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.

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

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017
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.

Make Night: Wooden Hula Hoops

Make Night: Wooden Hula Hoops

Thursday, May 18, 2017
06:30 PM–08:30 PM

Hula hoops are fun and functional, and a great excuse to feel like a kid again! Enjoy a docent-led tour of some of the Walters’ most impressive wood sculptures, and then participate in this exciting two-session Make Night workshop. Learn to build, sand, and paint your own hula-hoop using wood salvaged from deconstructed Baltimore homes with the Station North Tool Library’s Surface Project, and learn firsthand how materials can be reused in creative ways. Part two of the workshop will be held offsite on May 20 at Station North Tool Library, 417 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Boshell Lecture: Dionysus Comes to Gaul

Boshell Lecture: Dionysus Comes to Gaul

Sunday, May 21, 2017
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.