Schedule of Events

Friday, November 17, 2017
6:00 p.m.–midnight

Join us for a evening exploring Islamic art and culture in honor of the DMA’s Keir Collection of Islamic Art. From talks to music performances to artist demonstrations, learn more about Islamic art and the influence it has had across cultures. The November Late Night is part of the free three-day Islamic Art Festival: The Language of Exchange
DMA Members: Check in at any Visitor Services Desk to get your DMA Member wristband and gain access to special members-only activities throughout the night—and get extra discounts on selected drinks!

6:00 P.M.     

Opening Performance 
6:00–7:00 p.m., Atrium
Kick off the evening with a musical performance by the Ismaili Muslim Youth Choir of Dallas (IMYC-Dallas) and the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Jazz Singers followed by a dance performance by The Jubilee Performance Group. IMYC-Dallas is a vocal art group of youth ages 14-25 aiming to provide a metaphor for unity in harmony. The Jubilee Performance Group is composed of dancers and choreographers from the Ismaili Muslim Community depicting their diverse cultural heritage. Both groups are presented by the Aga Khan Council for the Central United States.
Prayer Space 
6:00–8:30 p.m., Tech Lab, C3 
The Tech Lab, located in the Center for Creative Connections, will be available to use as a prayer space during the evening. 
Late Night Creations: Carpet Diem
6:00–10:00 p.m., Art Studio, C3
Get ready to be floored by the carpets of the Islamic world. Weave your magic into a community project, design a bookmark inspired by the intricate patterns of Islamic textiles, and create a miniature carpet to take home with you. Hosted by the DMA Teen Advisory Council. 
DMA Member Lounge
6:00–11:00 p.m., Atrium  
Use your DMA Member wristband to gain access to an exclusive area just for members. Wine, domestic beer, and cocktails are available for purchase.

6:30 P.M.

Spotlight Tour: Miniature Paintings
6:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
Artist Ambreen Butt will discuss the tradition of miniature painting and how she continues this age-old process in her own work.

7:00 P.M.

Late Night Talk: Keir Collection In Focus
7:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir, the DMA’s Senior Advisor for Islamic Art, will highlight objects from the Keir Collection that focus on the diversity of art from the Islamic world.
Yoga for Kids! 
7:00-7:30 p.m., Center for Creative Connections 
Join our yogini, Nicole Payseur, for meditation, relaxation, and some very pretzel-like poses.

7:30 P.M.

Family Story Time under the Stars
7:30 p.m., Fleischner Courtyard
Venture out under the stars and take an imaginary journey to a land of golden domes and silver lanterns as we explore the beauty of Islamic art. Then create your own paper lantern to light your way home!
Performance in the Galleries
7:30 p.m., Asian Galleries, Level 3 Landing
Listen to music on the setar and poems of Rumi performed by Ali Razmi, one of Canada’s most respected Sufi musicians. Razmi is a gifted tar and setar player and composer who received his MA in music from the Art University of Tehran in 2006.

8:00 P.M.

DMA Member-Only Tour 
8:00 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
DMA Members can go on this exclusive tour of artworks in our permanent collection.
Late Night Main Stage featuring the Nomad Dancers
8:00–8:30 p.m., Atrium 
Inspired by traditions of India, Persia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Turkey, experience traditional folkloric dances performed by the Nomad Dancers. Based in Washington DC, the Nomad Dancers is an educational and cultural organization that fosters international understanding and mutual respect among diverse communities through artistic expression of world dance heritage. 
Pop-Up Art Spot
8:00–10:30 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.

8:30 P.M.

Tour: Ceramics 
8:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
Art historian Michael Falcetano will discuss the rich history of ceramics in Islamic art and culture.

9:00 P.M.

Late Night Talk: Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World 
Presented by the Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archeology 
9:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
In his latest book, Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World, author Thomas Madden paints a portrait of a city that for two millennia has been a cultural capital for people of all different backgrounds. Enjoy a brief history of this ancient metropolis where many objects from the Keir Collection were produced.
A book signing will follow the talk.

9:30 P.M.

Performance in the Galleries
9:30 p.m., Asian Galleries, Level 3 Landing
Enjoy music on the sitar and tabla performed by the Sangeet Millennium Duet  featuring Amie Maciszewski and Shantanu Bhattacharya. 

10:00 P.M.

Late Night After Hours Music Showcase 
10:00 p.m., Atrium
Experience music from a variety of cultures with the Meadows World Music Ensemble, under the direction of Jamal Mohamed. This group combines traditional instruments from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America with standard Western orchestral instruments to create unique interpretations of traditional folk melodies.

10:30 P.M.

Insomniac Tour: Rock Crystal
10:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
Join DMA Manager of Adult Programming Jessie Frazier for a closer look at one of the Keir Collection’s rarest and most painstakingly crafted treasures, a medieval Fatimid rock crystal ewer that is one of only seven in the world.
Late Night Film: The Destruction of Memory
10:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
This documentary by Tim Slade examines the increasing threat of cultural destruction in Syria and Iraq and efforts to protect, salvage, and rebuild heritage sites.This film is not rated (2016, 85 min.).

11:00 P.M.

Performance in the Galleries
11:00–11:45 p.m., Asian Galleries, Level 3 Landing
Enjoy music on the sitar and tabla performed by the Sangeet Millennium Duet, featuring Amie Maciszewski and Shantanu Bhattacharya.


Socca Mediterranean Cafe
Enjoy a vibrant al fresco dining experience until 10:00 p.m. on Eagle Family Plaza, with tantalizing dishes that are naturally gluten free.
DMA Cafe
Relax and enjoy the entertainment in the Atrium while having a drink or a bite to eat from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Bar service is available until 11:00 p.m. 
During the Islamic Art Festival, stop by the DMA Cafe or Socca, the DMA’s Mediterranean cafe, for a bite to eat. In addition to the full menu, the DMA Cafe will offer dishes inspired by the Keir Collection, including Charred Chicken over Couscous Tabbouleh and kid-friendly veggie falafels.


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DMA Members get more!
Join or renew tonight for a year of exclusive benefits and events:
FREE entrance to every Late Night
FREE admission to ticketed special exhibitions
FREE parking in the DMA’s underground garage during Museum hours (based on availability)
Discounts in the DMA Cafe and DMA Store, and on selected programs
And so much more!


Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art
Friday, January 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.–midnight
$10 public
$5 students (with valid ID)
FREE for DMA Members
FREE for children 11 and under
Kick off the New Year and join us for our annual birthday celebration!
The Islamic Art Festival: The Language of Exchange is underwritten by Dr. Haroon Rasheed and Rania Mohamed. Programming created in partnership with the Islamic Art Revival Series, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, the Aga Khan Council for the Central United States, and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. The Keir Collection of Islamic Art is presented by Kosmos Energy.