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.


In This Series
John Coney, chocolate pot, 1701

Gallery Activities and Tours

Art + Food: Chocolate
August 27, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

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

Franz Kline's painting, Probst I

Gallery Activities and Tours

Thinking, Perceiving, and Feeling Abstraction: Georgia O'Keeffe...
August 28, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

This gallery talk, led by Samuel Ewing, graduate student lecturer, will track the various ways to think, perceive, and even feel abstraction.

Detail of Imogen Cunningham's photograph, Frida Kahlo Rivera, Painter and Wife of Diego Rivera

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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Photography
August 31, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

This talk led by Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, will explore the many ways that photographs played a role in Kahlo and Rivera’s paintings...

Detail of Luca della Robbia's sculpture Virgin and Child with Lilies

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Conservation of Artwork in Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in...
September 4, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellow of Objects Conservation, Casey Mallinckrodt will discuss the conservation process used for the objects on ...

Terry Winters' untitled 1994 drawing

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Terry Winters: The Structure of Things
September 8, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Curator of Prints and Drawings, Clifford Ackley, for a closer look at this special exhibition.

Community Arts Initiative

Gallery Activities and Tours

Artist Talk on Community Arts Initiative: Second Hands
September 10, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join Maria Molteni, this year’s Community Artist Project Leader, as she walks through the exciting and complex journey that she and 150 youth from 10...

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Art + Food: A “Taste” of the Museum Collection
September 11, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Join food historian, Laura Ziman, for a visual “taste” of objects across the MFA collection.

Gallery Activities and Tours

The Pardessus de Viole
September 12, 2016
11:00 am12:00 pm

Local performer Carol Lewis will discuss the history, repertoire, and construction of the pardessus de viole, which is smallest and highest member of...

Detail of wreath with two-headed figure and serpent

Gallery Activities and Tours

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence
September 14, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Join curatorial research fellow of decorative arts and sculpture, Courtney Harris, for a closer look at “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in...

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Making Modern: A Curator's Perspective
September 15, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join John Moors Cabot Chair of Art of the Americas, Elliot Bostwick Davis, for this in-depth talk.

Detail of Max Beckmann's portrait of Perry T. Rathbone

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Faces of Friends: El Greco, Van Gogh, Beckmann, Kahlo
September 17, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join Barbara Martin, Alfond Curator of Education, to consider four compelling portraits by master painters and what we know of the relationships...

Detail of wreath with two-headed figure and serpent

Gallery Activities and Tours

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence
September 18, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Join Art of Europe curator of decorative arts and sculpture and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica, Marietta Cambareri, for a closer look at “...

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