Lectures & Talks

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The James C. Meade Friends’ Lecture Series is named for Lifetime Trustee and Friends’ supporter James C. Meade, and features internationally recognized speakers in the Museum’s Samuel Roberts Noble Theater. Speakers include curators, critics, collectors, and cultural figures whose topics engage and educate audiences with perspectives in the visual arts.



Wednesday, May 6 | 6 pm
Swimming: Thomas Eakins, JFK, and November 22, 1963
Alexander Nemerov

For the visit of the President and First Lady to their city on the night of November 21-22, 1963, several citizens of Fort Worth arranged for an art exhibition in the Kennedys’ hotel suite. In this lecture, Alexander Nemerov explores how one of the paintings in their suite, a swimming-hole picture by the 19th-century American painter Thomas Eakins, strangely relates to the last day of John F. Kennedy’s life.

Alexander Nemerov has spoken and written extensively on American art and culture. In 2017 he gave the 66th annual Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and he appears in the recent HBO art-world documentary, The Price of Everything. Nemerov is the chair of the Art and Art History Department at Stanford University, where he is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities.

Free for members | $12 for non-members
Tickets available at the door and seating is first come, first served.



All members receive free admission to James C. Meade Friends’ Lectures. In addition, Friend and Sustainer level members are also extended a special invitation to an exclusive reception prior to each lecture, as well as one annual dinner. Click here to learn more about the benefits of OKCMOA membership.

Special thanks to Heritage Trust Company for sponsoring the 2019 Annual Friends’ Dinner for Friend and Sustainer level members.