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Fatima Farheen Mirza & Tommy Orange

Monday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.

Fatima Farheen Mirza's debut novel A Place for Us is a deeply moving story of love, identity, and belonging. As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the secrets and betrayals that caused their close-knit family to fracture. Tommy Orange's bestselling debut novel There There is the story of 12 unforgettable Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. As we learn why each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow, momentum builds toward a shocking conclusion that changes everything.


Annual Fête: Celebrating French Art of the 18th Century

Thursday, November 1, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Step into 18th-century France with an evening of talks, dance, figure drawing, and a magnifique menu at the DMA Cafe. At 7:00 p.m., art historian Dr. Melissa Hyde will talk about trailblazing women artists working during this period. 


Zine Club

Thursday, November 1, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Art speaks: speak back. Zine Club is a free studio series for high school students that invites you to respond to works of art in the DMA’s collection with artmaking and writing. Responses are collected and edited into a zine—a self-published book of original content. Join us this fall as we investigate identity and issues of representation through different times, cultures, and institutions. Sessions will be limited to 20 students, and there will be snacks.


Jesmyn Ward

Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.

MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her "fearless and toughly lyrical" voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. Ward's stories are largely set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she grew up and still lives. With Sing, Unburied, Sing, which earned her a second National Book Award in 2017, Ward explores the bonds of a family tested by racism and poverty.


Toddler Art: Dancing Feet

November 2, 9, or 13, 11:00 a.m.-noon

Toddler Art is for 2-3 year olds and their caregivers and requires advance registration. Click on the event for additional information.


Arturo's Art & Me: Machine Mania

November 7, 8, or 10, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For a 3-5 year old and a favorite grown-up. Adults and young children listen to a story, look at works of art, and play hands-on games in the Museum galleries before creating an original work of art in the studio. Class size is limited to 18 children.

​In November, gear up for a riveting investigation of an artist's view of gears, cars, radios, skyscrapers, and more in the exhibition Cult of the Machine​. Then, in the studio, create your own mash-up of art and machine.


Family Workshop: Art, Precisely!

Saturday, November 10, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Family Workshop is for 6-12 year olds and their caregivers and requires advance registration. Click on the link for additional information.


Elaine Pagels

Sunday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

When renowned religion scholar, National Book Award winner, and New York Times bestselling author Elaine Pagels was dealing with unimaginable loss—the death of her young son, followed a year later by the shocking loss of her husband—questions on the persistence and nature of belief and why religion matters took on a new urgency. In Why Religion?: A Personal Story, Pagels weaves together a personal story with the work that she loves, illuminating how religious traditions have shaped how we understand ourselves; how we relate to one another; and, most importantly, how to get through the most difficult challenges we face.