It’s that time of year again when numerous museum exhibits close all on the same day. This annual wiping-the-slate-clean makes room for all the new art to be seen in 2010. In case you are not ready to give up on 2009, then you should make plans to see the Amon Carter Museum, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art or Wichita Falls Museum of Art before Sunday, January 3, 2010.
Amon Carter Museum
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Blossoming Stone: Qing Dynasty Jade
Review: As always, the Crow Collection of Asian Art never fails to amaze me. Blossoming Stone and Wild Flowers exhibit beautifully carved and sculpted works by Asian masters. You could spend all day gazing at these detailed works. And best of all, the Crow Collection is free!
Dallas Museum of Art
The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs
Review: I am not a connoisseur of furniture but I know a comfortable chair when I see one. This exhibit doesn’t have any comfortable chairs. It does have a lot of interesting furniture designs and beautiful woodworking. While you are there, check out the really interesting works in the barrel vault galleries.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Review: I breezed through The Modern during the dry run for the Museum Express Tour. I expected to see a collection of large horse paintings but was surprised to see a bit more. If you are in to Susan Rothenberg, then this exhibit is worth the trek to The Modern. You can also see selections from their permanent collection.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
The Dutch Italianates: 17th Century Masterpieces from Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
San Antonio Museum of Art
The Art of the Missions of Northern New Spain
The Women’s Museum
The Women’s Museum is closed for renovations until Tuesday, January 5, 2010.
Wichita Falls Museum of Art
Take Me to the River – Istanbul
Riding the Rails
Ever since Dallas Art News started looking into the Museum Express Tour, I have discovered the simplicity and joy of taking DART Rail instead of driving. For just $2 I can get on at Parker Road Station and ride downtown to St. Paul Station. Just a short walk north on Harwood will be the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center.
Consider the benefits of riding the rails:
- One less car on the road
- You don’t have to drive
- You don’t have to find a parking spot
- Riding DART can be a family adventure
The biggest reason for me to take DART Rail is because I can’t get to an from downtown Dallas for less than $2. Give it a try.
One word of advice: take dollar bills or coins when buying a DART pass. If you put in a $20 bill for a $2 pass, then you will end up with $18 in gold dollar coins.