Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Included in general admission. Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.
June 26 & 28: Purposeful Play the Eames Way
Charles and Ray Eames understood the power of play in exploring and understanding the world around us. Influenced by contemporary child-rearing practices and inspired by toys and games of their youth, they created delightful toys that spawned serious ideas for young and old alike.
July 3 & 5 Ponti: Not Just Architecture
A highly regarded architect and editor of two arts magazines, Gio Ponti also designed home furnishings and industrial products. This iconic desk was one of many items for the home he devised including eating utensils and dinner plates.
July 10 & 12 Casteel Again: The Baayfaals
The Baayfalls offers an opportunity to revisit the key elements that make Jordan Casteel’s work extraordinary — her method of engaging subjects, her artistic process and her choice of colors and use of language. The worldview of the Senegalese Baayfalls from her Harlem neighborhood underscores the humanity of Casteel’s work.
July 17 & 19 The American Raphael
Known in England as “The American Raphael,” Benjamin West puts aside his renowned historical paintings and shows us the purity of love between his wife and their child. He uses proportion, expression and character in a manner that perhaps even the Italian Raphael would admire.
July 24 & 26 Look! Clocks Not Just for Time
It is TIME to discover or rediscover how the beauty of a decorative clock can enhance a home. Remember that both hands of many midcentury clocks point to the top for a Talk at 12 with no numbers!
July 31 & August 2 A British Medieval Mystery
This medieval painting, The Crucifixion, contains mysteries and contradictions. It is a work of art without a signature or a date and yet we know so much about it. Discover what this 600-year-old painting reveals.
August 7 & 9 Amida’s Western Paradise
The Taima Mandala is A visual depiction of the Amida Buddha’s Western Paradise as well as a distillation of Pure Land Buddhist thought. Our discussion will focus on the iconography and legends relating to this enlightened “realm” of Buddhism so popular in the United States today.
August 14 & 16 Alice Barnham and Her Sons
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Meet Alice Barnham, a successful businesswoman and mother who would be considered so today. She and her husband were a power couple of 16th century London. Her portrait tells a fascinating story.
August 21 & 23 Keith Haring’s Altarpiece
Keith Haring began his career as an artist in the mid-1970s with a focus on making his art accessible to all. This altarpiece, his final endeavor, is a poignant swan song to a body of work that became the visual language of the 20th century.
August 28 & 30 Three Young Girls
This intriguing portrait of three sisters is full of mystery. We don’t know their identity, but we will unravel clues to their lives and unfold part of their secrets.
September 4 & 6: Holbein, Artist for Henry VIII
September 11 & 13: Ghirlandaio, Italian Painter
September 18 & 20: The Magnificent Chandelier
September 25 & 27: Adams’ Error: Photo Making
October 9 & 11: The Merry Wives of Windsor
October 16 & 18: The Embodiment of Compassion
October 23 & 25: Marie Watt’s Vivid Butterfly
October 30 & November 1: El Anatsui: Metal & Light