A great thing about living in Dallas-Fort Worth is that there are so many art galleries just waiting to be visited. Exercise your mind this summer, cool off and appreciate gorgeous art styles from all around the world at each of these six modern art museums in DFW.
With large halls and spacious galleries, the Dallas Museum of Art boasts over 24,000 works of art. Oh, and free admission on top of that! With rotating special exhibits, there’s always something new to see at the DMA. Plan your visit around ongoing events from concerts and performances to workshops and lectures. My favorite DMA event is their Late Night event, when the museum stays open for music, socializing and tours until midnight on the third Friday of each month.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, locally known as The Modern, features art dating after WWII. The selected art is dedicated to understanding international developments throughout the years. Ironically, The Modern is the oldest art museum in Texas, dating back to 1892. Don’t miss incredible photo ops like “Kind of Blue” featuring nine LED signs with blue diodes or the grandiose “Book with Wings.” Pro tip: Before or after perusing the galleries, enjoy a meal at Café Modern and take in the view of the reflective pond and 40 foot-tall sculpture, “Conjoined” where two metal trees’ branches connect in mid air.
The Texas Sculpture Garden gives you a mix of contemporary sculpture and local artistry—showcasing some of Texas’s prominent artists. Though the art is the focal point of the Texas Sculpture Garden, you’ll also find gorgeous landscaping, lakes, and fountains throughout HALL Park, the 162-acre park that houses the Garden.
4. AT&T STADIUM
Though you might initially think of the Dallas Cowboys when someone mentions AT&T Stadium (I sure did!), after visiting you’ll see why it is so much more than that. AT&T Stadium boasts a unique way to view art. When the stadium was built, the owners requested modern art installations throughout. You’ll find that the art transforms the stadium into an architectural design experience, filling it with culture and beauty.
The Nasher is an indoor/outdoor sculpture gallery right next to the Dallas Museum of Art. This museum is renowned for having one of the finest modern and contemporary sculpture collections internationally, from key artists throughout the past 125 years. Like the DMA, the Nasher has a late night event called ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher on the third Friday of each month
The Irving Arts Center revolves around performing and visual arts. Its versatile space is a point of pride for the city as it allows it to display a variety of art. From local performances to global exhibitions, the Irving Arts Center is a cultural centerpiece in the city. Be sure to step outside and enjoy the sculpture garden—a two-acre oasis of vibrant pools and fountains.
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