Archive for June, 2010

Summer Reading

A couple of years ago, the education staff at the DMA decided to form a monthly reading group to keep up with the many books and articles that relate to teaching and learning, works of art, and art museums.  Since then, we’ve met once a month to discuss a reading over lunch.

Here are a few of my favorite books from which we’ve read.  I hope that you find something interesting to add to your summer reading list!

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, M.D.

Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow by Chip Conley

Art as Experience by John Dewey

Tell Me More: Listening to Learners Explain by Eleanor Duckworth

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink

The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

Evocative Objects: Things We Think With by Sherry Turkle

Molly Kysar
Head of Teaching Programs


Last Friday, Go van Gogh volunteers and I attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s annual Juneteenth festival.  Visitors to our booth made African-inspired masks to connect to artworks in our collection.  Below are few photos of talented artists we met at the event.  Enjoy!


Amy Copeland
Coordinator of Go van Gogh Outreach

Summer Exhibition: Luc Tuymans

The first U.S. retrospective of Luc Tuymans’ paintings is currently on display at the Dallas Museum of Art.  Approximately 80 paintings by the Belgian artist are on view in our Barrel Vault and Quadrant Galleries through September 5th.

Part of what I love about these paintings is Tuymans’ interest in history and culture.  I am also intrigued by the sense of mystery in his canvases.  An image may appear ordinary, but through reading the label you learn that it is actually beyond ordinary, sometimes bordering on the grotesque.  For example, the painting The Heritage VI looks like a portrait of a smiling average Joe, but he is actually far from average.  His name is Joseph Milteer, and he was a right-wing extremist and Klansman who played a role in conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination.      

Luc Tuymans, The Heritage VI, 1996

Tuymans is also very interested in World War II.  One of my favorite paintings is Schwarzheide, which shares its name with a concentration camp.  At his public Artist Talk on June 3rd, Tuymans talked at length about this painting.  He said that artists in concentration camps and work camps would often tear their paintings and drawings into strips so they could distribute them.  Although many people read the vertical lines on this canvas as the bars on a window, they are actually meant to remind us of how artists continued to produce images during the most difficult circumstances.   

Luc Tuymans, Schwarzheide, 1986

 There are several opportunities for teachers to learn more about Luc Tuymans throughout the summer:   

  • The annual Museum Forum for Teachers: Modern and Contemporary Art will be held from July 19-23.  Teachers will spend Wednesday, July 21st, immersed in the Tuymans exhibition, as well as viewing other contemporary works of art in the DMA’s collection.  The application deadline for Museum Forum has just been extended to July 1st
  • Gallery Talks relating to the exhibition have also been planned, including a series called Perspectives.  Jim Falk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council, will moderate discussions with artists, historians, and scholars to investigate the artistic and cultural issues that inform Luc Tuymans’ work.  Visit our Web site for more information.
  • Experience the smARTphone tour for the Tuymans exhibition.  Bring your smart phone to the Museum to access new and interactive content.  A limited number of iPod Touches are also available for check out from the Visitor Services Desk.  You can also access the smARTphone tour online.

I hope you enjoy this exhibition as much as I do!

Shannon Karol
Coordinator of Museum Visits     

Luc Tuymans, The Heritage VI, 1996; oi on canvas; Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; © Luc Tuymans; photo: courtesy David Zwirner, New York
Luc Tuymans, Schwarzheide, 1986; oil on canvas; Private collection; © Luc Tuymans; photo: courtesy David Zwirner, New York

Friday Photos: Exploring Creativity

Today is the last day of Summer Seminar, our annual partnership course for teachers with The University of Texas at Dallas.  The topic this year was The Creative Process, and we have spent the week exploring both the theory and the practice of creativity.  Here are a few photos of our experiences this week.

Molly Kysar
Head of Teaching Programs

Mexico 200

The Workers, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, 1944-45

The Museum is gearing up to celebrate the bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence with two exciting exhibitions, both opening June 18th.   

José Guadalupe Posada: The Birth of Mexican Modernism showcases the artworks of Posada, a Mexican printmaker whose popular images of social and political satire illustrated broadsheets and leaflets in the early 20th century.

Tierra y Gente: Modern Mexican Works on Paper  highlights the Museum’s stellar collection of mid-20th century Mexican works on paper.  Included in the exhibition are prints, drawings, and photographs that explore how artists captured the people of Mexico in their native land. 

