-- Arts & Letters Live 2016 Season Welcomes More Than 30 Authors and Performers Including Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary-Louise Parker, and Rainn Wilson--
DALLAS, TX – December 8, 2015 – Today the Dallas Museum of Art announced the 25th anniversary season of Arts & Letters Live, the Museum’s literary and performing arts series. From January to June 2016, DMA Arts & Letters Live will feature 34 scheduled events with award-winning and bestselling authors, actors, and musicians. Widely acknowledged as a major contribution to Dallas’s cultural life, DMA Arts & Letters Live has featured more than 1,000 authors, actors, and performing artists at many sold-out events since its inception in 1992. This season features the series’ popular Texas Bound program (Texas actors reading short fiction by Texas writers), BooksmART programs for children and young adults, and events with special guests including Mary-Louise Parker, Pulitzer Prize–winner Tracy K. Smith, Rainn Wilson, Erik Larson, Padma Lakshmi, Elizabeth Gilbert, and a three-night event with David Sedaris.
“We are immensely excited to celebrate Arts & Letters Live’s 25th Season—the star-studded line-up of literary icons and performers is bigger than ever, with an estimated 34 programs slated for January through June 2016. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste, no matter whether you prefer literary fiction, nonfiction, memoir, humor, poetry, music, art, or dance,” said Carolyn Bess, Director of Programming and Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art. “Two highlights that dovetail with the DMA’s exhibitions and collections initiatives include the Texas Ballet Theater’s world premiere of a suite of new dances inspired by the exhibition Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots and a French Riviera fête focusing on the newly published connections between the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection and Coco Chanel, featuring curator Olivier Meslay and Chanel biographer Rhonda K. Garelick.”
Season highlights include appearances by New York Times bestselling authors, Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, National Book Award winners and finalists, PEN/Hemingway award winners and finalists, Story Prize winners, Tony award winners, and Emmy Award winners:
- Elizabeth Gilbert
- Mary-Louise Parker
- David Sedaris
- Rainn Wilson
- Erik Larson
- Padma Lakshmi
- Skip Hollandsworth
- Hanya Yanagihara
- Blythe Danner
- Mary Karr
- Tracy K. Smith
- Dave Isay
- Daniel James Brown
- Emily St. John Mandel
- G. W. Bailey
- Denis O’Hare
- John Benjamin Hickey
- Doris Roberts
For additional information, and the full season schedule, visit DMA.org/ALL.
The 25th DMA Arts & Letters Live season kicks off on January 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Mary Karr and Mary-Louise Parker in discussion about their work, including Karr’s recent book, The Art of Memoir, and the popular Lit, which is also a forthcoming Showtime series starring Parker as Mary Karr. Parker will also share excerpts from her literary debut, Dear Mr. You.
Tickets are on sale now. Order online at DMA.org/tickets or call 214-922-1818 during normal business hours. This season, selected events include an option for a ticket and book combo price.
Tickets for Fresh Ink and BooksmART events are $15; regular events begin at $35. Selected events include an option for a ticket and book combo price with priority seating. VOCALOSITY, presented on March 2, tickets are $25-$45; David Sedaris, a three-night event marking his seventh consecutive year reading with the DMA Arts & Letters Live series, tickets are $32-$75; Elizabeth Gilbert, on May 10, tickets are $35-$60; all prices are based on seat location. The VIP Experience for the “From Chanel to Reves” event on January 20 with DMA curator Olivier Meslay and author Rhonda K. Garelick includes priority seating and booksigning access, choice of one book, and a three-course dinner prior to the event in the Museum’s Founders Room featuring a French menu and wine; tickets are $150. Discounts are available for DMA Members and students. For details, visit DMA.org/ALL. Booksignings follow each of the author events; books are sold by the DMA Store, which stocks titles by each author featured in the series.
DMA Friends can earn the Bookworm Badge and 400 points by attending four Arts & Letters Live events as well as the Lit Lover Badge and 700 points once they have attended seven Arts & Letters Live events. For more information on the DMA Friends program, visit DMA.org/friends.
About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum welcomes over 650,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, a free program available to anyone who wishes to join focused on active engagement with the Museum. For more information, visit DMA.org.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.