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Open Access

Second Friday of each month
  • Hosted by Julia Marciari-Alexander, Andrea B. and John H. Laporte

"Open Access" with Julia Marciari-Alexander, Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director of the Walters Art Museum, inspires connections between you and the art on view at the Walters.  As the first woman to serve as director of the Walters Art Museum, Marciari-Alexander is highly regarded for her academic and institutional credentials and her infectious passion for the arts.

Tune in the second Friday of every month to hear Marciari-Alexander discuss how current events relate to seven millennia of art.

Eleanor Hughes

Mar 13, 2020

This month on Open Access, Julia Marciari-Alexander speaks with Eleanor Hughes, Deputy Director of Art & Program, about the upcoming exhibitions Majolica Mania and Betty Cooke: The Circle and the Line, and how they connect to Women’s History Month and the larger goal at the museum of revealing the under-recognized contributions of women to the art world.

Abigial Quandt

Feb 21, 2020

This month, Julia Marciari-Alexander has Abigial Quandt, Head of Book and Paper Conservation, in studio to discuss the extraordinary 2 year conservation effort of the St. Francis Missal, on view next month at the Walters Art Museum.

Lynley Herbert

Jan 21, 2020

Julia Marciari-Alexander sits down with Lynley Herbert, Robert and Nancy Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts to talk about the incredible curation and research behind the St. Francis Missal, now on view at the Walters.

Julie Lauffenburger

Dec 8, 2019

Julia Marciari-Alexander speaks with Julie Lauffenburger, Director of Conservation and Technical Research, about the Walters Conservation and Technical Research Lab, and the Conservation Window, where visitors can see and interact with museum conservators as they work on objects from the collection.

Dr. Jo Briggs

Nov 8, 2019

This month on Open Access, Julia Marciari-Alexander, speaks with Dr. Jo Briggs, Jennie Walters Delano Associate Curator of 18th and 19th century art about Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, a new traveling exhibition, organized by the American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums, now on-view at the Walters Art Museum.

Mike McKee

Oct 11, 2019

For the month of Halloween, Julia Marciari-Alexander discusses some of the Walters best macabre art and ghost stories, with special guest Mike McKee, Head of Installation and Production at the Walters. 

Jay Gould

Sep 13, 2019

Julia Marciari-Alexander sits down with Baltimore artist Jay Gould to discuss his work in Time and Place, an exhibition featuring art by Jay Gould and Antonio McAfee, currently on-view in historic 1 West Mount Vernon Place.

Alexander Jamran

Aug 9, 2019

Walters Art Museum Executive Director Julia Marciari-Alexander chats with Alexander Jamran, Manager of Adult and Community Programs and Contemporary Arts Initiatives at The Walters. Alexander tell us about ART/SOUND/NOW, the acclaimed series that pairs musical performers with art from the Walters collections in order to create unique sound art in the galleries.

Donna Drew Sawyer

Jul 12, 2019

On this episode, Donna Drew Sawyer, CEO of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA), talks about the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibition, currently on view at The Walters. 

Nicole Berlin

May 10, 2019

This month Julia Marciari-Alexander, Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director of the Walters Art Museum, speaks to Nicole Berlin, Zanvyl Kreiger Curatorial Fellow and co-curator of the upcoming exhibitionAnimal Tales. Hear about how surprising depictions of animals within the Walters’ collections of rare books and manuscripts represent morals and stories, and even how they connect to our modern world of memes and emojis.

Verónica Betancourt

Apr 12, 2019

On the April edition of Open Access, Julia speaks with Verónica Betancourt, Manager of Gallery Learning for the Walters. Verónica recruits and manages The Walters' incredible team of docents who among their varied roles for the museum lead weekend Walk-in Tours and Spanish language tours.

Sophonisba Anguissola

Mar 8, 2019

Walters Art Museum Executive Director Julia Marciari-Alexander discusses the work of women artists in Europe prior to the 1900s, and spotlights the work of Italian painter Sophonisba Anguissola, whose portrait of a young nobleman has hung in the Walters since its opening in 1934. Listeners are invited to view Sophonisba’s exquisite painting at The Walters Art Museum, where admission is always free.

Roberto Lugo

Feb 8, 2019

The Walters’ Executive Director Julia Marciari-Alexander interviews artist Roberto Lugo, a ceramist who has won national acclaim for his blending of traditional ceramic techniques with motifs and imagery that resonate with 21st century life. His work is currently on view at the Walters newly refurbished 19th century mansion 1 West Mount Vernon Place through July 15. Admission to the Walters is always free.