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Lectures, Talks & Classes at the Museum

The Walters Art Museum offers a wide variety of ways to talk about art and ideas, through our free and ticketed lectures, seminars, talks and classes.

We offer many other events for adults at the museum. For a complete, printable list of them all, download the public programs brochure (PDF). To see every event at the museum, including exhibitions, family programs and more, browse the online calendar of events.

You can register online to attend these events or call to register by phone at (410) 547-9000, ext. 238. You can also e-mail us at adultprograms@thewalters.org.

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Upcoming Events

Collecting Histories and Collecting Mysteries: Great Art Collectors of America's Gilded Age
Thursday, October 23, 2014
07:00 PM–08:00 PM
Inge Reist will bring alive the personalities of Gilded Age collectors as they formed some of America’s most dazzling and admired collections. Her talk will also explore their motivations and methods of acquisition, as well as their philanthropic legacies. Reist is Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library.
Museum Hours
Museum Hours
Thursday, October 30, 2014
06:00 PM–07:45 PM
Jem Cohen’s elegant drama Museum Hours is the story of an unexpected friendship between Johan, a museum guard, and Anna, a enigmatic visitor, set against the backdrop of the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the city of Vienna. The museum becomes a mysterious crossroads that sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. 107 min. NR.
The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age
The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age
Sunday, November 02, 2014
02:00 PM–03:30 PM
Shelley M. Bennett's book provides fresh insights into the lives, fortune, collecting, and philanthropy of three generations of California’s Huntington family during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn more about their phenomenal art acquisitions, which culminated in the founding of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in southern California. Sponsored by the Boshell Foundation. This Gilded Age Talk celebrates the new installation, From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. A book signing follows. Copies will be available for purchase in the Walters’ Museum Store.
Bon Appetit: Food in Art
Bon Appetit: Food in Art
Thursday, November 06, 2014
06:00 PM–07:00 PM
Please join us for a special Thanksgiving edition of our popular In the Galleries series featuring Chef Cindy Wolf and Walters’ Executive Director Julia-Marciari-Alexander. This intimate conversation will explore the history of cuisine and the representation of food in art throughout the ages. You won’t want to miss this unique experience.
"An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene" Lecture and Book-signing
"An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene" Lecture and Book-signing
Sunday, November 09, 2014
02:00 PM–03:30 PM
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.
Make Night: Monoprints
Thursday, November 20, 2014
06:00 PM–07:30 PM
Please join Elissa O’Loughlin, former senior paper conservator at the Walters and the National Archives, for an evening of hands-on making as we create monoprints. Make Night is a unique, dynamic museum program blending good wine and craft beer, great company, and fantastic art-making experiences led by local creative minds. Pre-registration required. One complimentary drink ticket included.
Jessye Norman: In Conversation with Tom Hall
Jessye Norman: In Conversation with Tom Hall
Friday, December 05, 2014
07:00 PM–09:00 PM
Come hear Jessye Norman, one of America's most accomplished and beloved opera singers, discuss her new book Stand Up Straight and Sing! This Grammy Award-winning international opera star will offer perspectives on her life—from growing up in the South to performing on the world’s greatest stages in conversation with Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
Learning by Watching: Andean Textiles and the Fabric of Culture
Learning by Watching: Andean Textiles and the Fabric of Culture
Thursday, December 11, 2014
06:00 PM–07:00 PM
Andean textile specialist Dr. Ann Tiballi, the Andrew W. Mellon Curricular Facilitator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, will present “Learning by Watching: Andean Textiles and the Fabric of Culture.” During this engaging talk, Dr. Tiballi will explore the production of ancient American textiles, examine their significance, and discuss their impact on the broader material culture of the ancient Americas.
Make Night: Rye Whiskey Tasting
Make Night: Rye Whiskey Tasting
Thursday, December 18, 2014
06:00 PM–07:30 PM
Please join Doug Atwell and Rye Craft Cocktails at the Walters for a special holiday edition of Make Night. In support of our new installation From Rye to Raphael, this workshop will explore the background of rye whiskey and its contribution to Maryland’s history and economy, and will include three tastings. Register online for this event. Snacks will be served. Must be 21 or over to register.
Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey
Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey
Saturday, January 03, 2015
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.
Make Night
Thursday, January 15, 2015
06:00 PM–08:00 PM
Please join us for this month’s special edition of Make Night, a unique and dynamic museum program blending good wine and craft beer, great company, and fantastic art-making experiences led by local creative minds. Pre-registration required. This program will sell out. Please check back for more details.