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 fall semester include:

Thursday, September 15
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Dr. Laura Wingfield, assistant curator of art of the Americas, discusses Pacific Northwest Coast whale stories, traditional basket styles depicting whales and paddlers, and innovative Alaskan baleen baskets.

Thursday, October 13
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Emory art history graduate student Kimberly Schrimsher explores a set of rare scrimshawed cattle horns in the African galleries that depict a fierce battle from the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

Thursday, November 10
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Laura Somenzi, graduate student in Emory’s Art History Department, explores Andrea Mantegna’s masterful interpretation of antiquity in the engraving Bacchanal with Silenus.



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. To schedule a time contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519.

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, 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 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.  

In conjunction with the exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio this fall, the Carlos Reads Book Club will read and discuss all of the Bard’s plays set in antiquity, guided by Emory Professor of English Sheila Cavanaugh.

Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights at 7:30 pm in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. The fee for each session is $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book. Registration is required for each club by calling 404-727-6118. 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.

Titus Andronicus
Monday, September 12

We begin with Titus Andronicus, a tale of competing families trapped in a dangerous cycle of lust and betrayal. While bowing to 16th-century audiences’ taste for revenge tragedies, the play also investigates many important questions about masculinity, political order, civilization, and (native) tongues.

Julius Caesar
Monday, October 3

Only appearing for a short time in the play, the figure of Julius Ceasar casts a large shadow over the entire drama. As much about Brutus as Caesar, this tragedy of the back-stabbing friend and the consequences of his actions play out across the very public spectacle of a burgeoning empire. Though grounded in Roman history the play lends itself well to critical dialogue about democratic processes and popular sovereignty that sound familiar in a 21st-century American context.

Troilus and Cressida
Monday, October 24

In 1602, Shakespeare channeled Chaucer, Homer, and countless other writers into Troilus and Cressida, an epic tragedy of doomed lovers set within the larger scope of the Trojan War.

Anthony and Cleopatra
Monday, November 7

THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AND NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS MAY BE TAKEN. Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra is Romeo and Juliet for grown-ups as Mark Antony and Cleopatra fight to keep both their love and their immense power intact. The play shifts scenes from a calcified Egypt to a dynamic Rome, and sensual, natural spaces juxtapose urban, austere ones.

Monday, November 14

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, based on Plutarch’s account of the life of Roman general Caius Martius, is a violent, fast-paced contest for power. After a military triumph, the general is given the honorary title Coriolanus and the position of Consul. Too proud to respect the will of the people, however, he soon finds himself despised by the mob, and speaks out passionately against popular rule. Driven from the city as a traitor, he allies himself with his old enemies and begins to plot a merciless revenge.

Timon of Athens
Monday, November 28

In Timon of Athens, a philanthropist frivolously gives away large sums of money to his friends, enabling them to ease through life, and then, when he goes broke, he asks for it back. As the play unfolds, Timon’s actions send him on a downward spiral until he has lost friends and fortune. Timon confronts the nature of friendship, the politics of inclusion, and the meaning of charity.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Monday, December 12

"How they may be, and yet in two, as you will live, resolve it you." These are the closing lines of the riddle of King Antiochus in one of Shakespeare's most perplexing problem plays. When the young Prince Pericles of Tyre figures out the riddle, the answer thrusts him into a storm of political intrigue, exile, familial lust, and betrayal that sends him across the pristine blue seas and rocky  coasts of the ancient eastern Mediterranean. Not appearing until the Third Folio, "Pericles" is thought to have been written by two playwrights and has continuously confounding audiences to this day. Based on medieval legends about the adventures of the Greek Apollonius of Tyre, this late play and its riddles are sure to arouse debate.  



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 Fall semester 2016 include: 

Wednesday, September 7
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall
In a lecture titled Bodyguard Buddhas: Protector Deities in Tibetan Buddhism, Sara McClintock of Emory’s Department of Religion will introduce stories and practices connected to the key protector deities and their roles as guardians of the Dharma.

Wednesday, September 28
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

In the Western world, buddhas and bodhisattvas are frequently used as carriers for advertising luxury goods, as objets d’art, and as body ornaments. In a lecture titled Buddha in a Shopping Bag, Martin Brauen, chief curator emeritus at the Rubin Museum of Art, explores such uses of sacred Buddhist images and ways in which contemporary artists are depicting and transforming Buddhist symbols.

Sunday, October 16
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

In a lecture titled Etruscan Translations of Greek Myth, Dr. Larissa Bonafonte, professor of Classics emerita at New York University, explores the ways in which the Etruscans adopted Greek myths and transformed them in accordance with their own beliefs and ways of life.

Nix Mann Endowed Lecture
Tuesday, October 18
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Political commentator and author, contributing editor at New York, pioneer of the political blog, and former editor of The New Republic, Andrew Sullivan delivers this year’s Nix Mann Endowed Lecture, What Plato Can Tell Us About American Democracy.

Andrew Sullivan might deserve to be remembered as the most influential political writer of his generation.” —The New York Times

In 1992 the architectural firm of Nix Mann & Associates (now Perkins and Will) endowed this lecture to bring distinguished speakers to campus on an annual basis.

Gallery Talk
Sunday, October 23
2 and 4 pm, Level One Galleries

Assistant Curator of Art of the Americas, Laura Wingfield, will give two back-to-back gallery talks in Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America, with a reception in between. Enjoy wine and light snacks and hear Dr. Wingfield discuss the materials, making, and meaning of baskets from nineteen different Native American nations, at either 2 or 4 pm. Space is limited and a reservation is required by calling 404-727-4280.



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