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Through 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.

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 Through Jan. 6 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.

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.

Through Jan. 6 Illuminate is a fascinating exhibit in the Gems and Minerals Hall of the Perot Museum of Science and Nature. Discover the science behind the stunning colors of minerals and see your friends and family illuminated by a giant kaleidoscope. See prehistoric life in a new light as the Life Then and Now Hall is transformed by elaborate projections on the T. rex and others. The Perot Museum is at 2201 N. Field St. in Dallas. Information: www.perotmuseum.org.

Charles Demuth, Buildings, 1930–1931, tempera and plumbago on composition board, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase Fund, Deaccession Funds/City of Dallas (by exchange) in honor of Dr. Steven A. Nash, 1988.21 Through Jan. 6 Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art examines American culture from 1910s through World War II, and explores how the advent of technology shaped architecture, design, painting and photography. The exhibition is at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: www.dma.org.

Günther Förg, Untitled, 2008, Acrylic and oil on canvas, Courtesy of Matthew B. Gorson Through Jan. 27 Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty surveys the prolific and provocative career of the late artist, who challenged the traditions of painting. This exhibition – the first major museum presentation of his work in the United States since 1989 – brings renewed attention to Förg's work, and is on view in the United States exclusively at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: www.dma.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.

Runo Lagomarsino, ContraTiempos, 2010, dia projection loop, 27 original images in a Kodak slide projection carousel with timer, photo credit: Amilcar Packer, Courtesy the artist, Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo and Francesca Minini, Milano. Through Feb. 17 Concentrations 61 at the Dallas Museum of Art is the first solo museum exhibition for Runo Lagomarsino, an internationally-based conceptual artist. His work transforms everyday objects and phrases into works of art that explore national identities, power and geography. Spanning two galleries, the exhibition features new commissions and previous works specifically reformatted for this event. The DMA is at 1717 N. Harwood St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: www.dma.org.

Oil Lamp in the Form of a Fabulous Beast, Iran, 12th–13th century, bronze, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.496 Through Apr. 16 The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery is the largest-ever exhibition of one of the world's most important private collections of Islamic Art. The collection includes luster pottery, painted miniatures and rare manuscripts dating back as far as the 14th century. This long-term loan to the Dallas Museum of Art makes it the third-largest repository of Islamic art in the United States. The DMA is at 1717 N. Harwood St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: www.dma.org.

Free First Saturdays Jan. 5 Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Look, learn and love your time at the Nasher every first Saturday of the month. Bring the whole crew to create, discover and make new memories together. Each month features a rotating schedule of things to see and do. Free First Saturdays is made possible in part by Bank of America. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora St. Information: nashersculpturecenter.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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