Arts & Letters Live Spring 2023 Lineup

arts and letters live 2023

Featuring Gabrielle Zevin, Colson Whitehead, Abraham Verghese, and more! 

The Dallas Museums of Art’s Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series featuring award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. This year’s spring lineup of authors includes Colson Whitehead, Abraham Verghese, and more

  • April 4 – New York Times best-selling author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and TomorrowGabrielle Zevin
  • April 11 – Author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V. E. Schwab [SOLD OUT]
  • April 16 – Master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers, David Sedaris. This popular event will sell out fast!
  • April 19 – Great (Women) Painters: In conversation with four artists featured in the book, Jennifer Guidi, Tschabalala Self, Genesis Tramaine, and Lisa Yuskavage. 
  • April 25 – New York Times bestselling author of  The Wager, David Grann. (Ticket prices include a hardcover copy of The Wager.
  • May 9 -Author of Cutting for Stone and The Covenant of Water, Abraham Verghese (Optional ticket + book bundle VIRTUAL)
  • May 18 – R. F. Kuang, author of the New York Times bestselling book Juniper Song. (All tickets include a hardcover copy of Yellowface.)
  • June 7 – National Book Award winner and New Yorker essential read, The Rabbit Hutch, Tess Gunty: In conversation with Ben Fountain
  • July 25 -Acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Nickel Boys, The Underground Railroad, and his latest work, Crook Manifesto, Colson Whitehead. (This event does not include a book signing; however, all copies of Crook Manifesto purchased as part of a book bundle will be pre-signed by the author.)
For more information and to order tickets for Arts & Letters LIVE!

DMA Arts & Letters Features Selected Shorts

Enjoy captivating short fiction read by acclaimed actors

Horchow Auditorium
Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. CST

The popular NPR radio show and podcast Selected Shorts returns to the Dallas Museum of Art with an evening of stories devoted to new friends, chosen family, and the sometimes fraught stages in between.

Tony Award–winning actors John Benjamin Hickey and Michael Cerveris join Cindy Cheung, 2022 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre recipient, to bring stories about friendship to life on stage. 

Enjoy an evening of captivating short fiction devoted to finding and holding on to your people: the new, the old, and the mysterious.

  • JOHN BENJAMIN HICKEY will read “The Last Words of Benito Picone” by Anthony Marra
  • MICHAEL CERVERIS will read “True Friendship” by Jorge F. Hernández
  • CINDY CHEUNGreads “Dance in America” by Lorrie Moore

Order your tickets for this event online.

The Dallas Museum of Art is located at 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75201

Spring Break at the Dallas Museum of Art

Start your Spring Break with a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art! From March 15 to 18, you and your family can take part in art classes, guided tours, and gallery activities, all inspired by works of art in the collection.

Daily Spring Break Events

Take a look at some of the fun-filled, family-friendly events you can enjoy this year at the DMA.

Restart with Art

Daily in the Founders Room from 1:00–4:00 pm
Drop into the studio and use watercolor pencils, brushes, and paper to create your own peaceful picture.

The Future of Dallas with Forward Dallas

Daily in Art Studio 1, C3 from 1:00–4:00 pm
Celebrate the opening of the Rooted exhibition and imagine the future of Dallas through interactive and collaborative activities in the studio.

Community Guest Spotlight
1:00–2:00 pm

You can spend time with a different community guest each day during Spring Break at the DMA. There is something of interest for everyone, from artists to bookworms. Mark your calendar for these daily Spring Break activities:

Tuesday, March 15: Stories and Art Making with the Dallas Public Library
C3 Theater, Center for Creative Connections (C3)

Wednesday, March 16: Relaxation Station with Parker University
Mini Murals Art Kit Pick-Up, Main Entrance, Level 1

Thursday, March 17: Music Making with Kamica King, King Creative Arts Expression
C3 Theater, C3

Friday, March 18: Beginner-Friendly Yoga with Stefanie Tovar
Yoga mats and wipes provided
Ross Avenue Plaza, Level 1

Don’t forget to register now for the Dallas Museum of Art Summer Art Camps
for children ages 4–12. It will sell out fast.

Follow @BigDConcierge on Twitter – #DFWSpringBreak for more Spring Break events and activities in the Dallas- Fort Worth area.

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting at the Dallas Museum of Art

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse is the first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century. This fabulous exhibit  will open at the Dallas Museum of Art  in late October 2014.

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse showcases approximately 60 floral still lifes from painters such as Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour, Édouard Manet, and Paul Cézanne. It  highlights this painting genre that was popular in France during the 1800s.  This exhibition  includes  8 works from the DMA’s collection, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated color catalogue.

The exhibition will be on display at the Dallas Museum of Art from October 26, 2014 to February 8, 2015. Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse requires an $8.00 special exhibition ticket.

Brettell Lecture: Matters of Intent: Van Gogh’s Still Lifes

Thursday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.

Van Gogh used still life in facinating ways in order to master each new challenge he set for himself as an artist, such as capturing the essence of rural life, learning the use of modern color, or expressing his appreciation for nature.  The painter’s still lifes often represented intensely personal commentaries and were instrumental in the unfolding of his oeuvre.

Join Dr. Cornelia Homburg, independent scholar and curator, as she investigaes the impact of van Gogh’s intense focus on specific objects. After 3:00 p.m. the day of the event, tickets will no longer be available online but can be purchased at the Visitor Services Desks at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Gauguin and Van Gogh: A Dialogue of Bouquets

Friday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.

When Gauguin came to Arles to join van Gogh as the second painter in “The Studio of the South” in 1888, he was shown to his bedroom decorated by two recently painted floral still-lifes of sunflowers. Gauguin also painted a portrait of van Gogh painting the sunflowers and, many years later, Gauguin planted a flower garden in Tahiti and painted four major floral still-life paintings that recall his time with van Gogh.

Join Dr. Richard R. Brettell, The Margaret McDermott Chair of Art & Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas and author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Gauguin’s paintings, for a consideration of this dialogue of floral still-life paintings in detail with reference from both artist’s writings.

Late Night lectures are FREE.

Daily General Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art FREE. General admission includes viewing the Museum’s collection galleries and most exhibitions.  Dallas Museum of Art is located at  1717 North Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75201. For more information, visit:

Museum Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday*: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

*Late Night Fridays (third Friday of the month, excluding December), the Museum is open until midnight