Friday, August 17
$10 public (some exhibitions require an additional $10 ticket)
$5 students (with valid ID)
FREE for DMA Members
FREE for children 11 and under
They say there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues—but we say embrace them! Join us for a night of blues music, tours exploring the color blue in the DMA's collection, and more!
DMA Members: Check in at any Visitor Services Desk or Members Desk to get your DMA Member wristband and gain access to special members-only activities throughout the night—and get extra discounts on selected drinks!
Happy Hour Performance featuring The Roger Boykin Trio
6:00 p.m., Atrium
Kick off the evening with blues standards performed by The Roger Boykin Trio, featuring Roger Boykin on piano and guitar, George Anderson on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.
Late Night Creations: Singled Out
6:00–10:00 p.m., Art Studio, Center for Creative Connections (C3)
Create your jazzy alter ego and create an album cover for your lead single. All ages welcome, all materials provided.
DMA Member Bar
6:00–11:00 p.m., Atrium
Use your DMA Member wristband to gain access to an exclusive area just for members. A selection of wine, domestic beer, and cocktails will be available for purchase.
Spotlight Tour: Blueprints
6:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
C3 Visiting Artist Ellie Ivanova will talk about the history and process of cyanotypes—a method of printmaking that yields brilliant blue and white images. Tour is limited to the first 25 attendees. Visit the Will Call Desk on Level 1 at 6:15 p.m. to reserve your spot.
Late Night Talk: The Secret Lives of Color
7:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Selected as one of NPR’s best books of the year in 2017, The Secret Lives of Color is a study of human civilization through our relationship to color. Join author Kassia St. Clair for a talk about some of history’s most impactful hues and how they shaped everything from art and fashion to science, politics, and medicine. A book signing will follow the talk.
So Long, Summer! Family Story Time
7:30 p.m., C3 Theater
Soak up the last rays of summer days with a special story time featuring local author Stephanie Ledyard’s debut picture book Pie Is for Sharing. Celebrate everything summer—fireworks, picnics, and pie—and hear behind-the-scenes stories about the author’s inspiration and life. A book signing will follow the event; copies of the book will be for sale in the DMA Store.
DMA Members-Only Tour
8:00 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
DMA Members can go on this exclusive tour of artworks in our permanent collection.
Late Night Main Stage featuring Andrea Dawson
8:00–9:30 p.m., Atrium
Listen to some classic blues as Andrea Dawson serenades you with her impressive range and mastery of musical styles. Her ability to sing blues, folk, R&B, jazz, and even rock is the reason she was crowned “The Sassy Soulstress of the Blues” after performing for many years in Dallas
Pop-Up Art Spot
8:00–10:30 p.m., Level 2, 18th-Century European Gallery
Looking for a hands-on experience in the DMA galleries? Visit the Pop-Up Art Spot and experience art in a new way. Dress up as a character, listen to songs scored by local musicians, or imagine a fantastical landscape inspired by nearby works of art.
Tour: Blues Worth Their Weight in Gold
8:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
Join DMA Manager of Adult Programs Jessie Carrillo to hear the stories of three blue pigments that shaped the history of art: indigo, cobalt, and ultramarine. See examples of these colors in the DMA’s collection and find out why they were so highly valued by artists and patrons.
Late Night Film: Rise of a Texas Bluesman: Stevie Ray Vaughan 1954–1983
9:00 p.m. C3 Theater
Rise of a Texas Bluesman brings together archive footage, photographs, and exclusive interviews to tell the story of the virtuosic guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his place within the tradition of Texas blues. The film captures Vaughan’s formative years playing the local blues circuit and his lasting impact on the genre of blues music. This film is not rated (2014, 131 min.).
Performance in the Galleries with Roger Boykin
9:30 p.m., Level 4 Landing
Dallas music legend Roger Boykin will serenade you with the blues as you stroll through the American Galleries.
Insomniac Tour and Performance: Goodnight Irene
10:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
Hear about the incredible life of legendary bluesman Leadbelly and hear some of his most iconic songs in a performance by Roger Boykin.
Late Night After Hours Showcase featuring Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat
10:45–11:30 p.m., Atrium
End your night with Jim Suhler’s ferocious guitar skills, songwriting, and smooth vocals with his band Monkey Beats. The Dallas-based group is known for its no holds barred approach to blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll and roots music. The band has worked with noted producers Terry Manning (ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Stax records, etc.), and Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Grammy Award–winning producer-songwriter Tom Hambridge.