TRAVEL HERE: ARTFUL DELIGHTS AT THE DMA
So I’ve been in the process of catching up on my adventures. We’ve been to Gruene TX for a girl’s road trip, Birmingham AL for business and Fort Worth for Monet. All this leaves me with yet another confession. If you missed the Devine Felines at the DMA, mea culpa. If you miss Mexico 1900-1950, then that’s going to be your fault.
A Busy Autumn Break
My autumn disappeared in a haze of responsibility. Global Heart Ministries had a tea, a video shoot and a fundraiser. I also went on that trip I haven’t been able to tell you about. So they kept me pretty busy. I sort of disappeared out of my life until the October 22 fundraiser happened. After all that, I was just about ready for a life and I took on a project that I could do completely at home. I needed a break.
That’s when the invitation to the opening of the Art and Nature exhibition came along. Bill and I put the event on our calendar and zipped downtown to take a gander. We spent a perfectly lovely evening at the museum. The art focused on the Middle Ages and as such pretty much everything in the exhibit was related to the Catholic faith. There were reliquaries, crosiers , crucifixes, stained glass, etc. etc. etc. The workmanship was exquisite and we thoroughly loved the whole thing.
Perhaps our favorite thing was the Scavenger Hunt. Yep – a scavenger hunt. Now many museums and such offer scavenger hunts, but they are usually for kids and they’re offered in black and white on a piece of copy paper. Nope, that wasn’t it at all. Instead on beautiful slick paper in the richest colors possible, we were challenged to identify 14 various images, each of which were only a small part of a larger work. Not only was it a lot of fun, but it inspired us to take a long, deep look at things we might have just glanced at and then walked away.
After the Scavenger Hunt we checked out the offerings at the refreshment table, but didn’t see much to our liking, so we headed home. Here’s the good news. It will be at the museum until the 19th of this month, so please hurry in to see it.
A Pleasant Sunday
But the exhibit about the Middle Ages wasn’t all that was happening at the DMA, so we made another visit. Confession! I know it had to happen after the opening of Art & Nature, but if I was forced to testify as to when, I would be in trouble. We walked back through Art & Nature and then strolled down to Shaken| Stirred |Styled. This is a small exhibition in a side gallery that would be easy to miss, so if you go between now and November 12th, please be sure to ask someone where it is.
The entire exhibit is a collection of bar ware from the 19th century and it’s cool – really cool. There are punch bowls and martini glasses, but perhaps the most fun is cocktail shakers from the Prohibition Era.
We also took a look at Divine Felines, which is now closed. The collection of Egyptian cat mummies and other feline related items was interesting, but not compelling to us, so I don’t feel quite so bad about allowing you to miss it.
Since our goal was to kill the afternoon, we also strolled through the South American and American galleries, enjoying old favorites. Since this is where Bill and I met, all the art seems like friends of the family. Truly a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Dallas.
Don’t Miss Mexico
One final note before I go. A new exhibition just started at the museum, Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco and the Avant-Garde. I am really sorry to report that once again Global Heart Ministries has interfered with my love of art. Last week I had to miss the exhibition’s opening party to help with the video shoot we were filming. I love GHM, but it’s tough when I have to make decisions like that. The good thing is that the exhibit just opened and it will be here through July. Even with my crazy schedule I should be able to make it.