Death by Holga: 11.22.63

Amon Carter Museum Receives $150,000 Federal Digitization Grant

Studio Interior No. 2 by Armin Landeck, 1936 at the Amon Carter Museum

Studio Interior No. 2 by Armin Landeck, 1936 at the Amon Carter Museum

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art received a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for $150,000. The grant will support the museum’s Connecting to Exhibitions digitization project, a multi-year project that will give unprecedented access to the Amon Carter’s comprehensive exhibition history. Continue reading

North Texas Giving Day Sets New Record

Thursday, September 18, 2014, was North Texas Giving Day. More than 98,000 generous Texans donated $26,339,253 to North Texas non-profits, which includes museums, galleries and theaters. The 18-hour event surpassed the 2013 tally by more than $1 million and 23,000 donors. Art museums did not do nearly as well as the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which raised $115,324. (See list in post) Continue reading

First Dallas Photo Walk this Saturday, September 6th

Downtown Dallas Map by Mr. Holga (Holga camera on Kodak Film)

Downtown Dallas Map by Mr. Holga (Holga camera on Kodak Film)

Dallas Photo Walk
Dallas Fair Park and West End
Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The first Dallas Photo Walk, in conjunction with 500px Global Photo Walk, will be this Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Over two dozen photographers have signed-up via Facebook to attend the journey around Dallas Fair Park and West End. Photographers Mark D. and Mr. Holga will be walking and taking pictures with both local and out-of-town photographers. All photographers (pro, amateur, novice) and cameras (film, digital, instant) are welcome.

The Dallas Photo Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the DART Fair Park Station, right outside the Fair Park gates. There will be a quick meet and greet. Photographers will then take in the beautiful Art Deco of Fair Park. After about an hour and a half, the group will ride DART to the West End Station and continue shooting more modern Dallas landmarks and buildings. The walk will conclude at the Corner Bakers. Photographers can grab a bite to eat or continue taking pictures. Continue reading

The Sixth Floor Museum Presents Former Carousel Club Exotic Dancer

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

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

Living History Series: Nancy Myers
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2 p.m.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will feature former exotic dancer Nancy Myers for their September Living History Program. Ms. Myers danced at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club under the stage name Tammi True. Myers was one of Ruby’s girls during President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. Myers will discuss the shock of seeing her boss, Jack Ruby, shoot Lee Harvey Oswald on national television. Myers will be at The Sixth Floor Museum on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for this event are $5 with paid admission to the museum or $10 for the program only. The museum recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Living History Series events are held on the seventh floor of the museum and will often sell-out for special guests like Ms. Myers. Tickets can be purchased online at www.jfk.org Continue reading

Barry Whistler Gallery Announces Summer Fall 2014 Rotating Exhibition

Yello Casement by Tom Orr, 2014 at Barry Whistler Gallery

Yello Casement by Tom Orr, 2014 at Barry Whistler Gallery

Summer Fall 2014: A Rotating Exhibition
Barry Whistler Gallery
Through September 27, 2014

Barry Whistler Gallery announces their mid-year show, Summer Fall 2014: A Rotating Exhibition. On display are works by David Bates, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Orr, Susan Williams and more (see below). The exhibition runs through September 27, 2014. Barry Whistler Gallery is open by appointment in August and will resume regular hours in September 2014. Continue reading

PDNB Gallery Exhibits the Most Important Photograph Ever Made

The Most Important Photograph Ever Made
Photographs: Do Not Bend Gallery
August 9 through August 30, 2014

PDNB Gallery’s latest exhibition, The Most Important Photograph Ever Made, includes the earliest surviving photograph since Nicéphore Niépce first created photography. This is a rare opportunity to see a print of this historic magnitude outside the permanent collection of the University of Texas, Austin. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Nasher Sculpture Center Announces 2014-2015 Exhibition Schedule

Spazio di Luce (Space of Light) by Giuseppe Penone, 2008–12 at the Nasher Sculpture Center

Spazio di Luce (Space of Light) by Giuseppe Penone, 2008–12 at the Nasher Sculpture Center

The Nasher Sculpture Center announced their 2014-2015 exhibition schedule. Artists on display in the coming season include Thomas Heatherwick, Anna-Bella Papp, Melvin Edwards, Phyllida Barlow and Giuseppe Penone. The first exhibit is Heatherwick Studio: Provocations, opening September 13, 2014 and continuing through New Year. See the full list of exhibitions and dates below. Continue reading

George W. Bush Library Stands up for Breastfeeding

Former President George W. Bush dedicates the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (photo by Mr. Holga)

Former President George W. Bush dedicates the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (photo by Mr. Holga)

In a series of social media posts, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum appears to be righting a wrong. Apparently, a mother breastfeeding her infant was told by a security guard to take her activity to the restroom. We’re not sure if the mother complained or if the museum realized their error. Either way, we’re please with the out come. After all, museums are full of naked people. Continue reading

The Sixth Floor Museum Features Folksinger Christine Lavin

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

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

Living History Program: Award-Winning Folksinger Christine Lavin
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will present award-winning folksinger Christine Lavin as part of their monthly Living History Program. Lavin will appear twice for the museum on Friday, August 8 at 11:30 a.m. and again on Saturday, August 9 at 2 p.m. This special event is free with paid admission or $5 for just the Lavin event without museum access. For more information visit www.jfk.org Continue reading

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