Meadows Museum presents "In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art" opening day

Meadows Museum presents "In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art" opening day

Photo courtesy of SMU's Meadows Museum

Meadows Museum will present a comprehensive selection of Spanish abstract painting and sculpture by globally recognized artists including Eduardo Chillida, Antonio Saura, and Antoni Tàpies, alongside 29 of their Spanish contemporaries active in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Luis Feito, Sarah Grilo, and José Guerrero.

The exhibition, traveling from the collection of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español while its building undergoes renovation, will make its only stop in the United States in Dallas. Curated by the Meadows’s Mellon Curatorial Fellow Clarisse Fava-Piz, the exhibition will feature more than 40 works of art by over 30 artists in an unprecedented stateside showing of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español’s collection.

For many works, this exhibition represents their first time leaving their home in Cuenca, Spain, and their debut in the United States. The collection showcases the great diversity of Spanish abstraction, from Informalism to geometric abstract art, the history of which will be explored in the accompanying catalogue.

Other topics covered will be the creation of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca under the Francoist dictature; the background of its eccentric founder, artist and collector Fernando Zóbel; the development of Spanish abstract art in both Fascist Spain and in the international context of the Cold War; and the strategic exhibition of Spanish abstraction in the United States, 1950–1975.

The exhibition will remain on display through June 18.

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Laura Jones, © Laura Jones

The Sixth Floor Museum presents "Solidarity Now! 1968 Poor People’s Campaign" closing day

The Sixth Floor Museum presents "Solidarity Now! 1968 Poor People’s Campaign" closing day

"Solidarity Now! 1968 Poor People’s Campaign" is a special exhibition that examines one of the most important grassroots movements of the civil rights era which culminated in a six-week, live-in demonstration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., that attracted thousands of activists from across the nation. Protestors inhabited "a city of hope," Resurrection City, on 15 acres between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial to call attention to the crippling effects of poverty for millions of Americans.

The exhibition explores the tactics and impact of this campaign, the first large-scale, nationally organized demonstration after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. It features photographs, oral histories with campaign participants and organizers, and an array of protest signs, political buttons and audio field recordings collected during the protest.

Presented at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza as part of a national tour, the Museum’s installation and programming explores the links between the movement and the lasting legacy of President Kennedy, as well as culturally relevant themes for today.

Photo by Eric Havemann

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary presents Dinosaurs Live closing day

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary presents Dinosaurs Live closing day

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will present Dinosaurs Live, enabling visitors to let their imagination run wild as they travel back in time along a half-mile nature trail with 11 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar. The exhibit will also offer interesting facts about both herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs.

Children and the young at heart will also have the opportunity to play on stationary baby dinosaurs, a photo-op Tyrannosaurus rex and a photo op Pachyrhinosaurus. This year’s exhibit will also feature an outdoor hadrosaur fossil dig to inspire future paleontologists. The Dinosaurs Live! exhibit trail is jogging-stroller friendly.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art presents Matthew Wong: "The Realm of Appearances" closing day

Dallas Museum of Art presents Matthew Wong: "The Realm of Appearances" closing day

The first museum retrospective and U.S. museum exhibition devoted to the late painter Matthew Wong premieres at the Dallas Museum of Art, the only museum that collected the artist’s work during his lifetime. Featuring approximately 60 paintings created by Wong during his short yet prolific career, Matthew Wong: "The Realm of Appearances" offers the first formal account of the full scope of Wong’s six-year oeuvre, with a particular focus on his landscape paintings and what they reveal about his process and commitment to dialogue and collaboration.

Wong (1984-2019), a self-taught painter, achieved resounding critical acclaim during his short artistic career, spanning just six years between 2013, when he began painting and drawing in earnest, and his death in 2019. In that time, Wong became known for evocative, unpeopled landscape paintings in a wide range of styles, from vibrant, panoramic vistas portrayed in iridescent patterns of dots and daubs to cool mountain landscapes delineated by long brushstrokes and washes.

