February Schedule of Events

Friday, February 15
NEW TIME: 6:00-11:00 p.m.

$10 public (some exhibitions require an additional $10 ticket)
$5 students (with valid ID)
FREE for DMA Members
FREE for children 11 and under

Explore the Keir Collection of Islamic Art with contemporary artists, filmmakers, curators, and musicians who are responding to, or inspired by, traditional Islamic art and culture. 
Program Highlights:

Opening Performance featuring the Sangeet a Millennium Ensemble
6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Atrium
Start your evening with Sufi-inspired music performed by Sangeet Millennium Ensemble featuring Dr. Amie Maciszewski on sitar. 

Pop-Up Art Spot
7:00-9:30 p.m., Level 1, Keir Collection
Looking for a hands-on experience in the DMA galleries? Visit the Pop-Up Art Spot and experience art in a new way. Learn how the repetition and overlapping of simple shapes creates intricate designs and patterns. Explore the cross-cultural connections in works of art from the Keir Collection and participate in a cultural exchange project with other visitors. 

Artist Talk: Soody Sharifi
7:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Soody Sharifi is an American/Iranian artist who works with photography, painting, and collage to explore the experience of living between two distinct cultures. Join Sharifi for a talk about her recently acquired painting Courtly Love in the DMA’s collection. 

Late Night Main Stage featuring Ehsan Matoori
8:00-8:45 p.m., Atrium
Listen to world music performed by Ehsan Matoori and musicians from the AramArt World Music & Art Institute.  Matoori was born in Iran and at the age of 9 he began learning the Santoor based on Maestro Faramarz Payvar’s method. AramArt is a cultural, educational and entertainment center that offers a variety of services to the enthusiastic children and adults in the DFW area.

Artist Demo featuring Elinor Aishah Holland
8:00-10:00 p.m., Tech Lab, Center for Creative Connections
Drop by the Tech Lab to meet calligrapher Elinor Aishah Holland and watch her create intricate works of art comprised of Arabic script. At 8:30 p.m. Holland will give a brief artist talk about her work and the rich cultural history of Arabic calligraphy. 

Artist Talk: Elinor Aishah Holland
8:30 p.m., Tech Lab, Center for Creative Connection
Calligrapher Elinor Aishah Holland will speak about the history and artistry of Arabic calligraphy with examples of her own work. After the talk, visit the Keir Collection of Islamic Art to see other examples of this centuries-old artform. 

Late Night Film: Kedi
8:30 p.m., C3 Theater
In the surprise box-office smash Kedi, director Ceyda Torun returns to her native Istanbul to capture her hometown from the perspective of seven of the city’s hundreds of thousands of stray cats. Torun crafts an infectious portrait full of charm and sweetness, at once a love letter to the regal animal and to the ancient city itself. This film is not rated (2017, 79 minutes).

Late Night Talk: Contemporary Muslim Fashion
9:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Join Jill D’Alessandro, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco for a talk about Muslim fashions past and present and the intersections of cutting-edge contemporary design and modest dress. 

Late Night After Hours Showcase featuring Antar’s Band 
10:00-10:45 p.m., Atrium
End your evening with a special joyful performance of Arabic music including instrumental and singing of classic and modern pieces performed by Antar’s Band featuring brothers Basheer on the Oud and Mosheer on the keyboard and Oud. The Oud is a short-necked lute commonly used in Middle-Eastern music and it is one of the oldest stringed instruments in the world.

Check back soon for a complete schedule of events!