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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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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

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Sat., October 12, 2019, 2:00 pm

Michelangelo devised an extraordinary number of figural poses throughout his career. This talk will consider how he used drawing to come up with so many figures, what they shared, and how his approach compared to that of contemporaries such as Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., October 29, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

Curator Emily Peters leads a tour through this exhibition, which offers a unique opportunity to look over the shoulder of the artist and better understand his creative process. Preregistration and exhibition ticket required. Limit 25.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Sat., November 2, 2019, 3:00 pm
The Dr. Ranajit K. Datta Distinguished Lecture in Indian Art
Gartner Auditorium

Deborah Klimburg-Salter, University Professor Emerita at the Institute of Art History, University of Vienna, and associate in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University, presents her most recent research on the Buddhist and Hindu sites along the southern Silk Roads.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wed., November 13, 2019, 5:30 pm
Edward J. Olszewski Lecture in Renaissance Art
Recital Hall

Coinciding with the unprecedented exhibition, Michelangelo: Mind of the Master, the lecture will propose that the artist evoked this Eucharistic association at the Laurentian Library by designing a “cathedral of learning,” yet expressed his own spiritual beliefs by forging a somaesthetic bond between readers and God.

Speaker: Daniel Savoy is an Associate Professor of Art History and Digital Media Arts at Manhattan College.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
  • Tue., November 19, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

Curator Emily Peters leads a tour through this exhibition, which offers a unique opportunity to look over the shoulder of the artist and better understand his creative process. Preregistration and exhibition ticket required. Limit 25.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 10:30am
  • Tue., December 3, 2019, 10:30 am
Gartner Auditorium

Open to the public. $50 regular seating, $100 patron preferred seating. Order online or call the ticket center at 216-421-7350. Limit two tickets per order.

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Fri., December 13, 2019, 6:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

Curator Emily Peters leads a tour through this exhibition, which offers a unique opportunity to look over the shoulder of the artist and better understand his creative process. Preregistration and exhibition ticket required. Limit 25.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Maria Hassabi, STAGING: Solo #2 (2017). Installation view at Centre Pompidou, Paris. Courtesy the artist; Koenig & Clinton, New York; The Breeder, Athens. Photo credit Thomas Poravas.
  • Sat., December 14, 2019, 2:00 pm
THE FRAN AND WARREN RUPP CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS LECTURE SERIES
Morley Lecture Hall

Artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi (b. Cyprus) is based in New York City and Athens. Her performances and installations probe the relationship between the live body and the still image, utilizing stillness and the velocity of deceleration as both technique and subject. In her lecture “Paradox of Stillness,” Hassabi discusses the distinct choreographic practice that she has developed over the years.