Archive for June, 2011

This year’s Awards to Artists go to…

Every year my colleagues and I look forward to celebrating up-and-coming and established artists in our event wherein the year’s recipients discuss their work and goals. I anxiously anticipate it every year, and this year was no exception. We were lucky enough to have two representatives of the DeGolyer and Kimbrough families, and that’s always a delight for the winners to meet them and show their gratitude.

Recipients of both the The Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund and The Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund have gone on to lead immensely successful careers as The Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant recipients have continued on securing exhibitions, commissions and accessioning of their works in major public and private collections. Awards to Artists grants have been presented to more than 235 artists. Over the course of the past 31 years in the case of the DeGolyer and Kimbrough Awards, and 21 years in the case of Dozier, the DMA has acquired works by many of the recipients. See for yourself!

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To all nine of the 2011 Awards to Artists recipients: Lindsey Allgood, Diedrick Brackens, Kasumi Chow, Sarah Zapata, Xxavier Edward Carter, Kerry Pacillio, Edward Setina, Joshua Goode, and Kevin Todora – CONGRATULATIONS!

Erin Murphy is the Curatorial Assistant for Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art

Seldom Scene: If You Build It

Many months of planning go into the presentation of each DMA exhibition. Mark Bradford will not open until October 16, but work on the exhibition design is already underway.


Arturo’s Kids Club at the Dallas Museum of Art

Hi! I’m Arturo, the family mascot at the Dallas Museum of Art. Have we met? I’m a bright, colorful Peruvian bird and I am based off a ceramic vessel in the DMA’s collection from Peru that is over 1,000 years old! I’m planning on heading to the next Kids Club event and thought I would tell you all about my soon-to-be adventure. The next Kids Club event is on July 23 at the Museum of Nature and Science, and it’s the perfect Dallas event for kids just like you!

Before, I tell you about my plans for my visit, maybe I should explain Kids Club. Kids Club is a group you can join at the Sustainer level membership. We partner with the Dallas Zoo, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Trinity River Audubon Center, the Dallas Arboretum, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Each organization hosts an event each year. That means I fly to five off-site events and then I host one at home, here at the DMA. If I miss the event, I can still go to the Zoo or Arboretum and use my membership discount. As a bird, I don’t have much room for pocket money, so I like to save when I can!

The adventure will start with a brainstorming meeting with the DMA’s education staff. They help me with my activity. Like all the other organizations, I have to take a fun, crafty activity that will appeal to all ages. Last time, I took wands on my fairytale adventure to the Dallas Arboretum. They were really popular. I think moms and dads like to decorate as much as kids!

Once I get my materials and learn how to make the activity with my wings, I’m ready to go! I’ll get to the Museum of Nature and Science about 8:30 a.m. so I can set up for a 9:00 a.m. opening. Then, for the next two hours, I help kids make something special to take home.

By 11:00 a.m. I’m exhausted. I then have to find bird food (I like sunflower seeds) and then I’ll need a nap in Arturo’s Nest in C3!

Arturo is the mascot for all Museum family programming. He makes appearances on First Tuesdays and Late Nights; you can also find him on all family related print materials and temporary tattoos. He had a bit of help with this post from Wendi Kavanaugh, Member Outreach Manager.

Summer DMA: A Top Ten List

In honor of summer, we’ve put together a top ten list of the best reasons to spend it at the Dallas Museum of Art (although we could have gone to 100!). What are your favorite ways to spend summer at the Museum? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Top Ten Reasons to Spend Summer at the DMA

10. It’s a bargain.
DMA members receive free admission and parking every day. Active military personnel and their families receive free admission all summer through September 4 (learn more about the Blue Star Museum Program). The first Tuesday of every month is free, and Thursdays throughout the summer are half-price ($5) admission!

9. A rare Matisse sighting.
Rarely on view because it’s a light-sensitive work on paper, Matisse’s beloved Ivy in Flower can be seen in Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse’s “Ivy in Flower.”

Henri Matisse, "Ivy in Flower," 1953, colored paper, watercolor, pencil, and brown paper tape on paper mounted on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, © Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

8. Music. Drinks. Masterpieces. Mix to taste.
Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. Live jazz music. Cocktails and dinner. Artful conversations. Activities in the Center for Creative Connections and more. (and remember Thursdays are half- price this summer!)

