Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages that features award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. The series is recognized for its creative multidisciplinary programming—combining literature with visual arts, music, and film—and for commissioning new work from musicians, dancers, and poets, inspired by works of art in the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. The series is celebrating its 28th season in 2019.

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Upcoming Events

Format: 6/17/19

Elaine Welteroth

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.

An Arts & Letters Live and Second Thursdays Collaboration

In conversation with Brandon Maxwell, award-winning designer and Project Runway judge

Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. Her new book More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) is a riveting and timely memoir that unpacks the lessons Welteroth learned through her journey to becoming the youngest ever—and only second African American—editor-in-chief at Condé Nast at the time. A deeply personal coming-of-age tale, More Than Enough is about a young woman reckoning with race, family, friendship, and heartbreak, and learning to look inward—and upward—for strength.

Welteroth will be interviewed onstage by fellow Project Runway judge and winner of the 2016 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear designer Brandon Maxwell



Caravaggio's Life and Art

Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.

Julien Domercq, the DMA’s Lillian and James H. Clark Assistant Curator of European Art, will begin the evening by discussing Caravaggio’s painting Martha and Mary Magdalene (c. 1598), on loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts and currently on view at the DMA. Andrew Graham-Dixon will then talk about his acclaimed biography Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction and was a New York Times Notable Book. Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television in the English-speaking world.

5:00-7:30 p.m. Before the event, enjoy afterhours access to see the Caravaggio painting. 




Margaret Atwood

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

Margaret Atwood’s novel The Testaments, the brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, answers questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison, or death. The Testaments picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” —Margaret Atwood