Also highlighted during the Mexico 200 celebration are the Museum’s rich collections of Ancient American, Spanish Colonial, and modern Mexican art, which together span over 2,000 years of art-making by Mexican artists. 

Works from Mexico 200 will be highlighted in this summer’s Go van Gogh library outreach program, Arts of Mexico.  Each summer Go van Gogh volunteers visit Dallas Public library branches to present free, hour-long programs for a drop-in six-to-twelve year-old audience.  Arts of Mexico will introduce students to the artistic styles and cultural ideas and beliefs of Mexican peoples expressed through ancient and modern artworks.  The program will include interactive conversations and art-making activities, a recommended reading lists for learners of all ages, and a free family pass to the Museum for participants. 

Below is a schedule of our upcoming Arts of Mexico library programs.  Please confirm space availability with the library in advance.  We hope to see you at the library (and at the Museum)!

Wednesday, June 23rd @ 2:00p.m.
Highland Hills, 3624 Simpson Stuart Road, 75241

Friday, June 25th @ 2:00p.m.
Kleberg-Rylie, 1301 Edd Road, 75253

Thursday, July 1st @1:00p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr., 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 75215

Tuesday, July 6th @ 2:00p.m.
Lochwood, 11221 Lochwood Boulevard, 75218

Friday, July 9th @ 2:00p.m.
Bachman Lake, 9480 Webb Chapel Rd., 75220

Wednesday, July 14th @ 2:00p.m.
Renner-Frankford, 6400 Frankford Road, 75252

Thursday, July 15th @ 2:00p.m.
Forest Green, 9015 Forest Lane, 75243

Friday, July 16th @ 2:00p.m.
North Oak Cliff, 302 West Tenth Street, 75208

Monday, July 19th @ 10:30a.m.
Arcadia Park, 1302 North Justin Rd., 75211

Tuesday, July 20th @ 2:00p.m.
Timberglen, 18505 Midway Road, 75287

Wednesday, July 21st @ 2:00p.m.
Preston Royal, 5626 Royal Lane, 75229

Wednesday, July 28th @ 2:00p.m.
Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster Kiest, 2008 East Kiest Blvd, 75216

Thursday, July 29th @ 2:00p.m.
Oak Lawn, 4100 Cedar Springs Road, 75219

Friday, July 30th @ 10:30a.m.
Fretz Park, 6990 Belt Line Road, 75254

Amy Copeland
Coordinator of Go van Gogh Outreach

Summer Block Party

Friday, June 18
6:00 p.m.–midnight

Join us for a Summer Block Party in the Dallas Arts District. The Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center will all be open until midnight. Enjoy the start of summer as the DMA travels to the coast in celebration of the exhibition Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea.

Visit the DMA Web site for a complete schedule of events.

Friday Photo Post – My favorite things

The Dallas Museum of Art’s collection has many wonderful works of art in it. Below are a few of my favorites that I like to see while I am in the galleries. I hope you enjoy them.

Amy Wolf
Coordinator of Gallery Teaching

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Upcoming Summer Teacher Programs!

Congratulations to all teachers for the completion of another school year!   My colleagues and I would like to invite you to join us  for great learning experiences with works of art this summer.  Below are a few opportunities for you to engage with Museum education staff and educators from around the DFW area, and, of course, explore works of art from all times, places, and cultures.

Summer Seminar:  Exploring the Creative Process
Tuesday, June 15 – Friday, 18, 201
9:00 – 4:00 daily
$100 registration fee

Explore both the theory and practice of creativity in sessions led by Dr. Magdalena Grohman from The University of Texas at Dallas and DMA staff.    Sessions will include gallery experiences in the Museum’s collections and Center for Creative Connections, creative thinking workshops, and discussions about classroom applications.

Visit the website for more details and to register


Museum Forum for Teachers: Modern & Contemporary Art Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, 2010
10:00 – 4:00 daily  
$250 includes all instruction, materials, and lunch each day
The Museum Forum is a week-long summer program for middle school and high school teachers of all disciplines.  Participants will spend each day at one of five Dallas–Fort Worth institutions: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art Nasher Sculpture Center, and The Rachofsky House.

The application deadline has been extended until July 1.

Teacher Workshop with artist
Jill Foley
Wednesday, August 11, 2010  
Details coming soon at

Join DMA staff and visiting artist, Jill Foley, for an interactive workshop filled with imagination and creativity.   Foley, a Dallas-based artist, describes her work as her consciousness turned tangible.  She creates large scale imaginary-type spaces to host her puppet-like figural sculptures and her paintings and drawings.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Until next time….

