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., 08/19/2022
E.g., 08/19/2022
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.

Friday, September 9, 2022 - 5:30pm
  • Fri., September 9, 2022, 5:30 pm
Morley Family Lecture Hall

Bright colors, decorative patterns, and polished surfaces define Limoges caskets (also chasses). They were produced in large quantities and present in church treasuries throughout western Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries. By approaching these chasses as physical, sensuous objects, this lecture explores what can be gained from on-site study in Toledo and Ourense in Spain. An embodied analysis of Limoges caskets combined with medieval and early modern written sources helps us envision how medieval people experienced them. This, in turn, may inspire the way we present them in museums.

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 the 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.

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 2:00pm
  • Sat., October 22, 2022, 2:00 pm
The Fran and Warren Rupp Contemporary Artists Lecture
Gartner Auditorium

Artist, photographer, and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell (b. 1995, Atlanta) introduces new narratives about Black beauty and desire, embracing themes of the past and creating fictionalized moments of the imagined future. In 2018, he made history as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover of American Vogue for Beyoncé’s appearance in the September issue.

Mitchell joins CMA curator Key Jo Lee for a conversation about his approach to image making, including recent works currently on view at the CMA that present dreamlike, bucolic vignettes of Black people at leisure and play in a reimagined American South.

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.

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.

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.


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 the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Florence Kahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, and Sally and Larry Sears. Additional 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., Pamela Mascio, and the Thompson Family Foundation.