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Through Aug. 31 The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker, the Dallas Arboretum's summer exhibit, features spectacular hand-crafted wind sculptures by the most recognized creator of kinetic art in the world. Whitaker hand produces copper wind sculptures that are placed throughout, and juxtaposed with, the gardens. Each piece responds to the changing currents of the wind, creating movement that is sure to mesmerize. The Dallas Arboretum is at 8525 Garland Road. Information: www.dallasarboretum.org.

Photo courtesy of ArtCentre of Plano Through Sept. 22 The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection is on display at the ArtCentre of Plano, 902 E. 16th Street. A selection of artworks and objects from the collection will be on view. The exhibition focuses on the important cultural significance of the era that became known as the Harlem Renaissance (1918-37), and highlights the brilliant community of scholars, artists, writers, and activists that made it so. Information: www.artcentreofplano.org.

Through Sept. 23 At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase is at the Meadows Museum at SMU. The exhibition explores the influence Fortuny had on Chase by displaying the latter's Idle Hours - which is generously on loan from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth - next to the earlier, Spanish painter's Beach at Portici, recently acquired by the Meadows Museum. The two are shown together for the first time. Both artists had a remarkable talent for capturing light, whether it was on the coastline of Italy or of Long Island. Although the two painters never met, their artistic kinship transcended time and distance. The Meadows Museum is at 5900 Bishop Blvd. Information: meadowsmuseumdallas.org.

Through Oct. 1 First Ladies: Style of Influence at the George W. Bush Presidential Bush Center examines the role of the first lady - its development over time, and the ways first ladies have advanced diplomacy and social initiatives. Explore how acting as hostess, teammate and advocate has made real changes in our culture and politics. In addition to fascinating photos and historic documents, you'll see Eleanor Roosevelt's evening gown, Dolly Madison's snuff box and more. The Bush Center is 2943 SMU Blvd. Information: www.bushcenter.org.

Through Dec. 2 Murillo at the Meadows: A 400th Anniversary Celebration. December of 2017 will witness the 400th birthday of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), luminary of Golden Age Seville. The Meadows Museum is in possession of five of this star painter's works, more paintings by him than any other museum in the United States. This exhibition celebrates this painter by exhibiting the extraordinary holdings by Murillo at the Meadows together with paintings by his Sevillian contemporaries, thus resituating the artist within the artistic context with which he remains so intimately associated. The exhibition is at the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Boulevard on the SMU campus. Information: www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org.

Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie, Journey of the Human Spirit – The Emergence (Panel 1), 2001, Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of the Museum of Northern Arizona © Gene Balzer Through Dec. 2 Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit at the Dallas Museum of Art features a mural painting by Hopi artists Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie displayed for the first time outside of Arizona. The 48-foot-wide work was inspired by wall paintings preceding European contact, and it depicts the history of the Hopi people - from their mythic emergence, through the arrival of Europeans, to the rebirth of old traditions. The mural is complemented by ancient to contemporary objects from the DMA's collection. The museum is at 1717 N. Harwood St., a short walk from St. Paul Station. Information: www.dma.org.

Through Jan. 6 Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is exactly what the name implies. Based on groundbreaking research, the exhibition reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in South America, Africa and Madagascar. It's a fascinating study of species that are unfamiliar to most North Americans, and the ways that continental drift affected the evolution of dinosaurs. Highlights include 15 dinosaur casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, lifelike recreations of the dinosaurs in the flesh, touchable fossils, play spaces for kids and more. This awesome exhibition is presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota. The Perot Museum is at 2201 North Field St. in Dallas. Information: www.perotmusuem.org.

Paul Signac, Mont St. Michel, Setting Sun, 1897, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc.
Paul Signac, Mont St. Michel, Setting Sun, 1897, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art,
The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc.
Through Feb. 17 An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art presents the magnificent final bequest of the Dallas Museum of Art's largest benefactors. Thirty-two 19th- and early 20th-century artworks include paintings, sculptures and works on paper. The exhibition features pieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Henry Moore, among many others. The DMA is at 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: www.dma.org.

Target First SaturdaysSept. 1 Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Each month, families have the opportunity to focus on a "Big Idea," through a hands-on craft, take-home activity and a scavenger hunt. Discover and discuss each month's Big Idea on an interactive tour for the whole family. Exercise your detective skills to search the Nasher for art related to the month's Big Idea, and complete the hunt for a special prize. Express yourself by creating unique artworks connected to the month's Big Idea. Share in the joy of reading with storytellers from the Dallas Public Library. Join in the fun with an exciting, NasherKids Live! performance for families and young children. Live artist demos let you see how sculpture is made and feel the materials artists use at our live artist demos. Enjoy yoga with YogaSport among masterpieces of modern sculpture in the beautiful Nasher Garden. And when you're hungry, treat your little ones to kid-friendly NasherKids cuisine at Nasher Cafe.
Sept. 1 Big Idea: Family, Art Project: Family Frames
The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org.

