Death by Holga: 11.22.63

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

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