PROGRAM KEY

red_square Featured Lectures  |  green_square Gallery Talks  |  yellow_square Special Programs  |  blue_square Member Programs

visually impaired symbol Inclusive programs for people with visual impairments   |   Assisted Listening Systems symbolPrograms offering assistive listening devices

PLEASE NOTE: Many different organizations use our public spaces for their programs; this calendar lists only museum programming. If the event you seek is not listed here, please visit the web site of the sponsoring organization for more information.

PUBLIC TOURS – SUNDAYS, 2 P.M. Tour of the permanent collection. Free

PUBLIC TOURS WITH GALLERY HOSTS – THURSDAYS, 6:30 P.M.
Public tour of the special exhibition. During Thursday evenings when admission is free, Gallery hosts are available to address your questions about the permanent collection and exhibitions. Free

FEBRUARY 2018

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Thursday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.
red square LECTURE
Mariano Fortuny’s Beach at Portici
Santiago Alcolea, director, Institut Amatller d’Art Hispànic, Barcelona
The essayist Émile Bergerat deemed Fortuny the only artist to succeed in fixing the sun on his canvases, which he described as having more light in them than the sky itself. This lecture will discuss the Meadows Museum’s new acquisition Beach at Portici which represents the apex of Fortuny’s research into the painting of sunlight and is a masterwork among a select group of paintings in which the artist turned toward subjects from his personal life. Left unfinished at his death in November of 1874, Beach at Portici is Fortuny’s last testament in paint and his artistic legacy.
Free; reservations required at 214.768.8587. Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

 

Sunday, February 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

MARCH 2018

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Thursday, March 1, 5:30 PM
purple square MUSIC AT THE MEADOWS
Oldovini Organ Recital
Larry Palmer, professor emeritus of harpsichord and organ, SMU
Enjoy these special opportunities to experience centuries-old music on an eighteenth-century organ surrounded by masterworks in the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection.
Free
Virginia Meadows Galleries

 

Friday, March 2, 12:15 PM
green square GALLERY TALK
Women of the Art World and Works of Baroque Seville
Alicia Zuese, associate professor of Spanish, Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences
Free with regular Museum admission
Jake and Nancy Hamon Galleries

 

Thursday, March 8, 6:00 p.m.
purple square SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE LECTURE
Consorting with the Enemy: Islamic Art in the Medieval Treasury of San Isidoro de León
Julian Raby, Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art
Description to come
Free; reservations required at 214.768.8587
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

 

Friday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
purple square SYMPOSIUM
The Medieval World in a Spanish Context
Ana Cabrera, Th­e Victoria & Albert Museum/Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Madrid
Jordi Camps, chief curator of Romanesque art, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Heather Ecker, principal, Viridian Projects
Charles T. Little, curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Therese Martín, tenured scholar, Spanish National Research Council, Madrid
Christine Sciacca, ­ associate curator of European art, 300–1400 CE, The Walters Art Museum
Shannon Wearing, affiliate, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Organized by Amanda W. Dotseth, the Meadows/Mellon/Prado curatorial fellow, this symposium brings together international scholars on the art of the Middle Ages to explore the breadth of objects found within the context of Spanish collections, both medieval and modern. From Islamic textiles and metalwork to North African ivory, manuscripts of varied manufacture, and Scandinavian red deer antler, the materials and production methods found in Spanish contexts reflect the diversity of the medieval world.
Free; reservations required at 214.768.8587
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

 

Friday, March 9, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
purple square ACCESS PROGRAM
visually impaired symbol Re-Connections
Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners, and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering. Attendees visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, explore the galleries, and enjoy an informal gallery activity.
Free; reservations encouraged at 214.768.3980 or museumaccess@smu.edu
The Gates

 

Sunday, March 11, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

 

Thursday, March 22, 6:00 p.m.
red square LECTURE
From Rodin to Plensa: Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum
Steven A. Nash, former director, Palm Springs Art Museum; founding director, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
Laura Wilson, photographer, Dallas
Join us for a special double lecture as we launch the publication of From Rodin to Plensa: Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum. ­This beautifully designed permanent collection catalogue features new research by Nash about the objects in the Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture collection, along with artistic photographs of the sculptures by Wilson. ­The stunning images Wilson captured for this exceptional book set it apart from a typical catalogue, making it a work of art in its own right. Each will share their experiences working on the project. ­This program will be followed by a reception and book signing with the author and photographer; books can be pre-purchased when making reservations.
Free (does not include book); reservations required at 214.768.8587
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

 

Friday, March 23, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
purple square WORKSHOP
Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Meadows Museum again collaborates with The Cedars Union on a community event to teach people how to edit, update, and add articles on Wikipedia, in order to bring meaningful change to the knowledge available about female artists and art world figures, and encourage greater female editorship on Wikipedia. All are welcome, regardless of experience, gender or background. Event is come and go.
FREE; learn more and register
Constantin Foundation Seminar Room

 

Sunday, March 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

APRIL 2018

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Wednesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(All dates: April 4, 11 & 18)
purple square ACCESS PROGRAM
visually impaired symbol Connections
This informal three-day program is designed for individuals with early stage dementia their care partners and family members. Participants will explore the galleries through interactive activities, experiment with different materials to create individual and group projects, and discover works of art through music, dance, literature, storytelling, and role play. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.
Free; reservations required at 214.768.3980 or museumaccess@smu.edu 
The Gates

 

Sunday, April 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

 

