Dallas Museum of Art Announces Spring 2020 Exhibitions

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Dallas, Texas—December 12, 2019—The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) will present exhibitions this coming spring highlighting works in the permanent collection that explore immigration in the arts and contemporary interpretations of home, as well as loans that provide visitors opportunities to see works by the leaders of Modernism in Mexico, portraits by a Dutch master, and a collection that encompasses 100 years of distinguished American art. A traveling exhibition will reconsider the narratives projected by 19th- and 20th-century artists who depicted the people, culture, and landscapes of the American West.

  • My|gration. Opens February 1, 2020: An installation of works in the Center for Creative Connections (C3) will trace the migration of people, objects, and ideas in art across times and cultures. Composed of works from the DMA’s collection, My|gration highlights the contributions of artists who immigrated to the United States, examines how the movement of people is expressed through art, and illuminates ways cross-cultural connections inform artistic production. The installation was organized with input from local community groups, whose contributions influenced its presentation in the galleries. My|gration is scheduled to close January 3, 2021.
  • Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art. Opens February 16, 2020: This exhibition will survey representations of women in Mexican Modernism, featuring works by Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Frida Kahlo, María Izquierdo, Diego Rivera, and Francisco Dosamantes, among others. The highlight of the presentation will be the monumental painting Flores Mexicanas by Martínez, being shown for only the second time in nearly a century. Bringing together loans from the National Museum of Art (MUNAL) in Mexico City, private collections, and the DMA’s collection of Latin American Art, the exhibition will provide a look at the meaning communicated through depictions of women before and after the Mexican Revolution. Flores Mexicanas is scheduled to close September 20, 2020.
  • Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade​. Opens February 23, 2020: Two imposing portraits of the same sitter painted a decade apart will showcase the revolutionary technique of Frans Hals (1582/83–1666), the first major artist of free Holland. Hals was the foremost portraitist of his time, recognized for “painting character” through virtuosic, loose, and animated brushwork. The portraits of Pieter Jacobsz Olycan, loaned to the DMA, will demonstrate the evolution of the artist’s technique at the highest point of his career. Frans Hals is scheduled to close October 11, 2020.
  • For a Dreamer of Houses. Opens March 15, 2020: Inspired by philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s concept of the psychological, emotional significance of rooms and houses, For a Dreamer of Houses will present contemporary artworks that evoke personal spaces and consider the politics of places we identify with. The exhibition will debut major recent acquisitions—immersive installations by Alex Da Corte, Francisco Moreno, and Do Ho Suh, as well as large-scale works by Pipilotti Rist and Janine Antoni—along with a broad selection of works from the permanent collection. For a Dreamer of Houses is scheduled to close January 31, 2021.
  • Pursuit of Beauty: The May Family Collection. Opens May 17, 2020: Thirty-four works on loan will offer a look at the exemplary collection of American art built by Dallas collector Thomas May over nearly 60 years. The works, whose dates span approximately a century, touch historical and aesthetic high points in American art while being united by a visual sense of harmony, tranquility, and beauty. The exhibition will feature oil paintings, watercolors, and sculpture by influential American artists, including Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Hart Benton, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent. Pursuit of Beauty is scheduled to close August 23, 2020.
  • Rethinking the Myth of the American West. Opens June 7, 2020: This exhibition organized by the Denver Art Museum celebrates the grandeur and diversity of the American West while acknowledging a complicated history that has resulted in social, economic, and cultural adaptation for many. The exhibition features almost 80 works by Euro-American artists who traveled to the region. Organized chronologically, the presentation traces artists’ encounters with indigenous inhabitants, the ambitious optimism communicated in grand landscape paintings, anxieties about modernization, and the Southwest as a source of inspiration for the country’s nascent Modernist movement. Rethinking the Myth of the American West is scheduled to close September 6, 2020.

Additionally, two galleries will see a reinstallation of works from the permanent collection. Beginning April 6, 2020, new acquisitions of contemporary and decorative arts will be presented in the Hoffman Galleries on the first floor, including works by Sarah Crowner, Derek Fordjour, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Shara Hughes, Misha Kahn, and Matthew Wong. A new focus exhibition of works on paper in the second-floor European galleries, opening March 21, 2020, will feature selected works from Salvador Dalí’s Divine Comedy colored woodcut series.

The special exhibition speechless: different by design, the DMA’s pioneering exhibition of interactive installations that explore the spectrum of sensory experience, will be on view through March 22, 2020.

Other exhibitions that can be seen through March and following—and all for free—include Focus On: Alex Katz, Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson, Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask, Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime, and Wearable Raffia from Africa.

My|gration, Flores Mexicanas, Frans Hals, and Pursuit of Beauty will be included in the Museum’s free general admission policy. For a Dreamer of Houses will be ticketed at a special rate of $9 for adults to fund operational costs. Rethinking the Myth of the American West will be ticketed at a rate of $16 for adults. Ticketed exhibitions have discounts for seniors, students, and military members.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses 25,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than 4 million visitors, including more than 800,000 in 2018. The DMA is an Open Access institution, allowing all works believed to be in the public domain to be freely available for downloading, sharing, repurposing, and remixing without restriction. For more information, visit DMA.org.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


For more information, please contact:
Jill Bernstein