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Omnivorous Collectors

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014

Time: 02:00 PM–03:30 PM

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Like J.P. Morgan and other members of the Gilded Age elite, Henry Walters was an “omnivorous” collector of art. To mark the opening of From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story, Walters curator Jo Briggs, Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan Library and Museum, and John Ott, associate professor at James Madison University consider how discriminating purchasing cemented social relationships at the turn of the century.

"An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene" Lecture and Book-signing

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2014

Time: 02:00 PM–03:30 PM

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Heidi Ardizzone’s biography An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene’s Journey from Prejudice to Privilege tells the fascinating story of the secret life of the young librarian hired by J.P. Morgan to organize his rare book and manuscript collection in 1905. Greene became director of the Morgan Library and a celebrity in New York and the art world. Born to a family of free people of color, Greene changed her name, invented a Portuguese ancestry, and moved with ease in New York’s elite social circles. In 1932 she was among a select group of art historians and museum professionals retained by the Walters’ Trustees to review and catalog the collection before the new museum could open to the public.

Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2015

Time: 02:00 PM–03:00 PM


Highclere Castle has a rich and fascinating history that extends far beyond its television fame. Join architectural historian Curt DiCamillo as he explores Highclere, linking it to other historic houses, and explains how the fictional plotline of Downton Abbey has unexpected resonances with the castle's history. *Downton Abbey and Downton are registered trademarks of Carnival Film & Television Ltd.

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Members Opening - From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story

Date: 10/25/14

Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Members are invited to an exclusive evening reception. Be among the first to view this exciting installation celebrating the lives and legacy of Henry and William Walters and hear a talk by Jo Briggs, the Walters’ Assistant Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Art.

Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Gesture Drawing

Date: 10/25/14

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

NEW! Join us for a brand-new family drawing workshop! Young artists are invited to strengthen their observational drawing skills and build their portfolios while exploring works of art in the Walters’ collection. Let go of preconceived notions of drawing and find freedom in line, expression, and mark-making. Recommended for ages 9–13 and their favorite adults.

Sensory Morning

Date: 10/26/14

Time: 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for a morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for children with Sensory Processing Disorders and their entire family. Enjoy the collections of the Walters Art Museum during quiet, less stimulating hours. Tour selected galleries, participate in multiple hands-on stations that include tactile activities, visual supports, and interpretive materials, and create a work of art in the comfort of a private studio.

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