Museum Day: Dallas Museum of Art

On a trip to Dallas recently (to shoot a pilot – yay Salvation!) I had a couple of days to explore the city. I was excited to hear about their free art museum downtown, the Dallas Museum of Art, so I took the free bus called the D-Link to check it out. Free is the best price! I wasn’t sure what to expect since it’s free – but it was amazing. Lots of variety, lots of wow factor in the pieces and the displays were focused and accessible. They have collections of African, American, Ancient American, Ancient Mediterranean, Asian, Contemporary, Decorative Arts and Design, European, and Pacific Islander art. Good job Dallas!

I love to photograph my favorite art pieces during a museum tour, especially now that none of the attendants seem to mind as long as there’s no flash! I only just realized that MarlaneDesign is a perfect place to record this inspiration. The photographs are obviously not as great at the art – you have to go to see it yourself 🙂

I also enjoyed their conservation studio where you could see paintings being restored and view some in 3-D in order to see the way they were framed and the special materials that might have been used instead of canvas. They also had delicious food at their cafe!

Check out my faves from the tour below:

Nature or Abundance by Leon Frederic

I love the assault of colors.

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Valle Buona, Near Bordighera by Claude Monet

The Impressionists are favorites in general so I enjoyed meeting this piece by Monet.

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Outside the Print-Seller’s Shop by Honore Daumier   

I wish I had taken a better photo of this, because I can’t even find one online. I love art that finds depth in darkness, and the Dickensian quality of this piece.

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Forest of Fontainebleau by Narcisse Diaz de la Pena

This is another one that had beautiful depth in the darkness and also didn’t photograph well. I was able to find a public domain version of it though, which is below.

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Photo credit: Wikimedia; The official position taken by the Wikimedia Foundation is that “faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain”. This photographic reproduction is therefore also considered to be in the public domain.

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Horse #6-82 by Deborah Butterfield

I want this sculpture in my backyard!

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The Irritation by Freddie Diaz

This sculpture is a part of their “Young Masters” exhibition, which highlights Advanced Placement artists from ten Dallas area high schools. This sculpture made from toothpicks really grabbed me with its combination of fragility and violence.

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Very Game of Thrones 🙂


Shrine from 18th-19th century India

I also want this in my backyard.

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Cabinet from 1700s Peru

I don’t actually want this because it would take up my whole house, but the detail is breathtaking!

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Detail from Vanderbilt Console late 1800s

I love the detail on this, very whimsical and dark for an otherwise stuffy piece of furniture.

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Fiestaware Salt and Pepper Shakers

I photographed these because I have some at home! California history.

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Emma in a Purple Dress by George W Bellows

I think this woman looks strikingly like Tilda Swinton, whom I love.

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Sardine by Charles Webster Hawthorne

This adorable painting is another one that didn’t photograph well, but I couldn’t find a better depiction online anywhere!

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Easy Edges chair by Frank O Gehry

This reminds me of something…

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…It only took the pet care community 40 years to take the hint!



Necklace by Fernando Campana

This full body necklace is so regal! I would say I want one, but I can see myself getting tangled up in it.

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Cabina dell’Elba cabinet by Aldo Rossi

Looks like an outhouse at first glance, but there is something appealing about it. Storybook quality.

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Mural outside museum

Nice outdoor place to have a coffee.

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Sculpture Outside Museum

Fun approach!

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Overall a very enjoyable day at the Dallas Art Museum! I recommend it!

One thought on “Museum Day: Dallas Museum of Art

  1. Norma N. says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed your time at the DMA! It was nice to see you in Dallas and I”m happy you enjoyed your time in my home city. This museum is a total gem and I’m so thankful it is free and open to the public. Having Klyde Warren Park across the street is also a great addition to the city of Dallas. Lovely paintings/art!

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