Desktop Dialogue: Restore and Reflect


Desktop Dialogues

Every Wednesday at noon, join CMA curators, educators, and other invited guests in a live online discussion about works in the collection that address issues people are facing today. Participate in the conversation by making comments or asking questions.

Instructions for Joining

Click the virtual event link, “Join the Desktop Dialogue.” This will send you to your web browser. 

If you have Microsoft Teams, click “Open Microsoft Teams” on the pop-up and the event will open.

If you do not have Microsoft Teams, click “Cancel” if you receive a pop-up, and then click “Watch on the web instead.” You will have the option to sign in, if you have a Microsoft Outlook account (not required), or choose “Join anonymously” and the event will open.


Healing and Heritage

Wednesday, May 27, 12:00 p.m.

Join curator Kristen Windmuller-Luna and artist-educator Orlando Caraballo to discuss how artists and makers have turned to cultural objects and practices for healing. This is a live event, and questions from the audience are encouraged. 


Past Events

Restore and Reflect

Wednesday, May 20, 12:00 p.m.

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Join curator Sonya Rhie Mace and meditation instructor Jennifer Bochik as they look closely at examples of Buddhist art and demonstrate how traditional mindfulness practices can help us manage the challenges we are facing today. This is a live event, and questions from the audience are encouraged.

The Comforts of Home

Wednesday, May 13, 12:00 p.m.

What objects around your home bring you comfort? Curator Stephen Harrison and educator-scholar Key Jo Lee discuss Emma Amos’s Sandy and Her Husband and decorative art from the museum’s collection, reflecting on the ways works of art and design make the home a place of tranquility. This is a live event, and questions from the audience are encouraged. 


Wednesday, May 6, 12:00 p.m.

Have you found yourself developing hacks and work-arounds to put dinner on the table or celebrate a holiday? Join curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah and artist-educator Robin Heinrich to discuss how limitations helped artists Sanford Biggers, Louisa Joiner, and Robert Rauschenberg become resourceful and arrive at new creative solutions.

Communicating across Distances

Wednesday, April 29, 12:00 p.m.

Join curator Britany Salsbury and educator Arielle Levine for a discussion around the exhibition A Graphic Revolution and how artists José Guadalupe Posada and León Ferrari used printmaking to communicate ideas and messages across great distances.