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Public Programs Offered at the Meadows Museum

From Press Release

The Meadows Museum at SMU is offering several public programs in August in conjunction with the exhibition Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits, 1913-1917. Admission to the programs is free, and attendees also receive free admission to the Rivera exhibition.

The programs are as follows:

Drop-in Art: Two Saturdays, August 1 and 8, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Drop in the education studio to create your own artwork. Each day, participate in a different hands-on activity inspired by works on view in the galleries. FREE; no advance registration required; participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 214.768.4677.

August 1

Discover Printmaking. Try your hand at using elements of line and composition, drawing inspiration from prints by Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco on view in the corollary exhibit “Mexican Art at the Meadows.”

August 8

Paint a Colorful Still Life. The still life was a subject of many Cubist works, and Cubist artists such as Rivera, Picasso, Gris, and Blanchard even incorporated elements of still life in their portraiture.

Family Workshop:  Saturday, August 15, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Frame Project

Children and adults are invited to participate in this special workshop presented by guest artists Viola Delgado and Kaleta Doolin. Participants will use found objects to create three-dimensional artworks reflecting their cultural heritage. Designed for children 6 and older; one adult per two children, please. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free; advance registration required; call 214.768.2740. Includes free admission to the exhibition Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits, 1913-1917. This special program is partially funded by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Lecture: Thursday, August 20, 6 p.m., Bob Smith Auditorium

Diego Rivera and Spain (1907-1922)
Dr. Mark Roglán, Director, Meadows Museum, SMU

This lecture will explore a little-known yet critical phase in the artistic development of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. After completing his studies at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City in 1907, Diego Rivera traveled to Spain to further his artistic training. So began a new journey in his life and career, where he was influenced by artists of the past such as El Greco and Goya as well as by his contemporaries such as Picasso. Free; no registration required. For more information call 214.768.4677.

Film Preview: Thursday, August 27, 6 p.m., Bob Smith Auditorium

The Colors of the Sky: The Churches of Michoacán
(Los Colores del Cielo: Las Iglesias de Michoacán)

The colors, sounds and rich life in the villages near Lake Patzcuaro in the State of Michoacán, Mexico, find an intense reflection in the baroque churches of the region. Director and cameraman Quin Mathews (co-host of “Art Matters” on WRR) explores the churches and their surroundings. This film will be part of a future exhibition of images of the churches by photographer Carolyn Brown and author Richard Perry. This film project was made possible through the assistance of the Mexican Consulate in Dallas and the Secretary of Tourism for the State of Michoacán. Director Quin Mathews and photographer Carolyn Brown will be in attendance. Free; no advance registration required. For more information call 214.768.4677.

About the Exhibition

Mexican artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) spent several critical years early in his career in Paris, during World War I, where he immersed himself in literary and art circles and enthusiastically embraced the Cubist movement. Rivera developed a distinct Cubist visual language in Paris, which he used to create empathetic and moving portraits of some of the era’s most important figures. Thirty-one of these works, from museums and private collections in the U.S. and other countries, are brought together for the first time in Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits, 1913-1917, on view from June 21 through September 20, 2009 at the Meadows Museum. The exhibition was inspired by a key piece in the Meadows Museum permanent collection: Rivera’s Portrait of Ilya Ehrenburg (1915), one of only four Cubist portraits by Rivera in a public American collection. The exhibit places Rivera within a broader framework of the European and avant-garde artistic traditions upon which he would later draw in the development of his own unique style. This exhibition is organized by the Meadows Museum and is generously funded by The Wachovia Foundation and The Meadows Foundation, Dallas, TX.

General Information

The Meadows Museum is located at 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the campus of SMU, three blocks west of the DART light rail Mockingbird Station. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 per person, $6 for seniors, free on Thursday evenings after 5 p.m., and free for children under 12, museum members, and SMU faculty, staff and students. Ample free parking is available in the museum garage. For information, call 214.768.2516 or visit

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