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Dutch Treat

August 3, 2017

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

If These Walls Could Talk, Part II

July 6, 2017

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.

My Adventures In Southeast Asia and Nepal

My Adventures In Southeast Asia and Nepal

June 1, 2017

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.

Parvati, 18th century. Brass, 5 3/8 × 4 × 2 3/8 in. (13.7 × 10.2 × 6 cm). Private Collection, New York. T.2014.413.

Hindu Treasures

April 18, 2017

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum curators lead visitors on a 30-minute exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Join us in April as Curator of Asian Art Don Wood, Ph.D. gives us a special behind-the-scenes look

Portrait of an Adolescent and Mother and Child

Portrait of an Adolescent and Mother and Child

March 21, 2017

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum curators lead visitors on a thirty minute exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Join us in March as Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D. Deputy Director and The William Cary Hulsey

If Walls Could Talk, Part I

February 2, 2017

In her 1859 autobiography, the Irish novelist Sydney, Lady Morgan, wrote “What a strange disorderly place is an artist’s atelier and what stories it might tell if walls could talk!” On the walls of artists’ studios, auction house and gallery

Art & Conversation: Paintings in Peril: Painting Conservation at the BMA — Past, Present, and Future

April 7, 2016

Curator Robert Schindler looks at the issues surrounding conservation of European paintings at the BMA. He examines past conservation projects, recently completed projects, and the museum’s future needs. Comparisons of photos of before, during, and after show how markedly a proper treatment can improve the appearance of a work. Fascinating discoveries can be made about the history of a painting during the treatment process; and some of these stories are among the most interesting one can encounter as a curator or art historian.