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The Art Of Pride

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Who’s ready to gay up this place?

This Friday night, the monthly Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art gets a welcome LGBT twist with special Pride Month programming all night long. (Cue the Lionel Richie!)

The highlight of the evening will be a special presentation of a show written by our good friend Robert Emery (pictured) and performed by company members from Uptown PlayersFrom Outlaws To Icons: Dallas LGBT History promises to be as educational as it is utterly fabulous because everything Robert does is utterly fabulous.

(Except maybe that one time he did that nude performance piece about an actual udder.)

Make plans to hit the Dallas Arts District this Friday from 6:00 p.m. to midnight for everything from drag queen storytelling and kiki ball practice to an outdoor screening of The Birdcage We’ve included the entire schedule at the end of this story for your reading and calendaring pleasure.

But if you’re like us, we’re pretty sure you’re going to want to try to hit each and every event.

With a view visits to the bar in between.

The Dallas Museum of Art in the Dallas Arts District Late Night
Friday, June 15

6:00 p.m. to midnight
Tickets: $10 public; $5 students (with valid ID): FREE for DMA Members
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SCHEDULE:

Late Night Happy Hour Performance
6:00 p.m., Atrium
Kick off the night with a performance by members of the Turtle Creek Chorale featuring a variety of music. The Turtle Creek Chorale is a renowned gay men’s chorus that has been performing in Dallas and around the world for over 36 years.

Spotlight Talk: LGBTQ Artists in the DMA’s Collection
6:00–6:15 p.m., Meet at the artwork on Level 2, European Art Galleries
Join DMA Education Coordinator Madeleine Fitzgerald in the galleries for a short talk on Anton Prinner’s Large Column. This talk will last fifteen minutes.

Late Night Creations: Em-BRACE Your Identity
6:00–10:00 p.m., Center for Creative Connections (C3), Art Studio
The rainbow Pride Flag is an iconic symbol of identity, solidarity, and empowerment. Embrace your own identity by creating a wearable symbol that celebrates you! Presented in collaboration with Youth First at the Resource Center.

DMA Member Bar
6:00–11:00 p.m., Atrium
Use your DMA Member wristband to gain access to an exclusive area just for members. A selection of wine, domestic beer, and cocktails will be available for purchase.

Summer Courtyard Sale
6:00 p.m.–midnight, Fleischner Courtyard
Please join the DMA store and the Lotus Shop for our annual Courtyard Sale. Visit Fleischner Courtyard to shop for treasures that are priced up to 70% off original retail. You will find books, decorative objects, postcards, and much more. Browsing encouraged!

Performance in the Galleries: The Music and Letters of Leonard Bernstein
6:30–7:00 p.m., Level 4 Landing
Verdigris Ensemble, a professional ensemble of vocal artists who explore the boundaries of the choral medium, present a unique performance highlighting the life of Leonard Bernstein through his letters and music.

Late Night Talk: From Outlaws To Icons: Dallas LGBT History
7:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Join Robert Emery for fascinating under-told stories of Dallas’s bold and strategic, fantastic and creative LGBT community performed by company members of Uptown Players.

Spotlight Talk: LGBTQ Artists in the DMA’s Collection
7:00–7:15 p.m., Meet at the artwork in the Sculpture Garden
Join DMA Manager of School Programs Lindsay O’Connor in the Sculpture Garden for a short talk on Ellsworth Kelly’s Untitled. This talk will last fifteen minutes.

Kiki Ball Practice
7:00-8:00 p.m., Eagle Family Plaza
Resource Center United Black Ellument’s Vogue Academy will teach you some of the classic elements of a Kiki Ball and share a few pointers on how to walk the runway. The “Kiki scene” is rooted in Ballroom, an underground LGBT subculture that originated in New York city, where people “Walk” and “Dance” (i.e. compete) for trophies and prizes at events known as balls. Sign up with the DJ or MC beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Drag Queen Story Hour with Cassie Nova
7:30 p.m., C3 Theater
Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. Join Cassie Nova for a story time featuring a selection of children’s books that celebrate difference, embrace diversity, and build empathy.

Performance in the Galleries: Bridges: Lgbtq+ Then and Now
7:30 p.m., Level 2 Landing
Flexible Grey Theatre asked younger generations in the LGBTQ+ community to send in questions that they would want to ask older LGBTQ+ individuals, and then sought out those individuals to interview. Watch as they perform these interviews with actors in our galleries.

