The Museum Is History is drawn from the DMA’s acclaimed holdings of modern and contemporary art as well as from local collections. The works on view in The Museum Is History roughly span the years 1950 to 1990. Beginning with gestural abstraction, the exhibition turns to those artists who wanted to rethink the role of art-making materials and tools and to those who embraced a reductive vocabulary with elegant symmetry. The display concludes with a number of the artists from the 1980s who delved even further into an exploration of the human condition by combining minimal traditions with emotive content.
Admission is FREE.
The Museum Is History is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The presentation is made possible by TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art, and by the Contemporary Art Initiative. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
Images: Brice Marden, To Corfu, 1976, oil and wax on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, anonymous gift © 2014 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; David Hammons, Ivory Spirit, 1990, metal, cotton, netting, silk, and pearls, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of two anonymous donors, Ms. Judy Pollock, and the General Acquisitions Fund © David Hammons; Bridget Riley, Rise 2, 1970, acrylic on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Clark © 1970 Bridget Riley; Jasper Johns, Device, 1961–1962, oil on canvas with wood and metal attachments, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of The Art Museum League, Margaret J. and George V. Charlton, Mr. and Mrs. James B. Francis, Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Greenlee, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. James H. W. Jacks, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin L. Levy, Mrs. John W. O'Boyle, and Dr. Joanne Stroud in honor of Mrs. Eugene McDermott © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; John Chamberlain, Dancing Duke, 1974, steel and F200paint, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harold J. Joseph in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Max Walen © 2014 John Chamberlain/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park No. 29, 1970, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated © Estate of Richard Diebenkorn; Bruce Gulder Conner, KNOX, 1963, mixed media, Dallas Museum of Art, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund © 2014 Bruce Conner/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York