One of the first things I do when I’m planning a visit to a new city is research the art scene. I was pleased to learn that Dallas has a vibrant and impressive arts community, and is home to several world-class institutions. Here are three places that art lovers should check out the next time they are in the Big D. All of these museums are all located within the Dallas Arts District.
The Dallas Museum of Art’s collection features over 22,000 works of art from all over the world, including one of the largest modern and contemporary art collections in the U.S. DMA is also known for its extensive collections of art of the ancient Americas, Africa, and South Asia, and its European and American painting, sculpture and decorative arts collections. The museum hosts events throughout the year, such as weekly live jazz concerts, family art activities, lectures, literary readings, theater and dance performances.
When it opened in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center was the first institution in the world dedicated exclusively to international modern and contemporary sculpture. The late Raymond and Patsy Nasher founded the organization as a way to publicly display their extensive private collection. The collection is comprised of over 300 sculptures dating from the late nineteenth century to the present, including works by Auguste Rodin, Constantin Brancusi, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, David Smith, Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, James Turrell and Jeff Koons. The Nasher Sculpture Center regularly hosts cultural programs such as lecture series and concerts.
One of the most extensive collections of Asian art in the United States, the Crow Collection is housed in a large, light-filled space that evokes traditional Asian architecture. The collection includes scrolls, screens, ceramics, jade sculptures and jewelry, objects of art from China’s Imperial dynasties and much more. The Crow Collection hosts numerous events throughout the year, many of which coincide with Asian holidays and festivals.