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
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

Gallery Activities and Tours

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...

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...

Gallery Activities and Tours

The Lyra: Traditional Fiddle of Greece
October 5, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Local performer Beth Bahia Cohen will discuss the history, repertoire, and playing technique of a small fiddle known as the lyra, a traditional...