Lecture

The Challenge of Building a National Museum

Join us for a special lecture on the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of creating a national museum.

 

The 2018 Bernard Osher Lecture with Thelma Golden

Please note online ticket sales are now closed. There are remaining tickets available; to purchase, please call (207) 775-6148. You may also purchase tickets at the doors while availability lasts.

With a vision set squarely to the future and a belief in the power of art to shape local communities and affect the wider world, Thelma Golden is an ideal choice for this year’s event.

2017 Bernard Osher Lecture

It wasn’t long ago that one of Maine’s oldest art forms—ash and sweet grass basketry—was in danger of disappearing entirely. Activists and advocates from the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, and Micmac tribes saved the tradition through a long, hard-fought struggle, preserving a crucial piece of the region’s cultural heritage.

Members-Only Lecture for Hans Hofmann: Works on Paper

Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium
Space is limited. Reservations are required. Member exhibition access begins at 5 p.m. R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, June 6 to (207) 775-6148 or membership@portlandmuseum.org

American Sculpture at a Crossroads, 1914-1945

Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium
 
 

Wagstaff and Mapplethorpe: Finding Beauty in Unexpected Places

Former curator Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr. (American, 1921-1987) and artist Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) came from very different backgrounds and yet they formed a bond that had a powerful impact on the art scene during the 1970s and 1980s. In an illustrated talk, Paul Martineau, Associate Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will explore their unique relationship and their enduring vision, influence, and contributions to photography and collecting.

2016 Nelson Social Justice Fund Program

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by the Portland Symphony Orchestra with Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

Friday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.
Bernard Osher Auditorium

Georges Braque: Surface and Space Lecture

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. 

World-renowned art historian Emily Braun will offer an insightful analysis of aspects on the career of Georges Braque, shedding new light on his landscapes, still lifes, collages, and atelier paintings.

O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach Lecture

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, JULY 15th AT 4 P.M. DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. OUR APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. IF YOU ARE A TICKET HOLDER, PLEASE JOIN US FRIDAY, JULY 15th AT 4 P.M. OR CONTACT VISITOR SERVICES AT (207) 775-6148 FOR MORE INFORMATION.