Current Exhibitions

Dior: From Paris to the World

5/19/19 to 10/27/19 | Barrel Vault

Dior: From Paris to the World surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy, featuring a dynamic selection of almost 200 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos, and other archival material. This exhibition profiles both Christian Dior himself and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015), and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), all of whom have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.


The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō

5/21/19 to 11/24/19 | Mezzanine 2

Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the great masters of the Japanese landscape woodblock print. In 1833, he produced a suite of prints that followed the imperial road called the Tōkaidō, which ran from Edo (modern Tokyo) to the emperor’s palace in Kyoto. The scenes are a blend of the grandeur of a noble feudal lord's (daimyō) lifestyle, realistic images of daily life and ordinary people like merchants or workers, and a refined depiction of nature.


C3 Visiting Artist Project: Spiderweb Salon

9/24/19 to 12/29/19 | Center for Creative Connections

Spiderweb Salon is an interdisciplinary collective based in Denton, Texas. For collective | connection, their C3 Visiting Artist installation, 50 members of the group wrote and recorded audio experiences inspired by works of art at the DMA for visitors to call in and listen to.


C3: Beyond Binaries

12/22/18 to 1/12/20 | Center for Creative Connections

This installation of DMA works examines the ways the subjects, symbolism, and production of art communicate ideas about gender. Some works move beyond the binary of masculine and feminine. Others present divergent views and beliefs about gender.


Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence

6/30/19 to 1/12/20 | Level 4

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. 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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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.