Exhibition and Other Lectures

Curators, scholars, and special guests offer insight into special exhibitions and the DMA's collections.

Late Night Talk: From Looms to LED: The Brave (Old) New World of Fashion and Technology

Lisa Small, Brooklyn Museum Senior Curator of European Art, gives a brief overview of the history of fashion, and how the creations of contemporary designers like Iris van Herpen at once continue and disrupt many of the traditions of haute couture.

July 21, 2017
Horchow Auditorium

Image: Iris van Herpen, Capriole Ensemble, July 2011, in collaboration with Isaïe Bloch and Materialise, 3-D-printed polyamide, Groninger Museum, 2012.0209, © Iris van Herpen, 
Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios

Late Night Talk: A Skeptic's Guide to American History

Drawing from historical events depicted in the exhibition Visions of America: Three Centuries of Prints from the National Gallery of Art, University of Vermont History Professor Dr. Mark A. Stoler discusses why, when it comes to American history, our common knowledge is more myth than fact.

June 16, 2017
Horchow Auditorium

Image: Paul Revere, after Henry Pelham, The Bloody Massacre, 1770, hand-colored engraving, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Rosenwald Collection, 1943

México 1900-1950: Rivera, Kahlo, Orozco, and the Avant-Garde

Explore masterpieces of Mexican modern art with Dr. Agustín Arteaga, The Eugene McDermott Director of the DMA and the organizing curator for México 1900-1950. Dr. Arteaga discusses key themes in the exhibition, which documents an artistic renaissance in Mexico through painting, sculpture, film, photography, and printmaking. 

May 4, 2017
Horchow Auditorium

Image: Rosa Rolanda, Self-Portrait (Autorretrato), 1952, oil on canvas, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno/INBA, © Courtesy of El Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Y Literatura, 2017

Late Night Talk: Fantastic Beasts: Harry Potter and the Medieval Bestiary

Dr. Melissa Aaron, Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona, looks at the genesis of J. K. Rowling's magical creatures through the medieval bestiary, or "book of beasts." Aaron discusses medieval and Renaissance depictions of these creatures and their adaptation for the Potterverse, including the new Fantastic Beasts film.

March 17, 2017
Horchow Auditorium

"What are the filthy apes doing there?": Animals, Nature, and the Medieval Artistic Imagination

Dr. C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses the varied attitudes toward the visual arts during the height of the European Middle Ages with an emphasis on the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries.

Late Night Talk - From Cowhide to Codex: Exploring the Art and Beauty of Medieval Manuscripts

Medieval illuminated manuscripts were deeply personal projects made entirely by hand, treasured by their owners, and preserved in monastic, royal, private, and eventually public libraries across the centuries. Dr. Danielle Joyner, Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History at Southern Methodist University, takes a closer look at these richly decorated objects and discovers how they were made and used. 

January 20, 2017
Horchow Auditorium

Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style

Before fashion shows and the rise of fashion photography, consumers kept up with the latest styles through printed publications that included fashion plates, or hand-colored illustrations depicting the latest modes. In her book Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style, fashion historian April Calahan traces the evolution of style from the court of Marie-Antoinette to the Jazz Age through a carefully curated selection of two hundred rarely seen fashion plates.

November 3, 2016
Horchow Auditorium

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