As we enter a new season, we look back on the successes of the summer and the past fiscal year, when we welcomed over 800,000 visitors, the largest number in Museum history since the year we presented Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. Three very different and highly notable exhibitions were among those on view in 2017 that celebrated our desire to create exciting experiences for our visitors, with the best art for all to see. Representing diverse cultures, mediums, and time periods, each exhibition connected with people in North Texas, from all 50 states, and beyond.
México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde hosted over 125,000 visitors, making it one of the DMA's two highest attended paid special exhibitions in the past decade. But perhaps more impressively, it brought through our doors a new generation of museum-goers. Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion was both beautiful and beguiling. It expanded visitors’ preconceptions of what belongs in an art museum, and wowed all who stepped into the mesmerizing space. Likewise, Visions of America: Three Centuries of Prints from the National Gallery of Art provided a new perspective of the nation through the eyes of both American and non-American artists. These exhibitions intrigued and delighted guests of all ages.
The upcoming season at the DMA promises to be especially exciting for DMA Members. Yayoi Kusama's All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins is the first mirror pumpkin room created by the artist since 1991 and the only Infinity Mirror Room of its kind to enter a North American collection. Visit DMA.org/Kusama to reserve your tickets, which will be released the third Monday of the month for the following month, and share your visit with #KusamaPumpkins on social media. Opening in October, Truth: 24 frames per second is the first major exhibition in the Museum’s history dedicated to time-based media and is inspired by the DMA’s film and video holdings. Your exhibition ticket allows you to visit both of these DMA-organized shows at once!
Thank you for being part of the DMA community and for making the Museum a wonderful place to be.
The Eugene McDermott Director