November 10–January 19, 2014
Celebration of Life and Death: Selections from the Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art presents some of the finest examples of traditional Mexican art ever to be seen in East Texas. Seventeen states of Mexico are represented, from the deserts of Sonora to the rainforests of Chiapas. Through the ingenious use of everyday materials, artists and artisans create memorable works of art that celebrate both the vibrant joy of life and reverence for the deceased that pervade many Mexican cultures. This exhibition includes humorous scenes designed for Day of the Dead celebrations and ornately carved nativity sets, as well as toys, ceramics, and textiles used every day by the rural citizens of Mexico.
December 6–March 23, 2013
Organized by the TMA, Illuminating Nature: Recent Paintings and Works on Paper by Billy Hassell features close to 30 recent paintings, lithographs and mixed-media creations by Hassell, an artist noted for his large canvases and vivid color palette – including several freshly completed pieces never before seen by the public. Many of the notable works in the exhibition highlight the Dallas native’s best-known subject of birds, such as Road Runner South of Marfa, a painting the TMA added to its Permanent Collection in 2011.
Hassell selected the exhibition’s title to illustrate the complexity of his creative vision, which throughout his more than three-decade career has blurred the lines between the literal and conceptual representation of the flora and fauna of Texas.
Seniors & students: $3
Children (12 & under): Free