Talks & Tours

The Dallas Museum of Art presents an array of talks and tours exploring art from around the world and throughout time with distinguished artists, scholars, and artistic leaders.

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Upcoming Talks & Tours

Format: 10/17/19

Brettell Lecture: Cézanne in DFW

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

Art historian Dr. Richard R. Brettell will talk about artworks by Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne in the DMA's collection and other collections around DFW. 



Late Night Talk: Animal: Exploring the Zoological World

Friday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. James Hanken, Professor of Zoology and Biology at Harvard University, will talk about his book Animal, which explores mankind’s ongoing fascination with the animal world. From cave paintings and medieval bestiaries to Audubon and cutting-edge photography, Hanken will highlight key moments and themes in the history of animal art. 


Saturday Spotlight Tours

Saturdays, 2:00 p.m.

Get to know the DMA through a Saturday Spotlight Tour. DMA docents will be on-site to lead free tours introducing visitors to the highlights of our collection. Tours will depart from the Visitor Services Desk at 2:00 p.m. every Saturday.


Artist Talk: Wanda Koop

Sunday, October 20, 3:00 p.m.

Join us for the opening day of the new exhibition Wanda Koop: Dreamline and hear the artist talk about her work with DMA curator Dr. Katherine Brodbeck and Robert Enright, editor of the quarterly cultural magazine Border Crossings


Painting the Town

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.

Part of State of the Arts presented in partnership with KERA's Art&Seek

From Deep Ellum to Bishop Arts to Downtown’s East Quarter, Dallas buildings are a canvas for local artists. Murals mark our neighborhoods. They provide education opportunities—and the backdrop for that perfect Instagram shot. Join KERA’s Jerome Weeks for a conversation with community arts organizers and the artists behind some of the city’s most memorable murals.


Boshell Lecture: Dr. Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future

Friday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.

Archaeologist Dr. Alice Gorman will talk about her new book Dr. Space Junk vs The Universe,  which examines mankind’s relationship to space, and to our own planet, through cultural artifacts like footprints on the moon and the orbiting detritus of past missions. Dr. Gorman will challenge the perception that archaeology is an exploration of the ancient and propose that it can shed light on what we want for the future.


Gallery Talks

First and third Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.
Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists, and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during lunchtime gallery talks. 

Late Night Curator Talk: Speechless: Different by Design

Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Hear DMA curator Sarah Schleuning talk about the new exhibition speechless: different by design, which brings together immersive new work by six designers and design teams to explore the ways in which we connect to the world around us through our senses.