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Events for Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thursday Nights at the Walters

Thursday Nights at the Walters

Date Thursday, September 5, 2013–Friday, December 18, 2015

Time 05:00 PM–09:00 PM

Discover how the Walters comes alive at night! Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m., you can wander the galleries, see special exhibitions for FREE, eat in our café and find the perfect gift at the museum store.

Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series

Date Saturday, September 14, 2013–Sunday, April 13, 2014

Time 10:00 AM–05:00 PM

Painter Jacob Lawrence is known for using a series format to render in colorful expressive imagery and text the narrative stories of historical African American figures like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Each of the eight works on view in Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series (1990) describes a passage from the book of Genesis in the King James version of the Bible.

Bookbindings from the Gilded Age

Bookbindings from the Gilded Age

Date Saturday, October 26, 2013–Sunday, May 18, 2014

Time 10:00 AM–05:00 PM

During the late 19th and early 20th century, fine book binding enjoyed a golden age of creativity and lavish decoration. These handmade, individual and highly personal objects were made not only to protect the texts they contained, but also to be admired and appreciated as portable decorative masterpieces in their own right.

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Date Sunday, February 23, 2014–Sunday, May 11, 2014

Time 10:00 AM–05:00 PM

The Japanese art of flower arranging, or ikebana, has inspired the creation of extraordinary ceramic containers. This exhibition outlines the history of some of Japan’s major schools of ikebana and displays a wide variety of contemporary ceramics created in harmony with the most modern floral conventions.

ARTKIDS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: Aiko's Flowers

Date Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Time 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Explore Japanese art! Aiko's Flowers by Rui Umezawa. You and your child will use all of your senses during this 90-minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour, and an art activity.

ARTKIDS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: Aiko's Flowers

Date Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Time 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Explore Japanese art! Aiko's Flowers by Rui Umezawa. You and your child will use all of your senses during this 90-minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour, and an art activity.

Super Thursday: In Full Bloom

Date Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time 05:00 PM–09:00 PM

Art, fashion, flowers, libations, and music come together in the beautiful Sculpture Court and galleries of the Walters Art Museum. Enjoy a fashion show, floral arrangements and the special exhibition "Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics". The event is free and open to the public. Register to receive a complimentary drink.

The Garden Shed

Date Friday, April 4, 2014–Sunday, April 6, 2014

Time 10:00 AM–05:00 PM

A popular tradition of our Art Blooms celebration, the Garden Shed is a pop-up store in the Museum Cafe area features flower-related items, garden ornaments and furniture.

Art Blooms: Lecture & Luncheon

Date Friday, April 4, 2014

Time 10:30 AM–02:00 PM

Margot Shaw, founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine "flower" will give a lecture and demonstration in the Graham Auditorium followed by a luncheon on the Sculpture Court. Arrangements will be auctioned following the lecture.

Art Blooms 25th Anniversary Celebration: For the Love of Art and Flowers

Art Blooms 25th Anniversary Celebration: For the Love of Art and Flowers

Date Friday, April 4, 2014–Sunday, April 6, 2014

Time 10:00 AM–05:00 PM

Since 1989, the Women's Committee has hosted this signature event which not only enhances the Walters' collection with interpretive floral arrangements by over 30 regional garden clubs, but also raises funds in support of the Committee's Education Endowment Fund and special museum projects. This year, the display will be located in the museum's Palazzo Building that houses 15th- to 18th-century paintings, sculptures, and jewelry.

Art Blooms 25th Anniversary Dinner

Date Saturday, April 5, 2014

Time 06:30 PM–10:30 PM

To toast the milestone 25th anniversary of Art Blooms, a sit-down dinner will be held on the beautiful Sculpture Court in the Palazzo Building. A special surprise will be in store for guests during the cocktail hour.

ARTKIDS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: Aiko's Flowers

Date Saturday, April 5, 2014

Time 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Explore Japanese art! Aiko's Flowers by Rui Umezawa. You and your child will use all of your senses during this 90-minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour, and an art activity.

Drop-In Art Activities: Flowers & Vessels

Date Saturday, April 5, 2014–Monday, April 28, 2014

Time 10:00 AM–03:00 PM

Travel to Japan with us and explore the colors and smells of Japanese flowers! Squish clay into a vase, create new species of flowers with a needle and thread, and design a garden using printmaking! Take inspiration from our special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, as we explore the simple beauty of Asian art!

