When traveling, The Scientist and I love checking out art museums both large and small. We happened to be in Dallas for the once-a-month event at the Dallas Art Museum where they stay open late (midnight!), so we were able to pack a bunch of art into a weekend that probably wouldn’t have allowed so much otherwise just because of timing and that sort of thing.
We spent over four hours in the Dallas Art Museum, which was enough time for us to see most of the general collection. We didn’t pay to see the special exhibits, although we did get to see the previous paid exhibition for free (I didn’t get any pictures, but it was a super cool exhibit on the history of cocktails and showcased a lot of beautiful shaker ware made by Tiffany & Co. among other fantastic artists.)
I didn’t want to focus my time in the museum on taking photographs of everything I saw including the notes, so this isn’t as complete as some of my trips have been. However, I hope it inspires you nonetheless, and if you’re around Dallas, I highly recommend this museum. It was surprising in all the best ways.
Everything’s bigger in Texas.
Dallas Art Museum
I was first surprised at the amount of artifacts in the museum in general. Having been to the Smithsonian, every museum feels so small in comparison, but seeing the collection of small artifacts, containers, and statues and their ages, made it feel like we were at a miniature Smithsonian.
This sentiment continued throughout the museum. Both through notability and size of the collections, as well as their diversity. We saw Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollack, Cezanne (Still Life!!), and so many more in one place. I didn’t expect this in Dallas. Maybe I should have, but I didn’t...at all...so this trip completely blew my mind.
Through a donated estate, there was an entire room dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill, including cigars and boxes, various personal items, telegrams, other correspondence, as well as two pieces of his art and even a set of his paints.
...and the statues were brilliant:
Thank you for checking out my Field Trip to the Dallas Art Museum. I’ve had a super busy week getting things in order for the new EP as well as lining up a bunch of shows for the next couple of months, but am writing today to hopefully catch up and have some great content ready for you on the daily again.
You are all fantastic. I hope you have a great day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.