New Fall Art Exhibits in Dallas

Mid-century modern furniture, 16th century Spanish paintings, and 21st century technologically advanced art exhibits proves that this art season has something for everyone.

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 By Jennifer Simonson

While the onset of fall does not necessarily mean cooler weather, it does mean the official start of art season. Last time we checked, all the museums have air conditioning making them a great place to hang during a warmer fall day. Here are some of the best art exhibitions opening this fall. 


Focus On: Alex Katz
Sept.15, 2019 - March 22, 2020
Dallas Museum of Art

In September the DMA's Focus On series will highlight the work of an artist from the Greatest Generation. The exhibition of 91-year-old painter Alex Katz brings together a number of themes that characterize his work: portraits, landscapes, cut-outs and party scenes. The American painter will make an appearance in Dallas as an honored artist at the 2019 TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art fundraiser gala on Oct.26.

El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from The Bowes Museum
Sept.15, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020
Meadows Museum

There is no need to jump on a plane to Europe to see great Spanish art. The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University will exhibit 11 paintings by some of Spain's best artists this fall. The exhibition features artists such as Juan de Borgoña (c. 1470–1536), El Greco (1541–1614), and Francisco de Goya (1746–1828). Pieces dating back to the early 16th will be displayed in the U.S. for the first time.

Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life
Sept. 19, 2019 – Jan.10, 2020
Nasher Sculpture Center

Mid-century design lovers, if you only see one exhibition this fall make sure it is this one. Italian-born American Harry Bertoia was one of the most prolific artists of the postwar period. This exhibition brings together his one-of-a-kind jewelry, furniture and sculptures in a large-scale, mid-century bonanza.

The Kinsey Collection of African American Art
Sept. 20, 2019 - March 1, 2020
African American Museum

The Kinsey Collection of African American Artuses art and history to tell the often untold story of African American's achievements. The exhibit uses historical objects, paintings, sculptures, rare books, letters, and manuscripts to explore African American history and culture from before the formation of the U.S. to present times.


Sorolla in the Studio: An Exceptional Loan from an Important Spanish Collection
Oct. 18, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020
Meadows Museum 

In conjunction with El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from The Bowes Museum, this exhibition explores the trajectory and depth of Spanish art. Anchored by Joaquín Sorolla's 1902 painting Female Nude, which marked an important moment in his career, this exhibition examines Sorolla's development of his distinctive modern approach to art.

Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop: Dreamline
Oct. 20, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2020
Dallas Museum of Art

Canadian painter Wanda Koop's work depicts how modern urban society intersects with the natural environment. TheConcentrations presents work by artists in their first U.S. solo museum exhibition. 


12 Days of Christmas
Nov. 9, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2019
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

If you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit, just head to the Dallas Arboretum where half-a-million twinkling lights, a 30-foot tree, and a dozen gazebos filled with French Hens, Drummers Drumming and Swans-A-Swimming will surely fill you with holiday cheer. In addition to all the old favorites, this year the Arboretum's 12 Days of Christmas will debut a new European-inspired Christmas Market. Browse the charming shops in the quaint European hamlet. During the weekends and evenings, volunteers dressed as shopkeepers will be there to hand out goodies from each of the stores.

Speechless: different by design
Nov.10, 2019 - March 22, 2020
Dallas Museum of Art

Explore the ways we connect to the world around us through our senses in this multi-sensory, interactive, and immersive experience. The design exhibition explores the vast spectrum of sensory experiences and presents unique opportunities for discovering new perspectives through communication beyond speech and words. It is suitable for visitors of all backgrounds and abilities

Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime
Nov. 15, 2019 - July 5, 2020
Dallas Museum of Art

Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto will transform part of the Dallas Museum of Art with a 153-foot mural. The artist will use 24 shades of blue as she shifts from dark to light to give the impression of the transition from night to day. The walls will be decorated with intricate pen drawings of celestial beings such as stars and clouds. Low-level audio of running water, rustling leaves and birds will further enhance the artist's exploration of life and natural cycles.

Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask
Nov. 23, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2021
Dallas Museum of Art

There is more than meets the eye in this season's second mashup of art and science. The DMA and UT Southwestern Medical Center are joining forces to showcase traditional African helmets that were worn for funerals, harvest celebrations and secret events. At first glance it looks like the masks are simply decorated with female figures, cowrie shells and imported glassware. CT scans of the masks, however, reveal unexpected materials beneath the surface and objects contained in the attached animal horns that empower the mask.

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