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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.

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E.g., 08/20/2019
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Fri., August 23, 2019, 6:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery

Contemporary artist Sean Foley explores the monstrous and grotesque in his painting practice. He discusses key works in Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders through a prism of wonder.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tue., June 4, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., August 6, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., September 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

Clarissa von Spee leads a tour through the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental gunpowder-ignited works that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., July 16, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., September 10, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery

Jennifer DePrizio, director of interpretation, leads a gallery discussion highlighting the ways in which monsters were used in the Middle Ages to instill fear, communicate morality, maintain power, and explain natural phenomena.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., September 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery (230)

Curator Barbara Tannenbaum leads a gallery talk on Water: Edward Burtynsky, which draws attention to current threats to clean, sustainable water and encourages visitors to reflect on individual actions that can impa

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
  • Sun., September 15, 2019, 2:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Print collecting is a pursuit that can satisfy many different interests and budgets. But how do collections take shape? When does buying prints turn into collecting them? What drives collectors?

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Sun., September 29, 2019, 2:00 pm
THE DR. JOHN AND HELEN COLLIS LECTURE
Gartner Auditorium

Beginning in the fifth century BC, Medusa became increasingly anthropomorphic and feminine, undergoing a visual transformation from grotesque to beautiful. Concurrently a similar shift occurred in representations of other mythical female hybrid creatures, such as sphinxes, sirens, and the sea monster Scylla.

Speaker: Kiki Karoglou, Associate Curator of Greek and Roman Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art