Exhibition and Other Lectures

Curators, scholars, and special guests offer insight into special exhibitions and the DMA's collections.

Wonder Woman: Creation, History, and the Female Superhero

DC Comics introduced Wonder Woman in 1941, created by the American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston. Fighting for justice, peace, and gender equality, Wonder Woman became widely considered a feminist icon. Join Dr. Matthew Brown, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas and organizer of the Comics and Popular Arts Conference, to explore the creation and history of the beloved superheroine.

June 19, 2015
Horchow Auditorium

Coffee with the Wittgensteins

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein was only one member of an immensely gifted and larger-than-life family that rose to prominence in the Austro-Hungarian Empire before the First World War. His family members were patrons of Gustav Klimt and Carl Otto Czeschka, whose silver vitrine was the most extravagant and opulent object that the Wiener Werkstätte ever made.

Curatorial Roundtable Discussion: Koichi Kawasaki, Joan Kee, Gabriel Ritter, and James Rondeau

Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga exhibition co-curators Gabriel Ritter and Koichi Kawasaki, together with Joan Kee, Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Michigan, and James Rondeau, Curator and Chair of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss various topics related to the art and life of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga with the goal of situating their individual practices within a global art historical context.

May 2, 2015
Horchow Auditorium

Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI

Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, an art historian specializing in fashion and textiles, presents her newest book, Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI, an engrossing chronicle of one of the most exciting, controversial, and extravagant periods in the history of fashion: the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in 18th-century France. Chrisman-Campbell offers a carefully researched glimpse into the turbulent era's sophisticated and largely female-dominated fashion industry.

April 30, 2015
Horchow Auditorium

Modernizing Jane for the Digital Age: "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" and "The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet"

The Emmy award-winning Web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and the companion book The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet reimagined the Pride and Prejudice story like never before, turning Lizzie and Darcy's romance into a 21st-century affair through video blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, and text messages. Kate Rorick, co-author of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet and a writer for the popular Web series, will talk about both projects and the process of bringing the work of Jane Austen into the Internet age.

March 20, 2015
Horchow Auditorium

Fashioning Jane Austen

Costume designer and fashion historian Daniel James Cole explores the elegant and extreme styles of Jane Austen's time, examining the social and fashion worlds of the late 18th and 19th centuries while noting Austen's fiction and its place in the artistic movements and tastes of the time.

March 20, 2015
Horchow Auditorium

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, one of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, is known for his pioneering work and artistic innovation. From young Russian immigrant with harrowing memories of pogroms to world-famous artist, Rothko created work characterized by an emphasis on confronting the establishment. Join academic and cultural historian Annie Cohen-Solal as she discusses the enigmatic artist in her newest book, Mark Rothko, featuring new biographical information based on recently revealed archival sources.

March 14, 2015
Horchow Auditorium

Challenging Voices: A Conversation on Art and the Ethical Imperative

In celebration of the DMA's upcoming exhibition Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga, Ming Tiampo, leading Gutai expert and Associate Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, discusses the art and life of Shiraga and Motonaga in the context of global art history and the current art market with: Paul McCarthy, Artist and lender; and Axel Vervoordt, Collector.

February 2, 2015
Horchow Auditorium

Jacques Monod and Albert Camus: A Scientist’s and a Philosopher’s Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize

In his talk, Dr. Sean B. Carroll, Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will chronicle the adventures of Jacques Monod, a co-founder of molecular biology, from the dark years of the German occupation of Paris to the heights of the Nobel Prize, his friendship with the great writer Albert Camus, and his emergence as a public figure and leading voice of science.