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Thursday Nights at the Walters

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016–Monday, December 18, 2017

Time: 05:00 PM–09:00 PM

Open until 9 p.m. each Thursday, the Walters welcomes you to discover the collection, take in a gallery talk, make art, and spend time with friends.

Ferocious Beauty: Wrathful Deities from Tibet and Nepal

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016–Sunday, April 23, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM

Striking works of Himalayan art depict wrathful Buddhist deities with fearsome qualities. Although they may appear intimidating, these deities use their power to guard against antagonists and thwart obstacles to the spiritual goals of their devotees. Featuring nearly a dozen sculptures and paintings drawn primarily from the John and Berthe Ford Collection, this exhibition deepens our understanding of these compelling images.

Celebrating Women of the Renaissance

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Time: 06:30 PM–07:15 PM

Join us for a special talk held in conjunction with Women’s History Month. Virginia Treanor, Associate Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will discuss Ginevra Aldrovandi Hercolani by Lavinia Fontana (1552–1614), as well as the experiences of women artists and patrons in the Renaissance.

Members Tour—Medieval to Victorian: Women and the Book

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time: 12:30 PM–01:30 PM

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join curator Lynley Herbert, Robert and Nancy Hall Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, for a behind-the-scenes tour of manuscripts made for, and by, women. The tour includes a first peek at a newly acquired Edwardian book, the Clothilde Missal.

Make Night: Meditation

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time: 06:00 PM–08:00 PM

The imposing deities on view in the special exhibition Ferocious Beauty are meant to help their followers overcome challenges. Following a brief tour of the exhibition, Allison Korycki of YogaWorks will hold a guided meditation session on the Sculpture Court. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat.

African American Cultural Celebration

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM–04:00 PM

Learn how the next generation of Baltimore’s artists and leaders are harnessing the power of art to tell their own unique stories. Hear presentations by young local artists, enjoy family friendly art-making activities, and stop by the Pixilated Photo Booth to mark the day.

LabBodies presents Recharging the Canon

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time: 07:00 PM–08:30 PM

LabBodies, a Baltimore-based laboratory for performance art, brings new works created for the Walters the museum’s Sculpture Court and Ancient World galleries. These spectacular and colorful interventions connect ancient art with contemporary questions about race, religion, gender, and identity.

Illuminated Boxes: The Work of Henry Kupjack

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time: 02:00 PM–03:30 PM

The Walters Art Museum is proud to have Henry Kupjack’s Miniature Room with Greek Vases currently on view.  In this artist talk, Kupjack will discuss his career working on over 600 miniature rooms broadly, and will also address the detailed, precise use of lighting in his works. 

Rye Rocks at the Walters

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time: 07:00 PM–10:00 PM

Join us for this special cocktail party, named a 2016 Best of Baltimore winner by Baltimore Magazine for “Best Party for a Cause.”

Walk In Tour: The Painter's Use of Light

Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Time: 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

In connection with the Light City Baltimore festival, this special tour will discuss how painters use their technical skill to create dazzling and contrasting lighting effects in landscape, genre, and still life paintings.

Stargazing: Astrology and Astronomy

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time: 06:30 PM–09:00 PM

Tour the Walters’ collection of Roman art and learn about the role of the stars in ancient Roman mythology and daily life. Following the gallery talk, participants have the opportunity to use telescopes to navigate the night sky with the community astronomy group #popscope.

Elijah E. Cummings 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017–Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM

The Walters Art Museum is excited to host exhibitions on the museum’s Sculpture Court that highlight artworks by students.

Slow Art Day

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM

Be part of this global event celebrating art! Last year more than 200 museums and galleries, from Shanghai to Paris, participated. This year in Baltimore, stop by the Walters’ Dutch galleries and spend some time looking closely at art. Examine selected artworks for 20–30 minutes and share what you discover with other participants. At 2 p.m., meet up for a moderated conversation.

