Several events are planned in conjunction with the "Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in the 1870s" exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.:
Feb. 23: "What Shall We Say About Winslow Homer?" lecture by curator Margaret Conrads, 7 p.m., Atkins Auditorium. Free.
Feb. 24, March 17 and April 21 : "I Hear America," performance by the Coterie Theatre, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and watercolor demonstration, noon-4 p.m., Atkins Auditorium. Free.
Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and April 1: "Winslow Homer: Controversy and the Critics in the 1870s," portrayals of art critics of Homer's day, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., exhibition galleries. Free with Atkins admission.
March 10: "Winslow Homer: Myths and Legends," lecture by Abigail Booth Gerdts, director of the City University of New York, 2 p.m., Atkins Auditorium. Free.
March 14: "Thomas Eakins," lecture by Carol Hockett, coordinator of Nelson-Atkins' adult programs, 5:30 p.m., Atkins Auditorium. Cost is $6 for members, $7 for nonmembers.
March 21: "James McNeill Whistler," lecture by Randall Griffey, assistant curator of American art at the Nelson-Atkins, 5:30 p.m., Atkins Auditorium. Cost is $6 for members, $7 for nonmembers.
March 28: "Mary Cassatt," lecture by David Cateforis, Kansas University associate professor of American art, 5:30 p.m., Atkins Auditorium. $6 for members, $7 for nonmembers.
March 31: "Winslow Homer: American Dreams and French Art in the 1870s," a lecture by Erica E. Hirshler, curator of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, 2 p.m., Atkins Auditorium. Free.
Adult education classes, teacher programs and group tours also are available.