Adult Programs

The Carlos offers a wide variety of public programs for adults related to the museum's collections and exhibitions, including lectures, the Carlos Reads Book Club, chamber music concerts, cooking classes, and more. Click on listings below for descriptions of programs below or visit the Museum calendar for specific information on scheduled programs.

Support for educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare & Margaret C. Clare Foundation, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

A civilized learning experience. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as museum curators and Emory faculty members and graduate students discuss works of art in the collections and exhibitions. These programs are free and open to the Emory community and the public.

Programs for Spring semester include:

Thursday, January 26
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Before painting and firing a vase, Athenian artists made sketches on the surface of the clay using wood or charcoal. Julianne Cheng, graduate student in Emory’s Art History Department, discusses ways in which Reflectance Transmission Imaging (RTI) has helped to uncover elaborate preliminary sketches on works by the late archaic Athenian cup-painter, Onesimos, student of Euphronios, in the Carlos collection.

Thursday, February 9
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Amanda Hellman, curator of African art at the Carlos, discusses a Makonde Lipiko mask in the African collection and the Mapiko festival in Mozambique at which it would have been performed.



Museum Tours

PUBLIC TOURS: Members of the Museum's Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Museum.

Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. Please call 404-727-0519 to schedule a tour for your group. Please call at least two weeks in advance.

Museum Moments is a tour designed for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Experiencing the art of the ancient world at the Carlos Museum can spark the imagination, trigger memories, and encourage a shared experience in a beautiful setting. Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or dementia are invited to attend Museum Moments tours with their family member or a caregiver. The tour is available at 1 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May.  Please contact Clare Fitzgerald by email or by phone at 404 727 2363 to make a reservation.  

Stools for this program were made possible by a gift from Sylvia Dodson in memory of her husband, James Dodson.


Highlights of the Collection Audio Tour
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation and the Morgens West Foundation, the Carlos Museum is pleased to introduce a new multimedia audio guide to the permanent collections. The guides include fifty minutes of new material, featuring expert commentary from museum curators and Emory faculty members from a number of departments at the university. The guides, available on iPod touches, feature enhanced multimedia content offering visitors a greater understanding of the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection. For example, in the Art of the Americas section, images of whale sharks on the screen help visitors visualize the ways in which the Museum’s Chancay female effigy vessel represents the shaman transforming into the giant fish, which serves as her animal spirit companion. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3.  Carlos Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

Times and Texts of the Bible Audio Tour
A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3. It is included in the general audio tour rental. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

Chamber Music Concerts
The Carlos Museum and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta present the Cooke Noontime Chamber Music Series. These monthly concerts are free and open to the Emory community and the public.  Come early as seating and parking are limited.

Friday, September 16
Noon, Ackerman Hall

In the first concert in the semester, the Vega String Quartet welcomes their new first violinist, Elizabeth Fayette.

Friday, October 21
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Dynamic virtuosos Timothy Fain, violin, and Matt Haimovitz, cello, perform music for solo strings.

Friday, November 11
Noon, Ackerman Hall
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Vega String Quartet welcome cellist Christopher Rex for a performance of Anton Arensky’s dramatic Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two Celli.

Friday, December 2
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Eugene Skovorodnikov, piano, returns to Emory to play Haydn’s F Minor Variations and Brahms’s great Sonata in F Minor.

Friday, January 20
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen joins the Vega String Quartet for Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor.

Friday, February 24
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Canadian virtuoso pianist Philip Thomson performs works of Franz Liszt and Felix Blumenfeld.

Friday, March 31
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Some of the most outstanding undergraduate talents from Emory’s Department of Music perform.

Friday, April 21
Noon, Ackerman Hall

In an annual program titled Ransom Notes, sister and brother duo Kate (violin) and William (piano) Ransom play Schubert and Barber.

Friday, May 5
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Members of the Emory voice faculty sing Johannes Brahms’s Liebeslieder and other works.

Carlos Reads Book Club

Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read and discuss great works of literature related to the museum's collections and exhibitions in an informal, small group setting, with distinguished members of the Emory faculty as guides.  

Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights at 7:30 pm in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. Books may be picked up in the Office of Educational Programs on the Plaza Level between 8:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please pick up the book in time to read it before the discussion.

The Suns of Independence

Mondays, January 23 & 30

Subha Xavier, assistant professor of French and Francophone literature, will lead a two-part discussion of The Suns of Independence, a masterpiece of modern African literature by Ahmadou Kourouma. Published in French in 1968 (and translated into English in 1970), the novel is a critique of Africa in the aftermath of decolonization told through the lives of Fama, the last of the Dumbuya princes who had reigned over the Malinké tribe before the European conquest, and his wife, Salimata. Through his Malinké-inflected prose Kourouma explores themes such as African royal kingdoms and ethnicity, arbitrary national boundaries and postcolonial conflict, Islam and fetishism, and the changing roles of women in present-day Mali, Ivory Coast, and Guinea.

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $30 for Carlos Museum members; $40 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

The Heart of Redness

Monday, February 6

Clifton Crais, professor of history and director of Emory’s Institute of African Studies, will lead a discussion of The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda. Published in 2000, just six years after the end of apartheid, the novel explores the classic themes of tradition and modernity in a newly democratic South Africa. Mda moves between the contemporary moment and an epochal and still-remembered event in the middle of the nineteenth century, when the Xhosa followers of a prophet perished in a massive famine known as the “Cattle Killing” or the Xhosa national suicide. Among the many issues raised by the novel are questions such as “what is the location of the past in the present,” “what does it mean to be free,” and “what is a post-apartheid South Africa?”

