Sunday, March 28, 2010

American Cultural Observation 196 : Dallas Museum of Art

Okay, to get in touch with my senitive side after the drag racing episode, I took the opportunity to visit the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Museum's history began with the establishment in 1903 of the Dallas Art Association, which initially exhibited paintings in the Dallas Public Library. In 1909, the association's collection received a permanent home in the Free Public Art Gallery of Dallas, located in Fair Park. The museum, renamed the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, relocated to a new art deco facility within Fair Park from 1936 to 1984. In 1963 the museum merged with the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1979 Dallas voters pledged $24.8 million toward the construction of a new museum building in the Art District downtown. The current facility, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, opened in 1984 and the museum took on its current name. The museum was expanded in 1984, 1989 and 1993, to its current size of 350,000-square-feet (110,000 square feet of exhibition space) located on 8.9 acres.

Perry Nichols/Fight In The Corral/Dallas Museum of Art

I particularly enjoyed two collections, one dealing with Africa and another named Cowboys: Life on the range between art and life.

Finally, I felt hope rise up in me like a phoenix out of the ashes of despair... I still liked the finer things in life after all my redneck adventures!

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