Death by Holga: 11.22.63

Hopper’s Nighthawks Tops List of Largest Outdoor Art Show

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, 1942

People throughout the United States have voted for the works of American art they most want to see installed in Art Everywhere US, the initiative that will transform billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms, airport dioramas, movie theaters and more into a free, open-air art gallery across the country. The artwork that received the most votes is Nighthawks (1942) by Edward Hopper. Continue reading

Dallas Museum of Art Announces Major Exhibition of 19th-Century French Floral Still-Life Paintings

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse at the Dallas Museum of Art

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse at the Dallas Museum of Art

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse
Dallas Museum of Art
October 26, 2014 through February 8, 2015

This October, the Dallas Museum of Art will present the first major U.S. exhibition to explore French floral still-life painting in the 19th century. Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse traces the development of the floral still life from the late 18th century through the early 20th century, emphasizing the tremendous depth and scope of creative engagement with the genre throughout this era. The exhibition will feature more than 60 paintings by more than 30 artists, including renowned figures such as Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, Vincent van Gogh and Edouard Manet, along with less familiar contemporaries such as Simon Saint-Jean and Henri Fantin-Latour. On view from October 26, 2014, through February 8, 2015, Bouquets positions floral paintings within a broader art historical and cultural narrative and reveals how the traditional genre was reinvented through artistic experimentation in the 19th century.  Continue reading

SMU Professor Premieres Film at Oak Cliff Film Festival

Wanda the Wonderful
Oak Cliff Film Festival, Kessler Theater
Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Wanda the Wonderful, a feature-length documentary film about a volatile 1920s Wild West sharpshooter who uses her firearm skills to escape her past, will have its world premiere at the Oak Cliff Film Festival in Dallas at 6 p.m. June 22 at the Kessler Theater. Seven years in the making, the film is a labor of love by Wanda’s granddaughter Carolyn Macartney, associate professor of film at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Continue reading

Dallas Museum of Art Acquires Johan Christian Dahl Painting

Frederiksborg Castle by Johan Christian Dahl, 1817 at the Dallas Museum of Art

Frederiksborg Castle by Johan Christian Dahl, 1817 at the Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art acquired in May Frederiksborg Castle by Moonlight, 1817, by Danish artist Johan Christian Dahl (1788 – 1857). The recent acquisition is one of the most important works from the Copenhagen phase of Johan Christian Dahl’s career. Long missing, the work was rediscovered in 2000 after a cleaning revealed a signature and date of 1817, the year before Dahl left Copenhagen for Dresden. Dahl is best known today as a Romantic painter of Nordic landscapes, often seen in dramatic lighting or weather conditions. He is also considered one of the great masters of Danish Golden Age painting. Frederiksborg Castle by Moonlight, on view for the first time publicly since 1817, is currently accessible through the Museum’s conservation gallery. Continue reading

Dallas Museum of Art Announces Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga Exhibition

Tenshosei Botsuusen by Kazuo Shiraga,1960 at the Dallas Museum of Art

Tenshosei Botsuusen by Kazuo Shiraga,1960 at the Dallas Museum of Art

Shiraga/Motonaga: Between Action and the Unknown
Dallas Museum of Art
February 2015

In February 2015, the Dallas Museum of Art will present the first major exhibition to explore the work of influential painters Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga side-by-side. Shiraga/Motonaga: Between Action and the Unknown will examine the full arcs of the artists’ careers, from their early works to their 18-year engagement with the Gutai Art Association—the leading avant-garde group of postwar Japanese artists—to their later masterworks created in the 1980s 90s and early 2000s. Drawing from among the best collections in Japan, the exhibition will include paintings, drawings, photographs, films, small-scale sculpture, Gutai-related ephemera and re-creations of outdoor installations—many of which have never been exhibited in the United States. Continue reading

The Sixth Floor Museum Presents a Witness to Kennedy’s Berlin Speech

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (photo by Mr. Holga)

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (photo by Mr. Holga)

J. Elke Ertle was just 17 years old when she joined thousands of other West Berlin residents to hear President John F. Kennedy address the crowd on June 26, 1963. Ertle, who immigrated to the United States a few years later, will discuss that historic day and the Cold War of the early 1960s during The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s June Living History program. Ertle will present at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 6, and again at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 7, on the Museum’s seventh floor.

Ertle was born in Germany and grew up in the British sector of West Berlin, five miles from the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate. She turned 18 on November 21, 1963, and, like many others around the world, was deeply impacted by President Kennedy’s assassination the following day. She later wrote about her experiences in her autobiography, WALLED-IN: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom. Ertle will remain after the program to sign the book, which is available for sale in both Museum stores. Continue reading

Perot Museum of Nature and Science Partners with National Geographic Society

Achieving a major milestone in its 18-month history, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science today announced a five-year, multi-faceted partnership with scientific and educational giant National Geographic that makes it the only museum in Texas – and one of just a handful in America – boasting the exclusive alliance. The partnership will involve branding of the Museum’s 3D theater; regional movie premieres and special access to Nat Geo’s vast film library; a speaker series and visits from Nat Geo experts; and world-class exhibitions created by Nat Geo along with photography workshops, travel opportunities and special benefits and discounts for Museum members. At today’s announcement, Museum leaders also announced the summer film line-up and conducted a triple screening of Pandas: The Journey Home 3D, presented by National Geographic; Flight of the Butterflies 3D; and Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia 3D. Continue reading

Meadows Museum Presents Masterworks from the Hamburger Kunsthalle

Two Groups of Picadors Overrun Consecutively by a Single Bull by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1814-16 at the Meadows Museum

Two Groups of Picadors Overrun Consecutively by a Single Bull by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1814-16 at the Meadows Museum

The Spanish Gesture: Drawings from Murillo to Goya in the Hamburger Kunsthalle
Meadows Museum
May 25 through August 31, 2014

This summer, the Meadows Museum will present the first large-scale exhibition of drawings from the Kupferstichkabinett at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, one of the most significant collections of Spanish drawings in the world. The Spanish Gesture: Drawings from Murillo to Goya in the Hamburger Kunsthalle will open in Dallas on May 25, 2014, and will feature 86 works created by leading Spanish artists from the 16th to the 19th centuries, including Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Juan de Valdés Leal, Alonso Cano, and Francisco Goya. It will be the first exhibition outside of Germany to showcase the collection, and will provide an intimate exploration of these masters’ draftsmanship and technique, as well as a comprehensive look into the collection’s origins and history. Continue reading

Dallas Museum of Art Participates in 2014 Blue Star Museums Program

Today the Dallas Museum of Art announced the 2014 launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families. Beginning Friday, May 23, 2014, in observance of Memorial Day, through Sunday, August 31, 2014, in observance of Labor Day, the DMA will offer free admission to its special exhibitions Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World (on view through June 29, 2014)and Mind’s Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cézanne (opening June 29, 2014) to all active military personnel and their families. Throughout the summer, Blue Star Families will also receive a special DMA Friends code for bonus points in the DMA Friends program, which launched in January 2013, the same time the Museum returned to a free general admission policy. The code will be available once the Blue Star Families acquire exhibition tickets from the Visitor Services Desk. Continue reading