7. The art doesn’t go home. Why should you?
Stay up past your bedtime the third Friday of July and August for Late Nights at the DMA.

6. Experience the Museum’s first Native American art exhibition in nearly 20 years.

Explore more than 100 works in Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection, on view through September 4.

5. Haute Couture at a discount.
Save up to 20% on advance tickets for the hottest new exhibition in North America, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk  (opening on November 13 at the DMA!).

Jean Paul Gaultier, Les Vierges [Virgins] collection, "Apparitions" dress, Haute couture, spring/summer 2007, © P. Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier

4. Expect the Unexpected.

9 x 9 in July: nine unique days to experience the Museum until 9:00 p.m., every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 14–30.

3. Get out of the heat and into the art!
It’s always a cool 72 degrees in the Museum.

2. See a new work of art in the DMA’s collection.
Bojan Šarčević’s She makes it’s debut in Silence and Time, on view in the Barrel Vault.

1. A front row seat in front of The Icebergs.
Cool off in front of Frederic Edwin Church’s amazing masterpiece after visiting the collection.

Frederic Edwin Church, "The Icebergs," 1861, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Norma and Lamar Hunt, 1979.28

Seldom Scene: Word Play

Last week was our first week of Summer Art Camps here at the DMA. Below are photos from our Word Play camp, led by David Herman, Jr. We still have six more weeks of Summer Art Camps. Click here for details.

Photography by Adam Gingrich, Marketing Assistant at the Dallas Museum of Art.

How to Throw a Block Party

Have you ever wanted to throw a block party but don’t know how to go about it? One of the interesting things about my job is that I now know a lot about what goes into making a good one.

On June 17 we’ll host our third annual Summer Block Party in the Arts District, and I wanted to share a little of the “backstage” planning. The Summer Block Party has always involved the Arts District museums and Downtown Dallas Inc., and this year we are also working with the Dallas Symphony and the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

The first part of planning any big event is getting all the “players” together to discuss ideas and work out the details. Our first Arts District group meeting was the first week of April, and we have had two group meetings since then. Agenda items for these meetings included planning joint programs, discussing street closure logistics, and crafting a marketing plan.

A street performance during a Summer Block Party

After these meetings, the “point person” from each institution goes back “home” to work out the specifics. Here at the DMA we had meetings with our Security, Operations, Membership, and Marketing teams to go over all the details for the DMA’s Late Night, especially the Summer Concert featuring The Polyphonic Spree. Between that first planning meeting in April and the event on June 17, I will have had fourteen internal meetings with various staff members just about this one event.

A past Late Night Summer Concert on Ross Avenue Plaza

Another aspect of throwing a block party is closing the streets between the museums. We do this so we can have programs outside and for the safety of all our visitors, who will be walking back and forth between the institutions. Closing the streets requires a permit from the City, which must be submitted forty-five days before the event. Once we get the okay from the City, we have to secure police officers, outdoor lighting, port-a-potties, and street barricades.

After our programs are confirmed, we then work with our graphic designers and editor to create a schedule of events, which we give to visitors when they arrive that night. We submit text three weeks in advance to give them time to edit and design the schedule, have staff review the schedule, and make any last minute changes before sending it to the printer. We then update our website with all the current information, and our PR department sends out a press release and begins posting on Facebook and Twitter.

Proof for the Late Night Schedule of Events

Lastly, to continue in the tradition of my previous blog post about Late Nights, I thought I would end this post with a new Late Nights by the Numbers list:

272 – number of emails I have sent and received about the Summer Block Party since April

52 – number of performers and artists featured during the June Late Night

7,000 – number of Late Night event schedules printed for this night

6 – number of food trucks that will serve food during the Summer Block Party

2 – number of clues the DMA will tweet for the Museum Art Challenge on Twitter

12 – number of port-a-potties on-site during the Summer Block Party

4 – number of rotating mirror balls that will be used during The Polyphonic Spree concert

Stacey Lizotte is Head of Adult Programming and Multimedia Services.

Seldom Scene’s Seldom Seen

Rarely on view, Henri Matisse’s Ivy in Flower—a full-scale maquette for a stained glass window made late in the artist’s career—will be installed for six months in the Concourse. Here are some photos from the large cutout’s installation.

Henri Matisse, Ivy in Flower, 1953, colored paper, watercolor, pencil, and brown paper tape on paper mounted on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

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