Ikebana Floral Demonstration by Ikebana International

Ikebana Floral Demonstration by Ikebana International

Date Sunday, April 6, 2014

Time 02:00 PM–03:00 PM

Generously sponsored by the Women’s Committee during Art Blooms, this program, one in a series of three, will feature masters from Ikebana International demonstrating the art of Ikebana for a live audience. Ikebana, a traditional form of artistic expression, combines organic material, most notably flowers, and specially chosen vessels, as seen in the special exhibition, into works of art that are aesthetically unique to Japanese culture.

ARTBABIES PROGRAM: Seedlings

Date Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

ArtBabies invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers with children birth to 12 months of age to bond, play, and learn in the museum galleries during this 60 minute class. Each program includes activities for play and sensory exploration within our galleries and age-appropriate activities in the comfort of our private studio. Cooing and crying are welcome!

Members Tour: Challenges and Care of Southeast Asian Lacquer

Members Tour: Challenges and Care of Southeast Asian Lacquer

Date Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

Part of our series of Members Tours. One of the central roles of a museum is to conserve the treasures it holds. Each material offers its own challenges and requires different techniques for care and conservation. We invite members to join Meg Craft, Head of Object Conservation, to discuss the challenges presented by Southeast Asian lacquers. This tour will also give you the unique opportunity to interact with an object that has never before been displayed at the Walters!

Thursday Evening Gallery Talk: Celebrating Women in Art through the Ages

Thursday Evening Gallery Talk: Celebrating Women in Art through the Ages

Date Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time 06:00 PM–07:00 PM

Join John Shields, Manager of Docent Programs, on a historical survey of women in sculpture and painting from across the Walters’ permanent collection.

Peabody on the Court Music Series

Peabody on the Court Music Series

Date Friday, April 11, 2014

Time 12:00 PM–01:00 PM

This Peabody on the Court Music Series concert will feature The Occasional Symphony, with conductor Stephen Mulligan. Held on the Renaissance Sculpture Court, these free concerts are presented on select Fridays in partnership with the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.

FREE Asian Art Family Festival

FREE Asian Art Family Festival

Date Saturday, April 12, 2014

Time 10:00 AM–04:00 PM

Discover 2,000 years of Japanese culture through art, theater, and a special tea ceremony performance. Listen to traditional Japanese music and channel the plants, animals, and environments of Asia through yoga poses. Create a haiku, make a mask, paint a vase, and build a pagoda. Take a deep breath in the midst of our amazing Asian art collection and visit the special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, for FREE today!

John & Berthe Ford Annual Lecture in Asian Art with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai

John & Berthe Ford Annual Lecture in Asian Art with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai

Date Sunday, April 13, 2014

Time 02:00 PM–03:00 PM

In the last two decades, there has been an increased interest in Asian contemporary art in the West. Artists from millennial civilizations, such as China and India, often make use of traditional sources and attitudes that are culturally specific and historically rooted. This illustrated lecture by Dr. Vishakha  N. Desai, President Emerita of Asia Society, will explore and highlight the pre-modern traditions that permeate art practices in India and China today.

Walk-In Tour: Highlights of the Walters

Walk-In Tour: Highlights of the Walters

Date Sunday, April 13, 2014

Time 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

“Highlights of the Walters” explores painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts from antiquity to the 19th century. This is one of the free, weekly walk-in tours. No reservations are required. Just walk in and enjoy!

ARTCUBS PRE-TODDLER PROGRAM: Seedlings

Date Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

ArtCubs invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers with children 13-23 months of age to sing and sway during this 60 minute class. Each program includes activities that strengthen rhythm and movement within our galleries as well as age-appropriate activities in the comfort of our private studio. Wobbling and waltzing are welcome!

ART TOTS PROGRAM: Sprouts

Date Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time 10:00 AM–11:00 AM

ArtTots is our early childhood museum program specially designed just for 2-3 year olds and their favorite adult! Each ArtTots class will introduce toddlers to art and the museum through age-appropriate short stories, gallery play activities, and an art activity. Explore Japanese art!

Spring Break Art Activities

Date Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time 09:00 AM–03:00 PM

Take a break and explore the new season with some spring-inspired art! Stop by an ArtCart or make your own work of art in the studio. These activities are free, with no registration required.