Adult Lectures

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

E.g., 2017-10-24
E.g., 2017-10-24
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 5:00pm
  • Wed., October 25, 2017, 5:00 pm
Recital Hall

The conventional view holds that geometric star-and-polygon patterns in medieval Islamic architecture were designed using a straightedge and a compass.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wed., October 25, 2017, 6:00 pm
Lecture Hall

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, visiting assistant professor of history at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss how women used clothing and appearance as a means for expressing and negotiating their new political, social, and sexual power in the postwar period.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:00pm
  • Wed., November 1, 2017, 6:00 pm

Hear curator of decorative art and design Stephen Harrison discuss how designs from Paris and Vienna grew in visibility in New York and influenced American style in the 1920s within the first three galleries of the exhibition.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 2:30pm
  • Sat., November 4, 2017, 2:30 pm

Robert L. Brown, Professor of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, UCLA, presents a lecture that focuses on the most popular and important bodhisattva named Avalokiteshvara.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
The Novel That Writes Itself, 2017 (installation detail). Allen Ruppersberg (American, b. 1944). Image courtesy of Greene Naftali, New York
  • Sun., November 5, 2017, 3:30 pm
Recital Hall

Cleveland native Allen Ruppersberg is one of the most influential and inventive conceptual artists to emerge in the late 1960s. Enjoy a conversation between Ruppersberg and Siri Engberg, curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center, to learn more about his groundbreaking work and upcoming exhibitions. Free; ticket required.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
  • Wed., November 8, 2017, 7:00 pm
Gallery 230

Key Jo Lee, assistant director of academic outreach, will host a guided close-looking session of two of Van Der Zee’s portraits on view in the exhibition From Riches to Rags: American Photography in the Depression.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm
  • Wed., November 15, 2017, 6:00 pm

Themes of choice and identity in the Jazz Age will be explored in a gallery talk by Stephen Harrison, curator of decorative art and design given in galleries within the exhibition.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:00pm
  • Sat., December 2, 2017, 1:00 pm

Learn the fundamentals of food photography from photo and food stylist Melissa McClelland and photographer Clarissa Westmeyer at this lecture and demo. Featuring the delicious creations of Jose Perez, executive chef of Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Light snacks will be provided.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., December 5, 2017, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., December 12, 2017, 12:00 pm

Gallery 230 at 12:00 noon

Join curator Barbara Tannenbaum as she discusses the effects of the Great Depression on American life in the 1930s. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
  • Wed., December 6, 2017, 6:00 pm

In this final gallery talk of the series, curator of decorative art and design Stephen Harrison will explore innovation and modernity in Jazz Age design within the last two galleries of the exhibition.