I went to Dallas last month for a family event and was *blown away* by the Dallas Museum of Art. In particular, it has this incredible Center for Creative Connections that takes a more innovative approach to helping visitors think about artworks and technique. Close to my heart, the exhibition on view at the C3 galleries when I was there was called “Encountering Space.” In the museum’s own language: the exhibition “presents works of art from the Museum collections and asks visitors to consider how space is used to invite engagement, raise questions, and create meaning. As viewers begin to encounter works of art this way, they are no longer passive observers but active participants.” Awesome, right?
Ok here are some pics. The first is from the C3 exhibit, and the second is from the Nasher Sculpture Gallery, an independent sculpture garden and gallery across the street from the DMA in what the city has called its “cultural district”. This James Turrell is absolutely exquisite, it’s the first I’ve seen in real life. Last is a bit of fun: if Dallas is a shopping city, then this Saks is certainly its greatest temple.
Side note: what does it mean to have a cultural district in a city where you drive everywhere? In a driving city does it matter that like resources are nearby? What would need to happen for people to get out of their cars and walk around such a district (because they weren’t)?