Talks & Tours

The Dallas Museum of Art presents an array of talks and tours exploring art from around the world and throughout time with distinguished artists, scholars, and artistic leaders.

Missed a talk? Visit the Program Recordings page to listen to selected past lectures, gallery talks, and other events presented by the Dallas Museum of Art. 

Upcoming Talks & Tours

Format: 2/10/16

Late Night Talk: Irving Penn: Through the Lens

Friday, April 15, 9:00 p.m.

In this twist on a panel discussion, Tracy Achor Hayes, Editorial Director with Neiman Marcus, and Laura Wilson, photographer, will speak about their work in relation to Irving Penn’s techniques, subject matter, and influence. Merry Foresta, guest curator for the Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, will then moderate a question-and-answer session connecting each speaker’s comments to major themes in the exhibition.


Music, Love, and Leisure in the Dutch Golden Age

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.

The 17th-century music paintings of Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries reflect a cultural and artistic heritage inextricably linked to music making. Betsy Wieseman, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Paintings at the National Gallery, London, will speak about the lasting impact of music paintings from this period and contextualize Vermeer’s music paintings within his larger body of work.


The Dallas Herakles in Context

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Nancy Ramage, Charles A. Dana Professor of the Humanities and Arts Emerita at Ithaca College, will speak about the multilayered history of one of the DMA’s newest acquisitions, a marble bust of Herakles that reveals the talents of three artistic hands.  This lecture is sponsored by the Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology.


The Person Himself: Irving Penn’s Ethnographic Studies

Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.

The Art Institute of Chicago is home to the Irving Penn Archives, one of the world’s leading collections of photographs and memorabilia about the artist. Natasha Derrickson, former Collection Manager in the Department of Photography and Archive Assistant in the Ryerson and Burnham Archives, will discuss the materials contained in the archives and what they reveal about Penn’s life and work.