Calendar


January 05

2:00pm–3:30pm

MOBIA Musings

MOBIA Musings, a free program for visitors with dementia and their care partners or family members, provides an opportunity to engage with works of art and with one another through guided looking, discussions, and activities. The program takes place on select Mondays from 2-3:30 pm when the Museum is closed to the public.

Free. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact (212) 408-8703 or access@mobia.org.

January 08

6:30pm

Lecture: Expressions of Faith: Twentieth-Century German Prints

Dr. Eric Zafran, MOBIA Consulting Curator, will discuss one of the highlights of Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, the series of hand colored woodcuts by the 20th–century German artist Max Pechstein for The Lord’s Prayer of 1921. This serves to draw attention to the movement of German Expressionists, who combined influences from Renaissance masters, such as Dürer, and art from the South Seas. Their subject matter during the period before and after the First World War contained much social and political imagery, but several of these masters were drawn to powerful, graphic religious images.

Free. Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

February 21

9:00am–5:00pm
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Material/Immaterial: A Symposium on Fifteenth-Century Sculpture

During this one day symposium, nine speakers will engage issues around Renaissance sculpture. These talks will both enrich the understanding of the objects on display in Sculpture in the Age of Donatello and of the artists who created them, and also broaden the show’s horizons to encompass other chapters of the history of fifteenth-century Italian sculpture.

 

February 23

2:00pm

MOBIA Musings


MOBIA Musings, a free program for visitors with dementia and their care partners or family members, provides an opportunity to engage with works of art and with one another through guided looking, discussions, and activities. The program takes place on select Mondays from 2-3:30 pm when the Museum is closed to the public.

Free. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact (212) 408-8703 or access@mobia.org.

February 26

6:30pm

Lecture: Dr. Michael Cole, Columbia University

Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.

Lectures are open to the public and free. Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

March 06

6:00pm–7:30pm
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The Contemplative Look

The Contemplative Look provides a space for extended engagement with a single work of art.

Programs occur after hours and are free to the public. Registration is required. Space is limited to 20 participants.

March 18

6:00pm–7:30pm
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Seminar: Taking Positions - Marble Sculpture and the Viewer

In this seminar, participants will discuss the many strategies that sculptors at Florence Cathedral adopted—and often pioneered—to engage their viewers. The seminar is conceived as a series of conversations around individual objects, with special attention to the marble works on exhibit by Donatello, Nanni di Banco, and Luca della Robbia. It will be led by Peter Jonathan Bell from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Daniel Zolli, Sculpture in the Age of Donatello guest co-curator.

Seminars are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Registration is required.

 

March 19

6:30pm

Lecture: Daniel Zolli, Guest Co-Curator

Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.

Lectures are open to the public and free. Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

March 25

6:00pm–7:30pm
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The Sculptor’s Art and Craft in Stone and Metal

Join renowned sculptor Gerald Siciliano of the Pratt Institute for an evening exploring art and craft in marble and bronze from the fifteenth century to our own time. Gain insight into the tools and materials that Donatello and his contemporaries used and which continue to be used today, and discuss the innovative and daring carving produced by these Renaissance masters.

March 30

2:00pm

MOBIA Musings


MOBIA Musings, a free program for visitors with dementia and their care partners or family members, provides an opportunity to engage with works of art and with one another through guided looking, discussions, and activities. The program takes place on select Mondays from 2-3:30 pm when the Museum is closed to the public.

Free. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact (212) 408-8703 or access@mobia.org.

April 09

7:30pm
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Concert: O Rosa Bella - Music from Donatello’s Florence

This concert marks MOBIA's first collaboration with Sonnambula. For this concert, Sonnambula will celebrate Florentine artists with a program of 15th-century Italian instrumental music and art song from the courts and cathedrals of Florence, Padua, and beyond. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition after hours from 6:30-7:30 pm prior to the concert.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 212-408-1500. Prices: $40/$30/$15 (full/member/student). All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges once tickets have been purchased.

 

April 15

6:00pm–7:30pm

Seminar: Friends, Foes, and Florentine Competition

Were the artists who won the chance to work on sculpture for the Cathedral pals, enemies, established masters or just beginning their careers? Was there an equivalent for ‘networking’ in 15th-century Florence? A discussion of these and similar issues will address a crucial element that underlies the masterworks in the exhibition: the incentive of fierce competition that governed the creation of art in Renaissance Florence. This is part I of the seminar led by Dr Bette Talvacchia, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art History, University of Connecticut. To register please e-mail education@mobia.org with the course name in the subject line.

