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Through Jan. 7 Aquí/Ahora (Here/Now). Irving Arts Center presents a group exhibition which highlights local Latinx artists and Art Connection members: Alfredo Santesteban, Fannie Brito, Flores, José Angel Hernandez, Maria Ruenes and Ximena M. Peryea. The exhibited works spans a variety of media; painting, drawing, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture and photography are featured. The exhibit is in the Carpenter Hall Lobby at the Irving Arts Center is located at 3333 North MacArthur Blvd. Information:

Octavio Medellín
Octavio Medellín. Courtesy of Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University. Photographer: Jay Simmons
Through Jan. 15 Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form is on display through January 15, 2023 in the Tower Gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art. Octavio Medellín (1907-1999) was an influential Mexican American artist and teacher whose work helped shape the Texas art scene for six decades. The DMA is proud to present Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form, the first-ever museum retrospective for the noted sculptor. The exhibition will include approximately 80 works, exploring the evolution of Medellín's sculptural practice, his public art commissions, and his legacy as a beloved and respected teacher. The DMA is at 1717 N. Harwood St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information:

Through Jan. 15 Masterpiece in Residence: Velázquez's King Philip IV of Spain from The Frick Collection is at the Meadows Museum. Recently the Meadows Museum launched its Masterpiece in Residence loan program, which brings singular, exemplary works of Spanish art within American collections to the Meadows for deep examination within the context of its world-renowned collection. This fall, the series continues with the installation of a similarly rare and significant painting: King Philip IV of Spain (1644) by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660), on loan from The Frick Collection in New York. The portrait will be presented within the context of the museum's own masterpieces by Velázquez, which trace the artist's development from his arrival in Madrid in the early 1620s to his return from Italy, and the influence of Titian, during the middle of the century. The Meadows Museum is located at 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Information:

Through July 16 Exploring the power of kineticism in art and featuring 80 works drawn from the Dallas Museum of Art's permanent collection, Movement: The Legacy of Kineticism showcases the work of artists from three historical eras that utilize optical effects or mechanical or manipulable parts to engage the viewer physically or perceptually. The DMA is located at 1717 N. Harwood St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information:

Through Sept. 4 Discover the movie-making - and science - behind some of Pixar's most treasured films at the Perot Musuem of Nature and Science. Be inspired to infinity... and beyond! Explore the artistry, science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar. Presented by NexPoint, this interactive exhibition showcases the STEM concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's award-winning films to the big screen. Immerse yourself in the filmmaking process in the exhibition's eight sections featuring more than 50 interactive elements for an unparalleled view of Pixar's movie production. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios' production teams and come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode and WALL•E! The museum is located at 2201 N. Field St. Information:

Free First Saturdays Dec. 3 Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 11 a.m.-2 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 by leading support from the Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A, Trustee. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora St. Information:

The African American Museum in Fair Park has one of the largest collections of African American folk art in the country. The Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection, named for a founding board member, has grown to include more than 500 objects. Dr. Warren and Sylvia Lowe of Lafayette, Louisiana, Sally Griffiths and Dr. Bobby Alexander of Dallas, Texas have been major contributors. Pieces from the collection are rotated, twice each year, in the Sam and Ruth Bussey Gallery. Artists include Clementine Hunter, Mose Tolliver, Reverend Johnnie Swearingen, David Butler, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Isaac Smith to name a few. Information:
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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 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:

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:

Fierce Loyalty: A Samurai Complete is at Crow Museum of Asian Art. This permanent exhibition devoted to the art and culture of the Japanese samurai showcases one of the Crow Museum'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 Museum of Asian Art is located at 2010 Flora St. Information:

Trinity River Audubon Center Discover the Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Blvd. Trinity River Audubon Center Trails are now open. Make a Trail Hike Reservation and enjoy the center Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Gates close promptly at 2 p.m.) Outdoor bathrooms are available. Information:
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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:

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