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Modern Art Lectures in New York City

This section provides a listing of all lectures that are available to the public in New York City. These are all lectures that can be visited without signing up for a multi-session course, or being a member of a particular institution.

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Gallery Talks & Tours:
A number of New York City museums host regular gallery talks and tours that highlight the standing exhibitions and permanent collections. Audiences learn about the historical context and significance of modern and contemporary artworks through the process of looking and exchanging ideas with a lecturer or curator. Read the descriptions below for insights into each offering and visit the provided link for further information. The below are all single-session events. For multi-session courses, please visit our modern art courses guide.
Museum of Modern Art
MoMA Gallery Talks occur twice daily, at 11:30 am and 1:30pm. All are free with museum admission, and meet at the atrium on the second floor.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Daily gallery tours focus on specific aspects of the collection or on special exhibitions; there are multiple tours scheduled daily and all depart from the main lobby. These "talks" do not require tickets or reservations unless otherwise noted.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Public Tours and Gallery Programs are scheduled infrequently at the Guggenheim, but they do occur every so often. Check this link for the latest scheduling info.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Gallery tours through the Whitney's collection and current exhibitions are offered each day. Tours meet in the galleries, and all are free with museum admission; no reservations necessary.
Frick Collection
Docent-led Gallery Talks are scheduled daily, at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. Topics vary depending on what works from the permanent collection are on display. All are free with museum admission, and online reservations are required.
Jewish Museum
Tickets for public events vary depending on nature of program; all are in addition to regular price of museum admission. Talks, tours and lectures are scheduled infrequently. Check this link for latest scheduling info.
Brooklyn Museum
Gallery Tours are scheduled on most days the museum is open; a museum guide leads tours of special exhibitions. All tours begin in the Rubin Lobby, first floor, and are free with museum admission.
Museum of Art and Design
MAD offers docent-led tours daily at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm. Tours are free with museum admission and meet in the lobby.
Re-Occuring Museum Lectures:
The below museum lectures occur frequently and they are run the same way each time with regards to length and content. As they are too numerous to list in the list of above single-lectures, but useful links below.
Museum of Modern Art
In addition to its extensive schedule of Gallery Talks & Tours, MoMA also offers a number of lecture panels, readings and symposia, covering a variety of topics and themes related to temporary exhibitions and the museum's permanent collection.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum lectures are scheduled regularly throughout the week, including Saturdays and Sundays; all are free with museum admission, and are organized around specific themes.
Frick Collection
Museum lectures at the Frick are scheduled for most weeks and begin at 6:oo pm. All are free with entrance after 5:45 pm; no reservations necessary. Lectures take place in the Music Room.

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