I haven’t been this excited to share a blog post in a while. I haven’t ever been this excited about an art exhibition either. Since I first learned the exhibition Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde was coming to Dallas to the Dallas Museum of Art, I knew we would have to make our way there to appreciate the beautiful masterpieces on display. One way or another we were going!
Well finally, last week, I had the distinct pleasure of taking in all of these works of art in person. They were more beautiful than I had imagined. It took me over an hour to walk through the entire exhibition, and that’s saying a lot considering usually I can be done with an entire exhibit like this one in less than 20 minutes. It’s not that I don’t appreciate art, generally. This collection is just very special to me.
I mean, when was the last time you recall having an entire collection like this at a major Texas museum?
That’s right. You probably can’t remember another collection quite like this one. And I knew I wanted to make it over to Dallas before the exhibition closes on July 16.
I think I was pretty giddy the entire time. At one point I turned to Edgar and told him, “look, this is your culture!” And I was really proud to be able to say that. For the record, the museum did allow me to take all of these pictures. The art pieces that could not be photographed were clearly marked and none of those are photographed here.
My purpose in publishing these pieces here is to share them with all of you as well, and to definitely encourage you to stop by the Dallas Museum of Art if you’re in the area to take in these masterpieces in person. They will take your breath away.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
This past weekend, I viewed this exhibit for the third time. On each return visit, I noticed things that did not register before. There is just so much to see, so many styles, subjects, colors, cultural references, that one has to absorb it slowly, savoring each as a fine wine. Although I understand that this collection was assembled as part of a French-Mexican detente, its timing is even more important at this point in Mexican-US relations. I live in Dallas, and am a member of the Dallas Museum of Art. Because of that, I have been able to spend more than five hours over three visits enjoying this show. I recommend it to everyone, without qualification.