Current Exhibitions

Moth to Cloth: Silk in Africa

12/20/20 to 10/24/21 | Level 3

This installation of cloths drawn from the DMA permanent collection explores the production of silk and silk textiles in Ghana, Nigeria, and Madagascar.



2/1/20 to 10/31/21 | Center for Creative Connections

Developed with input from the local community, this installation of works in the Center for Creative Connections traces the migration of people, objects, and ideas in art across times and cultures.


Focus On: Henry Ossawa Tanner

8/17/21 to 1/2/22 | Level 4

This installation pairs two works by acclaimed painter Henry Ossawa Tanner that underwent a comprehensive conservation treatment and technical study by the DMA with generous support from the Art Bridges Foundation. The results contribute new insights into the practice of this important American artist.


Jean-Michel Basquiat: “Sam F”

7/4/21 to 2/13/22 | Concourse

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. 


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.


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.