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: 4/25/18

Murals from a "Magic Garden": Edward Steichen’s "In Exaltation of Flowers"

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.

From 1911 to 1914 photographer Edward Jean Steichen produced seven large mural paintings for financier Eugene Myer and his wife, Agnes. The large, gold-leafed murals are filled with portraits of Steichen's friends and their floral counterparts, making this project a particularly personal one for the artist. Join art historian Jessica Murphy to learn more about Steichen's circle of friends and how this rarely seen group of paintings brings together many facets of his work. 


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.


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. 

Islamic Art Presentations

Thursday, May 3, 10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This conference highlights how living Muslim and non-Muslim artists continue to use their creativity to address communal, national, and individual experiences as they relate to Islamic art and culture, and build bridges across different faiths and communities. The artists and experts will present lectures, a short film, and workshops to educate and inform the audience.


Boshell Lecture: Recovery of the Pirate Ship Whydah

Thursday, May 3, 7:00 p.m.

Join Underwater Field Archaeologist Chris Macort for an exciting glimpse into the recovery of the  Whydah Gally, a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717 while carrying several tons of gold, silver, and other treasures. Macort will discuss the Whydah's history, unique finds from the wreckage, and what the ship tells us about the lives of buccaneers during the Golden Age of Piracy. Along the way, find out what goes into locating a shipwreck and conserving recovered artifacts. 


Late Night Talk: The Reason for Flowers

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

For thousands of years, flowers have inspired artists and writers, cured our ailments, enhanced our cooking and perfumes, and helped us express things like love or sympathy. But what do we really know about them? In The Reason for Flowers, author and ecologist Stephen Buchmann explores the biology and the cultural history of flowers to reveal the impact they have had on human and environmental history. In this talk, Buchmann will share selections from the book alongside original photography.