I don't know if I just haven't been paying attention until now, but the National Gallery has, yet again, excellent-sounding lectures this weekend.
On Sunday, the A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts kick off. This year's topic is "Picasso and Truth," given by T.J. Clark, professor of modern art, University of California, Berkeley. The six lectures, which delve into the truths behind "Object," "Room," "Window," "Monster," "Monument," and "Mural" are at 2 p.m. on March 22 and 29, and April 5, 19 and 26 and May 3.
This weekend is a public symposium on Roman Art and Culture on the Bay of Naples. It runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 20 and 1-5 p.m. on March 21 in the East Building Auditorium.
Friday lectures include "High Culture in Low Places: The Popular Reception of Elite Taste at Pompeii," "The Plague of Greek Fantasies: Hellenic Bodies and Roman Minds" and "Villa Pleasures in Pompeian Townhouses." Saturday lectures include "Love-Making and Voyeurism in Roman Art and Culture: A Case for the House of the Centenary at Pompeii," "Some Thoughts on Roman Jewelry" and "Visual Humor and Social Class at Pompeii." Go here for a schedule.
I haven't yet decided which to attend, so e-mail if you'd like to tag along.