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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., 06/27/2022
E.g., 06/27/2022
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., June 7, 2022, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Understandings of visual art in the twentieth century have often positioned the meanings of artworks that evoke associations with contemplation and interiority as separate from, and even at odds with, politics, identity, and oppression. Dr. Hart discusses how Hughie Lee-Smith’s works, such as the CMA’s Rooftop (1957), deal with all those topics in complex, nuanced ways and how Lee-Smith advanced a long history of linking the interior and social lives of artists’ subjects.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., July 5, 2022, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Movies have a long history in providing escapist fare from everyday life. Set amid the Great Depression, Reginald Marsh’s A Paramount Picture presents a scene in New York’s Times Square, where people have gathered around a theater showing the Cecil B. DeMille blockbuster Cleopatra. This lecture offers a “behind-the-scene” look at the painting, incorporating material from the artist’s archive to explain how it came into being.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., August 2, 2022, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Fashion has the ability to empower communities. Utilizing select works in The New Black Vanguard and the CMA’s collections of American, European, and contemporary art and photography, join Assistant Curator Darnell-Jamal Lisby as he connects the way various objects across the museum elicit how the artistic interpretation of fashion can empower or disempower different communities based on context and intended audience.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., September 6, 2022, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Many Pre-Columbian objects are categorized solely by their iconography, given that there is little documentation of when and where they were retrieved from. To combat this, conservators and conservation scientists perform technical analysis to provide a deeper understanding of these objects and to inform how they are conserved and exhibited. Join Elena Mars, the CMA’s Samuel H. Kress Fellow in objects conservation, as she discusses her study of two painted earthenware Maya incensarios (incense burner supports) and how she used a variety of techniques to determine their authenticity.

Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 2:00pm
  • Sun., September 25, 2022, 2:00 pm
The Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

In this talk, Dr. Segal presents the newly renovated gallery at MFA, Boston, devoted to early Greek art, one of the greatest strengths of the museum’s world-renowned antiquities. Step back in time to the days of the emergence of the Greek city-state and discover the innovation and creativity of early Greek artists responding to local traditions and new ideas from abroad. Learn about the design strategy and digital media assets that transport visitors to ancient Greece and make the past present.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., October 4, 2022, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection. Throughout the years, the museum has relied on the expertise and generosity of benefactors, many of whom were women, to achieve this goal. In this lecture, Leslie Cade, director of Ingalls Library and Museum Archives, introduces a few of these extraordinary women, including Emery May Norweb, whose Pre-Columbian art formed the basis of the museum’s collection in that area, and India Early Minshall, an expert in Russian history and Fabergé.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., November 1, 2022, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Since its acquisition nearly 20 years ago, the Cleveland Apollo has taken its place as both a CMA visitor favorite and a rare example of a nearly intact large-scale ancient bronze sculpture. Cast in hollow bronze sections using the indirect lost-wax technique, the sculpture still appears strikingly lifelike today, many centuries after its creation. Learn more about the latest CMA research into its ancient manufacture and modern reconstruction.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., December 6, 2022, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Traditional Korean paintings feature not only animals that are native to the ecosystems in the Korean Peninsula, such as tigers, leopards, and cranes, but also exotic ones, such as gibbons and elephants. In this lecture, Sooa Im McCormick, curator of Korean art, introduces a few ways to read and understand the language of symbolism in Korean animal paintings.

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Generous annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, Cynthia and Dale Brogan, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Florence Kahane Goodman, Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Pamela Mascio, Sally and Larry Sears, the Thompson Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.