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., 03/23/2023
E.g., 03/23/2023
Sunday, April 2, 2023 - 2:00pm
  • Sun., April 2, 2023, 2:00 pm
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. Two special places in the Forbidden City, the Hall of Three Rarities (Sanxi Tang) and the Lodge of Retirement (Juanqin Zhai) provide the best examples to conduct this examination.

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.

Friday, April 7, 2023 - 5:00pm
photograph of a woman in a  fishnet dress
  • Fri., April 7, 2023, 5:00 pm
Gallery 234

Join couture fashion designer Yasmine Yeya and the CMA’s assistant curator of fashion, Darnell-Jamal Lisby, for a discussion on ancient Egypt’s influence on contemporary fashion. Yeya will discuss her experience as creative director of the luxury fashion house Maison Yeya as well as how living in Egypt has inspired her work, some of which will be on display in the exhibition.

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

Sunday, May 7, 2023 - 2:00pm
  • Sun., May 7, 2023, 2:00 pm
The Fran and Warren Rupp Contemporary Artists Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Báez joins CMA curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah for a conversation about her artistic practice as well as recent and ongoing projects, including her installations for FRONT International 2022 and the 2022 Venice Biennale.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., June 6, 2023, 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Free; ticket required

Come to the CMA for a quick bite of art history. Every first Tuesday of each month, join curators, conservators, scholars, and other museum staff for 30-minute talks on objects currently on display in the museum galleries.

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.