Thursdays at the Gardner

We’re open late on Thursday nights! Starting in November, our very own Café G will transform into a bar, serving beer, wine, and bar bites. Grab a drink, unwind with a friend, and soak in the beauty of the Gardner. Enjoy curated live music and DJ performances, interactive activities, and surprise gallery experiences brought to you by local artists and visionaries—you and your friends won’t want to miss it!

Maimouna Youssef, DJ Real P, and Fabiola M. Méndez Quiñones perform in Calderwood Hall, the Courtyard, and the Dutch Room on May 30, 2019.

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Thursdays Live

Thursdays Live is our new music series highlighting a mix of R&B, soul, spoken word, and hip-hop music featuring local and nationally renowned artists. Experience their talents up close and personal in the Museum’s Calderwood Hall—a literal “sonic cube” that creates a totally unique musical encounter not to be missed.

Soul & Stanzas with Sam Trump and Harold Green

Sam Trump and Harold Green are two of Chicago's finest performers.

Soul Searchin' with Jamila Woods

Replenish your soul with Chicago-born multi-talented artist Jamila Woods.

The Larger Conversation

A gutsy series that connects current issues with Isabella's story and collection. Join us select Thursday nights for The Larger Conversation and discover fresh perspectives from artists and innovators from Boston and beyond. Informal and intimate, these discussions explore the intersection of creativity, lived experience, and social justice.

The Larger Conversation: Artistic Integrity

What's more important, creating for an audience or for yourself? Join us for a lively conversation with local artists on this topic.

The Larger Conversation

Adam Pendleton and Lorraine O'Grady discuss their works for the 2020 Winter/Spring exhibition season, in conjunction with Boston's Apollo.

Third Thursdays

It's a party every third Thursday! One of our most popular, long-standing offerings, each Third Thursday features food and wine, live music in the Courtyard and gallery spaces, interactive activities, and multidisciplinary art experiences built around a new theme each month. 

Third Thursdays: Homecoming

Immerse yourself in intimate performances, conversations, and art that will inspire your vision of the collection.

Third Thursdays: Cozy Up

Beat November's cold nights and short days with cozy vibes at the Gardner. Relax with music in the Courtyard, and watch independent films.

Third Thursdays: Cheers

Holiday spirit or Boston sitcom? Either way, we have the perfect cocktail of heart-warming activities during this holiday season.

Image at top: Visitors look out over the Courtyard during Neighborhood Nights: Viewfinder on July 11, 2019. Photo by Steve Osemwenkhae.