Arts & Culture

7 Must-See Museum Exhibits for 2019

With a new year comes a slate of new museum exhibits designed to teach, entertain and inspire. Whether it is celebrating a fashion-icon, a long-forgotten female artist, or a beloved childhood toy, Dallas museums have something for everyone this year.

Jennifer Simonson
Posted on Jan 22, 2019

Dallas Museum of Art
Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist
February 24 - May 26, 2019

Have you heard of the great French Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot? If the answer is no, you are not alone. The leading figure in the Impressionist era was often overshadowed by male contemporaries like Claude Monet. However, at long last she will take center stage in the first dedicated presentation of her work to be held in the United States since 1987. Seventy paintings will showcase the artist's radical nature of experimenting with the concept of finished and unfinished as she painted portraits of Parisian women.

Jonas Wood
March 24 - July 14, 2019

The Los Angeles-based painter is known for his colorful depictions of the people, places, and things that populate his daily life. The exhibition traces the artist's fascination with psychology, memory and the self to shed light on a practice that is both deeply personal and universal. This is the first major solo museum exhibition of his work.

Dior: From Paris to the World
May 19 - Sept. 1, 2019

Fashionistas get ready. The upcoming Dior exhibit celebrates 70 years of the Haute Couture house's legacy and global influence. The exhibition will feature hundreds of dresses, accessories, photographs, original sketches and runway videos as it sketches the history of the iconic fashion house. It also profiles founder Christian Dior and subsequent artistic directors including Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferré, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Art of the Brick
February 23 - August 18, 2019

Unleash your inner child with a trip to the Perot Museum to check out the LEGO-centric exhibit, The Art of the Brick. Contemporary artist, Nathan Sawaya uses the colorful interlocking plastic bricks to recreate some of the world's most famous masterpieces such as Van Gogh's Starry Night and Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring. While you are there, try your hand at architecture with the interactive LEGO brick gallery Science of the Brick. 

Nasher Sculpture Center
Sterling Ruby: Sculpture
February 2 - April 21, 2019

If you did not get your fill of 3D art from The Art of Brick exhibit, head on over to the Nasher Sculpture Center for its Sterling Ruby: Sculpture exhibit. The American artist works with sculpture, ceramics, installation, textiles, clothing, painting, collage, photography and video. The 30 large-and moderately-scaled sculptures will be the first museum exhibition to highlight the great variety of his work.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Away From the White House: Presidential Retreats
March 6 - October 7, 2019

Get an inside glimpse on how U.S. presidents spent their time away from the White House. This special exhibit explores in-depth how presidents used four retreats – Camp David in Frederick County, Md., Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas, and Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine – for work rejuvenation and rest.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
55 Years | President Kennedy on Magazine Covers 1963 – 2018
Now through August 4, 2019

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (February 18, 2019), "55 Years" showcases how magazines have depicted President Kennedy during the past five decades. Often the focus of magazine covers and headlines throughout his political career, the visual timeline conveys how the symbolic memorialization of the 35th president has evolved over time to become an idealized reminder of the way we were.