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Nervous Conditions

Monday, February 27

Pamela Scully, professor of African Studies at Emory, leads readers in a discussion of Nervous Conditions by Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga. Published in 1988, the novel focuses on an African family in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s and explores such themes as the impact of missionary education, racism, and colonial- ism, particularly on the lives of young black women at the end of the colonial era. The novel is quite bold in its exploration of various forms of male dominance both in the white settler and African communities.

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Prospero's Cell
Monday, March 13

In conjunction with the exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles: Earliest Travelers to Greece, Patrick Allit of Emory's History Department leads readers through Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu, Lawrence Durrell's memoir of life on the Ionian island just before the outbreak of World War II.  

"Corfu, that Ionian island whose idyllic yet blood-stained history goes back the best part of a thousand years, could not have found a fitter chronicler than Mr Durrell. For he is a poet, with all a poet's sensibility, and a humanist to boot, with a keen eye for character and a scholar's reverence for antiquity."  — Daily Telegraph

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Shakespeare's The Tempest
Monday, March 27

The Year of Shakespeare continues with his last wholly written play, The Tempest. In conjunction with the exhibition Desire and Consumption: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare, Sheila Cavanaugh explores connections to both new and old worlds, from shipwrecks in the Americas as source material to "deliberately placed echoes of classical narratives."

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Lectures, Symposia, and Gallery Talks
The Museum draws on the rich resources of the University's faculty and graduate students, and supports Emory's academic mission by bringing nationally and internationally recognized scholars, authors, and artists to campus to present engaging lectures and gallery talks, and to participate in public conversations. Most of these programs are free and all are open to the Emory community and the public. Highlights of Spring semester 2017 include:

Noble Marbles Lecture
Thursday, January 19
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall
In the eighteenth century, the desire to expand knowledge of classical architecture beyond well-known examples from the Roman Empire to its original sources led explorer-architects to Greece. Described by Vitruvius as the “Mistress of the Arts,” Greece was a mystery known primarily through literature. Among the first adventurers to record Greek architecture, James Stuart and Nicholas Revett applied a relatively accurate archaeological approach to recording buildings known only by name in the West. Their three volumes of measured elevations, plans, and sculptural detail would serve as the inspiration and source for an international style of Greek Revival architecture and furnishings in both Europe and America, becoming the first architectural style of the new nation. Dr. Elizabeth Dowling, professor emeritus in Georgia Tech’s College of Design, discusses the work and influence of the pair in a lecture titled Stuart and Revett and the Antiquities of Athens.

This event is co-sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture.

Noble Marbles Lecture
Thursday, January 26
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall
Although the Parthenon began its long existence as a classical temple to the Greek goddess Athena, it later served as a Christian church dedicated to Mary, and eventually as an Islamic mosque. How a pagan temple could be adapted to meet the needs of Christians and Muslims is the subject of a lecture titled Noblest Images: The Parthenon Marbles from 1436 to the Present, by Jenifer Neils, editor of the book The Parthenon From Antiquity to the Present  (Oxford 2005). These often overlooked phases of the building’s history (which have been largely eradicated by modern restorations) shed light on the role of one of the most influential structures to survive from antiquity.

Curatorial Conversation
Wednesday, February 8
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall
Maxwell L. Anderson, art historian and former director of the Carlos Museum, joins Carlos curators Jasper Gaunt and Melinda Hartwig for a discussion of the issues raised in his new book, Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know—from treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects, the politics of repatriation, the making and detection of forgeries, and more. The book will be available for sale at the event and Dr. Anderson will sign them after the conversation.

“Clear-eyed both in its understanding of the intellectual dimensions of the ongoing debate...and in its mastery of detail, this beautifully written book will a lucid introduction to those unfamiliar with this complex and unfamiliar terrain.”
                                                                                  —Timothy Rub
                                                                                 The George D. Widener Director, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thursday, February 9
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Known in the ancient world as the home of the storm god, Hadad, the city of Aleppo has been destroyed by years of civil war. Hilary Gopnik, senior lecturer in Emory’s Program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Roxanni Margariti, associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies, take a visual walk through time and space to explore what has been lost in a lecture titled In the Eye of the Storm: The Story of Aleppo.

This program is made possible by Lyn Kirkland in honor of her mother, Grace Welch Blanton.

Thursday, February 16
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Ronald Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus in Emory’s English Department, reads from Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s posthumously published and deeply personal translation of Aeneid, Book VI.

“ myth, perhaps, had a longer grip on Heaney’s imagination than the reunion with the beloved dead represented by Aeneas’ journey to the underworld in Book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid.”
                          —The New York Times

“A pitch-perfect is best read aloud—it comes thrillingly to life.”
                            —The Guardian

Monday, Feburary 20
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Sonya Quintanilla, George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, explores the interests and personalities of royal Mughal patrons through the works they commissioned from imperial artists in a lavishly illustrated lecture titled Stories within Stories through Paintings from Mughal India. This lecture is part of Emory’s South Asia Seminar series and is co-sponsored by the Carlos Museum.

Thursday, Feburary 23
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Osmund Bopearachchi, adjunct professor of Central and South Asian Art at the University of California, Berkeley, gives an illustrated lecture titled The Life of the Buddha Gautama in Early Indian Art.

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