Dallas Museum of Art hosts monumental September for exhibitions

gselling obscure galleries months in museums across the country, many organizations – including our beloved Dallas Museum of Art – have started looking at their own rich collections to create exhibits for the reopening of the world. That moment seems to have arrived, and the DMA is presenting a multitude of shows this fall, covering the whole range of cultures and periods, including two in particular: “Focus on Henry Ossawa Turner” (until January 2) and “Point, Line, Plane: The William Jordan and Robert Brownie Bequest ”(September 26 to January 9). Plan a visit after September 26 and you can see all five captivating and inspiring exhibits.

Scroll on for details on Dallas’ must-see shows this fall.

“The Grateful Poor” by Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1894 (courtesy Art Bridges Collection)

“Focus on: Henry Ossawa Tanner”

Until January 2, 2022

Two works by one of the most revered African-American painters, Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), recently received extensive conservation treatment and subsequent study by the DMA team. DMA’s paintings The Thankful Poor (1894), on loan from the Art Bridges Foundation (which also funded curatorial efforts) and Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures (1908) are paired in an intimate installation. Due to the harsh racism of this era and the many professional challenges Tanner faced, the artist moved to Paris when he was in his thirties. These two works show his evolution and the commonalities that have remained evident throughout his career.

Dallas Museum of Art in September
Jackson Pollock’s “cathedral” in 1947

“Point, line, plane: the William Jordan and Robert Brownlee legacy”

September 26, 2021 – January 9, 2022

This exhibition was conceived as a beautiful and poignant tribute to the eminent art historian William B. Jordan and his
husband, Robert Dean Brownlee. They gave the DMA a generous donation of nearly 70 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary. The couple were avid art collectors, and Jordan served as founding director of the Meadows Museum and deputy director and chief curator of the Kimbell Art Museum. He was also an esteemed administrator of the DMA. Over the decades, they have amassed an incredible assortment of art from Salvador Dalí, Jackson Pollock, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse and Berthe Morisot. This exhibition highlights the representation of the figure and a dialogue through a variety of media.

Three additional fall exhibitions from the DMA archives:
– “Slip Zone: A New Look at Postwar Abstraction in the Americas and East Asia” (September 14, 2021 – July 10, 2022)

– “Bosco Sodi: La fuerza del destino” (September 14, 2021 – July 10, 2022)

– “Naudline Pierre: What could be has not yet appeared” (September 26, 2021 – May 15, 2022).

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