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DMA Members-Only Preview Days: Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form

Friday, February 4, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

DMA Members enjoy priority access during Member Preview Days.

The DMA is proud to present Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form, the first-ever museum retrospective for the noted sculptor. During the more than 40 years that he lived and worked in the Dallas area, Medellín influenced generations of students as an instructor at the school of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and as founder of the Creative Arts Center.

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DMA Members-Only Preview Days: Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form

Saturday, February 5, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

DMA Members enjoy priority access during Member Preview Days.

The DMA is proud to present Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form, the first-ever museum retrospective for the noted sculptor. During the more than 40 years that he lived and worked in the Dallas area, Medellín influenced generations of students as an instructor at the school of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and as founder of the Creative Arts Center.

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Virtual Exhibition Talk: Van Gogh and the Olive Groves

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Join Dr. Nicole R. Myers, Interim Chief Curator and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Senior Curator of European Art, as she discusses Van Gogh’s stunning series of olive grove paintings, brought together at the DMA for the very first time. Produced during the artist’s yearlong stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Van Gogh’s olive groves comprise one of his most ambitious, yet least well known, series. This lecture will explore Van Gogh’s motivations for painting this unconventional subject and the deeply personal meaning it held for him.

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Virtual Conservation Spotlight: Vincent van Gogh

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Laura Eva Hartman, DMA Paintings Conservator, shares details about her work studying several paintings by Van Gogh that are featured in the exhibition Van Gogh and the Olive Groves, including discoveries about the original paint color Van Gogh used and what was found embedded in the surface of the paintings. Van Gogh and the Olive Groves is on view through February 6, 2022.

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Live Event: Brendan Slocumb

Tuesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. CST

Promotional Partners: Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Dallas Opera

The Violin Conspiracy is a riveting page-turner about a Black classical musician’s desperate quest to recover his lost violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world. Nothing will stop Ray McMillian from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional musician. Not his mother, who wants him to stop making such a racket; not the fact that he can’t afford a violin suitable to his talents; not even the racism inherent in the classical music world.  

When he discovers that his great-great-grandfather’s fiddle is a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach. But when the violin is stolen right before the renowned Tchaikovsky Competition, both his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-great-grandfather claim that the instrument is theirs. Ray doesn’t know who to trust—or whether he will ever see his beloved violin again. 

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Live Event: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. CST 

 

The trenchant follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer, which has sold more than one million copies worldwide, The Committed  follows the man of two minds as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail. Both highly suspenseful and existential, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that cements Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters.  

“The literary event of the season.” Chicago Review of Books 

 

 

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Live Event: Brad Meltzer

Monday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. CDT

 

Brad Meltzer returns with The Lightning Rod, a hugely entertaining, highly anticipated follow-up to The Escape Artist.   

Mortician “Zig” Zigarowski discovers something he was never meant to see. That detail leads him to Dover Air Force Base, where he uncovers a dead man’s involvement in a top-secret military unit and his connection to military artist Nola Brown. Two years ago, Nola saved Zig’s life, so he knows better than most that she’s as volatile and dangerous as a bolt of lightning. As Zig and his investigative partner follow Nola’s trail, they discover one of the US government’s most intensely guarded secrets, which holds the key to something even more sinister. 

“[T]rust me, this is a terrific, compelling, unputdownable thriller." —Lee Child 

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Live Event: Michelle Zauner

Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. CDT

 

Acclaimed Grammy-nominated indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, Michelle Zauner delivers an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity in Crying in H Mart.  

As she grew up, Michelle’s Koreanness began to feel ever more distant. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was 25, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread. 

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Live event: Bruce Wood Dance Presents Slip Zone Suite

Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. CDT

 

Experience the DMA’s Slip Zone exhibition presented as an original commissioned suite of dance through the dazzling vision of Joy Bollinger, Artistic Director of Bruce Wood Dance. Traveling through the dripping lines and pulsing hues, the Slip Zone Suite  explores the journey of the Abstract Expressionists through the lens of dynamic movement relationships. In a series of solos, duets, and ensembles, the dances capture the vivid swirls of color, the bursts of shape, and the serenity of monochrome. 

Joy Bollinger has performed in more than 50 works with Bruce Wood Dance before taking the helm as Artistic Director. A distinguished choreographer, her work Carved in Stone “stunned audiences and critics with its lyricism” according to the Dallas Morning News

 

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Rescheduled: David Sedaris

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Location: McFarlin Auditorium, Southern Methodist University
In partnership with KERA

All purchased tickets have been transferred to the NEW rescheduled 2022 date. 

One of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, David Sedaris returns to Dallas for the eleventh year to read new and unpublished material. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, Sedaris is the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day,  Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), among many others. His latest collection, A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020), will be published in early October 2021. Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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