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Here’s What’s On In North Texas Art Museums This Fall 19

From surrealism to dada, doll houses to haute couture, the fall museum calendar is full of major exhibitions. For State of the Arts this week, Art&Seek reporters Jerome Weeks and Hady Mawajdeh joined me to chat about a few of the shows they’re looking forward to.

You can click above to listen to our conversation. Jerome was taken with the Meadows Museum’s exhibit of Salvador Dali’s small works. And we learned that Jean Arp, subject of a big retrospective at the Nasher Sculpture Center, is one of his favorite artists. He also schooled us on why black is such an important color in Spain, and in the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Balenciaga in Black” exhibit.

Hady discusses how photographer Laurie Simmons explores gender roles and identity in her retrospective at the Fort Worth Modern. And he’s fascinated by a piece in the upcoming Dallas Museum of Art show “Women + Design.”  Genevieve Howard makes a necklace out of a music score, and videotapes herself playing the same score on piano.

But these are just a few highlights. There’s SO much going on this fall. Calendar coordinators Therese Powell and Gila Espinoza combed through the Art&Seek calendar to create this super list to help you plan.


Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, Sept. 22-Dec. 31
A groundbreaking exhibition with a powerful message, “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” brings to life the story of slavery at Monticello through 300-plus objects, works of art, documents and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation.


From Remington to O’Keeffe: The Carter’s Greatest Hits, Oct. 5-May 26
During the renovation of the museum’s galleries, key selections from the permanent collection will be on view in the front galleries. Highlights include paintings, photographs, and sculptures, by some of America’s most renowned artists.


Big Empty Head, through Nov. 18
“Big Empty Head” is an exhibition of mixed media work, sculpture, and painting by Marilyn Jolly.  Jolly, a recently retired Associate Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Arlington, was head of the Painting area for 21 years.

Nature, through Nov. 18
“Nature” is a series of paintings by Adam Fung. These seas, glaciers, icebergs hover in a moment of static illusion that must be negotiated by the formal presence of an X. Each image presents a visual quandary for the viewer as the X reinforces the painted surface but its transparency allows the viewer to re-enter the painting as a window into another world. These landscapes no longer exist as depicted, having shifted in the duration a year of winter’s snow and summers melt. The larger question at hand is- in what form will these places exist, if at all, in the coming years, decades, or millenniums?

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“Superabundant Atmosphere,” by Jacob Hashimoto.


The Art of Lacquer, Sept. 28-Jan.6
Lacquerware objects from the museum’s collections to showcase one of the most enduring and distinctive forms of craftsmanship in the world.

Immortal Landscapes: Jade from the Collection, Sept. 28-Jan. 6
Carved jade representations of mountain landscapes and other forms in nature.

Avatars and Incarnations: Buddhist and Hindu Art from the Collection, Sept. 28-Feb. 24
An exploration of the concept of divine avatars in Hindu and Buddhist art.

Jacob Hashimoto: Clouds and Chaos, Sept. 28-April 7
A giant intricate sculpture and smaller woodblock prints and intaglio works illustrate the range and depth of Hashimoto’s work.

Our Asian Art Museum: The Crow at Twenty, Sept. 28-Aug. 11
Curated by community leaders in appreciation and recognition of the community’s contribution and support of The Crow since its opening.


Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank, through Aug. 1, 2019
The exhibition tells the story of Anne Frank using virtual reality to put you in Frank’s house. It also addresses current day issues of identity, exclusion, and discrimination.


Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art, Sept. 16-Jan. 6
This tour-de-force presentation examines American culture from the 1910s to the Second World War and reveals how the American love affair with new technology and mechanization shaped architecture, design, and the visual culture of the United States.  Includes key paintings by as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Demuth, and iconic works by the masters of straight photography such as Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, and Edward Steichen.

Concentrations 61: Runo Lagomarsino, EntreMundos, Sept. 30-Feb. 17
Runo Lagomarsino transforms everyday objects and phrases into historically referential works of art. Through these deceptively simple transformations, the artist points to the histories and narratives imparted by our transnational identities and the volatile relationship between power and geography.

Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty, Oct. 21-Jan. 27
This exhibition—the first major museum presentation of Günther Förg’s work in the United States since 1989—will bring renewed attention to his work by examining his legacy in relation to key issues of the 20th century, including postwar nostalgia and loss and the utopianism of high modernism.

Women + Design: New Works, Oct. 28-Feb. 17
An exhibition composed of recent works by seven contemporary female designers. It also features two newly commissioned pieces that will go on view for the first time by Iris van Herpen and Najla El Zein.

Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow, Nov. 18-Feb.24
Ida TenEyck O’Keeffe was recognized as a gifted artist during her life, but her efforts were overshadowed by those of her famous older sister, Georgia. This show brings to light rediscovered works by Ida O’Keeffe that reveal she crafted an artistic identity that was distinct, in style and subject matter, from that of her celebrated sibling.


Balenciaga in Black, Oct. 7-Jan. 6
The Kimbell has partnered with the fame fashion museum, Palais Galliera, to present more than 100 pieces of costumes and accessories, all black and hand-made from the Balenciaga fashion house.

Goya in Black and White, Oct. 7-Jan. 6
One of Spain’s most renowned painters was also revered as one of history’s greatest draftsmen and printmakers. This exhibition showcases more than 75 works on paper by Goya.


From Far & Near, through Oct. 21
An exhibit featuring the art of S. K. Sahni, and glass creations by Gary McClure.


Dalí’s Aliyah: A Moment in Jewish History, through Jan. 13
Commissioned lithographic prints to commemorate the founding of the State of Israel.

Dalí: Poetics of the Small, 1929-1936, through Dec. 9
The first in-depth exploration of the small-scale paintings of Salvador Dalí. The exhibition will include nearly two dozen of Dalí’s small-scale paintings which reflect Dalí’s distinctive Surrealist style—with familiar but distorted figures often set against a dramatic or barren landscape.

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“The Love Doll/Day 23 (Kitchen)” by Laurie Simmons.


Laurie Simmons: Big Camera, Little Camera, through Jan. 27

Simmons career-long exploration of archetypal gender roles, especially women in domestic settings, is the primary subject of this exhibition and is a topic as poignant today as it was in the late 1970s, when she began to develop her mature style by using props and dolls as stand-ins for people and places.

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Ptolemy, by Jean Arp, on view at Nasher Sculpture Center.


The Nature of Arp, Sept. 15-Jan. 6
A long-overdue look at the achievements of Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966), one of the most important and multifaceted artists of the modern era.  As a founder of the international Dada movement during World War I, Arp pioneered the use of chance, spontaneity, and collaboration as artistic processes and subsequently developed a vocabulary of curving, organic forms that was to become the lingua franca for several generations of artists.


Another Frontier: Frederic Remington’s East, Sept. 15, 2018-Sept. 8, 2019
Discover a little-known side of a famous Western artist. This must-see collection features stunning landscape paintings of Remington’s homeland in the North Country, as well as letters, photos, and diary entries.


Apertures of the Mind: Works by Abhidnya Ghuge, through Dec. 2
“Apertures of the Mind” features hand-carved woodblocks, ink and gouache drawings, and mixed media wall pieces.  The exhibition also will include a site-responsive installation constructed out of woodblock-printed paper plates.