Gallery Activities and Tours

Join Museum curators, conservators, educators, independent scholars, artists, and graduate students for weekly gallery talks. Learn about art, culture, and history in the MFA collection. Talks focus on special exhibitions and the permanent collection. Select gallery talks offer a “behind-the-scenes” look at the work of conservators, exhibition designers, and other staff at the MFA. One-hour gallery talks are free with Museum admission and start in the Sharf Visitor Center. Please note: Gallery talks are geared toward an adult audience.


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Visiting Masterpieces- Pairing Picasso

Gallery Activities and Tours

Picasso: Considering Comparisons
June 18, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join Barbara Martin, Alfond Curator of Education, for this Gallery Talk.

Franz Kline's painting, Probst I

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Thinking, Perceiving, and Feeling Abstraction
June 19, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Rescheduled to a new date. This Gallery Talk has been moved to Sunday, August 28, 2-3 pm. This gallery talk led by Samuel Ewing, graduate...

Ogata Gekko's woodblock print, Monkeys and Mount Fuji

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Year of the Monkey
June 22, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Rescheduled to a new date. This Gallery Talk has been moved to Sunday, July 3, 2-3pm. Join curator for Japanese Prints, Sarah Thompson, for a...

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Reclining Nude, 1909

Gallery Activities and Tours

Figuring Expression, Building a Collection
June 23, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Explore a new installation of sculpture and paintings built around the MFA’s unique collection of early 20th century Expressionist art.

Gallery Activities and Tours

Art + Food: Porcelain Tableware in Europe, East to West
June 25, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join guest lecturer and food historian, Laura Ziman for this Gallery Talk.

Gallery Activities and Tours

Art + Science: The Age of Enlightenment, the Age of Reason
June 26, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Cancelled - Join guest lecturer Jennifer Stoner in a look at how artists such as John Singleton Copley portrayed the connection among art, science,...

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Behind the Scenes: Object Conservation and Renaissance Ceramics
June 29, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Catherine Mallinckrodt, Samuel H. Kress Object Conservation Fellow, will lead this Gallery Talk on object conservation and Renaissance glazed ...

Head of a priest (The Boston Green Head), 380–332 B.C.

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Faces from Ancient Egypt
June 30, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join Lawrence Berman, Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art, for this Gallery Talk.

Gallery Activities and Tours

Psst! Major MFA Treasures You Might Have Missed
July 2, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

In the further recesses of the MFA lie some great finds hiding in plain sight. Join guest lecturer, Martha Wright, and learn about these ...

Ogata Gekko's woodblock print, Monkeys and Mount Fuji

Gallery Activities and Tours

Year of the Monkey
July 3, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Join curator for Japanese Prints, Sarah Thompson, for a closer look at the exhibition “Year of the Monkey.”

Bicycle sculpture

Gallery Activities and Tours

Megacities Asia: Around the MFA
July 6, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Join exhibition co-curator, Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, to explore “Megacities: Asia” throughout the...

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Behind the Scenes: Conservation in Action, Benjamin West's...
July 9, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

During this Gallery Talk with assistant conservator Gwen Manthey, get up to date on the progress of the conservation treatment of this monumental...

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