Current Exhibitions

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

11/23/19 to 6/19/22 | Conservation Gallery

This collaboration between the DMA’s Conservation and Arts of Africa departments and UT Southwestern Medical Center presents 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.


Bosco Sodi: La fuerza del destino

9/14/21 to 7/10/22 | Sculpture Garden

This installation in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden features approximately 30 sculptures by Bosco Sodi. Created from clay sourced at the artist’s studio in Oaxaca, dried in the sun, and fired in a traditional brick kiln, the resulting surfaces bear the beautiful scars of their process.


Guadalupe Rosales: Drifting on a Memory

12/10/21 to 7/10/22 | Concourse

Guadalupe Rosales collaborated with lowrider artist Lokey Calderon to create an immersive mural spanning the Museum’s Concourse, with rich colors and finely detailed designs that evoke the iridescent surfaces of the customized cars on a monumental scale.


Spirit Lodge: Mississippian Art from Spiro

3/13/22 to 8/7/22 | Hoffman Galleries

The first major exhibition dedicated to the art and culture of Mississippian peoples brings together nearly 200 ancient and contemporary works. Although underrepresented in history, the Mississippian peoples created one of the most exceptional societies in North America, characterized by the construction of large earthen mounds that served as important cultural and ceremonial centers.


Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity

5/14/22 to 9/18/22 | Chilton I and Chilton II Galleries

This major exhibition traces Islamic art’s influence on the objects created by Louis Cartier and the designers of the great French jewelry Maison from the early 20th century to today.


Bamana Mud Cloth:​ From Mali to the World​

11/13/21 to 12/4/22 | Level 3

Mud cloth, or bogolanfini, originated among the Bamana peoples of Mali and its designs can be spotted in products across the world, although the source is not always credited. This exhibition explores the labor-intensive process behind the dye-decorated cloth and its distinctive, culturally significant designs.


Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form

2/6/22 to 1/15/23 | Tower Gallery

Octavio Medellín was an influential Mexican American artist and teacher who helped shape the Texas art scene for six decades. The first-ever museum retrospective for Medellín explores the evolution of his sculptural practice, his public art commissions, and his legacy as a beloved and respected teacher.


Jean-Michel Basquiat: “Sam F”

7/4/21 to 2/12/23 | Level 2

Sam F, an expressionistic portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat, was created during Basquiat’s visit to Dallas in 1985. Gifted to the DMA by the late Samuel and Helga Feldman, this is the first work by the iconic American painter to join the Museum’s collection. 



12/26/21 to 4/9/23 | Center for Creative Connections

Through diverse works from the DMA’s collection, Rooted shows how people both shape and adapt to a changing environment, traverse the planet, and rely on the land for nourishment and sustenance.