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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., 12/04/2022
E.g., 12/04/2022
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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 6:00pm
  • Wed., December 14, 2022, 6:00 pm
Exhibition Program
Tinkham Veale University Center, Case Western Reserve University

Who decides what is publicly memorialized?  

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
  • Thu., December 15, 2022, 10:00 am
Exhibition Program
Gartner Auditorium and Ames Family Atrium

Who decides what is publicly memorialized?   

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., January 3, 2023, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Objects in miniature have mesmerized people of all cultures throughout the ages. Join Senior Technical Project Manager Haley Kedziora and Curatorial Assistant Katie Kilroy Blaser as they explore the role and function of miniatures and small-scale masterpieces of craftsmanship as well as the technical and photographical elements used to bring the exhibition China through the Magnifying Glass: Masterpieces in Miniature and Detail to audiences.

Friday, January 20, 2023 - 5:30pm
  • Fri., January 20, 2023, 5:30 pm
Morley Family Lecture Hall

The 19th century witnessed a revolution in the manufacture and use of paper that had far-reaching effects on the arts. This lecture situates the changes that paper underwent in the context of key developments in trade, cotton cultivation, and textile production and consumption around the world.

Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 2:00pm
  • Sun., January 29, 2023, 2:00 pm
The Dr. Ranajit K. Datta Distinguished Lecture in Indian Art
Gartner Auditorium

The Cleveland Museum of Art has an important collection of Buddhist and Jain manuscripts, some of which are being shown for the first time in the exhibition Text and Image in Southern Asia (August 26, 2022–March 5, 2023). This lecture explores the stories these manuscripts and others like them tell us about the religious, social, and economic worlds of their origin.

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.

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.

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

Starting from a famous portrait of Emperor Qianlong (r. 1735–96) in the Cleveland Museum of Art, this talk explores the interconnected fascinations of this “art-obsessed monarch” with trompe l’oeil, the full-length glass mirror, and notions of illusionism and metamorphosis.

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.

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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, the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Florence Kahane Goodman, and Eva and Rudolf Linnebach. Additional annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., the Giant Eagle Foundation, and Roy Smith.