It’s often said that clothes make a person. That’s definitely true in the movies, as costumes help audiences immediately know who a character is. At the CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibit, visitors can experience 43 costumes from 27 period films across five centuries. Featured pieces include Johnny Depp’s costume from Pirates of the Caribbean, Emmy Rossum’s gown from The Phantom of the Opera, and examples from the Academy Award-winning movie The Duchess. The exhibit runs through August 12.
Ansel Adams is primarily known for his striking, black-and-white photographs of nature. However, between 1943 and 1944, he visited a Japanese American internment camp in California and took photos of internees, their living quarters and their daily lives. Dallas Holocaust Museum visitors can see these photographs as part of the Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams exhibit that runs through August 14.
Margaret and Eugene McDermott are the largest benefactors in the Dallas Museum of Art’s history. Their final gift to the museum was 32 pieces of work from 19th and 20th century artists. An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art is a free exhibit running until Feb. 17, 2019, and visitors can see work by such artists as Edgar Degas, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among others.
Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum has three summer exhibits slated to entice visitors. In Our Own Words (through October 7) showcases 26 printed portraits of North Dakota Indian nations by Daniel Heyman and Lucy Ganje. The Theatrical Wild West (through October 7) explores how Western entertainment affected the U.S. visual culture. Hedda Sterne: Printed Variations (through Jan. 27, 2019) features work of the noted avant-garde artist.
The Modern is one of my favorite museums because it consistently presents engaging and thought-provoking exhibits. Its latest, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats its Own Leg, is another example of the museum taking chances and opening up new worlds for visitors. Murakami’s art ranges from abstract to anime to pop art—straddling the avant-garde and commercial worlds. This exciting exhibit runs through September 16.
Plano’s Interurban Railway Museum offers visitors several interactive exhibits on electricity, science and Plano’s history. Speaking of history, the museum has completely rewritten its Plano History exhibit to include Native American history and expand its timeline to include the population increase the city experienced after the 1960s. Growing Plains: Plano’s Journey from Prairies to Prosperity runs until August 31.