Uptown has art galleries scattered around everyplace, both large and small.
1) The Crow Collection of Asian Art – The Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art is a museum located in the Arts District of Downtown Dallas and dedicated to showcasing art from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. The gallery features rotating exhibitions.
Currently, the gallery has two general exhibits, Fabled Journeys in Asian Art: East Asia and Fabled Journeys in Asian Art: South and Southeast Asia. These exhibits include paintings, sculpture, crafts, and carvings of ceramic, ivory, and jade from all across Asia.
The gallery also has three more specific exhibits currently: Dream Chamber: Chinese Bedroom Furniture from the 17th to 19th Century, Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, and Motion Pictures: A Handful of Drawings by Katsushika Hokusai. The museum is open Tuesday-Thursday 10 AM-9 PM and Friday-Sunday 10 AM-6 PM. Admission is free.
2) The MAC – The MAC, or McKinney Avenue Contemporary, is a stone’s throw away from Bailey’s. The MAC focuses on local, regional, and international contemporary artists who display innovation in their work. The MAC’s mission is to bridge the gap between the general public and the contemporary artists of today. The MAC first opened in 1994 and, since then, its exhibitions have been recognized by Art News, Art in America, and The New York Times. It has also won “Top 10” awards from the Dallas Observer, Dallas Morning News, and D Magazine.
The MAC’s current exhibition is its 2011 Membership Exhibition, wherein all of the MAC’s member artists are encouraged to submit themed works. This year’s theme is “Meltdown.” Hours are Wednesday-Saturday 11 AM-9 PM. Admission is free, but the suggested donation for adults is $5.
3) The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art – MADI is a movement in modern art known for its bright colors and geometric forms. MADI was founded by the artist Carmelo Arden Quin in the 1940s in Buenos Aires, Argentina. MADI’s mantle has since been taken up by artists from around the world. The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art is located along the Uptown trolley lines, a few blocks from Bailey’s, so reaching it is a breeze.
The Museum’s permanent collection features works from the movement’s founder as well as many other artists who flocked to Paris to join him when he immigrated to Europe. The Museum’s current exhibition is Derivatives: Origins in Geometry, which recognizes emerging artists in the field of geometric art. The Museum’s hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 11 AM-5 PM, Thursday 11 AM-7 PM, and Sunday 1 PM-5 PM.
4) Nasher Sculpture Center – The Nasher is the pride of Dallas’s Arts District. The Nasher was founded by Dallas civic leader Raymond Nasher, and many of the museum’s works of art come directly from Nasher’s personal collection. The museum consists of both outdoor and indoor gallery spaces.
The Nasher’s current exhibition is called Statuesque, and features works by six contemporary artists that focus on the human figure. The Nasher’s permanent collection also features the works of many renowned artists, including Willem de Kooning, Edgar Degas, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, Jeff Koons, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Andy Warhol. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults.