DMA Exhibition Schedule 2007-2008

Dallas, TX, July 21, 2007Editor’s Note: This schedule is current as of August 2007. Before publishing dates, please confirm with the DMA Public Relations Office at 214-922-1802 or

Premiering 2007

A Tribute to Pauline Gill Sullivan

May 27–November 18, 2007

Rachofsky Gallery

This installation celebrates the public and private artistic legacy of Pauline Gill Sullivan (1918–2006), a longtime community benefactor and a Museum trustee for 30 years. One of the first contributors to the campaign to move the Museum to downtown Dallas from Fair Park, Mrs. Sullivan transformed the Museum’s American collections, donating outstanding works of 18th- and 19th-century painting, including masterworks by Charles Willson Peale, Ralph Earl, Severin Roesen and Thomas Sully. These works from the Museum’s permanent collection are brought together with Pauline Gill Sullivan’s distinctive personal holdings, now on long-term loan to the Museum, containing rarely seen masterpieces of European and American painting, including impressionist works by Mary Cassatt, Alfred Sisley, Edouard Manet and Camille Pissarro.  

Curated by Dr. William Keyse Rudolph, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Lone Star Legacy: The Barrett Collection of Early Texas Art

May 27–November 18, 2007

Lamont Gallery

This exhibition showcases the collection of Dallasites Nona and Richard Barrett, which has transformed the Dallas Museum of Art’s permanent holdings into one of the finest assemblages of early Texas art in existence. Starting in the late 1980s, the Barretts began to build what would become a pioneering collection of contemporary Texas art, carefully selecting fine examples by iconic and lesser-known artists, with an eye toward complementing what the DMA already had in its collections. Their gift fills important gaps and enriches the Museum’s holdings with works by José Arpa y Perea, Edward G. Eisenlohr, Hermann Lungkwitz, William Lester, Julian Onderdonk, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Frank Reaugh, Everett Spruce and Clara Williamson.

Curated by Dr. William Keyse Rudolph, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America

June 8–September 16, 2007

Hoffman Galleries

This exhibition brings to light the extraordinary history of the Société Anonyme, Inc., an organization founded in 1920 by the artists Katherine Dreier, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray as America’s first “experimental museum” for contemporary art. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Société Anonyme generated more than 80 exhibitions of contemporary art, at least 85 public programs, and approximately 30 publications—a tour de force campaign to bring modernism to America and to nurture international artistic exchange. This exhibition will feature extraordinary European and American modernist works of art by artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Stella, Kurt Schwitters and Paul Klee, among others.

Organized by Yale University Art Gallery. Organizing curator in Dallas is Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

A Painting in the Palm of Your Hand: 18th-Century Painted Fans from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection

June 17–October 14, 2007

Focus Gallery II

A Painting in the Palm of Your Hand features a selection of 25 18th-century fans from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection. These fans are the fragile relics of the social life of that century and represent, in microcosm, the artistic variety that characterized the period. This focus exhibition explores the role of these extraordinary objects in both the social rituals and the visual culture of 18th-century Europe. The collection includes fans decorated with interior genre scenes that offer an intimate glimpse of domestic life; royalist political fans with portraits of King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette; and fans with biblical scenes, perhaps intended to be used while attending church.

Curated by Dr. Heather MacDonald, The Lillian and James H. Clark Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art.

From the Ashes of Vesuvius, In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite

July 8–October 7, 2007

J. E. R. Chilton Galleries

Many are aware that Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in A.D. 79 buried the famous town of Pompeii, Italy. But few people know that it also buried Stabiae, a seaside enclave of the rich and famous about three miles away, at the foot of the Sorrento-Amalfi Coast. From the Ashes of Vesuvius, In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite tells the stories of five villas owned by wealthy Romans who spent the summer months in this town by the bay. The exhibition is a stunning collection of archaeological objects from the ancient Roman site of Stabiae (modern Castellammare di Stabia), including the various living areas of an upscale Roman villa. It features maps, excavation photographs and 72 objects—including household items and frescoes—dating between 89 B.C. and the time of the eruption.

Exhibition organized by the Archaeological Superintendency of Pompeii and the Restoring Ancient Stabiae (RAS) Foundation. Tour managed by International Arts & Artists, and partially sponsored by NIAF, Grand Circle Foundation and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Los Angeles.

