Get the inside scoop on everything new coming to the Crow.
Posted on Mar 27, 2018 By Rosa Oh
The Crow Collection of Asian Art, like so many other spots in the Dallas Arts District, is a can't-miss stop on any visit. Admission is always free and the museum showcases an impressive collection of Asian art. With an expansion planned for Fall 2018, I thought a refresher on the museum was in store. I sat down with Sara Kern, Marketing Manager at the Crow to learn about the history of the museum and where it's headed.
When did the Crow Collection open its doors to the public?
Nearly 20 years ago, on December 5, 1998, the Crow Family opened the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art as a permanent museum at 2010 Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District.
What regions of Asia does the museum focus on and are there any plans to expand the collection?
Our museum's unique permanent collections showcase the artistic achievements of more than 6,000 years of arts and cultures from across Asia, including works from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam. We have particular collection strength in later period Chinese Jades with almost 500 objects. We are always looking to expand our collections with museum quality pieces through donation or gift.
What does it mean for the Crow Collection of Asian Art to be in the heart of Dallas?
We're fortunate to be uniquely positioned in the center of Dallas' urban core. Our neighborhood, along with the surrounding communities in Uptown, Downtown and Deep Ellum, contains a strong collection of mutually-supportive districts. Each one has their own unique character and opportunity to improve accessibility to each other. That accessibility makes it easier for visitors and locals to enjoy the museum.
The museum is changing its name to the Crow Museum of Asian Art. Why the name change?
By changing our name this fall, we are taking the next step into the future as a museum transitioning more fully into the public's trust. We believe the name change reflects the breadth of our collection and programming but also the museum's wide and diverse community support.
What can visitors expect to see with the expansion?
The expansion will include a new downstairs gallery connecting the existing upper galleries with a beautiful wood-and-glass staircase and a new elevator. Adjacent to this new gallery, the Lotus Shop will return to the main building with Asian-inspired gifts and collectibles with a pedestrian-friendly street entrance.
Additionally, we'll be opening the new Pearl Art Studio, a place to experience and experiment. You can participate in workshops, classes, and art-making opportunities in the new art studio and it'll be open to everyone - families, visitors, locals, and artists. Date and details will be announcing this summer!
Why is the Crow Collection a great place to visit all year long?
We give the public an opportunity to learn something new about the arts and cultures of Asia every day, and we're always free.
What is something people don't know about the museum?
In our permanent collection, we have the second largest flawless crystal known in the world, at 11 3/8th inches in diameter (The largest is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.). This piece will be on display this fall.
What's the future look like for the Crow Museum?
We're looking forward to new exhibitions and programming this fall to celebrate the grand re-opening of the museum and our 20th anniversary! For now, come see the two exhibitions on display, Earthly Splendor: Korean Ceramics from the Collection and Fierce Loyalty: A Samurai Complete.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Tosei Gusoku Type Armor, Garniture of Abe Masatoshi (1700-1769), Lord of Fukuyama Fiefdom. Edo period (161501868), before 1750. Iron, lacquer, braided silk, brocade, leather, wood, horsehair, and metals including gold, golf leaf bronze, and silk.