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, March 16
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

In 2015, the family of the late Thomas Lyman, long-time professor of medieval art at Emory, donated a wooden statue of the Virgin and Child to the Carlos. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Nicole Corrigan, graduate in the Art History Department, discusses her research on the statue, conducted during an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.

Thursday, April 6
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Deborah Elise White, associate professor of English and Comparative Literature, discusses George Gordon, Lord Bryon—his travels to Greece, his ardent support of the Greeks (who consider him a national hero) in their war of independence from the Turks, and his outrage at the removal of the Parthenon sculptures by Lord Elgin, which he described as “sacred objects plundered by profane English hands.”  



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
Tuesday, March 14
7:30 pm, Exhibition Galleries
In the exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles, Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Jasper Gaunt, discusses the responses that can be discerned among travelers to the Parthenon, from the earliest who had theprivilege of seeing the monument practically intact within a Turkish village to the archaeologists who cleared off the Acropolis in order to reveal its Periklean state. Between them lie diverse reactions to its destruction in 1687, and the arguments that surrounded Lord Elgin’s removal of the sculpture.

Saturday, April 1
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

In 2014, British poet Alice Oswald mesmerized audience members at the Carlos with her performance of Memorial, her masterful portrayal of fallen soldiers in Homer’s Iliad, which won the Warwick Prize for its stunning imagery. Oswald returns to the Carlos to read from her new collection, Falling Awake. Trained as a classicist at New College, University of Oxford, Oswald reimagines figures such as Orpheus and Tithonus alive in an English landscape together with shadows, flies, villagers, dew, crickets—all characterized in tension between the weight of death and their own willpower.

ARCE Lecture
Sunday, April 2
2 pm, Ackerman Hall

After ruling as Egypt’s Twenty-fifth Dynasty, the Kushite kings returned home to Sudan, where they reigned and continued to contribute to the architectural landscape for almost a 1,000 years. The Atlanta Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Carlos Museum welcome Dr. Caroline Rocheleau, curator of ancient art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, who shares her experience excavating the ruins of temples dedicated to Amun at the Royal City of Meroe and the site of Dangeil in a lecture titled Excavating Kush.

African Art Lecture
Monday, April 3
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Christa Clarke, curator of the arts of global Africa at the Newark Museum, considers the complex issues surrounding the representation of contemporary African art in museums. Since the start of the 21st century, Newark, like many museums, has placed an increasing emphasis on modern and contemporary arts of Africa, expanding on an historic collection begun a century ago. In a lecture titled Curating Contemporary African Art, Clarke addresses the development of the collection at Newark, discussing the curatorial strategies behind its collecting and display.

Noble Marbles Lecture
Wednesday, April 5
7:30 pm, Exhibition Galleries
Dyfri Williams of the Research Center in Archaeology and Heritage at the Free University of Brussels, gives a illustrated lecture titled Lord Elgin and His Artistic Mission.

Gallery Talk and Film Screening
Thursday, April 6
7:30 pm Exhibtion Galleries

Matthew Bernstein, chair of Emory’s Film Studies Department, leads visitors through the companion exhibition to Noble Marbles, Enter Dionysus, a selection of publicity photographs for movies made using subjects from Greek mythology from 1927–71. Several were filmed in the very ruins whose discovery is explored in Noble Marbles. After the tour, Dr. Bernstein will introduce the 1969 film Medea, based on the tragedy by Euripides and starring the legendary soprano Maria Callas in her only film role.

Zeus on the Loose Gallery Talk
Tuesday, April 18
7:30 pm, Greek and Roman Galleries

Bonna Wescoat, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History, leads visitors through the Greek galleries exploring the sexual escapades of the randy god Zeus and the heroes, monsters, and gods issuing from his remarkable love affairs.

Space is limited and a reservation is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Print Matters: An Evening with Old Masters
Thursday, April 20
7 pm, Ackerman Hall

The Carlos Museum and Pitts Theology Library present an intimate evening with the art of Lucas Cranach and Albrecht Dürer. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy wine and an elegant cheese selection. Then, Pat Graham, director of the Pitts Library, and Andi McKenzie, Carlos assoicate
curator of works on paper, will lead a special “close looking” and discussion of twelve Dürer and Cranach works in Ackerman Hall, examining the technique and style, as well as the spiritual and artistic evolution of the two men within the tumultuous religious atmosphere
of 16th century Germany.

Fee: $50 for Carlos Museum members; $75 for non-members.
Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727-6118.

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