Every year the DMA hosts a wide array of traveling exhibitions so at any given time, there may be several special exhibitions on display. You can find what is currently at the museum by visiting the website. In addition to exhibitions, the museum boasts more than ten permanent collections that show off art from around the world. Here is a sampling of those collections.
The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery: This private collection of Islamic art is currently on long-term loan to the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibits selected works from the 18th and 19th centuries offer a view into artistic practices and production in Iran, India and the Ottoman Turkish lands during the beginning of the modern era.
Ancient and Native American Art: The works in this collection extend from northern Mexico through South America from 1500 BC until 1550 AD.
Art of the Americas: More than 4,000 pieces of art spanning 3,000 years represent the artists' achievements and cultural heritage of 16 counties in the Western Hemisphere.
Arts of Africa: Objects in the world-renowned African collection were chosen for both their visual appeal and cultural significance. In contrast to Western "art for art's sake," tradition-based African art served as an agent of religion, social stability or social control.
Asian Art: The museum's Asian art collection comprises a notable selection of Japanese and Chinese works along with Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art. The works range from the first few centuries BC to modern day.
American and European Art: With a concentration of 18th and 19th-century works, DMA's collection of American and European art dances from paintings to sculptures to works on paper. Most notably the collections contain works by Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georgia O'Keeffe and Claude Monet.
Contemporary Art: The contemporary art collection is one of the museum's major holdings. It encompasses painting, sculpture, works off-paper, media-based works and installations.