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., 09/21/2018
E.g., 09/21/2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wed., September 26, 2018, 5:30 pm
Recital Hall

Artist and technological innovator Adam Lowe founded the Madrid-based Factum Foundation in 2009. The Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage through the application of digital technologies, many of which are new and being developed in-house.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 to Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Thu., September 27, 2018
Recital Hall

Please join us September 27–28 for an exploration of the birth, lives, and afterlives of objects.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Sun., September 30, 2018, 2:00 pm

In this lecture, Professor Eastmond will use the portrait as a starting point to consider the nature of originality in Byzantine art. The Byzantine court has long been associated with the dead hand of rigid, stultifying administration, yet it commissioned and created some of the most beautiful and complex art of the medieval world. Can bureaucracy drive creativity?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:30pm
  • Wed., October 3, 2018, 6:30 pm

The Royal Library at Windsor Castle is home to one of the most important collections of South Asian paintings and manuscripts, including Mughal illustrated histories, delicate album pages of poetry and calligraphy, and dazzling Rajput paintings of Hindu Gods. In this richly illustrated talk Rachael Smith, Drawings Conservator at the Royal Collection Trust, will share her recent work for the exhibition Splendours of the Subcontinent currently at the Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Sat., October 6, 2018, 3:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Anupam Sah, head of conservation, research, and training at the Museum Art Conservation Centre at CSMVS (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), discusses the history of paint and painting in art of the Indian subcontinent.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Sat., October 13, 2018, 2:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Artist, director, and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa examines his 30-year career and discusses how he uses a range of visual media and music to examine black life and culture in the United States.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wed., October 17, 2018, 5:30 pm
Recital Hall

For any work of art, the view of the object at rest is a snapshot of the extant state of theological and political affairs surrounding the given image.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wed., November 7, 2018, 5:30 pm
Recital Hall

As political unrest seethed in late Republican Rome, a series of violent acts were perpetrated against well-known public and private buildings by the citizens and their elected representatives, the tribunes of the plebs.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wed., November 14, 2018, 6:00 pm
Recital Hall

Chinese art scholar and professor Noelle Giuffrida discusses the history of collecting and exhibiting Chinese art in post-World War II America through the lens of the career of renowned Cleveland curator and museum director Sherman E. Lee (1918–2008).

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Sat., November 17, 2018, 2:00 pm
Recital Hall

CMA curator of African Art, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, presents “African Art: Old Idiom / New Forms in Our Fashion.” He aims to expand understanding of the arts of Africa through landmark acquisitions and innovative exhibition strategies that link historical, modern, and contemporary African arts.