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Friday Photos: Provocative Comparisons

July 22, 2011

Last weekend, the Museum launched an experimental summer program: 9×9.  For nine days in July, the Museum will stay open later than usual (until 9:00 p.m.) and will offer a variety of new and fun programs.  The program I am most excited about is Provocative Comparisons.  Offered on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Provocative Comparisons encourages participants to look closely, contemplate, and converse about two works of art in the collection.  Through these conversations, we begin to discover meaning and connections that tie these works of art together.

I led the first Provocative Comparisons session this past Saturday, and we looked at a Shield Cover and Shield in Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection, as well as Jackson Pollock’s Portrait and a Dream.  What connections can you find between these two works of art?

Shield Cover and Shield, Apsáalooke (Crow) people, Montana, ca. 1860, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Jackson Pollock, Portrait and a Dream, 1953, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Algur H. Meadows and the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated, 1967.8

Join Melissa on July 23rd at 3:00 and 7:00 for the next installment of Provocative Comparisons.  To whet your appetite, here’s a preview of one of the works of art that will be discussed.  What work of art from the DMA’s collection would you compare with She?

Bojan Šarčević, She, 2010, Dallas Museum of Art, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund, 2011.4

Shannon Karol
Manager of Docent Programs and Gallery Teaching

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