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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

In the Galleries: Words and Jazz
In the Galleries: Words and Jazz
Thursday, September 04, 2014
06:00 PM–07:00 PM
Join us in our Renaissance and Baroque galleries as we explore musical interpretations of some of our most dramatic works of art. Visitors will engage in dialogue about the art in the galleries with John Shields, the Walters’ Manager of Docent Programs, and jazz violinist David Schulman, who will provide musical interpretations. You won't want to miss this unique gallery experience.
Mysteries of the Star-Spangled Banner Manuscript
Thursday, September 11, 2014
06:00 PM–07:00 PM
Did you know that the Star-Spangled Banner manuscript once traveled the entire United States by train? Or that it was used as an attraction to sell War Bonds? Or that it was once owned by the Walters Art Museum? The mysteries of this historical document, now in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society, are the topic of a lecture given by Elissa O'Loughlin, former senior paper conservator at the Walters Art Museum and the National Archives and Records Administration.
Make Night: Paint Party
Make Night: Paint Party
Thursday, September 18, 2014
06:00 PM–07:30 PM
Please join us for our first in a series of creative Make at the Walters programs. Make nights are unique, dynamic museum programs that let you be creative. Led by a local artist, the Make Night: Paint Party will let you mix and mingle and take home a masterpiece of your own making. Pre-registration required. One complimentary drink ticket included.
Collateral Damage: The Fate of Cultural Property during Armed Conflict
Sunday, September 21, 2014
02:00 PM–03:30 PM
The 2003 looting of the Iraq National Museum shocked the world. But despite new efforts to save world treasures, the loss of cultural property during armed conflicts is on the rise. Corine Wegener, Smithsonian Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, will talk about her work as a U.S. Army “Monuments Man” in Iraq. Terry Drayman-Weisser, Walters Director of Conservation, will describe damage to Iraq’s ancient Nimrud ivories and continuing efforts to preserve Iraq’s cultural heritage.
Pop-Up Book-making Workshop with Paul Johnson
Pop-Up Book-making Workshop with Paul Johnson
Thursday, October 02, 2014
06:00 PM–09:00 PM
Paul Johnson, one of the U.K.'s most distinguished paper engineers will lead you through making your own pop-up toy theater. This workshop is for adults ages 21+. Registration fee includes materials and one complimentary drink ticket.
The Art of Ancient Hairdressing
The Art of Ancient Hairdressing
Thursday, October 02, 2014
06:00 PM–07:00 PM
See ancient sculpture in a whole new way through the eyes of hairdressing archaeologist, Janet Stephens. Find out how ancient Greeks and Romans created their elaborate and beautiful hairstyles without hairspray, bobby pins, or even shampoo!
Decorating with Love: Themes of Romance for an Early Renaissance Palace near Venice
Sunday, October 12, 2014
02:00 PM–03:00 PM
This lecture explores the “garden of love” and other romantic themes for the decoration of palaces in the region of Venice during the fifteenth century. Professor Jaynie Anderson will focus on a “garden of love” (National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia) and the closely related, extraordinary series of three monumental panel paintings representing the romance of Paris and Helen in the Walters, the first panel of which has been conserved and is now installed in the Knight’s Hall.
Make Night: Photography and Composition
Make Night: Photography and Composition
Thursday, October 16, 2014
06:00 PM–07:30 PM
David Sloan, community artist and production manager for Wide Angle Youth Media, will review the essentials of good composition, take you into the galleries to explore, and discuss what makes a compelling visual story.
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, Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, will bring alive the personalities of art collectors and those who influenced their taste as they formed some of America’s most dazzling and admired collections. Their motivations and methods of acquisition will be explored, as will the philanthropic legacies of Gilded Age collectors, many of whom established their collections as public museums.
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 relates the riveting story of the art collecting and cultural philanthropy of three generations of the Huntington family, which culminated in Henry E. Huntington’s founding of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in southern California. She describes the Huntingtons’ phenomenal art acquisitions, shedding light on the motives that shaped American collecting. A story that is gripping, amazing, humorous, and finally triumphant. A book-signing follows.
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
"An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene's Journey from Prejudice to Privilege" tells the secret life of the sensational woman behind the Morgan masterpieces, who lit up New York society. 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. Book-signing follows. Books available for purchase in the Museum Store.
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.
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 at the Walters: Rye
Make at the Walters: Rye
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 at the Walters. In support of our special exhibition From Rye to Raphael, this whiskey workshop will explore the background of rye and its contribution to Maryland’s history and economy, and will include three tastings. Snacks will be served. Must be 21 or over to register. Pre-registration required.
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 at the Walters
Thursday, January 15, 2015
06:00 PM–08:00 PM
Please join us for this month’s special edition of MAKE @ the Walters. MAKE nights are 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. This program will sell out. Registration opens early Spring 2015. Please check back for more details.