moma_ray.jpgSure, you could stroll through the museum all by your lonesome. But if you like a little company, you might want to check out the Gallery Talks at the Museum of Modern Art.

Hark back to the days of introductory art history survey courses in undergrad: the dark lecture hall, the slideshow, drifting off to sleep... this won't be anything like that! You'll join the museum's staff lecturers for discussions and walks through facets of the museum's permanent collection and special exhibits.

This week's talks:

The Trace of the Real: From Warhol to Whiteread
Thursday, August 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Framing the Mundane: The Everyday in the Work of John Baldessari and Bernd and Hilla Becher
Thursday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Pop Art: Sunshine and Noir
Thursday, August 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Gerhard Richter: Continuity in Figuration and Abstraction
Friday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m.

Behind the Wheel: Futurism and Pop Art
Friday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Pictured, from the permenant collection: Man Ray. Rayograph. 1922. Gelatin silver print.