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This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

March 2017
$10 for members // $15 for non-members

New Directions in Native American Art

March 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna discusses important emerging contemporary Native American artists while taking a look at new works installed in the Museum’s Native American gallery.

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April 2017

Third Space /Shifting Conversations about Contemporary Art

April 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

The BMA is proud to present Third Space, the first large exhibition of contemporary art from the Museum’s own collection. It highlights more than 100 works of art including painting, sculpture, photography, and video. Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and…

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May 2017
$10 for members // $15 for non-members

It’s Not What (Or Who) You Think It Is

May 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

Curator of European Art Robert Schindler presents new research on the BMA’s collection, particularly our holdings of 18th century French paintings, including some exciting new discoveries that upend long-held beliefs.

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June 2017
$10 for members // $15 for non-members

My Adventures In Southeast Asia and Nepal

June 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

Docent and Tour Coordinator Angela May shares her photos and anecdotes from her research in Southeast Asia and Nepal. She explores the differences between the presentation of Asian art in our galleries and the art in its original context.

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July 2017
$10 for members // $15 for non-members

If These Walls Could Talk, Part II

July 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

Deputy Director and The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher relates the surprising stories behind masterworks in the Museum’s American collection and their former owners.

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August 2017
$10 for members // $15 for non-members

Dutch Treat

August 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

Whether a permanent collection gallery or a temporary installation, it takes the contribution of the entire museum team to produce the exhibitions that visitors enjoy and have come to expect. Head Exhibitions Designer Terry Beckham shares with us the process…

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September 2017
$10 for members // $15 for non-members

Wedgwood At The World’s Fairs

September 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

Chief Curator and Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts Anne Forschler-Tarrasch talks about the importance of the world’s fairs to Wedgwood, the objects or types of objects the company exhibited at these fairs, and…

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October 2017
$10 for members // $15 for non-members

The Weldon Collection of Asian Art

October 5 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

The gift of the Asian art collection of Henry H. and June deH Weldon to the BMA is transformative. It contains over 450 major works from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia spanning thousands of years of history and enriches…

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