The Dallas Art District, which spans 19 blocks, is the largest contiguous arts district in the U.S. At this cultural hub, visitors can attend countless exhibitions, museums, and also participate in art tours. Here are a few shows and museums that are well worth a visit.
Chocolate and Art Show
The Chocolate and Art Show has been established with the vision of providing local artists in various regions a platform to showcase their work, creating a network of artists, collectors, and art lovers. On August 29, 30, and 31, Dallas plays host to this exciting event that will boast the city’s hottest up-and-coming artistic talent. Apart from the art displays, the event will also feature live music, body and face painting, and best of all, free chocolate! The show will take place at Lofty Space, 816 Montgomery St.
Future Retrospective: Master Shen-Long
Master Shen-Long is a contemporary master of various disciplines, including painting, poetry, and calligraphy. His work, which pays both homage to and transcends the Chinese literati art tradition, is heavily influenced by Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian philosophies. Shen-Long’s innovations include an abstract ink method that he developed in the 1990s, through which he blurs the distinction between painting and sculpture. The effect is one of endless movement.
The exhibition, which kicked off on June 1 and will continue until August 1, is located at the Crow Museum of Asian Art and is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Texas.
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art was established in 1903, and is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country. It features a global collection including more than 24,000 works, with some pieces dating back as far as 5,000 years. Patrons can, view pottery and sculptures from the Middle East that were created between the 1st and 19th centuries AD; ancient American artifacts and jewelry that date as far back as 2,500 BC; contemporary art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; and much more.
The Art of Brick
The Art of Brick is a traveling art exhibition featuring art pieces constructed solely from LEGO bricks, by artist Nathan Sawaya. The exhibition consists of LEGO copies of famous artworks, such as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” as well as original pieces by Sawaya.
Guests can get their creative juices flowing by participating in games and building challenges, or enjoying the open play spaces in the interactive LEGO brick gallery, the “Science of Brick.” The exhibition, which is on display at The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, started on February 23 and will be running until August 18.
If you love art, a visit to the Dallas Art District is a must. Not only is it home to excellent art museums such as the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Crow Museum of Asian Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art, but also features countless temporary exhibitions and art shows.
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