Archive for December, 2012

Happy Holidays from the Archives

This holiday season we are taking a trip down memory lane known as the DMA Archives. The West Wing “Ball Court” of the Museum in Fair Park served as a stage for the entertainment at the 1969 Dallas Museum of Fine Arts Families’ Christmas Party. Happy holidays and happy New Year from the DMA!

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Hillary Bober is the Digital Archivist at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Johnson

In honor of the late Mrs. “Lady Bird” Johnson’s 100th birthday on December 22, I wanted to share with you two of Mrs. Johnson’s visits to the DMA.

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Mrs. Johnson visiting the exhibition Pompeii A.D. 79 (January 2-March 18, 1979) with Director Harry S. Parker III on January 18, 1979.

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Mrs. Johnson visiting the exhibition El Greco of Toledo (December 12, 1982-February 6, 1983) with Mrs. Margaret McDermott, DMA Trustee.

Hillary Bober is the Digital Archivist at the Dallas Museum of Art.

A New Inness in the Collection

Earlier this fall, we announced the discovery of a George Inness painting in our collection. The work, Stream in the Mountains, entered the DMA’s collection over eighty years ago and was thought to be the work of Asher B. Durand, a prominent artist who was part of the Hudson River school of painters in the mid-19th century. At some point between its arrival at the DMA and the early 1970s, doubts to the authorship were raised and the painting was downgraded to possibly being by Durand. Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art, joined the DMA in August of 2011, and during a visit to the Museum’s Art Storage was intrigued by the strong composition of the piece as well as the history surrounding its attribution. During her research, she noticed strong similarities to Inness’s early work and eventually came across a pen and ink drawing from the Princeton University Art Museum that contained compositional elements found in the DMA’s piece. The most eye-catching of these similarities is the pointing trapezoidal rock that appears in the center of both the drawing and painting. Read more about the attribution in the DMA’s Press Room, and view the painting in the Museum’s American art galleries on Level 4.

George Inness,Stream in the Mountains [formerly: In the Woods], c. 1850, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, bequest of Cecil A. Keating

George Inness, Stream in the Mountains [formerly: In the Woods], c. 1850, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, bequest of Cecil A. Keating

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George Inness, Woodland Scene, 1845–1855, pen and brown-black ink, brush and brown wash heightened with white gouache over traces of graphite on brown wove paper, Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Frank Jewett Mather Jr., x1943-27

Dining with Our Docents

Today docents at the Dallas Museum of Art celebrated the holidays at a Docent Luncheon. We appreciate all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Visit the DMA Dashboard to see how many hours the docents have volunteered. If you are interested in learning more about the DMA Docent Program, e-mail skarol@DMA.org.

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Holiday Gifts for Her, for Him, for Kids, and for You

We all have people on our holiday shopping list that are difficult to buy for. That’s why the DMA’s Museum Store has a wide selection of fun and fantastic last-minute gifts. You can cover everyone on your list while treating yourself to a little holiday cheer too. Check out a few gift ideas below, and then come by the Museum Store or visit us online now.

Beaded Bracelets, $18

Beaded Bracelets, $18

Dallas Museum of Art- Guide to the Collection, $24.95

Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection, $24.95

DMA Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $19.95

DMA Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $19.95

Eames Messenger Bag & Tablets, $14-$19

Eames Messenger Bag & Tablets, $14-$19

Earth T-Shirt, $27

Earth T-Shirt, $27

Found Object African Bracelet & Necklace, $64-$90

Found Object African Bracelet & Necklace, $64-$90

KidO Magnatab Magnetic Tablet, $32

KidO Magnatab Magnetic Tablet, $32

Master Kitz, $35

Master Kitz, $35

Mistura Wooden Timepieces, $225-$275

Mistura Wooden Timepieces, $225-$275

Pklino Wooden Puzzles, $34-$40

P’kolino Wooden Puzzles, $34-$40

Pop Top Make-Up Bag, $18

Pop Top Make-Up Bag, $18

Posters of Paris Candles, $35

Posters of Paris Candles, $35

Rubber Vase design by Henriette Melchiorsen, $40

Rubber Vase design by Henriette Melchiorsen, $40

This is Texas, This is Paris, This is New York, This is San Francisco, $17.95

This is Texas, This is Paris, This is New York, This is San Francisco, $17.95

Holidays in the District

Last week the Dallas Arts District kicked off Holiday in the District with Holidays at the Center. Below are images from the annual tree lighting event provided by the Dallas Arts District. Visit the Holidays in the District page for information on all holiday-related events, as well as tips on holiday shopping in the District.

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of The Dallas Arts District

Courtesy of the Dallas Arts District


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