A Brief Immersion in Art at the DMA

GPCI takes a 45 minute tour through the Dallas Museum of Art

Devany Solis, Contributing Editor

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On October 26th the group of GPCI scholars in the Art Appreciation class visited the Dallas Museum of Art. Upon arrival, we ended up only having around 45 minutes to explore and admire all 4 levels. Here are the things I was able to see, and the knowledge I gained in that brief amount of time.

HOPI visions

Hopi Visions; Journey of the human spirit exhibition. Captured by Stephan Malick via “artstudio.org”

One of the first pieces that truly caught my eye was a small section of the museum dedicated to Hopi art. Hopi are a Native American tribe that lived in Northeastern Arizona. The Hopi’s culture is largely characterized by their shrines and symbolic land forms. The exhibit displays the way of life for the Hopi, and does an excellent job at depicting the transformations that occurred when they first came in contact with Europeans. Most things on display are utensils such as bowls, along with a 48 ft mural.

Art of Communication

It is interesting to see the way trends spread in art, even more so when you think about how hard it would be to communicate across continents. The entire C3 gallery is dedicated to displaying different art pieces from 5 different continents and spanning over 6 centuries. Anything from vases, clothing, paintings, records, and telephones can be seen in this section. Art is such a broad and beautiful domain; this gallery proves that.

Impressionism

Water Lilies by Claude Monet, 1908

 

This technique in art depends on the way the viewer and an artist look at a piece. Perspective is everything when discussing impressionism. Landscape is an important aspect in this form of art. Life is about impressionism which is why it’s so interesting to see in paint.

 

 

Latin America

The DMA has an extensive collection of Latin American art. The term Latin-American meaning South and Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico along with Latin American artists living elsewhere. A large percentage of this art has to do with Catholicism. Faith and religion are two very important concepts to people of Latin American descent, which is shown beautifully in the artwork housed in this collection.