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Since 1985, the Dallas Museum of Art has been renowned as the home of the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection, which includes masterpieces of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and decorative art. Less well known is the fact that the villa in southern France where the Reveses assembled their collection was originally owned by Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, and the original furnishings, books, and décor of Chanel inhabited the villa, and traveled to Dallas with the Reves Collection.
A monumental silver and gemstone-encrusted cabinet acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art in 2013, the Wittgenstein Vitrine is one of the most important works—and the largest, most complex commission in silver—produced by the Austrian firm Wiener Werkstätte. The print catalogue weaves together a fascinating portrait of the vitrine, examining the powerful Wittgenstein family and exploring how the vitrine came to symbolize the debate over ornamentation as it shaped the very definition of Viennese modernity in the 20th century.
The exhibition African Headwear: Beyond Fashion presents a selection of headwear that was once—and in some instances still is—worn by kings and chiefs, religious practitioners, warriors, and men, women, and infants in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It demonstrates the importance of headwear as a means of nonverbal communication about the wearer’s position in society and the stages in his or her life cycle. Above all, the exhibition celebrates the artistry of the hats, which are fashioned from natural materials and found objects in the local environment, as well as from foreign products that became available through trade or conquest.
The Dallas Museum of Art has exceptional holdings of Mexican art, from early Olmec sculptures to contemporary art installations. The DMA’s Mexican collection, with almost a thousand pieces, covers more than three millennia of Mexican art history. From sculpture to prints, from terracotta to gold, the Museum is able to display an incredible array of objects.
For his current installation at the Dallas Museum of Art, Stephen Lapthisophon's first U.S. solo museum exhibition, Lapthisophon has created a space reminiscent of his studio, in which walls obscure the space and appear layered, similar to his collage technique. While several works are framed, much of the work in the exhibition is intentionally left bare or open to the elements, simply being pinned to the walls. The walls have been left unfinished, with their wooden beams and support structures exposed. In one room, the walls do not extend to the ceiling, allowing for an airiness that extends beyond the exhibition space and is indicative of the artist’s process: art cannot be separated from daily life—it must be left open to influences from within and without.
On October 25, 2008, the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, held the tenth annual Two by Two for AIDS and Art auction at The Rachofsky House in Dallas, Texas. Since its inception, this event and its related activities have raised approximately $17 million for the contemporary art acquisition funds at the Dallas Museum of Art and for AIDS research and programs undertaken by amfAR. Two by Two has become the single largest annual source of contemporary art funds for the Dallas Museum of Art, and amfAR’s largest single annual fundraising event in this country.
Great works of art, literature, and music are often expressions of our most profound attempts to understand the nature of the world and our place within it. Inspired by these achievements, Passion for Art: 100 Treasures 100 Years presents one hundred of the Dallas Museum of Art's greatest treasures in a carefully choreographed sequence of universal themes: landscape, symmetry, masks, body, machine, luxury, home, music and dance, mortality, transcendence, and cosmos.
For a specific site in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden, Mark Handforth has created an enormous, lively, and surreal sculpture standing over fifteen feet tall. Made by “braiding” or “interlocking” basically three industrial found objects—an I-beam found at a demolition site, a working red-lighted lamppost, and huge anchor chains (each a foot long)—the work is perceived as a giant cobra snake, uncoiling and dancing, its red head reaching above the garden walls. In his proposal to the Museum, the artist stated, “The chain snake is an oversized readymade, an aggrandized piece of folk art—the kind of thing you might put your mailbox on, but of catastrophic proportion.”
In 1985 the Dallas Museum of Art received a one-of-a-kind gift of more than 1,400 works from philanthropist Wendy Reves in honor of her late husband, Emery, establishing the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection. In addition to a world-renowned assemblage of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, her donation of European decorative arts, the area of her particular personal interest, founded the institution’s collection in that field.
Gabriel Orozco’s Inner Circles of the Wall is a record of intense physical action performed in the service of creating a work of art, much like the Dallas Museum of Art’s Jackson Pollock painting Cathedral, on view in the gallery across from the Orozco exhibition. In each case, the artist used nontraditional materials to create what appears to be a traditional art object. For Pollock, it is the tradition of painting to which the artist contributed and from which he diverged. With Orozco, it is the idea of sculpture that he likewise seems to respectfully sustain as well as subversively revise.
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