Spotlight Talk: LGBTQ Artists in the DMA’s Collection
8:00–8:15 p.m., Meet at the artwork on Level 4, American Art Galleries
Join DMA American Art Research Assistant Lea Stephenson in the American Art Galleries for a short talk on Anne Whitney’s Lady Godiva. This talk will last fifteen minutes.

Late Night Main Stage featuring Chris Chism
8:00–9:00 p.m., Atrium
Listen to a performance by Dallas singer-songwriter Chris Chism, whose combination of music and message has inspired audiences around the country. Chism is the Contemporary Music Director at Cathedral of Hope and was named Dallas’s Best Musician by the Dallas Voice.

Pop-Up Art Spot
8:00–10:30 p.m., Level 1
Looking for a hands-on experience in the DMA galleries? Visit the Pop-Up Art Spot on Level 1 for activities related to shapes, along with a poetry activity, all inspired by nearby works of art.

DMA Members-Only Tour
8:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
DMA Members can go on this exclusive tour of artworks in our permanent collection.
Space is limited to approximately 20 individuals and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check in at the Membership Desk before the tour.

Outdoor Film Screening: The Birdcage
8:30 p.m., Ross Avenue Plaza
Sit under the stars for an outdoor screening of the 1996 comedy The Birdcage, featuring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, presented in partnership with Downtown Dallas Inc. This film is rated R for language (1996, 119 min.). Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase (cash only) on Ross Avenue Plaza from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Performance in the Galleries: The Music and Letters of Leonard Bernstein
8:30–9:00 p.m., Level 4 Landing
Verdigris Ensemble, a professional ensemble of vocal artists who explore the boundaries of the choral medium, present a unique performance highlighting the life of Leonard Bernstein through his letters and music.

Spotlight Talk: LGBTQ Artists in the DMA Collection
9:00-9:15 p.m., Meet at the artwork in the Center for Creative Connections
Join DMA Manager of Access Programs Emily Wiskera in the galleries for a short talk on Félix Gonzáles-Torres’ Untitled (Perfect Lovers). This talk will last fifteen minutes.

Late Night Talk: Born in Flames: LGBTQ Art in America
9:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
How have artists used their work to express, explore, and represent sexual identity? Art historian Dr. Tara Burk will discuss key artists, artworks, themes, and strategies that shaped the history of LGBTQ art in America with a focus on the revolutionary potential of LGBTQ art.

Resource Center United Black Ellument presents Taste the Rainbow Kiki Ball
9:00-9:45 p.m., Eagle Family Plaza
Watch a unique display of dancing and talents that features vogue and other elements from the Ballroom scene. These experienced vouge performers will dazzle your mind with their moves and stunts.

Performance in the Galleries: Bridges: Lgbtq+ Then and Now
9:30 p.m., Level 3 Landing
Flexible Grey Theatre asked younger generations in the LGBTQ+ community to send in questions that they would want to ask older LGBTQ+ individuals, and then sought out those individuals to interview. Watch as they perform these interviews with actors in our galleries.

Late Night After Hours Music Showcase featuring The Rose Room Cast
9:45–10:30 p.m., Atrium
The Rose Room cast will perform a unique and fantastic show created just for the DMA! The Rose Room Theatre and Lounge is the Southwest’s premier show bar for gender illusion.

Spotlight Talk: LGBTQ Artists in the DMA’s Collection
10:00–10:15 p.m., Meet at the artwork on Level 4, American Art Galleries
Join Sara Greenberg, Education Coordinator at the Greater Denton Arts Council, in the American Art Galleries for a short talk on Marsden Hartley’s Mountains, no. 19. This talk will last fifteen minutes.

Late Night Film: Transpose
10:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Join us for a screening of the new documentary Transpose, presented in partnership with Arttitude. This film brings together powerful personal stories to explore the extraordinary challenges and triumphs of transgender people as they transition from the gender assigned to them at birth to living the life that they have envisioned for themselves. A Q&A will follow the screening.

Resource Center United Black Ellument presents Taste the Rainbow Kiki Ball
10:30-11:45 p.m., Eagle Family Plaza
The Grand Finale of the Kiki Ball! These vouge performers are here to give an amazing show and win! Continuing with more vogue and other elements from the Ballroom scene.

Performance in the Galleries: Bridges: Lgbtq+ Then and Now
11:00 p.m., Level 4 Landing
Flexible Grey Theatre asked younger generations in the LGBTQ+ community to send in questions that they would want to ask older LGBTQ+ individuals and then sought out those individuals to interview. Watch as they perform these interviews with actors in our galleries.

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