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Friday Brown Bag Matinees

The Morse presents three film series each season on topics related to the Museum’s collection and art in general. Admission is free. These lunchtime matinees are shown at noon on select Fridays in the Jeannette G. and Hugh F. McKean Pavilion, 161 West Canton Avenue (just behind the Museum). Those attending are invited to bring a lunch. The Museum provides soft drinks and themed refreshments..


Fall Series: Looted Art

Learn about Adolf Hitler's plans and actions to create his own art museum in Linz, Austria in the two-part documentary Hitler's Museum. Then see the story of Maria Altmann’s successful legal battle for five Gustav Klimt paintings looted by the Nazis in 1938.

October 16, 2015
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Hitler’s Museum, Part One (51 minutes)

October 23, 2015
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Hitler’s Museum, Part Two (52 minutes)

October 30, 2015
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Adele’s Wish (55 minutes)

  • Books Related to Fall 2015 Series: Looted Art
  • The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
  • Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel
  • Trophies of War by Christopher Remy

Winter Series: Beauty in Art

Explore the many perspectives of beauty—from an art critic's listing of its characteristics; to an examination of artists' thoughts on the beautiful; to how the public responds to different types of visual beauty.

January 29, 2016
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

What is Beauty? An Art Critic’s Journey (59 minutes)

February 5, 2016
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

James McNeill Whistler: The Case for Beauty (60 minutes)

February 12, 2016
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Walter Sickert vs. John Singer Sargent: The Lives of Britain’s Masters of Modern Art (60 minutes)

February 19, 2016
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Ugly Beauty: Appreciating 21st-Century Art (60 minutes)

  • Books Related to Winter 2016 Series: Beauty in Art
  • Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  • The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900 edited by Lynn Federle Orr and Stephen Calloway, assisted by Emsé Whittaker
  • Beauty and Art by Elizabeth Prettejohn
  • Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake by Daniel E. Sutherland

Spring Series: Art Deco

Find out about the decorative style that epitomized the Roaring Twenties. The series examines hotels and subway stations in London, the Chrysler and Empire State buildings in New York City, and the plethora of Art Deco in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

April 15, 2016
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Art Deco (29 minutes) and
Art Deco Icons: Claridge’s (29 minutes)

April 22, 2016
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Art Deco Icons: London Transport (29 minutes) and
Icons of Twentieth-Century Design: The London Underground Map (10 minutes)

April 29, 2016
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Art Deco Icons: Casa del Rio (28 minutes) and
Art Deco Icons: The Orient Express (28 minutes)

May 6, 2016
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

New York: A Documentary Film—Race into the Skies
(50 minutes)

May 13, 2016
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Tulsa Deco (53 minutes)

  • Books Related to Spring 2016 Series: Art Deco
  • Art Deco 1910–1939 edited by Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton, and Ghislaine Wood
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Tulsa Art Deco by Carol Newman Gambino and David Halpern
  • Art Deco Fashion: Masterpieces of Art by Gordon Kerr
  • Bright Underground Spaces: The Railway Stations of Charles Holden by David Lawrence
  • Learn more about the story behind one of Gustav Klimt's most iconic paintings, <em>Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I</em>, on October 30
  • Learn more about the story behind one of Gustav Klimt's most iconic paintings, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, on October 30, during the fall Brown Bag Matinee series.