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Art & Conversation is for people who want to learn more about art in an informal and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of May and July, are held on the first Thursday of each month January through October at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments are available one half-hour prior in the Main Lobby. Lectures 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.

Five reasons to save the Art & Conversation dates

  • Have fun learning about art surrounded by the Museum’s stellar collection.
  • Talk with curators and experts in an informal setting.
  • Have a behind-the- scenes look at special exhibitions.
  • Meet people who share your interests and get involved with Museum programs.
  • Enjoy a complimentary dessert with the purchase of any entrée at Oscar’s when you stay for lunch.

February 2019

$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus Through the Ages

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

Dr. Robert Schindler takes a deeper look at the artworks in this Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus Through the Ages.

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March 2019

$12 for members // $17 for non-members

To Boldly Go Where No Artist Has Gone Before

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

Head Exhibition Designer Terry Beckham takes a look at NASA’s artist-in residence program and how artists helped pave the way to space.

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April 2019

$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Intersections of Faith: Guanyin and Mother Mary

April 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

Assistant Curator of Education Angela May discusses the similarities of Chinese bodhisattva Guanyin and the Virgin Mary.

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May 2019

$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Aesthetic Additions: Psychological Perspectives on Collecting from Rudolf II to Charles Foster Kane

May 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am /

Dr. Graham C. Boettcher discusses some of history’s greatest collectors, both actual and fictional, exploring the motivations of these passionate gatherers and what separates them from hoarders.

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June 2019

$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Foreign Intelligence: Secrets from the European Collection

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

Scholar Jim Wooten returns to share his latest research on the BMA’s collection, where he focuses on portraits of men and women from the past.

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July 2019

$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Mavis Pusey: Locating Legacies

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

Hallie Ringle, Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art, shares her research on lesser-known abstract artist Mavis Pusey.

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August 2019

$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Ways of Seeing: Fashion at the BMA

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

Curator of Education Rachel White speaks on the latest iteration of Ways of Seeing devoted to fashion across the Museum’s global collections.

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September 2019

$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Illustrious Wedgwood

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

Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch examines Wedgwood’s prolific medallion production.

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October 2019

$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

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

Silhouettes were at the height of their popularity in early 19th-century America. Discussing the important silhouettes in this fall’s featured exhibition, Dr. Katelyn Crawford, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, offers context on these rarely-seen paper objects.

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