April 20

2:00pm

MOBIA Musings


MOBIA Musings, a free program for visitors with dementia and their care partners or family members, provides an opportunity to engage with works of art and with one another through guided looking, discussions, and activities. The program takes place on select Mondays from 2-3:30 pm when the Museum is closed to the public.

Free. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact (212) 408-8703 or access@mobia.org.

April 23

6:30pm

Lecture: Dr. David J. Drogin, Fashion Institute of Technology

Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.

Lectures are open to the public and free. Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

April 24

6:00pm–8:30pm

Donatello Open Night

Open Nights at MOBIA provide free after-hours access to the exhibition and include a range of programs, including lectures and gallery talks, sketching, and music performances.

April 29

6:00pm–7:30pm
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Seminar: Commissioning Innovation

The sculpture executed for the Cathedral of Florence was part of a complex and highly organized program of decoration that went on for centuries. Who managed the work, who paid for it, and how were the artists chosen? How did the commissions produce a series of startling innovations that changed the course of Italian art? The seminar will engage these questions, finding answers in the history of the Duomo’s building program and in the visual evidence of the sculpture, analyzed through a close viewing of the works. The seminar is led by Dr Bette Talvacchia, the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art History University of Connecticut.

April 29

6:00pm–7:30pm

Seminar:Friends, Foes, and Florentine Competition

Were the artists who won the chance to work on sculpture for the Cathedral pals, enemies, established masters or just beginning their careers? Was there an equivalent for ‘networking’ in 15th-century Florence? A discussion of these and similar issues will address a crucial element that underlies the masterworks in the exhibition: the incentive of fierce competition that governed the creation of art in Renaissance Florence. This is part II of the seminar led by Dr Bette Talvacchia, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art History, University of Connecticut. To register please e-mail education@mobia.org with the course name in the subject line.

April 30

6:30pm

Lecture: Dr. John Paoletti, Wesleyan University

Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.

Lectures are open to the public and free. Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

May 08

6:00pm–7:30pm
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The Contemplative Look

The Contemplative Look provides a space for extended engagement with a single work of art.

Programs occur after hours and are free to the public. Registration is required. Space is limited to 20 participants.

 

May 11

2:00pm

MOBIA Musings


MOBIA Musings, a free program for visitors with dementia and their care partners or family members, provides an opportunity to engage with works of art and with one another through guided looking, discussions, and activities. The program takes place on select Mondays from 2-3:30 pm when the Museum is closed to the public.

Free. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact (212) 408-8703 or access@mobia.org.

May 13

6:00pm–7:30pm

Sculpting the Sacred Body in Renaissance Florence

The human body moves with expressive purpose in Italian Renaissance sculpture. In this course, Dr. Olivia Powell, Columbia University, we lead students as they encounter the eloquent bodies sculpted for Florence Cathedral and discuss the artists' ability to use actions and gestures to communicate the sacred rhetoric of prophets and saints. We will also take the highly kinetic dimension of these sculptures as an invitation to explore the impact of their physical presence and ask ourselves if phenomenology provides a point of access for understanding objects separated from us by time and space.

Registration is required. Space is limited to 20 participants. To register, please email education@mobia.org with the name of the course in the subject line.

May 14

6:30pm

Lecture: Dr. Amy Bloch, University at Albany

Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.

Lectures are open to the public and free. Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

May 27

6:00pm–8:30pm
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Art In/Out of Context: Meaning-Making in the Museum


Can we truly understand a work of art once it has been taken out of its original context? How does our experience with a work of art change when it is surrounded by other objects from the same time and place? In this collaboration with the Rubin Museum of Art, we will explore what it means to re-imagine original context for sacred art by visiting Sculpture in the Age of Donatello at MOBIA and Becoming Another: The Power of Masks at the Rubin.

May 28

6:30pm

Lecture: Dr. Sarah McHam, Rutgers University

Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.

Lectures are open to the public and free. Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

May 29

6:00pm–8:30pm

Donatello Open Night

Open Nights at MOBIA provide free after-hours access to the exhibition and include a range of programs, including lectures and gallery talks, sketching, and music performances.

This evening will feature brief performances by Sonnambula Viol Consort.

June 04

6:30pm

Lecture: Dr. Gary Radke, Syracuse University

Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.

Lectures are open to the public and free. Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

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