Posts Tagged 'Variations on Theme'

New Artworks in Variations on Theme

Wandering through our contemporary exhibition Variations on Theme recently, I almost forgot I was in a show of the Museum’s collections; recent acquisitions abound!  Below are just a few of the more than a dozen newly-acquired artworks in Variations on Theme.

Untitled–Whirlpool, Shozo Shimamoto, 1965, The Rachofsky Collection and the Dallas Museum of Art through the DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund

The Devil’s Dress, Michaël Borremans, 2011, Dallas Museum of Art, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund

Venus Mirror (8/6/08, Copenhagen), Simon Starling, 2011, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund

Untitled (young man1), Johannes Kahrs, 2010, Gift of the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach

Infinity Cube (Metrocubo d’infinito) (A cubic meter of infinity), Michelangelo Pistoletto, 1966, The Rachofsky Collection and the Dallas Museum of Art through the DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund

Untitled, Adam McEwen, 2011, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund

These images don’t do the artworks justice, so come see them for yourself before the exhibition closes January 27th.

Amy Copeland
Coordinator of Go van Gogh Outreach

What is Art?: Word Cloud Excercise

Today during Learning Lab, juniors at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts  explored Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950s—Present. But before we dove into the artwork on the walls and our responses to it, we considered our preconceived ideas about the definitions, classifications, and limitations associated with the term art.

In small groups, the students defined art in five words. I used Wordle to create a word cloud with their definitions. (Wordle is a wonderful classroom resource for visually presenting textual content.) The larger, bolder words were words that multiple groups used to define art.

Composition, technique, perception, and concept stand out. Other words like value, design, and aesthetics relate to an artwork’s composition or visual elements. I loved that the students included words that reference an artist’s conceptual process, such as idea, foresight, thought, and motive. 

How do you define art?

Andrea V. Severin
Coordinator of Teaching Programs


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