Exhibition and Other Lectures

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

Artistic Responses to Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take

Poet William V. Davis, professor of English and writer-in-residence at Baylor University (and commissioned by the DMA to write new poetry inspired by Hodges' work), and Matthew Cusick, a Dallas-based artist known for his works incorporating maps, encyclopedias, and textbooks, discuss their own responses to the special exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take.

Horchow Auditorium

October 18, 2013

Special Event with Mark Lamster

Mark Lamster, the new Dallas Morning News architecture critic and professor in the architecture school of the University of Texas at Arlington, joins Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum, for a conversation about Lamster’s impressions of the built environment in Dallas—what is working, what could be improved, and how he plans to use his new positions to help effect change in Dallas.

The Icebergs: The Civil War and American Art

Dr. Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and former Dallas Museum of Art curator, places the DMA's iconic painting The Icebergs by Frederic Edwin Church into the larger context of the Civil War. Featured in the SAAM and Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition The Civil War and American Art, The Icebergs helped to illustrate the transformative impact of the war through American art.

September 10, 2013
Horchow Auditorium

Frozen in History: The Arrival of the Kennedys in Dallas

In a color photograph published in Life magazine a week after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the president and First Lady are shown arriving at Love Field on a resplendent fall morning. Their aura of youth, beauty, and vitality, which seemed to pertain to the nation itself in the early 1960s, would be shattered by the events of the following hour and yet also, paradoxically, intensified. Dr. David Lubin, author ofShooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images and Charlotte C.

Listening Hard: Remembering JFK on Record

Alan Govenar discusses his audio-video installation Listening Hard: Remembering JFK on Record, a work connecting the recordings released in the days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, personalizing our relationship to the event and the man. In conjunction with Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy.

July 19, 2013
Horchow Auditorium

Chagall: Art and Religion

Rabbi David Stern, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of Dallas, joins Olivier Meslay, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art, for a conversation about the relationship between art and religion in Marc Chagall's work. Raised in Russia, Chagall broke with the traditions of his religion to depict subjects and themes from the Bible in his art. Although he was not strictly observant, the artist remained intensely proud of his Russian Jewish upbringing, the memories of which he portrayed throughout his career.

The Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas

Special event in celebration of the DMA publication The Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the HimalayasDr. Anne R. Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art, in conversation with catalogue contributors Dr. Frederick M. Asher, Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota; Dr. Robert Warren Clark, Lecturer and Coordinator of the Tibetan Language Program, Stanford University; and Dr. Nancy Tingley, Independent Scholar.

February 28, 2013

Horchow Auditorium

A Dream of Identity: Coco Chanel and the Myths of Fashion

Rhonda Garelick, Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and a well-known scholar and writer on performance, literature, fashion, and cultural politics, will explore Coco Chanel’s influence on fashion as well as in literary and artistic circles in Paris. Chanel’s Mediterranean villa, La Pausa, also hosted many cultural luminaries, including Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau. Five rooms of the Villa La Pausa were re-created at the Dallas Museum of Art to house the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European art.