Fans of the Dallas Museum of Art look forward to the third Friday of the month, because that’s when museum stays open until midnight for an art-inspired celebration unlike any other in the city.
January’s late-night fete was extra special, because the DMA celebrated its 111th birthday, as well as the one-year anniversaries of DMA Friends and the return to free admission. Dallasites of all ages descended on the museum for this momentous occasion.
Guests chose from a full line-up of activities, including tours, talks, and tasty food and drink — not to mention a rocking performance by Brave Combo. Adults and kids alike also took turns in the CultureMap-sponsored Photomadic booth, armed with whimsical props to practice their silliest, sexiest or savviest poses.
Another special program also caught attendees’ attention. Inspired by the NCAA Men’s Final Four going down in Dallas this year, the museum launched DMA Art Madness as a fun way to explore art. Nearly 850 participants voted on their favorite works of art from the four DMA conferences on levels 1-4.
Earlier in the day, former Dallas Maverick and NBA All-Star Rolando Blackman, a committee member for the North Texas Men’s Final Four Local Organizing Committee, cast the first vote for Gerald Murphy’s Watch. In the next two weeks, DMA Friends will determine the Sweet Sixteen by voting through the DMA Friends program.
Once the Sweet Sixteen has been selected, everyone can start voting to determine the Elite Eight, Final Four and, finally, the first DMA Art Champion. The DMA Championship game will be held at the museum during its spring break week events, March 10-14.