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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Gallery Activities and Tours

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...

Bicycle sculpture

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Megacities Asia: Around the MFA
July 10, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Join exhibition co-curator, Al Miner, assistant curator of Contemporary Art, to explore the contemporary works from this exhibition that have been...

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What is a Body?
July 13, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Join John F. Cogan Jr. and Mary L. Cornille Chair of Art of the Ancient World, Rita Freed, and Art of Europe curator of decorative arts and sculpture...

The Seine at Chatou, an oil painting of a riverbank by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Plein Air Painting in France
July 14, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join curatorial research fellow Julia Welch for a closer look at a new installation of plein-air painting, highlighting works by Pissarro, Renoir,...

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Medieval Masters: Making and Meaning of Art in the Middle Ages
July 17, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Join Kress Fellow Dustin Aaron as we explore the materials and techniques used to create some of the MFA’s most iconic medieval works.

Red Ankhhafs

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Sean Townley: 7 Diadems/Red Ankhhafs
July 20, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Join assistant curator of Contemporary Art and special initiatives Liz Munsell for a closer look at “Sean Townley: 7 Diadems/Red Ankhhafs.”

Two kids in red aprons look at screen-print

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Community Arts Initiative: Second Hands
July 21, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts Emily Zilber for a closer look at the special exhibition “Community Arts...

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Art + Medicine: The Colors of Sound
July 24, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

This gallery talk will unite art and medicine through a discussion of synesthesia, a neurologic condition that causes the blending of the senses...

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How Art Can Help with Healing
July 27, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Canceled - Engage in a discussion with Emily Munson, Artful Healing coordinator, about how art making can be therapeutic, and why this initiative...

Ogata Gekko's woodblock print, Monkeys and Mount Fuji

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Year of the Monkey
July 28, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join Bettina Burr Conservator of Asian Conservation, Joan Wright, for a closer look at the special exhibition “Year of the Monkey.”

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Behind the Scenes: Seeing through the Surface of Art with X-...
July 30, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Paintings conservator Caitlin Breare and objects conservator Jessie Arista will discuss the uses of x-rays and other imaging techniques used to...

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The Early Saxophone
August 1, 2016
11:00 am12:00 pm

Peter H. Bloom, nationally-known performer and lecturer on modern and historical flutes, will discuss the invention of the saxophone in the 1840s and...

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