centuries, repeatedly worked with alabaster early in his career. In the upcoming CMA exhibition on the artist, one of Riemenschneider’s major works from the CMA’s collection is brought into dialogue with selected masterpieces from the Louvre in Paris and from North American collections to highlight the special importance of alabaster as a material in 15th-century Europe. The lecture expands on the theme of the exhibition, exploring the distinctive features and circumstances that led European patrons and artists of that time to produce sculptures made from this unique stone.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 6:00pm
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  • Wed., April 26, 2023, 6:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Fashion historian and Old Master paintings specialist at Christie’s New York Jonquil O'Reilly brings portraits from the English Renaissance to life, breaking down the ostentatious ensembles worn by members of the Tudor court, decoding the symbolism in their sartorial choices, and explaining the material and function of these elaborate garments and adornments.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., May 2, 2023, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Join CMA associate conservator Sara Ribbans as she discusses the structure of Japanese folding screens in relation to the ongoing treatment of a 17th-century example. Ribbans will share details of how folding screens are produced, clues to the history of when the screen was last remounted, and the challenges of treating and remounting folding screen paintings.

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Generous annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Florence Kahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Additional annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, Roy Smith, and the Trilling Family Foundation.