Dallas: Out of Art's Bounds
WHAT: "Dialogues: Duchamp, Cornell, Johns, Rauschenberg," at the Dallas Museum of Art.
WHEN: Sept. 4-Jan. 8
HOW MUCH: $10. Free Thursdays 5-9 p.m. and the first Tuesday of every month.
WHY GO: Twentieth-century artists Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg carried on an intense collaboration in their work, directly and indirectly, with Duchamp leading the way in challenging traditional boundaries. He "sort of changed the course of all the art we look at now," says senior curator Dorothy Kosinski. Through forms as apparently simple as a sealed box or as intricate as a three-dimensional assemblage, the artists influenced the dada, neo-dada, surrealist, abstract expressionist and pop art movements. The museum's exhibit features more than 40 works (mostly from its permanent holdings) and is designed to invite visitors into the artists' "overt and covert dialogues" in both sweeping and subtle ways.
DON'T MISS . . . Duchamp's "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors Even [The Green Box]" (1934), a compilation of papers, sketches, images and handwritten notes on his enigmatic "Large Glass." Duchamp (1887-1968), who was born in France but lived in the United States from 1942 on, is the most widely represented of the four artists, and his work inspired many of the ideas that the three younger artists explored. "Skyway" (1964) is an encyclopedia of themes Rauschenberg created for the World's Fair. Rauschenberg, born in 1925, juxtaposes images of John F. Kennedy, downtown construction, Rubens's "Venus With a Mirror" and a hovering astronaut in various shapes and tints to suggest multiple meanings, as the quartet loved to do.
EXTRAS: "Dialogues" promises to draw people into, behind and beyond the artists' work in a variety of ways: music, dance, film, poetry recitations and even an ongoing chess match--a nod to Duchamp's admiration of the game.
The museum is the cornerstone of the 60-acre Arts District, on the northeastern edge of downtown. Across Harwood Street is the Nasher Sculpture Center (2001 Flora St., 214-242-5100, http:/
GETTING AROUND: The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light-rail system ( http:/
EATS: The museum's Atrium Cafe goes well beyond standard lunch fare with such offerings as sun-dried-cherry chicken salad on fresh greens ($6) and sandwiches in the $7 to $8 range. A tonier choice is the museum's Seventeen Seventeen Restaurant (214-880-9018), with artistically presented, even sculpted, food. A full meal runs $30 to $40.
Downtown, Jeroboam (Main and Akard streets, 214-748-7226) is a brasserie serving lunch, midafternoon supper and dinner in the New American style: Sonoma chicken breast and spider crab relleno ($25), for instance, as well as a variety of grilled meats and seafood. Lunch entrees run $16 to $35; dinner, $25 to $40.
In Deep Ellum, you can eat well and feel at home for less than $10 a person at the AllGood Cafe (2934 Main St., 214-742-5362), which offers three meals a day and breakfast anytime.
SLEEPS: The elegant Fairmont Dallas (1717 N. Akard St., 800-114-1414, http:/
INFO: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., 214-922-1200, http:/
-- Margaret Roth