The Walters Art Museum

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.

You can register online to attend these events or call to register by phone at (410) 547-9000, ext. 237. You can also e-mail us at adultprograms@thewalters.org.

Illuminating Women in the Medieval World

Illuminating Women in the Medieval World

Thursday, March 01, 2018

In conjunction with Women’s History Month, learn about the important and diverse roles of women in medieval society. Christine Sciacca, Associate Curator of European Art, 300–1400 CE, will not only discuss depictions of women in art, but also their impact as artists and patrons, using examples from the Walters collection. Following the talk, Sciacca will sign copies of her book Illuminating Women in the Medieval World, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Constructing Cultural Contexts: Museum Displays and Power Dynamics

Constructing Cultural Contexts: Museum Displays and Power Dynamics

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Where does cultural appropriation appear in museum displays? What can we as cultural workers and visitors do to change these paradigms of representation? Join cultural strategist and educator Keonna Hendrick for a conversation on cultural appropriation and strategies for combating it in institutional settings. Presented as the first in a three-part lecture series, Constructing Cultural Contexts, which examines museums through the respective lenses of race, gender, and religion.

Make Night: Textile Weaving

Make Night: Textile Weaving

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Taking inspiration from the Walters’ tapestries, textile artist April Camlin will guide participants in the construction of a basic loom. Attendees will receive basic weaving instruction and begin their own textile piece.

Constructing Cultural Contexts: Gendered Narratives

Constructing Cultural Contexts: Gendered Narratives

Sunday, March 18, 2018

How can interpretation and teaching at the museum begin to address narratives about women that are currently missing? How can museums use their collections to talk about the intersectionality of gender with race? Join Ravon Ruffin and Amanda Figueroa, founders of Brown Girls Museum Blog, for a conversation with Christine Sciacca, Associate Curator of European Art, about the presentation of gender at the museum. Presented as the second in a three-part lecture series, Constructing Cultural Contexts, which examines museums through the respective lenses of race, gender, and religion.

Buddhism and the Art of Enlightenment

Buddhism and the Art of Enlightenment

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Celebrated Tibetan Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman is the featured speaker for the Ford Lecture, which commemorates the Walters' new installation of Arts of Asia. A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Buddhist ideas to our daily lives. He has been named on of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, and is currently the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. Thurman has authored books including the Central Philosophy of Tibet and Circling the Sacred Mountain.

Crowning Glory: Art of the Americas Gallery Talk

Crowning Glory: Art of the Americas Gallery Talk

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Ellen Hoobler, William B. Ziff, Jr., Associate Curator of the Arts of the Americas, 1200 BCE–1500 CE, will provide an in-depth look at the exhibition Crowning Glory: Art of the Americas. Attendees will learn about the visual language of a diverse set of Pre-Columbian cultures and societies ranging in time and geography.

Mindfulness in the Galleries

Mindfulness in the Galleries

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Participate in an hour-long meditation session followed by a 15-minute docent-led discussion about the surrounding artwork. This program has limited space on a first come, first served basis. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel if you have one.

Floral Arranging Workshop

Floral Arranging Workshop

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Create your own flower arrangement at a workshop hosted by Sybil Brooke Sylvester in advance of A Spring Day at the Walters on Friday, April 13. Ticket price includes a wine-and-cheese reception and a take-home floral design. This workshop will be held offsite at Simply Beautiful Flowers, 1400 Clarkview Road, Baltimore, MD 21209.

A Spring Day at the Walters (Lecture & Light Lunch)

A Spring Day at the Walters (Lecture & Light Lunch)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Enjoy a floral arranging demonstration by celebrated Southern designer Sybil Brooke Sylvester, owner of Wildflower Designs in Birmingham. Her designs have been featured in Flower Magazine, Southern Living Weddings, Southern Accents, Coastal Living, Brides Magazine, and Birmingham Magazine. The lecture and floral arranging demonstration will be followed by a light lunch on the Sculpture Court. Sylvester will also do a book signing of her newest floral design book Fresh. Copies will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

A Spring Day at the Walters (Lecture Only)

A Spring Day at the Walters (Lecture Only)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Enjoy a floral arranging demonstration by celebrated Southern designer Sybil Brooke Sylvester, owner of Wildflower Designs in Birmingham. Her designs have been featured in Flower Magazine, Southern Living Weddings, Southern Accents, Coastal Living, Brides Magazine, and Birmingham Magazine. The lecture and floral arranging demonstration will be followed by a light lunch on the Sculpture Court. Sylvester will also do a book signing of her newest floral design book Fresh. Copies will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Make Night: The Art of Ice Cream

Make Night: The Art of Ice Cream

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hannah Spiegelman of the blog A Sweet History creates ice-cream flavors based on historical events and people. View the Walters’ own 18th-century ice cream pail, then learn how to make your own ice-cream inspired by objects from the Walters collection.

A Teen’s Perspective

A Teen's Perspective

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Did you know the Walters has a Teen Arts Council? WAMTAC members and museum staff will discuss the history of objects in the museum’s collection and why these works continue to be relevant today.

Constructing Cultural Contexts: Religious Pluralism in the Museum

Constructing Cultural Contexts: Religious Pluralism in the Museum

Sunday, May 06, 2018

How do secular museums contextualize religious and sacred objects? Should museum displays use one religion to contextualize another? Join Canadian contemporary artist Jamelie Hassan for a conversation with Amy Landau, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Islamic and South & Southeast Asian Art, about religious pluralism in the museum. Reception to follow.

Mindfulness in the Galleries

Mindfulness in the Galleries

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Participate in an hour-long meditation session followed by a 15-minute docent-led discussion about the surrounding artwork. This program has limited space on a first come, first served basis. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel if you have one.