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Memento Mori: A Night of Rogue Taxidermy

Memento Mori: A Night of Rogue Taxidermy

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Time: 06:00 PM–09:00 PM

Artist and rogue taxidermist Robert Marbury will join curator Joaneath Spicer for a talk highlighting examples of taxidermy in the museum’s Chamber of Wonders. Following the talk, guests are invited to watch an alternative taxidermy competition.

Telling Global Stories

Telling Global Stories

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015

Time: 01:30 PM–03:30 PM

How does globalization inform the way museums present art and history? This panel discussion features professionals from museums that have undertaken innovative displays in response to new ideas on “globalized” art history. The program concludes with a public dialogue about how the Walters might use its displays to reflect a broader cultural context.

Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Language of Shape

Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Language of Shape

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015

Time: 10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Understand the principles and basic language of shape as we learn to simplify complex forms. For children 9–13 years old and their favorite adults.

Gala 2015: An Evening on the Narada

Gala 2015: An Evening on the Narada

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015

Time: 06:00 PM–12:00 AM

Enjoy cocktails on the sculpture court, dinner in the galleries, and dancing into the night at this not-to-be-missed black-tie gala supporting the Walters. Stop by Harry's Wharfside Tavern for late night cocktails.

Party at the Walters 2015: An Evening on the Narada

Party at the Walters 2015: An Evening on the Narada

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015

Time: 09:00 PM–12:00 AM

Don’t miss this dessert-and-dancing party, featuring festive cocktails and open bar, DJ, and delectable desserts—presented by the Walters Enthusiasts, a young members group that supports the museum.

A Taste of Cherry

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time: 06:45 PM–09:00 PM

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s classic macabre film (1997, 95 min. Farsi with subtitles) explores the complex views Iranian citizens hold about life, culture, and religion, as the protagonist, Mr. Badii, drives around Tehran. Following the screening, film critic and director Godfrey Cheshire will lead a talk. Presented in partnership with the Maryland Film Festival.

Art Nouveau Jewels

Art Nouveau Jewels

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Time: 06:30 PM–07:15 PM

Spectacular Art Nouveau jewelry is an acknowledged highlight of the Walters’ collection. But were these pieces made to be worn and if so by whom? In this talk, visitors will discover the Parisian actresses and courtesans who dared to wear these provocative artworks.

Member Tour: Pearls on a String

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Time: 12:30 PM–01:30 PM

The first international loan exhibition of Islamic art to foreground stories about people, Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts emphasizes the role of human relationships in inspiring and sustaining artistic creativity. Curator Amy Landau gives an overview of the exhibition, which showcases more than 120 works of art in all media from a geographic area that spans the Bay of Bengal to the Mediterranean Sea.

Make Night: Inscribing the Self, Islamic Paper Marbling

Make Night: Inscribing the Self, Islamic Paper Marbling

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Time: 06:00 PM–09:00 PM

The first installment of this three-part workshop series explores traditional paper marbling techniques and block printing of geometric patterns. Learn to float paints on water, manipulate the patterns, and transfer the designs to paper. Then, hand-cut patterns into a printing block and use the marbled paper to pull prints.

Drawing from the Classics Teacher Workshop

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Time: 01:00 PM–03:00 PM

Educators will share strategies and techniques for teaching observational drawing using museum objects.

Free Monument Lighting Family Festival

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015

Time: 05:00 PM–08:00 PM

Celebrate the holiday season and the annual lighting of the Washington Monument during this free, family-friendly event! Enjoy seasonal performances, music, refreshments, and winter-inspired art activities!

High School STEAM Day

High School STEAM Day

Date: Friday, December 4, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM–12:30 PM

Join museum conservators, scientists, and educators for this two and a half hour program to introduce students to the role of science and conservation in an art museum.

Peabody on the Court Music Series

Peabody on the Court Music Series

Date: Friday, December 4, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM–01:00 PM

Please join us for this Peabody on the Court Music Series concert featuring a performer from the Peabody Institute's Harp Department. Held on the Renaissance Sculpture Court, these free concerts are presented on select First Fridays in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Local Lens: The Muslim Experience in Baltimore

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015

Time: 02:00 PM–03:30 PM

Moderated by Homayra Ziad, scholar of Islam at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, this panel discussion opens an important dialogue with Baltimore’s Black and Latino Muslim communities—groups largely ignored in cultural conversations about Islam—through the insights of professor Harold Morales from Morgan State University and entrepreneur Saafir Rabb from Interculture.

American Studio Orchestra presents "Pearls on a String"

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Time: 07:00 PM–09:00 PM

Baltimore-based American Studio Orchestra performs a new work commissioned by the Walters Art Museum: Pearls on a String, a multimedia piece in three parts, mirroring the exhibition’s vignettes. The work will be augmented in its world premiere at the Walters by projections of masterpieces from the show and a spoken narrative.

Holiday Concert: In the Moon of Wintertime

Holiday Concert: In the Moon of Wintertime

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2015

Time: 03:00 PM–04:30 PM

The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, directed by Mark Cudek, will be joined by the Baltimore Baroque Band, directed by John Moran and Risa Browder, in a varied program of Renaissance, Baroque, and Sephardic music to drive the cold winter away. Hot cider will be served at intermission. CDs will be available for sale in the Museum Store.

Make Night: Inscribing the Self, Islamic Calligraphy

Make Night: Inscribing the Self, Islamic Calligraphy

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015

Time: 06:00 PM–09:00 PM

The second installment of this three-part workshop series explores the history of the written word and its relationship to art, from the eras of the Persian Empire through modern practice. Learn about Persian calligraphy and practice the basics of writing the Persian alphabet in the Nasta‘liq calligraphic style. Participants are encouraged to use their marbled paper from the first workshop.

Humanizing the Past: Celebrating Persian Poetry & Painting

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016

Time: 06:30 PM–07:15 PM

Writer Firouzeh Dianat will read poems from historic and contemporary Persian poets in the intimate setting of the museum’s special exhibition gallery. Classic writings by Fayzi, Nizami, and Saadi will blend with offerings from poets like Simin Behbahani, whom President Obama recently quoted in a speech to the Iranian public.

Free Islamic Arts Family Festival

Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM–04:00 PM

This museum-wide extravaganza, inspired by the exhibition Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts, will feature dancers, storytellers, musicians, and artists. Families will participate in hands-on art activities using a variety of media to learn about Islamic arts and cultures. All ages welcome.

Make Night: Inscribing the Self, Islamic Bookbinding

Make Night: Inscribing the Self, Islamic Bookbinding

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Time: 06:00 PM–09:00 PM

The third installment of this three-part workshop series explores the history of books and manuscripts in Islamic culture. Learn the terms and techniques of Islamic bookbinding, and create your own hand-bound volume. Participants are encouraged to use the marbled paper from the first two workshops.