Written by Kirsti Harms
Earlier this winter, my friend Chris and I decided to broaden our cultural horizons with a post-holiday trip to the Dallas Arts District. Our original plan was to visit the Nasher Sculpture Center, but the cold, drizzly weather didnâ€™t really lend itself to walking outdoors, so our itinerary shifted to the Dallas Museum of Art.
Iâ€™m a fan of primitive and folk art, so I was happy to check out one of the traveling exhibits, African Masks: The Art of Disguise (until Feb. 13). It included lots of great sculptural costumes from around Africa. Then, knowing we couldnâ€™t possibly see it all in a day, we attempted to choose which galleries to view. We ended up meandering through the second floor visiting modern design, early 20th-century decorative arts, into Pacific Island art and past some wonderfully detailed Japanese sculptures. We even came upon a re-created villaâ€”fully furnished with artwork on the walls.
I like the spacious, but warm, feel of the DMA building. It offers lots of opportunities to wander through different worlds of art, andâ€”my favoriteâ€”to watch people interact with art. Not a bad place to spend a rainy day!
On a break, we took a walk around the vicinity and were pleasantly surprised at the proximity of the Nasher and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. I see another trip or two to this area in my future.[gallery columns="4"]
Side trip: Our excursion included a quick jaunt through downtown Waxahachie to check out the Ellis County Courthouse. Iâ€™ve always wanted to see this building in real life, particularly all those face sculptures on the outside. Iâ€™m not sure if these are likenesses of the legendary Mabel or not, but they sure are expressive! If youâ€™re curious, read about the gargoyles on the Waxahachie courthouse.
A few years ago, I joined a group that conducts surveys on the lower Colorado River. I joined partly to acquire volunteer hours for my Master Naturalist certification, but mostly because it combines birding and being near (and in) water—two of my favorite pasttimes.