Sept. 1-2 Dino Fest is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science's inaugural celebration of all things dinosaur. Meet paleontologists and get a first look at the new Paleo Lab, take in a paleo talk in the Beer Garden, tour the exhibits, and play dinosaur trivia. Kids can become junior paleontologists as they practice their excavation skills, learn about arctic dinosaurs from paleontologists, and create dinosaur-themed crafts. The Perot Museum is at 2201 N. Field St. in Dallas. Information: www.perotmuseum.org.

Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), Gala and the Angelus of Millet Immediately Preceding the Arrival of the Conic Anamorphoses, 1933. Oil on wood, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24.2 x 19.2 cm). National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 1975, 18456. Photo: NGA © 2018 Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society Sept. 9-Dec. 9 Dali: Poetics of the Small, 1929-1936 at the Meadows Museum at SMU is the first in-depth showing of Salvador Dali's small-scale works. The collection of the Surrealist's small paintings all display his unmistakable style, and the exhibition examines his potential sources of inspiration. The Meadows Museum is at 5900 Bishop Blvd. Information: meadowmuseumdallas.org.

Sept. 22-Dec. 31 Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is a major exhibition at the African American Museum. With more than 300 artifacts, works of art and documents unearthed at Jefferson's famous plantation, it brings history to life. The acclaimed exhibition was a popular attraction at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2012, and it has been updated with new content. The African American Museum is the first to host the new touring exhibition. The museum is at 3536 Grand Ave. in Fair Park. Information: www.aamdallas.org.

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages that features award-winning authors and acclaimed performers. Hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art, the series is noted for its creative, interdisciplinary programming - combining literature with visual arts, music and film. Coming up:
Nov. 14 Ina Garten, the country's most beloved culinary icon, author of ten New York Times bestselling cookbooks, and host of the popular Emmy and James Beard Award–winning Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics show on Food Network, is coming to Dallas in celebration of her newest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro. Joined by a moderator, Garten will share stories that bring you behind the scenes of life in the Hamptons, filming her television show, writing bestselling cookbooks, and enjoying food with friends and family. An audience Q&A will directly follow the interview. Location: McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, SMU
The museum is at 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: www.dma.org.



The Being Human Hall. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science unveils its first completely transformed exhibit hall since opening in 2012. There are twice as many interactive displays, tons of innovative content, and dozens of experiences offered in English and Spanish. Explore what it means to be human! Highlights include a rare display of a human brain with an intact spinal cord, and a virtual reality journey into the South African caves where anthropologists discovered a new human relative. Speak into an interactive device that lets you "see" your voice. Use your brain waves to fire off pulsing lights. And marvel at a dozen authentic stone tool artifacts, some more than a million years old, displayed by a replica of our famous relative "Lucy." The Perot Museum is at 2201 North Field St. in Dallas. Information: www.perotmuseum.org.

Fierce Loyalty: A Samurai Complete is at Crow Collection of Asian Art. This permanent exhibition devoted to the art and culture of the Japanese samurai showcases one of the Crow Collection's most recent and spectacular acquisitions - a complete set of samurai armor, one of the finest examples of its kind anywhere in the world. The suit of armor was originally created for Abe Masayoshi (1700–1769), the daimyo (a powerful landholding ruler) of Bingo province from 1715 until his death. In addition to components crafted by the best metalsmiths of the day, the armor includes a hoshi kabuto, or traditional Japanese helmet, made by the renowned armorer Neo Masanobu. The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located at 2010 Flora St. Information: www.crowcollection.org.

Trinity River Audubon CenterFree Third Thursday Discover the Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Blvd. Admission to the center is free on the Third Thursday of every month. Enjoy activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your lunch, and enjoy the shady riverbend picnic site, overlooking the Trinity River. Information: 214-398-TRAC (8722) or tx.audubon.org.

Dallas Arts District First and Third Saturday of every month The Arts District Architecture Tour. Presented in partnership with the Dallas Center for Architecture, this 90-minute Dallas Arts District architecture walking tour is led by a trained tour guide and will examine buildings from the 1890's to the present day. You will explore the architectural detail of the District as well as the institutions, individuals and visionaries who are a part of this fascinating story. Tours are held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the ceremonial entrance to the Dallas Museum of Art (Flora and Harwood). The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and is held rain or shine. More information: www.dallasartsdistrict.org.

Visit www.dallascfa.com to make your reservation. Reservations and payment must be made in advance.


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