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., 02/20/2020
E.g., 02/20/2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Sat., February 29, 2020, 2:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Renée Sentilles, professor of history at Case Western Reserve University, and Mark Bassett, instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, join Stephen Harrison, curator of Tiffany in Bloom, for a lively conversation about women artists in Tiffany Studios, including Ohio native and CIA graduate Clara Driscoll, in the context of women’s changing roles in the early 20th-century workplace.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wed., March 4, 2020, 6:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

Photographer Sophie Schwartz, daughter of collectors Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz, discusses the importance of the contact sheet in the darkroom process and reflects on works in the exhibition. Free; ticket required. Space is limited.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Self Portrait
  • Tue., March 10, 2020, 12:00 pm
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery (230)

Join curator Barbara Tannenbaum to explore the work of Ilse Bing and learn about her involvement with feminist art movements in 1930s Europe and 1970s America. Free; ticket required. Space is limited.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Sat., March 14, 2020, 10:00 am
Morley Lecture Hall

In anticipation of a major exhibition and publication focused on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s holdings of 19th-century French drawings in spring 2022, scholars from across the globe present new research related to the materials, function, and collecting of drawings during this period.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
The Album, The MET
  • Wed., March 18, 2020, 5:30 pm
Morley Lecture Hall

Edouard Vuillard (1868–1940) is best known for his small-scale genre scenes of intimate, daily life. Gloria Groom from the Art Institute of Chicago focuses on his lesser-known large-scale decorative paintings. Free; no reservation required.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Monkeys with Masks
  • Sun., March 22, 2020, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

Andrew Cappetta, manager of collection and exhibition programs, reveals how photographs play with reality and illusion. Free; ticket required. Space is limited.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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  • Wed., March 25, 2020, 5:30 pm
Harvey Buchanan Lecture in Art History and the Humanities
Recital Hall

In this illustrated lecture, Carolyn Kinder Carr, Case Western Reserve University alumna and former deputy director and chief curator at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, describes the arc of Sara Tyson Hallowell’s career.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Diop Moroccan Man
  • Sat., March 28, 2020, 2:00 pm
The Fran and Warren Rupp Contemporary Artists Lecture Series
Morley Lecture Hall

Senegalese fine art, fashion, and advertising photographer Omar Victor Diop (b.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Rothman Wildflowers
  • Thu., April 2, 2020, 6:00 pm
Transformer Station, 1460 West 29th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

CMA at Transformer Station
Join Andrew Cappetta, manager of exhibition and collection programs, for a discussion about the work of photographer Aaron Rothman, who uses a variety of analog and digital techniques to create sublime, abstract images of the western American landscape.

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Delphi Chariot
  • Fri., April 3, 2020, 5:30 pm
Julius Fund Lecture in Ancient Art
Morley Recital Hall

At the turn of the last century, what most Americans knew about Greek and Roman art they knew through the medium of plaster.