Toward Equity in the Arts

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 07:00 PM–09:00 PM

Join us for a conversation with local and national arts activists about equity in the arts. This talk will examine how race and class have impacted access and inclusion practices for funding, promotion, and exhibition opportunities in the arts, and will look at efforts to improve equity in these areas. The annual lecture is held in honor of the Walters’ founding Director of Education, Ted Low, and focuses on an important current topic in the museum field.

Thursday Night Gallery Drawing: Italian Renaissance

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 06:00 PM–08:00 PM

Strengthen your observational drawing skills and build your portfolio while exploring works of art in the Walters’ collection. Facilitated by a museum educator who is a practicing artist, each month we will explore a different area of the museum. The program is a ‘drop-in’ format, allowing participants to stay for as little or as long as they like. Basic materials are provided. Beginners welcome!

Members Tour—Luxury Silks in Early Italian Paintings: Materials and Techniques

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time: 12:30 PM–01:30 PM

Owning silk was a reflection of social status in medieval and Renaissance Italy. This talk by Pam Betts, Paintings Conservator, will give a brief overview of this luxury material—first imported into Italy and eventually manufactured there—and provide a close examination of how silks are represented in paintings.

Make Night: Casts and Molds with Baltimore Jewelry Center

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: 06:30 PM–09:00 PM

In this workshop, participants will explore the processes of mold-making & casting to create a unique brooch or pendant with tactile elements.

Edo Pop: Printmaking and Popular Culture in Pre-modern Japan

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Time: 02:00 PM–03:30 PM

Learn about the fashions, decadent entertainments, and urban pastimes of pre-modern Japan by exploring that culture’s ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints, with Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Welch will provide an overview of the social environment of Japan’s “floating world” by examining artists’ works from the 18th century to the present day. This annual lecture celebrates John and Berthe Ford’s philanthropy and insight as collectors. Reception to follow.

Peabody at Night: Peabody Dance

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time: 07:00 PM–08:30 PM

This group of pre-professional dancers will perform collaborative projects—inspired by works in the Walters’ collection—on the stunning Sculpture Court. Melissa Stafford, Director and Department Chair, and Constance Dinapoli, Artistic Coordinator of Contemporary Dance, will provide context and remarks on the program. Presented in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

A History of Pets: Cats and Dogs in the Walters Collection

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017

Time: 06:30 PM–07:15 PM

Domesticated animals have occupied very different roles in societies across time; in the present day, some pet owners even create social media accounts for their animals. Join Joanna Gohmann, Mellon Curatorial Fellow, and Hannah Burstein, Public Programs Coordinator, to learn about some of the ways that furry friends are depicted across the Walters’ collection.

Boshell Lecture: Dionysus Comes to Gaul

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Time: 02:00 PM–03:30 PM

The consumption of wine entangled the ancient Gauls (inhabitants of present-day France and Belgium) and their Roman colonizers in complex and unanticipated ways, economically and politically. Michael Dietler of the University of Chicago will explore the role wine played in a series of encounters between the Gauls and the Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans who traded with them beginning in the 7th century BC. Reception to follow.

Summer Camp Grades 1-5: Art Off the Page! (Half Day)

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017–Friday, June 30, 2017

Time: 09:00 AM–12:30 PM

Go beyond looking and discover what you can touch, smell, hear, and even taste in the galleries! Turn artifacts into music, sculptures into smells, and paintings into edible treats during this playful week.

Summer Camp Grades 1-5: Art Off the Page! (Full Day)

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017–Friday, June 30, 2017

Time: 09:00 AM–04:00 PM

Experience a unique blend of art-making, gallery exploration, and collaborative activities at the Walters Summer Camp.

Summer Camp Grades 1-5: Make Like an Egyptian (Half Day)

Date: Monday, July 3, 2017–Friday, July 7, 2017

Time: 09:00 AM–12:30 PM

Tumble into the tombs of Ancient Egypt to discover the arts and life of the past. Be careful, you might even meet a mummy! *pro-rated holiday week