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For a Dreamer of Houses
Through January 31, 2021
Barrel Vault

For a Dreamer of Houses, an imaginative and immersive exhibition, explores the significance of the spaces we inhabit and how they represent ourselves, our values, and our desires. Discover over fifty works from the DMA’s collection in a variety of media that demonstrate the evocative power of domestic objects and structures. The featured artists use forms derived from dwellings or furnishings to investigate ideas including belonging, alienation, fantasy, gender, and the body.

The exhibition takes inspiration from philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s influential 1958 book The Poetics of Space, and its organization corresponds to five chapters that consider the psychological importance of homes. Major recent acquisitions—including works by Alex Da Corte, Olivia Erlanger, EJ Hill, Francisco Moreno, Pipilotti Rist, and Do Ho Suh—are highlighted in each section.

For a Dreamer of Houses requires a $9 ticket for adults with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.

Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade
February 23, 2020 to October 11, 2020
Focus II Gallery

Two imposing paintings of the same sitter painted a decade apart showcase the revolutionary technique of Frans Hals (1582/83–1666), the first great portraitist of 17th-century Holland. Hals, along with Rembrandt and Vermeer, is considered to be one of the most prominent painters of the Dutch Baroque era. He was recognized for “painting character” through virtuosic, loose, and animated brushwork.

The portraits of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, one of the most powerful men in the Dutch city of Haarlem, are perhaps unique for the artist’s oeuvre as he rarely painted the same subject twice. Exhibited side-by-side for the first time in Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade, the paintings show Olycan’s changing appearance as he grew older and demonstrate the evolution of Hals’s style at the peak of his career.

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art
February 16, 2020 to September 20, 2020 | Tower Gallery

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Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art surveys changing representations of women in paintings, works on paper, and textiles early in 20th-century Mexican art through works by some of Mexico’s most renowned artists. The exhibition is inspired by the loan of the monumental painting Flores Mexicanas by Alfredo Ramos Martínez to the DMA from the Missouri History Museum; the painting is on view for only the second time in nearly a century.

A portion of the show traces the career of Alfredo Ramos Martínez, one of the founders of Mexican modernism. Flores Mexicanas was the last work Martínez completed before his move from Mexico City to Los Angeles in 1929. Recently conserved, the ornate 9-by-12-foot painting was a wedding gift to the famed aviators Anne and Charles Lindbergh, who met in Mexico City, from then-Mexican president Emilio Portes Gil. This is a historic chance to see one of Ramos Martínez’s masterpieces for the first time.

The adjacent gallery presents nearly 40 works that explore themes of gender, politics, and the role of the new modern woman in Mexico, featuring works by María Izquierdo, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, among others.

Focus Installation

February 1, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Center for Creative Connections

Inspired by the diversity of Dallas, this installation of works in the Center for Creative Connections (C3) traces the migration of people, objects, and ideas in art across times and cultures. Composed of works from the DMA’s collection, My|gration highlights the contributions of artists who immigrated to the United States, examines how the movement of people is expressed through art, and illuminates ways cross-cultural connections inform artistic production.

Changes to immigration policy and the recognition that nearly a quarter of all Dallas residents were born in a different country together inspired My│gration. The exhibition was developed by the DMA’s Education department with input from Museum visitors, local artists, and community organizations.

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

My|gration was made possible by The Bonnie Pitman Education Endowment to Do Something New

Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask
November 23, 2019 to March 21, 2021 | Conservation Gallery

The DMA’s Conservation and Arts of Africa departments, in an exciting and cutting-edge collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center, will present CT scans of a Senufo helmet mask from the Museum’s African art collection. This kind of mask is worn like a helmet by a medium at initiations, funerals, harvest celebrations and secret events conducted by the powerful male-only Komo society, which has traditionally maintained social and spiritual harmony in Senufo villages in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Visible attachments on the mask include a female figure, cowrie shells, and imported glassware. The CT-scans reveal unexpected materials beneath the surface and objects contained in the attached animal horns that empower the mask.

Dr. Matthew A. Lewis and Dr. Todd Soesbe, faculty members of the Department of Radiology at the Medical School of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, assisted with this exhibition.

