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Dallas Museum of Art offers diverse, intriguing exhibitions

Written by , published August 19, 2014

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The Dallas Museum of Art has a strong and diverse offering of exhibitions scheduled for the remainder of 2014. To help you plan your next trip to the museum, we’ve highlighted five current and upcoming exhibits that represent a variety of cultures from the 18th Century to today.

From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith. Through December 7

It was almost 70 years ago when Art Smith, a leading modernist jeweler, opened the doors to his first shop in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Inspired by the intellectual and artistic movements of his day, Smith created jewelry that was simultaneously conceptual and wearable. The growing popularity of his work led to business relationships with craft and department stores alike, from Black Tulip in Dallas to Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan. At the height of his career, Smith took commissions to design a brooch for Eleanor Roosevelt and cufflinks for jazz musician Duke Ellington. Art Smith’s jewelry, sketches, tools, photographs, and other archival material—including his original shop sign—are part of the DMA exhibit.  On loan from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, From Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith showcases pieces by Smith and by his contemporaries that best represent his aesthetic and cultural influences. 

Mind’s Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cézanne. Through October 26

Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Edouard Manet are just a few of many celebrated artists represented in Mind’s Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cézanne, an exhibit that features more than 100 works produced on an underappreciated medium: paper. Many of the works are rarely displayed because they are considered unfinished works, and the Dallas Museum of Art is intentionally presenting them as finished works in their own right. The works, ranging from sketches to watercolors, provide glimpses into the creative processes of their makers.

Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars. Through December 14

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In 1981 the Dallas Museum of Art began its Concentrations series, which presents solo exhibitions by international emerging artists. The series’ current exhibition, Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars, is drawn from an art collective by that name. Slavs and Tatars focuses its projects on the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia.” The exhibit include lecture-performances, sculptures, prints, and publications that investigates and confronts the use of language in cultural, metaphysical, and political spheres.

Isa Genzken: Retrospective. September 14, 2014—January 4, 2015

Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Isa Genzken: Retrospective is the first comprehensive look at the influential German artist’s body of work. Genzken began exhibiting her work in the mid-1970s and is now identified as one of the most influential female artists in the world. The retrospective’s nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, collages, drawings, books, films, and prints reflect the diversity and abundance of Genzken’s work.

Bouquets: French Still Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse. October 26, 2014—February 8, 2015

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The French floral still life, initially a minor genre in painting, grew in importance during the 19th Century when artists such as Eugène Delacroix, Edouard Manet, and Gustave Courbet produced sophisticated floral still lifes. Bouquets: French Still Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse consists of nearly 60 19th-Century floral still lifes by artists remote and renowned, offering a comprehensive look at the genre before and during the arrival of modernism. Yale University Press and the Dallas Museum of Art co-published a catalogue to accompany the exhibit.

The Dallas Museum of Art is at 1717 North Harwood. The museum opens Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 214/922-1200; www.dma.org.

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