In their non-specificity and universality of place, Wong’s landscapes reflect his own transnationality, having spent most of his life between Canada and Hong Kong. His expansive worldview manifests also in the range of references found in his work, which readily recalls Post-Impressionists, Fauvists, 17th-century Qing period ink painters, and contemporaries he admired. Wong adeptly synthesized many artists and materials across time, place, and medium to create a visual language uniquely his own.

The exhibition also features a special conservation study of a few of Wong’s paintings, including The West (2017), which was acquired by the DMA in 2017. Due to the intense speed and rigor of his art making, Wong frequently reused canvases, so several of his early oil on canvas works like The West are executed on top of his earlier paintings. This conservation study, led by DMA Paintings Conservator Laura Eva Hartman, provides invaluable insights into Wong’s process and techniques.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art presents "Tiffany Chung" opening day

Dallas Museum of Art presents "Tiffany Chung" opening day

The sixth iteration of the Museum’s Concourse mural series will feature an installation by Houston-based artist Tiffany Chung, who is internationally known for her diverse conceptual work and research-driven process dealing with sociopolitical issues. Contending with issues of conflict, migration, urban progress, and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory, Chung’s practice endeavors to document and discuss the micro, hidden histories, the memory and experiences of ordinary people, that counterbalance the grand narratives produced by the state. Her commissioned mural will center narratives of migration and movement, especially those found within Dallas, in recognition and celebration of these lived experiences.

The exhibition will remain on display through January 7, 2024.

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Laura Rathe Fine Art presents "Decade" opening reception

Marking its 10th year in the Dallas Design District, Laura Rathe Fine Art will present "Decade," a group anniversary exhibition commemorating the gallery’s history and celebrating an exciting future ahead.

Laura Rathe started her career working as a private art dealer before establishing Laura Rathe Fine Art in 1998 in Houston. In 2013, Rathe, with the help of Gallery Director, Janice Meyers, opened LRFA's second gallery in Dallas on Dragon Street, further expanding the institution's presence in Texas. Since then, LRFA Dallas has helped foster the city’s remarkable art community.

As a woman-owned, women-run business, LRFA has continually built platforms for artists, watching them rise and push the bounds of the world of contemporary art. Rathe and her team’s unorthodox approach to creating conduits within the art world has supported her vision of enriching lives through art, cultivating personal relationships with each artist, client, and designer.

"Decade" honors this journey in Dallas through a breadth of stylistic approaches and innovative media by notable artists from around the world such as James Verbicky, Audra Weaser, Gian Garofalo, Matt Devine, Stallman Studio, Zhuang Hong Yi, Hunt Slonem, Lucrecia Waggoner, Meredith Pardue, Carly Allen Martin, and many more.

Through this exhibition, LRFA pays tribute to the past decade, which could not have been possible without the unyielding support of their patrons, the passion and drive from their staff, and of course, the immeasurable talent and unwavering commitment of their artists.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through March 25.

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Nickelback's upcoming tour stop rocks this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Juggernaut rock band Nickelback is touring summer 2023 with stop in Dallas. Nickelback is back: Canadian-born rock juggernaut Nickelback is going on tour in summer 2023 to support their new album, Get Rollin'. Called the "Get Rollin’ Tour," it'll hit 38 cities, including Dallas on July 22 at Dos Equis Pavilion.

2. Behind the wall of greenery and other Dallas restaurant must-haves. If you're a Dallas restaurant in 2023, you're nowhere without a wall of greenery. Walls covered with greenery are among the features restaurants are deploying these days to lure in diners. Food is still the official reason people go out to eat, but restaurants these days are more experience-oriented. Here are few features being rolled out at restaurants around town.

3. Affluent Dallas neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. South Polk Pizzeria in Dallas' Oak Cliff slings perfect pies in pizza desert. Dallas has plenty of pretty pizza these days — but nearly all of it is found north of I-30. So let's hear it for South Polk Pizzeria, a new shop that opened in late December in Oak Cliff, at 3939 S. Polk St #527, just off US-67 and north of Loop 12, slinging the same kind of artisanal pies that are being slung across Deep Ellum, Oak Lawn, and North Dallas.

