Format: 2/20/18

Late Night Talk: The Power of Gold

Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Roslyn A. Walker, Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific and The  Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art, will discuss her new exhibition The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana. 


Late Night Film: Paa Joe and the Lion

Friday, April 20, 10:30 p.m.

Paa Joe and the Lion, a 2016 documentary directed by Ben Wigley, follows Ghanaian fantasy coffin artist Paa Joe as he teaches his son Jacob the craft that he has perfected over decades and to great acclaim. The film offers an intimate look into an artform that is central to Ghanaian beliefs and traditions surrounding death, while examining ideas of craftsmanship, legacy, and the relationship between art and life. 


Danielle Allen

Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Danielle Allen was award­ed a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine “the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement.” Featured on the front page of the New York Times, Allen’s Our Declaration reinterprets the promise of American democracy through our founding text, combining a personal account of teaching the Declaration line by line with a vivid evocation of the colonial world. Bestselling author Andrew Solomon praises Allen’s 2017 memoir, Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A., saying, “In this narrative of freedom and incarceration, education and disadvantage, rehabilitation and punishment, Danielle Allen paints an unforgettable portrait of a cousin she loved. The pacing is brisk and novelistic, but the message is large and clear: we need urgently to reform the system through which we process juveniles who commit crime, because the cur­rent system perpetuates the very injustices it was designed to address.”


Murals from a "Magic Garden": Edward Steichen’s "In Exaltation of Flowers"

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.

From 1911 to 1914 photographer Edward Jean Steichen produced seven large mural paintings for financier Eugene Myer and his wife, Agnes. The large, gold-leafed murals are filled with portraits of Steichen's friends and their floral counterparts, making this project a particularly personal one for the artist. Join art historian Jessica Murphy to learn more about Steichen's circle of friends and how this rarely seen group of paintings brings together many facets of his work. 


Teen Homeschool Workshop: Untitled

Friday, April 27, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Rethink your ideas about painting and reconnect with what inspires you with inspiration from the work of Laura Owens. Learn about her unique style of painting before creating a work of your own, combining paint with unconventional materials. Ages 13-19; no prior experience necessary, and all materials provided. 


David Sedaris

Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Beloved satirist David Sedaris returns for his ninth consecutive year with Arts & Letters Live to share new and unpublished essays, imparting his incisive social critiques and sharing his sardonic wit with devoted fans. Hailed as the “rock star of writers,” Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers, with bestselling books such as Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays including Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.  


Boshell Lecture: Recovery of the Pirate Ship Whydah

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

Join Underwater Field Archaeologist Chris Macort for an exciting glimpse into the recovery of the  Whydah Gally, a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717 while carrying several tons of gold, silver, and other treasures. Macort will discuss the Whydah's history, unique finds from the wreckage, and what the ship tells us about the lives of buccaneers during the Golden Age of Piracy. Along the way, find out what goes into locating a shipwreck and conserving recovered artifacts. 


Naomi Shihab Nye

Sunday, May 6, 3:30 p.m.

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” Born to a Palestinian-American father and an American mother, she grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her family heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling the world leading writing workshops for all ages, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity. She is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes; her work has been presented on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and on two PBS specials. Nye is a Lannan Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, and has received numerous awards for her poetry and children’s literature. At this event, she will debut a new poem inspired by a work of art in the DMA’s collection and juxtapose art in the collection with a live reading of her poetry.


Special Performance: Las personas no van juntas (They Just Don’t Match)

Sunday, May 13, 3:00 p.m.

Presented in partnership with SOLUNA
As part of the annual SOLUNA festival, experience a work of art combining visual and musical elements. Inspired by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Argentinian artist Lihuel Gonzalez’s Las personas no van juntas (They Just Don’t Match) examines the efficacy of translation between languages and between language and music and features Dallas Symphony cellist Jeffrey Hood.