December 28, 2016

Art for The Masses

Dallas is an art-lover’s dream—especially when you know where to look.

Dallas Museum of Art

The Spot

The anchor institution in the Dallas Arts District, The Dallas Museum of Art’s collection of more than 23,000 works features everything from old masters paintings to furniture and jewelry from the past 5,000 years.

The Scene

You could spend a full day wandering the halls of the 515,520-square-foot building and not see everything. Free entry to the permanent collection draws a diverse crowd. Art aficionados and curious passerby can be found enjoying art side-by-side.

The Characters

Senior curator of Contemporary Art, Gavin Delahunty is the institution’s rising star; he brought Yoko Ono’s “Imagine Peace Forever” to the city after this year’s police shootings.

The Shows

Cat ladies and history buffs alike will dig “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt,” while “Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl” explores the trappings of modern consumer culture with slightly uncomfortable large-format images encased in resin.

The Details

1717 North Harwood Street,dma.org

 

The Nasher Sculpture Center

The Nasher Sculpture Center

The Spot

Simply known as “The Nasher,” this indoor/outdoor museum was designed by Renzo Piano and houses the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher’s collection of world-class modern and contemporary sculpture.

The Scene

Quietly ponder art in the serene building and adjacent sun-dappled garden or show up during a late night event to enjoy a concert and a picnic on the lawn surrounded by works by Calder and de Kooning.

The Characters

Under director Jeremy Strick’s tutelage, the Nasher has expanded its permanent collection and established The Nasher Prize, a grant honoring sculpture artists from around the world.

The Shows

Hit visiting British artist Michael Dean’s exhibition “Lost True Leaves,” which combines sculpture, poetry, photography, and written word into an exhibit about the struggle to communicate with your peers.

The Details

2001 Flora Street, nashersculpturecenter.org

 

The Amon Carter, courtesy of museum

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art

The Spot

The two floors and more than 20 galleries of this Fort Worth institution are filled with everything from hyper-realistic paintings of Texas sunsets to cast iron statues of stampeding cattle.

The Scene

While the Amon Carter has a reputation for Texas art, the Museum boasts a comprehensive collection of pieces featuring the masters of American art and photography, plus quiet, phone-free spaces.

The Characters

The newly-appointed director of collections and exhibitions, Brett Abbott, his specialization in 20th and 21st century photography will bring a modern take into the Museum’s collection.

The Shows

“American Photographs, 1845 to Now” features more than 70 images from Amon Carter’s private collection. the exhibit not only spans 170 years of American history, but it also chronicles the development of photography as an artistic medium.

The Details

3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, cartermuseum.org

 

curtain

The Dallas Contemporary

The Spot

Founded in 1978, the Dallas Contemporary is known for boundary-pushing exhibits, tucked on a side street in the Design District, the museum welcomes visitors with Richard Phillips’ “Marfa Playboy”—an apt precursor for the works found inside.

The Scene

Operating under the Kunsthalle-style mentality, the Contemporary reinvents its 37,000-square-foot space to complement the works housed inside. Opening night events are not to be missed; you’ll find artists and models co-mingling with common folk.

The Characters

The current team at the Contemporary is shaking it up when it comes to both exhibits and events. With Peter Doroshekno at the helm and Justine Ludwig on the team, you never know what you’re going to see when you walk in.

The Shows

It’ll probably take you two visits to fully digest Bruce Weber’s first major retrospective, “Far From Home.” Familiar faces like David Bowie, Cara Delevingne, and Kate Moss grace the walls of the Contemporary, alongside the photographer’s personal travel photography.

The Details

161 Glass Street, dallascontemporary.org

centraltrak

CentralTrak

The Spot

This multi-functional space in the heart of Exposition park is run by the University of Texas at Dallas and encourages the local production of art and the discourse around it. The Building houses an artist residence program and the adjacent gallery space.

The Scene

Thanks to the rotating residency program, artists from varying backgrounds and practices ensure that no exhibit at CentralTrak is ever the same.

The Characters

Traveling artists from all over the world (Ethiopia, China, Argentina, and Korea are just a few of the countries of origin) who are temporarily calling Dallas home and keep CentralTrak ever-changing and always interesting.

The Shows

There’s always something new and exciting going on at CentralTrak—but you’ve got to go see it while it’s hot. Events, panel discussions, and exhibitions come and go fast. The Website is the best place to discover what’s new.

The Details

800 Exposition Avenue, centraltrak.net

 

kaws

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Spot

Originally founded in 1892 as the Forth Worth Public Library and Art Gallery, Texas’ oldest art museum focuses on post-World War II art in all media forms. Located within Forth Worth Arts District, the Modern houses more than 3,000 objects in its permanent collection.

The Scene

The Modern’s pilgrimage-worthy works include pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol—all housed in Japanese architect Tadao Ano’s sleek building.

The Characters

Curator Andrea Karnes is Forth Worth born and bred, and has been with the Modern for more than 20 years. But that doesn’t mean she’s gotten complacent; exhibits are thought-provoking, pushing, and reflect what you’d see in major art cities.

The Shows

Brooklyn-based Kaws has transformed familiar figures like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man into whimsical art. “Kaws: Where The End Starts” is a major survey of the artist’s work, featuring his collection of sculptures, toys, drawings, and paintings.

The Details

3200 Darnell Street, themodern.org