Organizing curator in Dallas is Dr. Anne Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Gabriel Orozco: Inner Circles of the Wall

Fall/Winter, 2007/2008–Spring, 2008 [Exact Dates to Come]

Hanley Gallery

Gabriel Orozco: Inner Circles will premiere works by this important Mexican artist. Orozco, who uses multiple media, including installation, photography, video and sculpture, has a keen interest in geometry. This exhibition will highlight the circle motif that reoccurs throughout the artist’s work in both literal and compositional forms. An artist known for blurring the boundaries between the conceptual and the formal, suggesting complex systems and ideas that re-imagine everyday objects and images, Orozco has been enormously influential on a younger generation of artists both in Mexico and internationally.

Curated by Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Phil Collins: the world won’t listen 

November 9, 2007–March 23, 2008

Hoffman Galleries

In the fall of 2007, the Dallas Museum of Art will present the world premiere of British artist Phil Collins’ international three-part video project, the world won’t listen. Since 2004, the artist has worked on this project in culturally diverse cities around the world. In each city, Collins, who was shortlisted for the 2006 Turner Prize, invites people to perform karaoke versions of tracks from a 1987 album, The World Won’t Listen, by the most influential British indie-pop band, The Smiths. The first chapter was filmed in Bogota, Columbia, where Collins worked with local musicians to produce a fully functioning karaoke machine for fans. The second installment took place in Istanbul in 2005 as part of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial. The third was filmed in Jakarta, Indonesia. In this major video project, popular culture, politics and art are interwoven in a highly compelling and critical way. The world won’t listen explores the mediating power of culture and its potential for individual expression while challenging and expanding the possibilities of art in our rapidly changing global age.

Curated by Suzanne Weaver, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting

November 18, 2007–January 27, 2008

J. E. R. Chilton Galleries

Presenting some of the finest examples of South Asian painting ranging from the14th through the late 19th century, Domains of Wonder will provide a complete overview of Indian court painting with examples representing the best of each school. The works in the exhibition, selected from across India, facilitate a comparison of the tastes—and the political allegiances—of the patrons and courts of various regions. Comprising 124 paintings and two bound manuscripts, the exhibition includes fine examples from the Mughal, Deccani and Rajput courts. 

Organized by the San Diego Museum of Art. Organizing curator in Dallas of Domains of Wonder and the following two related exhibitions is Dr. Anne Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection

November 18, 2007–January 27, 2008

Focus Gallery II

This small exhibit of Indian gold jewelry, originally organized by the Asia Society, New York, complements Domains of Wonder as the people depicted in the Indian miniature paintings often wear the lavish kinds of jewelry represented in When Gold Blossoms. The exhibition centers on jewelry from south India, where goldsmith work has a long history. There are 154 pieces of jewelry in the exhibition.

Indian Miniature Paintings from the David T. Owsley Collection

November 18, 2007–February 17, 2008

Focus Gallery I

Indian Miniature Paintings is a companion exhibition of 34 paintings on loan from David T. Owlsey, a major benefactor of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Traveling Exhibitions Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art

Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis

April 22–July 15, 2007

Matisse: Painter as Sculptor

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

June 9–September 16, 2007

Baltimore Museum of Art

October 28, 2007–February 3, 2008

Premiering 2008

Leonora Carrington

December 30, 2007–March 30, 2008 [TENTATIVE]

Lamont Gallery

Leonora Carrington turned 90 years old in April 2007, and this exhibition celebrates her long career as a British-turned-Mexican surrealist painter. Chronicling the stages and key events in the artist’s life, it highlights works from the late 1930s to the 1980s. It begins with Carrington’s life with Max Ernst in France, where she was championed by André Breton for her writings and paintings based on fairy tales and the occult. Then it proceeds to World War II and her escape from the Nazis to Spain, to her time in New York City with other surrealist refugees, and to Mexico City, where she was at the center of Mexican cultural life as part of another circle of surrealist European artists in exile.

Co-curated by Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art, Dallas Museum of Art, and Dr. Salomon Grimberg, Dallas collector and Latin American art scholar.

