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The Dallas Museum of Art – Right Now

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas TX
Invitation from the DMA


Looking for a way to get out of the house, but don’t want to fight the heat?  Go to the Dallas Museum of Art.  Along with air conditioning, they’ve got some interesting special exhibitions right now.

Mind’s Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cézanne

Right inside the front door, in the Chilton Gallery, is an exhibition of works on paper – primarily drawings and sketches.  Since the the exhibition focuses on the period from David to Cezanne, you’ll see a lot of names you’re familiar with from the popular Impressionist Era, but that’s certainly not the extent of it.  You’ll also see a lot of French artists, because the French sort of dominated the scene during that period, but you’ll also see English, German and Spanish artists, to name a few.  In other words, the drawings come from a specific period, but represent a wide variety of styles and artists.

I’ll just be honest with you.  I am not a big fan of drawings.  For me, they seem like watching a video on You Tube when I could be at a live opera at the Met.  However, I found plenty to entertain me while I was there and Bill thoroughly enjoyed it.

Bill’s always interested in the “how” of things, so when the DMA began the exhibition with examples of various mediums and what it looked like when you used them, Bill was fascinated.  Items like graphite, charcoal and waterpaint he was familiar with.  Gouache was something new.  That simple demonstration greatly enriched his appreciation of the works he viewed.

Now for me, the good news was that not everything in the exhibit was a sketch.  Sketches can give an insight to the artist’s technique, but after about the tenth one, I’ve gotten all the technique I can handle.  I want to see some bright colors and interesting textures.  There were pastel drawings and pretty watercolors spread through out the exhibit rooms.  There was one gouache floral on paper that I would have been tempted to think was an oil on canvas.

Bottom line, you’ll learn something and see pretty things at this special exhibition, so you should go.

From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith

While you’re at the DMA seeing the Mind’s Eye Exhibit, don’t miss From the Village to Vogue.  Art Smith was a jeweler creating unique pieces in his small shop in New York’s Greenwich Village.  Eventually he was discovered and became a national sensation through the fashion magazine Vogue.

This is not your mother’s wedding ring!  Unless your mother wore modern art pieces with an African influence.  These things are gorgeous.  Though not necessarily the most practical things you could put around you neck.  Think large minimalistic sculpture.  Worth seeing though!

The DMA is my suggestion for a hot day.  What’s yours?  After visiting the exhibits, we faced the heat and took a stroll through Klyde Warren Park, then visited Starbucks and had one of their new Fizzio Hand-crafted Sodas.  For me, the jury’s still out.  Have you had one?

1 thought on “The Dallas Museum of Art – Right Now”

  1. I don’t care what the crowds say, Starbucks is my place everyday of the week and often more than once. If you frequent Starbucks even twice a month and don’t use the rewards card, it’s well worth putting the cash down upfront for all the free drinks, etc. that you earn. Of course, if you don’t read your e-mail you’ll never know you have some of the rewards and I’m not the best at keeping up with my e-mail. The card doesn’t cost anything unless you want to consider they use your money that you’ve put on your card and you might use it somewhere else. For me, the amount isn’t enough to make a difference.


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