On the second Thursday of each month, Portland Art Museum offers the opportunity to explore objects in the Museum’s permanent collection through the inspired lens of a local artist. In February, PICA’s Visual Art Curator Kristan Kennedy will take Auguste Renoir’s sculpture, Venus Victorious, as a starting point for a winding conversation about figurative art, the motifs and tropes of the art historical canon, and a look at the embodied histories (and controversies) of museum objects.

Participants depart at 6 p.m. from the Hoffman Lobby. Talks are followed by a lively happy hour discussion with the artist, featuring complimentary food and wine, until 8 p.m.