Arts & Culture

Explore Asian Art and Culture in Dallas

Dallas is alive with diversity and full of culture with endless experiences to see and do this fall.

Rosa Oh
Posted on Nov 15, 2017

Dallas is alive with diversity and full of culture with endless experiences to see and do this fall.


Crow Collection of Asian Art

Step back in time to some fascinating Asian art displayed at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Located in the heart of Dallas in the Arts District, the museum showcases an extensive collection of art from various Asian countries. With their first Asian piece purchased by the Crow family in the mid-1960s, their exhibit spans from historical to contemporary and has blossomed into a major tourist attraction. The Crow Collection of Asian Art also engages with the community with wellness programs, workshops and lectures.

On view until Jan. 7, 2018, is the impressive large-scale sculpture of Hidden Nature: Sopheap Pich. The formation of nature into art is a beautiful combination of precision and abstract.


Dallas Museum of Art

Cross the street to the DMA to see their impressive art collection spanning 5000 years. From jewelry to vases, the DMA carries a permanent Asian art collection that dates back to 2000 BCE. There's no shortage of inspiration as the DMA features numerous Asian activities and exhibits throughout the year.

Experience a three-day family-friendly Islamic Art Festival, Nov. 15-18 that features the museums' Keir Collection of Islamic Art. Immerse yourself in the history and culture with all your senses from inspired dishes at the cafe to a leisure exploration on Late NightsLate Nights. (Open until midnight every third Friday of each month)

Step into the Infinity Mirror Room to experience the work of Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins. The installation (on exhibit until Feb. 25, 2018) of vibrantly painted gourds and the use of mirrors will leave you in a patch of glow.

The silk road was about the trade of goods through the corridors of Asia and other countries. With these trades were also cross-cultural and influence exchange as well. The DMA invites you to a travel along the road of vibrant garments and ornaments from China, Japan and India at the Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road exhibition on display from Dec. 16, 2017 to Dec. 9, 2018 that showcases the trade of luxury.


The Samurai Collection

If you're in the mood for a patio scene with some bites and cocktails, head to the historical school built in 1920s and now the Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar. While you're there, venture to the second floor to the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum Samurai Collection. The intimate, free-to-visit museum has amassed over 900 pieces and is one of the largest complete collections outside Japan. On display, you'll view some well-preserved and intricate suits of armor that tells the story of some of the fiercest samurai warriors and the loyalty to their ruler.


Note: The Crow Collection, DMA and Samurai Collection is all FREE admission.

Header photo credit: Yayoi Kusama, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, Wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LED, Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore and Victoria Miro, London © Yayoi Kusama