J. M. W. Turner

February 10–May 18, 2008

J. E. R. Chilton Galleries

This will be the largest and most comprehensive retrospective ever presented in the United States of the career of J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), one of the greatest landscape painters in the history of art. The exhibition of approximately 140 works, divided almost evenly between oils and works on paper, will include masterworks representing his extensive range of subjects—seascapes, topographical views, historical events, mythology, modern life and scenes from his own fertile imagination. Many of these works have never been shown in the United States. The exhibition will also survey Turner’s mastery of watercolor from highly innovative and experimental sketches and studies to large-scale finished works. Among these will be Tintern Abbey (1794), The Battle of Fort Rock, Val d’Aouste, Piedmont 1796 (1815), Sunset (c.1820–1830), and Norham Castle, on the River Tweed (c. 1822–1823) from Tate Britain.


Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in association with Tate Britain, London, which is lending eighty-six works from its vast and impressive Turner bequest. The exhibition has been selected by a team of American curators: Franklin Kelly, Senior Curator of American and British Painting, National Gallery of Art; Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art, Dallas Museum of Art; and Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator in Charge of the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; in collaboration with Ian Warrell, Curator of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art, Tate Britain.

Julian Onderdonk: Bluebonnets and Beyond

March 23–July 20, 2008

J. E. R. Chilton Galleries

This exhibition presents the first critical reexamination of the work of Julian Onderdonk (1882–1922), one of Texas’s most important painters and one of the most overlooked landscape artists of the early 20th century. During his short life, Julian Onderdonk transformed the Texas landscape, creating indelible images of his native state. By his early death at age 40, Onderdonk had been christened “The Bluebonnet Painter” in recognition of the success of his lush signature landscapes of fields of the state flower. Through continual plein-air work—and the exploration of various locales from different points of view, in different seasons, and at different times of day—Onderdonk revealed the variety and intransigence of nature, even while his immediately popular canvases defined “Texas” for his patrons. This exhibition will demonstrate the complexity of his style and its context in the history of 19th- and 20th-century American art that challenges traditional classifications of regionalist and mainstream art.

Curated by Dr. William Keyse Rudolph, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

On Kawara: 10 Tableaux and 20,834 Pages

May 18–August 24, 2008

Barrel Vault and Hanley, Lamont, Rachofsky and Stoffel Galleries

On Kawara has created paintings, drawings and books that mark time in various ways, from paintings of individual dates to mailed postcards to diagrams and charts of weeks and months since the 1960s. Kawara’s art is a record of life, not through self-expression but through everyday numbers, words and images found in the public realm. This exhibition marks one of Kawara’s rare exhibitions in a United States museum. It has been organized and designed by the artist and will feature his largest scale paintings. A group of these make reference to the United States’ moon landings in July 1969, the first time that humankind was able to see its habitat within the context of the universe as never before. In addition, Kawara’s recordings of his daily activities, the places he has been, whom he has met and what he has read are part of a life-long performance of the artist as mute witness to the age in which he lives. The paintings of five decades were produced in the years 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2006, creating a self-portrait of the artist.

Curated by Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy

June 8–September 14, 2008

Hoffman Galleries

This exhibition explores the extraordinary lives of Sara and Gerald Murphy and the couple’s influence on a remarkable constellation of creative artists who flourished in Paris and the Riviera in the 1920s and 1930s. Friends of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker, Alfred Hitchcock and Fernand Léger, the Murphys strove to make something fine and beautiful of their lives through “living well,” creating art and encouraging artist and writer friends. The result was some of the most noteworthy literature, music, theater and art of the last century. Often portrayed simply as wealthy patrons, the Murphys in fact improvised their own brand of unconventional modernism that was a source of inspiration to their many talented friends. The Dallas Museum of Art holds in its permanent collection two of only seven Gerald Murphy paintings that are known to have survived out of an oeuvre that comprises only fourteen paintings. Both Razor (1924) and Watch (1925) will be featured in the exhibition.

Organized by the Williams College Museum of Art. Organizing curator in Dallas is Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson
November 9, 2008–March 15, 2009
Barrel Vault and Hanley, Lamont, Rachofsky and Stoffel Galleries

The first full-scale survey of projects by the contemporary Icelandic artist to appear in the Unites States, this exhibition gathers works from major public and private collections worldwide and spans Eliasson’s diverse range of artistic production from 1993 to the present, including installations, large-scale immersive environments, freestanding sculpture and photography.

Organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Organizing curator in Dallas is Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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