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Arturo's Art & Me: Design Time

February 7, 11, or 12, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For 3-5 year olds and a favorite grown-up. Arturo's Art & Me requires advance registration. Click the event for additional information.

In February, take a crash course in the art of design and learn how a chair can be so much more than a place to sit!


Philipp Meyer and Grace Pettis: Texas Tales in Story, Song, and Art

Monday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.

Philipp Meyer’s novel, The Son, was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction in 2014. His prose has drawn comparisons to iconic American authors such as Faulkner and Hemingway. Grace Pettis has earned a reputation as a respected songwriter and performer. Pettis has been praised for her songwriting prowess and her clear, emotive vocals.  The Museum is commissioning Pettis to write a new song, inspired by a work of art in the DMA’s collection, that will debut at this performance.


C3 Artistic Encounters: An Evening of Titles and Text

Thursday, February 12, 6:00-8:50 p.m.

How can the Museum inspire memorable stories? Join Center for Creative Connections writer-in-residence Kendra Greene for an evening discovering the galleries through language. Explore your own museum memoir, and consider the ekphrastic* power of art to spark poetry and prose as we draw from anecdote, observation, and the very writing on the walls. *Definition: The practice in which one medium of art relates to another medium by defining and describing its essence and form, thereby amplifying its meaning. 


Ina Garten

Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.

In partnership with Mills Entertainment

Ina Garten shares her natural approach to food—entertaining tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes. The Emmy Award-winning host of the Barefoot Contessa television show on Food Network and New York Times bestselling author will be joined on stage by a local moderator. Ina Garten delivers a charming insider's view of her hit TV show (now in its eleventh season) and the pleasures of good food cooked with love and passion. A Q&A with the audience will follow.


Late Night Performance: The 4,000 Words for Light (Abridged)

Friday, February 20, Time TBD

When the exhibition Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World was on view at the DMA, the Center for Creative Connections asked visitors for one word for light. We made 4,394 contributions. From that found poetry, C3's Writer-in-Residence Kendra Greene composed a portrait of the community. From Jesus to Justin Bieber, experience excerpts from this collaboration in a spoken word performance. All ages are welcome.


Lynsey Addario: Behind the Lens and Enemy Lines

Friday, February 20th 7:00pm

Promotional Partner: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

In her new memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, Addario gives readers a glimpse into her experiences documenting war and human crises across the globe, and how she reconciles that with her role of mother and wife. Addario is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant and winner of a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography. 


Jacqueline Woodson: Dreams Come True

Sunday, February 22nd 3:00pm

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, a collection of beautifully wrought poems depicting her childhood in South Carolina and New York, won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The New York Times said that “This is a book full of poems that cry out to be learned by heart. These are poems that will, for years to come, be stored in our bloodstream.” Much of Woodson’s writing explores the issues of gender, class, and race, as well as family and history, themes she addresses in groundbreaking ways. 


Dallas Architecture Forum Presents: Monica Ponce de Leon

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

Monica Ponce de Leon is the Dean of Michigan’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She co-founded Office dA and heads Monica Ponce de Leon Studio. With a master’s degree in Urban Design from the Harvard GSD, she also became a professor at the GSD and the Director of the Digital Lab. She has been honored by the Architectural League, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.


Elliot Ackerman with Ben Fountain: Heroism and Heartbreak

Friday, February 27th 7:30pm

Promotional Partner: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Elliot Ackerman is a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, who earned a Silver Star, Purple Heart, and a Bronze Star for valor. His forthcoming debut novel, Green on Blue, will be published in February. Author Khaled Hosseini hailed it as “utterly absorbing. . . . [A] morally complex tale of revenge, loyalty, and brotherly love.” Inspired by Ackerman’s experiences embedded with tribal armies in Afghanistan, Green on Blue is told from the perspective of Aziz, an Afghan orphan recruited by a US-funded militia. Ben Fountain, award-winning author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, will share insights and moderate the conversation. 


Arturo's Art & Me: Ready, Set, Action!

March 4, 5, or 7, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For 3-5 year olds and a favorite grown-up. Arturo's Art & Me requires advance registration. Click the event for additonal information.

In March, throw, fling, spill, and swing—discover the exuberant, action-filled paintings by Japanese artists Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga.