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Dallas Museum of Art
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Dallas, TX 75201
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Teen Renaissance
January 25, 2020 to March 11, 2020

Teen Renaissance features selected works created by Dallas-area high school students. Curated by the DMA’s Teen Advisory Council, these works provide an inside view into the teenage experience directly from the source. Renaissance is defined as a revival or renewal. Similarly, this exhibition showcases the innovation and creative talents of an upcoming generation of artists, who are inspired by their own personal histories and the art that came before them. This year, submissions responded to the following theme: "What does mental wellness mean to you? How can you share mental wellness with others?

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.

Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop, Dreamline
October 20, 2019 to February 2, 2020 | Focus II Gallery
Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

Wanda Koop is an established Canadian painter whose practice explores how modern urban society and the natural environment intersect. Through paintings that vary widely in scale, Koop creates work that straddles abstraction and figuration, the real and the imagined, the personal and the political. The results are nearly surreal landscapes with blurred swaths of color and deliberate drips of paint that invite viewers to closely investigate and interpret them. For Concentrations 62, Koop will debut eight new works in her Dreamline series, accompanied by more than 20 preparatory paintings from the past two decades. Wanda Koop, Dreamline is part of the Museum’s Concentrations series of project-based exhibitions, presenting work by artists in their first US solo museum exhibition.

Koop was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she presently works, since childhood. She studied at the School of Art, the University of Manitoba and has honorary doctorates from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Manitoba. In 2006 she was appointed a Member of the Order Of Canada.

Koop was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she presently works, since childhood. She studied at the School of Art, the University of Manitoba and has honorary doctorates from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Manitoba. In 2006 she was appointed a Member of the Order Of Canada.

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).

Violence and Defiance
Through March 8, 2020
Level 2

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

With their avant-garde style and rejection of artistic traditions, a new generation of rebel-artists known as the Expressionists came to prominence during the early 20th century. This time of empires and colonies, air raids and allied forces, nationalism and revolution was particularly tumultuous in Germany and neighboring Austria—countries closely connected during the First World War (1914–18) and the rise of the Nazi Party (1920–45).

Labeled as “degenerates,” many of the Expressionists were drafted or otherwise affected by war. To express their personal reactions to the atrocities they experienced, they turned to boldly simplified line work, distorted forms, or clashing colors. Above all, they heralded printmaking—a quick, inexpensive medium rife with creative potential—as the premier form of artistic rebellion.

From lithographic posters to book illustration, this exhibition encapsulates the violence and defiance of European modernism through works on paper from the Dallas Museum of Art’s collection as well as works from Dr. Alessandra Comini’s generous gift to the Museum in 2018 and 2019.

Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence
June 30, 2019 to January 12, 2020 | Level 4

Sheila Hicks, Zihzabal, 2018, pigments, synthetic fibers, cotton, linen, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Fund, Photo: Markus Wörgötter, © Sheila Hicks
Culture: Chancay, Representation of a tree (element for figural scene), 1000–1460, camelid fiber and reed, Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of Nora Wise, 1989.W.2456
Sheila Hicks, Hieroglyph Wuppertal, 1966, natural linen, Collection of Deedie Potter Rose, Photo: Michael Brzezinski, © Sheila Hicks

Fiber arts by artist, designer, and weaver Sheila Hicks (b. 1934) will be exhibited in the DMA’s Atrium Overlook and in the Arts of the Americas Andean gallery in a special exhibition illuminating how the contemporary artist’s practice has been inspired by the weaving traditions of indigenous artisans from Latin America. Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence pairs works from the Museum’s collection of ancient Andean art with a selection of Hicks’ loom-woven, wrapped, twisted, and knotted fiberworks, offering a fresh examination of textile traditions through time.

Born in Nebraska and based in Paris since 1964, over the course of her six-decade career Hicks has lived and worked extensively in Mexico, Peru, Chile, and other countries in South America and around the world. Hicks became interested in ancient Andean art as a student at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, where she researched ancient Andean textiles for her master’s thesis.

Secret Structures, Looming Presence is a collaboration between the Arts of the Americas and Contemporary Art departments, led by Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator Michelle Rich and Hoffman Family Senior Curator Anna Katherine Brodbeck, respectively.

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

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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