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE

speechless: different by design
November 10, 2019 to March 22, 2020
Chilton I and Chilton II Galleries

Explore the many ways in which we connect to the world around us through our senses in speechless: different by design, an exhibition of multisensory, interactive, and immersive experiences for visitors of all backgrounds and abilities. Created in collaboration with designers, scholars, and scientists, speechless presents unique opportunities for discovering new perspectives through communications beyond speech and words.

Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the High Museum of Art, speechless: different by design will debut site-specific installations and new commissions by six leading and emerging international designers and design teams—Ini Archibong, Matt Checkowski, Misha Kahn, Steven and William Ladd, Laurie Haycock Makela, and Yuri Suzuki. Their new works will create participatory environments in which senses are merged or substituted for one another—for instance, sound will become visible and language will become tactile—so that visitors can engage with their surroundings in new and unconventional ways.

speechless: different by design requires a $16 ticket with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.

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Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime
November 15, 2019 to July 5, 2020

Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto will create Landscape of a Lifetime, a site-specific commissioned mural in the Museum’s first-level Concourse. Cinto will transform the Concourse hall with a 153-foot mural covering the walls and ceiling in 24 shades of blue, shifting from dark to light to give the impression of the transition from night to day. The walls will be completely decorated with intricate pen drawings of celestial elements such as stars and clouds. Low-level audio of sounds recorded by the artist (running water, rustling leaves, birds, etc.) will further enhance the artist’s exploration of life and natural cycles.

Sandra Cinto was born in Santo André, Brazil and studied art at the Faculdades Integradas Teresa D’Ávila. She currently lives and works in São Paulo. In addition to solo museum exhibitions in Brazil and Spain, she has been commissioned to create murals for institutions in Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

Focus On: Alex Katz
September 15, 2019 - March 22, 2020
Hoffman Galleries

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

A focused installation of works by the 91-year-old American painter Alex Katz, one of the most recognized and widely exhibited artists of his generation, and presented in celebration of his appearance in Dallas as the honored artist at the 2019 TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art fundraiser gala in October. This unique presentation brings together a number of themes that characterize Katz’s work: portraits, landscapes, cut-outs, and party scenes. The exhibition will include a painting that is planned to be acquired by the Museum and four from local Dallas collections.

Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson
September 15, 2019 to March 22, 2020
Hoffman Galleries

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

Experience the emotional power of two works created by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. The Visitors is an immersive video installation that features nine screens, depicting eight individual musicians singing the same lyric in separate rooms of the nearly 200-year-old Rokeby Farm House in Hudson Valley, New York. With lyrics taken from the poem Feminine Ways, written by Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, this work is marked by autobiography and duration, as are the 415 postcards that line the walls of the preceding gallery. In these cards, entitled Postcards to Marguerite and sent over the course of 14 months in the artist’s life, Kjartansson shares remarkable and everyday events through watercolor, drawing, and text.

Wearable Raffia from Africa
August 31, 2019 - July 12, 2020
Level 3

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

Drawn mainly from the Museum’s extensive collection of African art, this exhibition showcases garments, accessories, and textiles made from the woven fibers of raffia palm leaves from West and Central Africa and the island of Madagascar. Raffia was once one of the most common textile fibers on the continent, before the introduction of imported cotton fabric. Exploring the ingenious use of this vital material, Wearable Raffia from Africa highlights 15 works of art from several groups across four African countries, including the Bamileke (Cameroon), Dida (Côte d’Ivoire), Kuba, Suku, and Teke (Democratic Republic of the Congo), and the Merina (Madagascar).

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery
Through December 31, 2022
Focus Gallery

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery is the largest public presentation in the history of one of the world's most important private collections of Islamic Art. The gallery will highlight particular strengths within the collection, which encompasses one of the most important holdings of luster pottery and rock crystals in the world including the celebrated rock crystal ewer, one of only seven in the world of its caliber and the only one of its type in the United States. The gallery space will display a series of rare manuscripts and painted miniatures of exquisite beauty, including a 16th-century Indian Khamsa of Nizami manuscript, and pages from the 1330 Shahnama known as “The Demotte Shahnama.”

The Keir Collection came to the DMA on a long-term loan agreement with the trustees of the Keir Collection that was finalized in 2014, transforming the Museum into the third largest repository of Islamic art in the United States.

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