Current Exhibitions

Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop, Dreamline

10/20/19 to 2/2/20 | Focus II Gallery

Wanda Koop is an established Canadian painter whose practice explores how modern urban society and the natural environment intersect. 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.


Violence and Defiance

8/17/19 to 3/8/20 | Level 2

Violence and Defiance, the latest rotation of works on paper in the European Galleries, features prints by a generation of rebel-artists known as the Expressionists who reacted to the atrocities of World War I through work defined by boldly simplified line work, distorted forms, and clashing colors.


speechless: different by design

11/10/19 to 3/22/20 | 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.


Focus On: Alex Katz

9/15/19 to 3/22/20 | Hoffman Galleries

A focused installation of works by the 92-year-old American painter Alex Katz, one of the most recognized and widely exhibited artists of his generation. This unique presentation brings together a number of themes that characterize Katz’s work: portraits, landscapes, cut-outs, and party scenes. 


Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson

9/15/19 to 3/22/20 | Hoffman Galleries

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. Taken from the poem “Feminine Ways,” this work is marked by autobiography and duration, as are the 415 postcards that line the walls of the preceding gallery. 


Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime

11/15/19 to 7/5/20 | Concourse

Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto transformed the Concourse hall with a site-specific, 153-foot mural that covers 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 are decorated with intricate pen drawings of celestial elements such as stars and clouds, evoking the artist’s exploration of life and natural cycles.


Wearable Raffia from Africa

8/31/19 to 7/12/20 | Level 3

Drawn mainly from the Museum’s extensive collection of African art, Wearable Raffia from Africa higlights garments, accessories, and textiles made from the woven fibers of raffia palm leaves from West and Central Africa and the island of Madagascar.


Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask

11/23/19 to 3/21/21 | 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. The scans reveal unexpected materials beneath the surface and objects contained in the attached animal horns that empower the mask.


The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery

4/18/17 to 12/31/22 | Focus I 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.