Friday, April 19, 6:00 p.m.
red square LECTURE
Lightness and Rightness: Eduardo Chillida and James Johnson Sweeney in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Beatriz Cordero, professor, Saint Louis University, Madrid
­This lecture will focus on Eduardo Chillida’s exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1966, the first show of the Spanish artist outside Europe. In this exhibition James Johnson Sweeney, then director of the MFAH, offered an insightful view of Chillida’s sculpture. He underlined the “lightness and rightness” of Chillida’s works, as well as the artist’s roots in Spanish artistic traditions. Sweeney’s consideration of Chillida as a “tastebreaker” and as “the foremost sculptor of his generation” anticipated the later understanding of the qualities of his works.
Free; reservations required at 214.768.8587
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

 

Friday, April 20, 12:15 p.m.
green square GALLERY TALK
Chillida in Dallas Part I: Chillida Downtown
Jed Morse, chief curator, Nasher Sculpture Center
Free; reservations required at 214.768.8587
Nasher Sculpture Center and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center*
* Note: Participants will be walking between the two institutions.

 

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
purple square Meadows Family Day: Founders’ Day Celebration
Visitors of all ages can explore the sculptures and works on paper of Eduardo Chillida. Activities will include hands-on 2-D and 3-D art projects, and sensory approaches engaging visitors through sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Enjoy special entertainment, activities, refreshments, and more!
FREE

 

Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.
purple square MUSIC AT THE MEADOWS
Oldovini Organ Recital
Larry Palmer, professor emeritus of harpsichord and organ, SMU
Enjoy these special opportunities to experience centuries-old music on an eighteenth-century organ surrounded by masterworks in the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection.
Free
Virginia Meadows Galleries

 

Friday, April 27, 12:15 p.m.
green square GALLERY TALK
Chillida in Dallas Part II: Chillida in Dallas
Scott Winterrowd, director of education
Free with regular Museum admission
Downstairs Galleries

 

Sunday, April 29, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

MAY 2018

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Friday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
purple square ACCESS PROGRAM
visually impaired symbol Re-Connections
Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners, and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering. Attendees visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, explore the galleries, and enjoy an informal gallery activity.
Free; reservations encouraged at 214.768.3980 or museumaccess@smu.edu
The Gates

 

Sunday, May 13, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

 

Sunday, May 27, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

 

Thursday, May 31, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
(All dates: May 31, June 7 & 14)
red square LECTURE SERIES
Light, Camera, Landscape: The Rise of International Impressionism
Nancy Cohen Israel, art historian and owner of Art à la Carte
Technological advances in the nineteenth century made it possible for artists to work en plein air. ­The advent of train travel and tubed pigments beckoned urban artists to villages such as Barbizon and Fontainbleau. Taking full advantage of natural light, these painters started an artistic revolution. Not only did the Paris School become a magnet attracting artists from across Europe and the United States, but it ultimately sent them back to their home countries, bringing this radical new style with them. ­This series will trace the rise of Impressionism in France, the offshoots of painters in Spain and Italy, and the aftershocks that it sent throughout the West.
$40 for the 3-part series; free for Museum members, and SMU faculty, staff, and students; registration required at 214.768.8587
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

JUNE 2018

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Friday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
purple square ACCESS PROGRAM
visually impaired symbol Re-Connections
Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners, and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering. Attendees visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, explore the galleries, and enjoy an informal gallery activity.
Free; reservations encouraged at 214.768.3980 or museumaccess@smu.edu
The Gates

 

Sunday, June 10, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

 

Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
purple square MEADOWS FAMILY DAY
A Day at the Beach

Spend the day at the beach and take in the light of late nineteenth century masters Mariano Fortuny y Marsal of Spain and William Merritt Chase of the United States. Th­is special community day will include art making, gallery talks, and sensory approaches. Enjoy special entertainment, activities, refreshments, and more!
Free

 

Sunday, June 24, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

 

Thursday, June 28, 6:00 p.m.
red square LECTURE
At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase
Mark A. Roglán, ­The Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum
Andrew Walker, Executive Director, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Join us for this special double lecture examining the creation of Mariano Fortuny y Marsal’s (1883–1874) Beach at Portici (1874) and William Merritt Chase’s (1849–1916) Idle Hours, 1894, on loan from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Many comparisons can be made of these two cosmopolitan painters, Fortuny of Spain and Chase of the United States. ­The two artists utilized a loose, rapid painting style akin to French Impressionism. Despite his early death, Fortuny established a popular genre of painting costumed figures set in richly ornamented settings. ­This fashion of painting was assumed by the younger Chase while he was studying abroad in Europe in the 1870s. ­The two painters turned to more private and personal scenes in their later work, which will be the subject of this special program held in conjunction with the summer installation At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase.
Free; reservations required at 214.768.8587
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

JULY 2018

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Friday, July 13, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
purple square ACCESS PROGRAM
visually impaired symbol Re-Connections
Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners, and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering. Attendees visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, explore the galleries, and enjoy an informal gallery activity.
Free; reservations encouraged at 214.768.3980 or museumaccess@smu.edu
The Gates

 

Sunday, July 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

 

Sunday, July 29, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

AUGUST 2018

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Friday, August 3, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
purple square ACCESS PROGRAM
visually impaired symbol Re-Connections
Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners, and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering. Attendees visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, explore the galleries, and enjoy an informal gallery activity.
Free; reservations encouraged at 214.768.3980 or museumaccess@smu.edu 
The Gates

 

Sunday, August 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission

 

Sunday, August 26, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
purple square DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS
Ian O’Brien, guest artist
Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request adaptive materials for participants with low vision, contact museumaccess@smu.edu or 214.768.4993.
Free with regular Museum admission