5. 12 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants score coveted James Beard Award nominations. The James Beard Foundation has revealed the semifinalists for its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards. A dozen Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants have been included in both national and regional categories. Here are the nominees.

Event celebrating Dallas' Braniff Airways a must for fashion & flying buffs

Fashion News

Dallas' original hometown airline is having a moment: Braniff International will celebrate its 95th anniversary with an event that promises to be a must for fashion and airline buffs alike.

Called The Braniff Style Tour & Fashion Show, it'll take place on March 11 at the Alexander Mansion, with David Preziosi, Braniff Airways Foundation Board Member and Executive Director of Texas Historical Foundation, presenting a program on what a release calls one of the most revolutionary airlines in history.

The event will include lunch and a mini fashion show featuring Braniff’s epochal flight attendant uniforms created by haute couture fashion designers Emilio Pucci and Halston.

Braniff International began in June 1928 with a small Stinson Detroiter single-engine six-passenger airplane that flew its first flight from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. It operated as an airline until 1982.

braniff airlines stewardess Braniff Airlines flight attendants decked out in stylish uniforms.Courtesy photo

Braniff Airways is now a branding/marketing, online retail and historic airliner tour firm with a portfolio of licensing agreements worldwide. Its history has been preserved by Braniff Airways Foundation, an organization created by Richard Ben Cass, a former pilot and Braniff collector and expert whose book Braniff Airways: Flying Colors was published in 2015.

The Foundation curates the Braniff International Heritage Archives, formerly Braniff Flying Colors Collection, which contains Cass' lifetime collection, and includes original Braniff Airways Advertising Department records and archives.

The collection was founded in 1972, and has become the largest and most comprehensive collection of Braniff memorabilia that includes more than 1000 crew uniforms.

The Foundation also acts as an advocacy group for Braniff buildings in danger of demolition, including the mid-century themed Braniff Operations and Maintenance Base in conjunction with lead Flying Crown Land Group.

In 2014, they authored a nomination for the Braniff Hostess College to determine its eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The Hostess College is undergoing a complete restoration and will become a public use facility in the future.

The fashion show promises lots of stretchy fabrics and zowie colors, while the lunch menu is a fun throwback, inspired by vintage Braniff flight menu, with chicken Romanoff, a garden vegetable medley, and strawberry cheesecake.

The Braniff Style Tour & Fashion Show is March 11. Doors open at 10:30 am, with the style show beginning promptly at 11 am, and lunch at 12 pm. Tickets are $60 for "First Class" (includes lunch) and $20 for "Coach" (style show only). Tickets are available online. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Alexander Mansion.

New play about Uvalde shooting takes the stage at DFW university


A TCU faculty member has written a new play called For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the Robb Elementary School, and it's premiering January 28 both in-person on-campus and online via streaming.

Playwright Ayvaunn Penn, who is part of the Theatre TCU faculty, also wrote a play in 2020 inspired by the Botham Jean shooting by police officer Amber Guyger.

The premiere staged reading of For the Love of Uvalde promises a similar evening of art for social change, paired with a panel-led community discussion. This staged reading will feature select songs and monologues from the show.

The original play uses testimonies to explore the aftermath and varying viewpoints of the families, politicians, and medical professionals affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU Chief Inclusion Officer; James McQuillen, director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana; Professor Lisa Devine, UNT Theatre for Social Change professor; and Shania Tari, M.S, LMFT-A & EMDR trained.

A collaboration between Theatre TCU, TCU School of Music, and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, the event is free to attend, though tickets are required and may be reserved here. It begins at 6:30 pm at PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the TCU campus.

El Progreso Memorial Library will also stream the event on YouTube so that community members may join and participate in the discussion and reflection.