The Dallas Museum of Art exists to celebrate the visual culture of our state and country. Established in 1963, the Museum has grown to include one of the largest collections of works of contemporary and internationally recognized artists in the United States. The goal of the museum is to present an entire spectrum of art, thereby giving an opportunity to people of all ages to experience art in its true form. The Dallas Museum of Art exudes an air of dignity, while maintaining a personal approach to presenting art to the public. The mission statement reads: “The mission of the Dallas Museum of Art is to present the art of tomorrow in the form of fresh, meaningful, visual experiences that will astonish and stimulate the imagination and understanding of all who view it.”
There are two major components to the mission statement of the Dallas Museum of Art, which is the collection and interpretation of world famous works of art. It is a non-profit organization that protects the collection of paintings and other artifacts from damage due to fire or theft. The Dallas Art Museum also interprets art through research, education, and connection to native American culture and history. The museum maintains an extensive website that includes a description of the collections, a list of participating artists, and photographs of selected artwork. This website also includes a listing of frequently touring programs, studio hours, artist talks, and other information specific to the Dallas area.
Moving day for the Museum of Art was extremely disconcerting to some of the patrons. Several paintings had to be transported from the new museum to the old one and vice versa. In addition, several items from the old wing of the Museum were moved to storage facilities across the street to make room for the renovation. In one case, two historic houses were torn down to make way for the reconstruction. Due to the magnitude of the undertaking, only the core collections of the museum were moved and restorations took place in several areas of the museum, including the lobby, floor galleries, and street level.
Many people have criticized the Museum of Art for being too focused on commercial gain. However, the Museum of Art has stated that commercial gain is only one of its goals. Its mission is to preserve and safeguard America’s richest and most important collections for the future generations of Americans. The museum’s comprehensive exhibits not only showcase recent art styles and designs, but also showcase the entire art history of the United States.
The major portion of the collection has been transferred to permanent display locations that include five floors dedicated entirely to art history, the U.S. Presidents’ House, as well as two outdoors exhibits. The permanently displayed collections include paintings by impressionists such as Monet, Warhol, and Giacometti, art from the Pre Declaration era, early American furniture, early Native American and African art, European and U.S. Civil War artifacts, as well as a wide variety of other genres. Other collections include works from places in Europe such as the Russian stacking house, which is almost two miles long, as well as in Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Russia, China, Tibet, Turkey, Japan, Vietnam, India, South Africa, as well as from many other countries. The museum’s Caribbean region houses a vast array of maritime art, which was featured in episodes of the television series Mad Men.
The museum’s Western region features art from the Shioda period, the Meiji period, and the mid-twentieth century. The late 19th century western art collection includes a large number of western European paintings, which were inspired by things such as the California Gold Rush and the Santa Fe Indian pottery. One section of the art collection showcases the works of forgotten artists such as Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, and Arthur Rackham. Other sections focus on early jazz, African-American art, and the history of European contemporary art.