Jenny Marvel
Manager of Programs and Resources for Teachers

It's Like Seeing Something for the Very First Time

One of the things that I love about the photographs taken by DMA visitors and posted to the online photo community Flickr, is seeing the spaces, the works of art, and the building through their eyes.

Nicole Stutzman
Director of Teaching Programs and Partnerships

Sketches of artworks by Don Moyer

Roman Woman by Jim Arnold

Young visitor meets Mark Rothko by Rondostar

Ross Avenue entrance by Escuincle

Pinhole photograph of Ellsworth Kelly's Rocker by Mr. Holga

Community Connection: Our Friends and Neighbors

Dear loyal blog readers,

We have a new summer blog post schedule.  Look for new posts on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Have a fabulous summer!

The opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center last fall brought our friends at the Dallas Theater Center (DTC) to the ever-growing Dallas Arts District.  Having comfortably settled into their new home at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, the DTC has developed programs and collaborations as innovative as the building itself.  Lisa Holland, Director of Education and Community Programs at the DTC, gives us a peek behind the scenes.

Tell us about your new home at the Wyly Theatre.
The Wyly Theatre is remarkable – there’s not another theater like it in the entire world.  The flexibility that it affords is unparalleled and I think that we, as the primary tenants, are going to learn about this building as time goes on.  I think the possibilities are going to be limitless in this building.  I also think our patrons are going to be the lucky beneficiaries of seeing what this building can do.  It’s like a giant transformer.  What that provides to the patron in terms of the audience to artist relationship is going to be powerful and immediate. There’s nothing like it.  

Also, the synergy between other organizations in the Arts District and the potential collaborations that exist now is so thrilling.  I think about how we can collaborate with our friends and family at the Arts District in ways that will be really engaging and exciting.  To walk down the street and see who you’ll run into, or walk down the street and have a meeting at the DMA – it’s exciting. 

Do you ever consider integrating or thinking about works of art related to your programs?
Absolutely.  In the past, we’ve incorporated a visual arts component in our SummerStage program.  I believe that whatever kind of artist you are, you need to “feed your hopper”.  In other words, you pour into yourself different experiences, whether it’s a trip to the zoo or going for a walk and looking at leaves.  You never know what will inform your work as an artist.  

Also, we deal with a lot of visual arts formal elements like color, line, and composition in the theater.  And, we have had collaborative events with the DMA in the past, such as sending artists to the DMA and working with Arts & Letters Live.

Tell us about the Shannon and Ted Skokos Learning Lab, your new partnership with Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
It was brand new this year, and it was a resounding mutual success. Last spring, we auditioned the rising juniors and from that group chose eighteen seniors.  The Learning Lab has three components.  Kevin Moriarty (DTC Artistic Director), Charlton Gavitt (Booker T. Washington High School Theater Cluster Faculty), and I team-taught the class component, which occurred every other day, all year long.  The second component is a twenty-hour internship that students complete outside of class hours.  The final component is a performance project, in which we paired the students with our professional acting company, and they performed ten scenes in the Wyly Theatre with the professional actors.  The students also came to every single show we produced this year, free of charge.  This is a super exciting program, and I don’t think anywhere else has that sort of integrated relationship between a school and a professional theater with that kind of access.  The program is a great example of the kind of collaboration that can happen in the Arts District – it was so simple to walk across the street, teach, and walk back to my office.

How did you come to your position as Director of Education & Community Programs?
I grew up in the theater.  My parents took me to theater and I’ve been a theater student my whole life.  After I earned my graduate degree in directing, I was hired as one of two artistic directing interns at the Dallas Theater Center thirteen years ago.  I was hired to work in the artistic office after my internship year, and I basically never left.  I defected into the education department about halfway through my tenure, but that made sense because my undergraduate degree is in theater education.

What program/performance are you most looking forward to this summer?
We have a program called SUPERStage (SummerStage’s alter ego), where we have theater day camps for kids ages 4-14. I’m also looking forward to our summer production It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s SupermanI’m so excited about having a mainstage show running concurrently with our SUPERtage program.  Our SUPERStage students will have access to what we do in a primary way, and we’re going to enfold into the curriculum what is happening on stage so it becomes a learning lab of sorts.  It’s going to be awesome.  Superman – what can you say – there’s flying  –  it’s Superman!

Melissa Nelson
Manager of Teaching in the Community


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