Talks & Tours

The Dallas Museum of Art presents an array of talks and tours exploring art from around the world and throughout time with distinguished artists, scholars, and artistic leaders.

Missed a talk? Visit the Program Recordings page to listen to selected past lectures, gallery talks, and other events presented by the Dallas Museum of Art. 

Upcoming Talks & Tours

Format: 9/27/16

Gallery Talks

Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists, and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during weekly lunchtime gallery talks.


State of the Arts: Data Is the New Paint

Thursday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.

Explore the creative process and the current cultural landscape of the Metroplex with dynamic discussions featuring artists and artistic leaders, including visual artists, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. This conversation will highlight local artists and scholars who work at the intersection and art and science and use data as a medium for creating and explaining art.

Presented in Partnership with KERA’s Art&Seek


Saturday Spotlight Tours

Saturdays, 2:00 p.m.

Get to know the DMA through a Saturday Spotlight Tour. DMA docents will be on-site to lead free tours introducing visitors to the highlights of our collection. Tours will depart from the Visitor Services Desk at 2:00 p.m. every Saturday.


What makes a cultural capital? Paris versus Vienna: A conversation with Alessandra Comini and Rick Brettell

Sunday, October 2, 3:00 p.m.

What makes a cultural capital? The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History is pleased to present a conversation with Dr. Alessandra Comini, Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University, and Dr. Richard Brettell, Founding Director of the O’Donnell Institute at UT Dallas. Focusing on Vienna and Paris, Comini and Brettell will introduce each city’s great artists, musicians, authors, scientists, dancers, and architects. A lively debate will challenge us to look anew at our own thriving arts scene in Dallas.


Late Night Talk: Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt

Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.

Learn more about the DMA’s newest exhibition, Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, with Dr. Yekaterina BarbashAssociate Curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition features more than eighty objects from the Brooklyn Museum and the DMA’s permanent collection and explores themes of mythology, kingship, and everyday life in ancient Egypt through representations of felines.


Late Night Talk/ Boshell Lecture: Cleopatra's Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt

Friday, October 21, 9:00 p.m.

How do you transport an object that is thousands of years old and weighs more than a jumbo jet? In his compelling new book Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt, renowned Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier tells the story of three massive obelisks leaving Egypt for London, Paris, and New York in the late 19th century—the first time Egyptian obelisks had been exported since the Renaissance. Dr. Brier will share how obelisks were quarried and raised in ancient Egypt and recount the remarkable adventures involved in bringing the three obelisks across oceans to their new homes.


DMA Members-Only Tours

Every fourth Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

DMA Members are invited to join us for an exclusive docent-led tour on the fourth Sunday of every month.


Boshell Lecture: Mummies Unwrapped

Saturday, October 29, 2:00 p.m.

Just in time for Halloween, join DMA curators Anne Bromberg and Kimberly Jones for a talk about three traditions of human mummification: those of Egypt, the Andes, and China. Discover the hows and whys of mummification through burial objects from the DMA's collection. 


Special Event: Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style

Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.

Join April Calahan, fashion historian and Special Collections Associate at Fashion Institute of Technology, for a closer look at her book Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style. Calahan will discuss the evolution of men's and women's styles through the art of the fashion plate--lavish, hand-colored illustrations created to promote the latest modes.