Talks at The Met this Week in August

This week is bringing a wide variety of art talks to The Met. Everything from Buddhism and aesthetic lifestyles to dogs of the medieval era will be covered throughout the month. Make sure you take the opportunity to visit with experts in any subject you are interested in.

On Thursday, August 2, Alice W. Schwarz, a museum educator, is coming to take a deeper look into the work and style of the French artist Georges de La Tour. This “A Closer Look—Georges de La Tour’s The Fortune Teller” talk will give you the opportunity to look at a beautiful piece of art and dive into the story and the style behind it.

Also on Thursday, Mellissa Huber discusses “The Pleasure of Beauty and the Pain of Ugliness: Exploring the Aesthetic Lifestyle.” Huber is a summer museum graduate intern. These interns will be discussing their specialties through August 9.

The Assistant Curator in the Department of Asian Art, Kurt Behrendt, has set up a discussion for August 3, this Friday, to talk about the artistic exchange through trade, military conquest and the diffusion of Buddhism at the “Buddhism Along the Silk Road: 5th-8th Century” exhibition tour.

Other talks you can look forward to include those at The Met’s Cloisters, where experts will discuss “Medieval Dogs.” If you’re a fan of abstract art, there’s a talk for you on Sunday, August 5. If you prefer American art, head to The Met on Tuesday, the 7th, for “Constructing Home.” A more complete list follows.

Thursday, August 2—

  • 11:00 – 12:00: A Closer Look—Georges de La Tour’s The Fortune Teller
  • 3:30 – 4:30: The Pleasure of Beauty and the Pain of Ugliness: Exploring the Aesthetic Lifestyle

Friday, August 3—

  • 10:00 – 11:00: Exhibition Tour—Buddhism Along the Silk Road: 5th-8th Century
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Palace Plaques from the Court of Benin
  • 7:00 – 8:00: Great European Patrons and Collectors

Saturday, August 4—

  • 11:00 – 12:00: When Kingdoms Collided: African Art in the Age of Exploration
  • 12:00 – 1:00: Medieval Dogs (at The Cloisters)
  • 2:00 – 3:00: Medieval Dogs (at The Cloisters)

Sunday, August 5—

  • 11:00 – 12:00: How “Abstraction” in Renaissance Drawing Informs Contemporary Art

Tuesday, August 7—

  • 11:00 – 12:00: An Unlikely Pair—Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya and Marble sarcophagus with the Triumph of Dionysos and the Seasons
  • 3:30 – 4:30: Constructing Home: American Art and Domestic Spaces

If you’re looking to stay near The Met during your trip to New York, there are a variety of hotels in the area. The Comfort Inn Central Park West is less than a mile away, while the Quality Inn, Astor On The Park and the Bentley are all under a mile and a half away.

Each of these talks will give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons, become more knowledgeable on the subject and give you a deeper insight into art. Before or after the talk, explore the museum’s many exhibits. The talks are all included with museum admission, though some have limited seating.

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