You Are Invited to a Ball

This year’s Art Ball, held this past Saturday, marks the 50th occurrence of the event, which started as the Beaux Arts Ball in 1962. Each Ball usually has a theme, with invitations to match. Below are a few of my favorites from the 1960s and 70s, when the Museum was located in Fair Park.

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The first Beaux Arts Ball, April 27, 1962.

The first Beaux Arts Ball, held on April 27, 1962

 

Tlaloc's Frolic held on April 27, 1968.

Tlaloc’s Frolic, held on April 27, 1968

 

A Mad Hatter's Hoedown held on May 1, 1971.

A Mad Hatter’s Hoedown, held on May 1, 1971

 

A Celebration of the Dragon held on April 7, 1973

A Celebration of the Dragon, held on April 7, 1973

 

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A Deco Dance held on April 26, 1975

A Deco Dance, held on April 26, 1975

 

The Last Hurrah held on May 21, 1983. This was the last Ball held in the museum's Fair Park building before moving to the new museum in Downtown Dallas.

The Last Hurrah, held on May 21, 1983. This was the last Ball held in the Museum’s Fair Park building before moving to the new building in Downtown Dallas.

 

These and a few other favorites are currently on view in the Mayer Library, located on the DMA’s M2 level and included in free general admission.

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

 

3 Responses to “You Are Invited to a Ball”


  1. 1 Cathy Davis April 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks Hillary for another interesting and fun article!!!
    Cathy

  2. 2 Alyssa April 14, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    How fun!!! Thanks for sharing, Hillary!!

  3. 3 altroup April 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    THANK you for reminding me, while as a native artist for over 30 years I had given too the Ball event beginning in 1988/89 and on into the 90s or 12 events, for the D.M.A that was a lot of work and money spent to have the D.M.A in business…..while little recognition has come from this, I do have on record these events took place and you should think about the people who have been apart of the D.M.A experience……..after 50 years…..

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