There are several amazing art exhibits right here in DFW this summer that are 100% worth the (short) trip! It’s one thing to study, interpret, respect and admire art from afar, but that up-close and personal experience always surpasses my expectations and yields a new level of appreciation I never imagined.
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM | June 16 – September 15
This is the first exhibit in more than 20 years dedicated to the final phase of Monet’s career. What an absolutely incredible and awe-inspiring experience this was for me! To be able to stand before the exact canvases that Monet carried through his gardens, and be able to dissect the intent of each of his brush strokes was a seemingly surreal experience. The beauty of these masterpieces is something you can only begin to comprehend through experiencing it first-hand. My mind is still trying to absorb what I was so fortunate to be able to witness with my own eyes (and soul)! Do yourselves a favor, and do not miss this exhibit — you won’t be disappointed!
DALLAS MUSUEM OF ART | May 19 – October 27
I haven’t had a chance to visit this one yet, but I assure you I will! This exhibit observes over 70 years of the House of Dior’s legendary legacy, and is said to feature an incredible collection of almost 200 haute couture dresses (insert heart-eyed emoji), as well as different accessories, original sketches, photographs, past runway videos, and other archival material. I’ve always known Christian Dior’s luxurious designs are nothing short of fabulous, but learning that his work was historically a “revolutionary celebration of modern femininity when they emerged in Paris after World War II,” makes me all the more eager to see these iconic works of art in person!
THE GALLERY AT MCL GRAND | August 31 – October 19
If I could go back in time to experience a musical event in history, I think the Texas International Pop Festival would be extremely high up on the list. Just two weeks after Woodstock, on Labor Day weekend in Lewisville, about 150,000 hippies and music lovers came together for three days to experience live performances by Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Chicago (just to name a few). This year, Lewisville is celebrating this fest’s 50th anniversary with a weekend-long festival and even longer art exhibit! This unique exhibit at the MCL Grand will have archival video footage, rare photographs, apparel, artifacts and oral histories that will give us a glimpse of what it might have been like to attend that “life-changing” music festival in 1969. I believe my music-loving soul is anxiously awaiting this event the most!
PEROT MUSEUM | February 23 – September 2
This critically acclaimed exhibit is sure to entertain the entire family, and it’s one that I am personally pretty excited about. The Art of the Brick, created by artist Nathan Sawaya, is a traveling exhibition that features original pieces and famous works of art throughout history that have been recreated using only LEGO bricks (hello, nostalgia)! Some of the artists’ recreations include the Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, as well as originals like a gigantic self-portrait of his head and a T-Rex — all made entirely out of LEGOs, of course. Throw on some tunes from your childhood, and head on over to the Perot Museum for the ultimate blast from the past experience!
ARLINGTON MUSUEM OF ART | June 21 – September 15
This is another cool event, held in Arlington, that I’m very eager to explore! Keith Haring is an American artist and social activist who rose to fame in the early 1980s through his graffiti art in New York City (which is pretty cool, in my opinion), and is considered a leading artist in the East Village Art scene during the 1970s and 1980s. His iconic pop-graffiti art is so fun and intriguing, with his use of bold figures and symbols against colorful and vibrant cartoon imagery. This exhibition, which includes over 50 original pieces and explores his use of metaphorical imagery to address certain “heavy” social topics, will surely captivate and stimulate your thoughts and emotions.
MUSEUM OF GEOMETRIC AND MADI ART | July 26 – October 20
This juried competition focuses on geometric abstract artwork and recognizes emerging visual artists who have excelled in this platform. The exhibit at the museum will feature the artists who have been selected as finalists, as well as allow them to receive more exposure through inclusion in the museum’s website. As an artist myself, I love supporting rising artists, and I have always enjoyed exploring other artistic styles and uses of different mediums. This world is full of incredibly talented people just waiting to be discovered — you just have to go out and find them!