Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages at the Dallas Museum of Art that features award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. The series is recognized for its creative multidisciplinary programming—combining literature with visual arts, music, and film—and for commissioning new work from musicians, dancers, and poets, inspired by works of art in the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

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Upcoming Events

Format: 12/22/14

Billy Collins and Aimee Mann: Poetry, Music, and Conversation

Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.

In celebration of National Poetry Month

Award-winning poet Billy Collins and Oscar- and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Aimee Mann come together for a rare evening of poetry, acoustic music, and conversation about their art forms and process. Collins is the former U.S. Poet Laureate and author of ten poetry collections. Award-winning songwriter and indie music star Aimee Mann pens “sharp, literate, carefully crafted lyrics” (The Telegraph, U.K.). 


Candice Bergen: Candid Reflection

Wednesday, April 15th 7:30pm

Promotional Partner: Dallas International Film Festival

The star of Murphy Brown and winner of five Emmy Awards, Candice Bergen is also an accomplished writer. Her forthcoming memoir, A Fine Romance, is the follow-up to her first bestseller, Knock Wood, which the New York Times hailed as an “engaging, intelligent, and wittily self-deprecating autobiography.” She’ll share insights into her marriage to famous French director Louis Malle, the birth of her daughter, widowhood, falling in love again, and watching her daughter blossom. 


Jacob Rubin & Rebecca Scherm: Identity Thief

Friday, April 17th 7:00pm

Jacob Rubin’s The Poser is a deeply original comic novel about a man who can imitate anyone he meets, but in the end, he must risk everything for the chance to know true love. Rebecca Scherm’s debut novel, Unbecoming, is an intricately plotted and psychologically nuanced literary thriller about a girl who charms her way into the world of international art fraud.


Harry Bliss & Barney Saltzberg: Imaginative Illustrating

Sunday, April 26th 3:00pm

Barney Saltzberg, author and illustrator of almost 50 books for children and a singer/songwriter, explores the creative process of writing and illustrating in his latest work Inside this Book. Illustrator Harry Bliss asks audiences, old and young alike, the question “what is art?” in his newest collaboration, Grandma in Blue with Red Hat. Bliss is also a cartoonist whose work appears regularly in the New Yorker.


Sue Roe & Joshua Wolf Shenk: Matisse, Picasso & the Power of Pairs

Monday, April 27th 7:30pm

Sue Roe’s new book In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art uses the famous artists’ village in Paris as the backdrop for creative rivalries and synergies that helped produce some of the most iconic works of art today. Joshua Wolf Shenk’s book, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, examines the creative collaboration and inspiration found in iconic pairs such as Matisse and Picasso, the Beatles, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and many more. 


Oral Fixation—Destination America: True Stories of Immigration

Saturday, May 16th 7:30pm

In partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s SOLUNA: International Music and Arts Festival

Back by popular demand and inspired by the DMA’s annual hosting of a naturalization ceremony, seven Texas storytellers tell their own true tales of their immigration. Their journeys and voices will inspire you, surprise you, and, quite possibly, break your heart. If you or someone you know is an American immigrant who wants to share a story at this event, please contact


Anthony Doerr & Jim Shepard: Compassion and Catastrophe

Tuesday, May 19th 7:30pm

Anthony Doerr has won four O. Henry Prizes, three Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. His novel, All the Light We Cannot See, is a 2014 National Book Award finalist. Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron, also set during World War II, tells the story of a young boy whose family has been driven into the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Aron joins a group of children risking their lives to keep people alive by smuggling and trading commodities.


Fashioning our Identities

Tuesday, June 9th 7:30pm

In this visually compelling and extensively researched book, Women in Clothes, editors Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton will have a spirited conversation about what informs and motivates women in their daily clothing choices and what those fashion choices symbolize and reflect about our lives. Over 600 surveys of women across races, creeds, religions, and ages reveal that there are myriad responses to the question “what does style mean to you?”  Fashion designer Lela Rose will share insights into her creative process and how artists have inspired some of her designs. 


Rebecca Alexander: Senses Lost and Found

Monday, June 15th 7:30pm

In Rebecca Alexander’s memoir Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, she details her experience of learning as a teenager that she has a rare genetic disorder that will eventually cause complete loss of hearing and sight. Alexander’s reaction to the devastating diagnosis of Usher Syndrome Type III was to spring into action, seeking multiple avenues of empowerment. Not Fade Away tells her extraordinary story, at times harrowing, but often funny and always exceptionally inspiring.