Format: 8/19/17

Teen Tour: Art of the Ancient Mediterranean

Thursday, October 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The images and myths of the ancient Mediterranean survive long after the fall of ancient Greece and Rome, and their traces can be found everywhere in our modern society. Learn about these early influencers and the original meaning behind these familiar works of art. No prior art history knowledge required—we'll get you up to speed! This tour is limited to the first 16 participants.


State of the Arts: Film Animation: Past, Present, Future

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m.

Connect with leaders in the North Texas animation industry for a talk about the art of film animation. KERA Senior Arts Producer-Reporter Jerome Weeks will be joined in conversation by Bryan Engram, CEO of Brazen Animation, and Brandon Oldenburg, Chief Creative Officer of Flight School Studio.



Dan Brown

Friday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.

Dan Brown, international bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno will talk about his chart-topping works and making blockbuster movies, as well as his trademark interests in codes, science, religion and art. His newest novel, Origin, thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.


Boshell Lecture: Walking in the Footsteps of My Grandmothers: The Art and Ancestry of Mono Basket Weaving

Saturday, October 7, 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a closer look at two newly acquired baskets created by Mono artists Lois Conner Bonha and Clara Muhly Harris. For more than 30 years, Lois Bonha, affectionately known as the Acorn Lady, has been carrying on the tradition of her North Fork Mono Tribe by gathering local materials and creating intricately woven baskets. Bonha will speak about the process of creating her gambling tray in the DMA's collection and how it fits into the rich history of Mono basket weaving. 


Roz Chast

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.

Iconic New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast returns to Arts & Letters Live by popular demand! Roz Chast’s new graphic memoir is Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York—a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan as only she could write it. Chast has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of modern life. Her works typically address the universal topics of guilt, aging, families, money, real estate, and much, much more! 


Teen Tour: Art of the Ancient Americas

Thursday, October 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The ancient Americas were home to great civilizations, from the Maya of Central America to the Inca of Peru. Learn about the power and politics of these societies and the mighty natural forces that shaped them. No prior art history knowledge required—we'll get you up to speed! This tour is limited to the first 16 participants.


Exhibition Talk: Truth: 24 frames per second

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.

Get a first look a the new exhibition Truth: 24 frames per second, and hear from three featured artists. Gavin Delahunty, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, will be joined by artists Dara Birnbaum, Ben Rivers, and Anne Tallentire to talk about time-based media and their works in the exhibition.


Late Night Film: Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Friday, October 20, 9:00 p.m.

Join us for a quote-along screening of the 1985 cult classic Pee-wee's Big Adventure. From the basement of the Alamo to Hollywood film sets, follow the eccentric Pee-wee Herman across the United States on an epic journey to find his stolen bike. 


Walter Isaacson

Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.

From the author of the bestselling biographies Benjamin Franklin and Einstein comes Leonardo da Vinci, an engrossing portrayal of the world’s most creative genius. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative connecting his art and science. He also illustrates how Leonardo’s genius stemmed from skills we can improve in ourselves – passionate curiosity, careful observation, and a playful imagination. Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane University, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine.


An Evening Celebrating Two Giants: Juan Rulfo and Cardona Peña

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

In partnership with Teatro Dallas, the DMA will honor two of the most celebrated Latin American authors of the twentieth century, Juan Rulfo and Alfredo Cardona Peña, with a world premiere of theatrical adaptations of short stories and contemporary dance. Come early and enjoy a festive Mexican-themed dinner and drinks in the DMA Cafe, view the Days of the Dead altar set up by artist Sara Cardona, and enjoy a short talk by Cora Cardona about the origins and symbolism of Days of the Dead celebrations.