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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
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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.

A la Table with Monet and Manet: A French Wine Tasting Dinner

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Time: 07:00 PM–10:00 PM

Celebrate French food, wine, and art through dinner in the 19th century gallery in this winter iteration of Artful Dining. Presented in partnership with Jerry Pellegrino, Chef/ Co-Owner of Schola.

Peabody at Night: Peabody Dance

Date: Thursday, January 26, 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.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM–04:00 PM

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with art activities and traditional Lunar New Year performances by the Baltimore Chinese School, the Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe, and the Korean dance groups Sang Hee Ju Traditional Dance Company and Stepping Stones.

Ferocious Beauty Gallery Talk

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Time: 06:30 PM–07:15 PM

Tour the Ferocious Beauty exhibition with curator Katherine Kasdorf, Wieler-Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, and learn about wrathful Buddhist deities. Though they appear intimidating, these deities are beneficial, using their power to help devotees overcome challenges to their spiritual goals.

Make Night: Encaustic Painting

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time: 06:00 PM–09:00 PM

Encaustic, or hot wax, painting has been used by artists from the time of ancient Egypt until today. Artist Christine Sajecki will show participants how to work in this versatile medium and explain why it has stood the test of time.

Peabody Preparatory Strings

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

This special concert will be directed by Rebecca Henry, who holds the Scott Bendann Chair in Classical Music at the Peabody Institute, and will feature performances by the Young People’s String Program, Performance Academy for Strings, and Pre-Conservatory Violin Program. Presented in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Peabody at Night: Sam Bessen, horn, and Paula Maust, harpsichord

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 07:00 PM–08:30 PM

Rediscover the Walters’ Greek galleries with your eyes and ears during performances by Sam Bessen, horn, and Paula Maust, harpsichord. Each musician will explore the connections between art, music, and mythology in this special night-time edition of the Walters’ Peabody on the Court series. Presented in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Sensory Morning

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Time: 09:00 AM–11:00 AM

Join us for a morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for visitors with Sensory Processing Disorders and their entire family. Educators from the Walters Art Museum and therapists from Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders facilitate all program activities.

Drawing from the Classics Teacher Workshop

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Time: 01:00 PM–03:30 PM

Practice your drawing skills while exploring the Walters’ collection of ancient art. Educators will share strategies and techniques for teaching observational drawing using museum objects along with connections for classroom instruction.

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.

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.

Labbodies presents Recharging the Canon

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time: 07:00 PM–08:30 PM

This one night, two person performance features new work by multimedia artists Hoesy Corona and Ada Pinkston in response to the collections housed in the Walters’ Sculpture Court, Egyptian galleries, and Ancient Near East galleries. Pinkston’s From God’s Name to No Name will lead viewers in a ritualized procession through the galleries, while Corona’s Nododies Gala will act as a quincianera celebration of his longest ongoing performance Hoesy, and highlight the museum’s Mexican earthenware collection.

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.

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!

Member 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.