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Friday Photos: Mystery Artwork

Last Friday, I posted a scrambled image and a clue in the form of a rhyme.  The final Mystery Artwork is…Cylindrical vessel with ritual ball game scene.

Cylinder vessel with ritual ball game scene, Guatamala, c. 700-850 A.D., Gift of Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher

This Maya vessel depicts a ceremonial ball game, in which the players hit a rubber ball with their hips, not with their hands or feet.  Who would have thought fusing art and games would be fun?  Tom Russotti, that’s who.  Tom is a visiting artist who is  designing and leading a hands-on teacher workshop in November called Art & Games.

As all good things must come to an end, I hope that you have enjoyed this series of Friday Photos: Mystery Artwork.  Thank you to those who participated!

One last visual before I sign off.   Another great reason to visit the Museum is that the art is always changing.  I was surprised to find this John Sennhauser hanging next to Gerald Murphy’s Watch on the fourth floor, and it has recently been added into my top five favorite works of art at the Museum.

John Sennhauser, Colorforms in Colorspace #1, 1947, Dallas Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund, Anonymous Gift

Wishing you a fantastic Friday,

Loryn Leonard
Coordinator of Museum Visits

Friday Photos: Mystery Artwork Series

Are you tired of pulling your hair out and biting your nails in order to know this week’s Mystery Artwork?  Never fear, for I have the answer!  Last week’s Mystery Artwork is…Mantle with condors

Mantle with Condors, Peru, c. 300-100 B.C., The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc.

Interested in multicultural fashion?  Check out Art and Fashion, a teacher workshop in conjunction with The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.

Now, for the third puzzler.  Just as before, I have given you a rhyme and an altered image of the mystery object.  You have one week to search through our online collection, or go gallivanting through the galleries.  Next Friday, I will reveal the mystery object and present the final Mystery Artwork.

Brilliant colors of red and yellow,
I depict a scene of an active fellow.
A rubber ball he hits,
With the swing of his hips,
This game is an ancient Mayan ritual.

Come out tonight for a Late Night at the DMA and see if you can locate this object.  Here is a helpful hint: you can find this object on the fourth floor.

Wishing you a playful perusing,

Loryn Leonard
Coordinator of Museum Visits

Friday Photos: Mystery Artwork

How well do you know the collection?

Earlier this year, our intern Karen Colbert introduced the Mystery Artwork Photo Series, a three week series that presented a detail of an artwork and encouraged our readers to visit the Museum or go online with a handful of clues to find the mysterious object.

This September, I challenge you to explore our galleries and investigate the clues given with each work in our new Mystery Artwork series.  For the next four Fridays, I will post an altered photograph of the mystery artwork and give you a clue in the form of a rhyme.  It is up to you to visit the Museum and search our galleries or practice your good research skills by searching on our online collections page. 

The cryptic artwork will be revealed the following Friday, with the presentation of a new a mystery artwork.  The winner will receive the best non-prize ever: complete bragging rights that you know the DMA’s collections. 

Remember, Thursday Night Live offers free admission to Texas educators with their ID, or you could visit anytime with a teacher membership.

Ready, set, go!

His paintings reference color theory,
and his color palette is seldom dreary,
with three layers of squares,
this painting hangs across from a chair.

Best of luck,
Loryn Leonard
Coordinator of Museum Visits

Friday Photos: Mystery Artwork

The Dallas Museum of Art education staff would like to thank you for participating in our Friday Photos: Mystery Artwork series. Our final artwork is……

Romare Bearden, Soul Three, 1968

Dallas Museum of Art, General Acquisitions Fund and Roberta Coke Camp Fund
Dimensions: Framed dimensions: 57 x 69 x 3 in. (144.78 cm x 1 m 75.26 cm x 7.62 cm) Image dimensions: 44 x 55 1/2 in. (111.76 x 140.97 cm)
Medium: Paper and fabric collage on board

Learn more about Soul Three.
We encourage you to visit and explore our galleries. Please visit our web site to learn about the programs and events we offer for visitors of all ages.
Karen A. Colbert
Teaching Programs Intern

Friday Photos: Mystery Artwork

We have come to our second mystery artwork. Drumroll please, the answer is…. 


Tiered hat with brass discs (botolo)

 Date: 20th century
Dimensions: Overall: 25 x 10 x 9 3/4 in. (63.5 x 25.4 x 24.76 cm)
Medium: Coiled basketry (palm splints and fiber) and brass discs
Geographic location: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Culture: Ekonda peoples
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Friends of African and African-American Art

Learn more about the Tiered hat with brass discs (botolo)
In celebration of Black History Month, I present you with…

Mystery Artwork #3

 1. We were made from mixed media.
2. We were inspired by childhood memories.
3. Our creator was one of the great collage artists of the 20th century.
4.We are two-dimensional.
5. Our facial features resemble African masks.

What’s our name?

Start in  collections and begin your search.

Best Wishes,
Karen A. Colbert
Teaching Programs Intern


Friday Photos: Mystery Artwork

Last Friday, I presented clues to the first mystery artwork. I hope you enjoyed searching online or visiting the museum to find the answer.
The mystery artwork is…….
Eros lamp holder

Date: early 1st century B.C.
Dimensions: Height: 22 1/4 in. (56.515 cm)
Medium: Bronze
Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc., in honor of Anne Bromberg’s 30th anniversary with the Dallas Museum of Art.  

Click here to learn more about the Eros lamp holder.

I present to you the second mystery artwork.

Take a closer look and you will see coils of fiber and metal hooked together.

Mystery Artwork #2

  1. I increase in size from top to bottom.
  2. I can only be worn by chiefs.
  3. I can also be seen with a wavy-edged scepter.
  4. My name means to sing.
  5. The presence of metal disks signifies wealth and prestige.

What am I?

You have one week to guess! Click on collections and begin your search. We also invite you to join us tonight as we celebrate our romance-inspired Late Night event.

Best Wishes,
Karen A. Colbert
Teaching Programs Intern


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