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Summer DMA: A Top Ten List

In honor of summer, we’ve put together a top ten list of the best reasons to spend it at the Dallas Museum of Art (although we could have gone to 100!). What are your favorite ways to spend summer at the Museum? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Top Ten Reasons to Spend Summer at the DMA

10. It’s a bargain.
DMA members receive free admission and parking every day. Active military personnel and their families receive free admission all summer through September 4 (learn more about the Blue Star Museum Program). The first Tuesday of every month is free, and Thursdays throughout the summer are half-price ($5) admission!

9. A rare Matisse sighting.
Rarely on view because it’s a light-sensitive work on paper, Matisse’s beloved Ivy in Flower can be seen in Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse’s “Ivy in Flower.”

Henri Matisse, "Ivy in Flower," 1953, colored paper, watercolor, pencil, and brown paper tape on paper mounted on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, © Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

8. Music. Drinks. Masterpieces. Mix to taste.
Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. Live jazz music. Cocktails and dinner. Artful conversations. Activities in the Center for Creative Connections and more. (and remember Thursdays are half- price this summer!)

7. The art doesn’t go home. Why should you?
Stay up past your bedtime the third Friday of July and August for Late Nights at the DMA.

6. Experience the Museum’s first Native American art exhibition in nearly 20 years.

Explore more than 100 works in Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection, on view through September 4.

5. Haute Couture at a discount.
Save up to 20% on advance tickets for the hottest new exhibition in North America, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk  (opening on November 13 at the DMA!).

Jean Paul Gaultier, Les Vierges [Virgins] collection, "Apparitions" dress, Haute couture, spring/summer 2007, © P. Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier

4. Expect the Unexpected.

9 x 9 in July: nine unique days to experience the Museum until 9:00 p.m., every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 14–30.

3. Get out of the heat and into the art!
It’s always a cool 72 degrees in the Museum.

2. See a new work of art in the DMA’s collection.
Bojan Šarčević’s She makes it’s debut in Silence and Time, on view in the Barrel Vault.

1. A front row seat in front of The Icebergs.
Cool off in front of Frederic Edwin Church’s amazing masterpiece after visiting the collection.

Frederic Edwin Church, "The Icebergs," 1861, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Norma and Lamar Hunt, 1979.28

Re-imagining and Re-installing


The DMA exhibitions department spends much of its time planning, organizing, and fine-tuning any given exhibition. And ironically, the installation process marks the beginning of the end of our efforts. On the Museum’s second floor, our department is now working to complete the massive reinstallation of the  European galleries, which host some of the most well known and celebrated works of art in the DMA’s collections. Alongside curators Olivier Meslay and Heather MacDonald,  the exhibition designer, preparators, registrars, and carpenters have come together to re-introduce this selection of masterpieces to DMA visitors.


During “install,” the exhibitions department ensures that the careful removal of objects, new construction (such as platforms, walls, and pedestals), and re-installation of the artwork all run according to plan. Close attention to the condition of the galleries and the creation of hospitable environments for the works — and visitors — come into play.


For example, the sculptural grouping found off the Level 2 courtyard requires proper window tinting before the works can reach their “final destination.” Anyone will agree that this precaution was worth the wait when caught between Brancusi or Hepworth’s monochromatic contours and Matisse or Kandisnsky’s vibrant polychrome canvases. When filtered properly, the same light that can damage art now works in tandem with it, persuading us to step back and experience the “dance” between these gleaming three-dimensional whites and the vivid impressionist brushwork.


We hope you’ll come see for yourself on your next visit to the DMA.
Aja Martin is the Exhibitions Administrative Assistant at the Dallas Museum of Art.



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