“Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at the Dallas Museum of Art
DALLAS – From ancient Egyptian artifacts to Japanese noh masks to George Segal sculptures, Dallas’ arts district offers plenty to see these days.
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau representative Veleisa Patton took my fellow journalist Jacob Roeschley of Texas’ Brilliant magazine and me on an extensive tour today of the city’s arts attractions.
The day started the day with breakfast and tour of the charming Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, which was built in 1925 as a cotton magnate’s home but now operates as restaurant and hotel. The hearty and spicy chilaquiles with guacamole helped fuel me through a tour of the sprawling special exhibit “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Although the exhibit doesn’t include King Tut’s full-size coffin or mummy, which don’t leave Egypt, the collection of funerary items, statues, furniture and other artifacts from the famed “boy king’s” tomb and ancestors were interesting and impressive. The exhibit closes May 17, and I definitely recommend making the trip to south to see it before it leaves Dallas.
For lunch, we went to the popular nearby restaurant Stephan Pyles, where I sampled the delicious Southwestern Caesar salad and beef tenderloin enchiladas. After all, you can’t go to Texas without enjoying some great Tex-Mex food, and the swanky Stephan Pyles delivers off-the-charts tasty Tex-Mex.
We spent the afternoon taking in more art, including the amazing bronzes of the Trammell Crow European Sculpture Garden and the fascinating collection of traditional and contemporary Japanese noh masks. Noh is an ancient and stylized form of Japanese theater.
The intermittent rain showers cleared up long enough for us to enjoy the incredible sculture garden at the Nasher Sculpture Center, including works from Rodin, Picasso and de Kooning. Along with the great permanent collection, the center inside is showing “George Segal: Street Scenes,” an evocative collection of sculptures by the famed American artist. The exhibit closes April 5, so there’s only a week left to see it. But it’s another exhibit worth the drive if you have the opportunity to go south in the next week or so.
We also got a look and description of the under-construction Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, which includes a new opera house, 600-seat theater, outdoor performing arts venue and 10-acre public park. The center is set to open in fall.
The AFI Dallas International Film Festival is continuing here, and I’m hoping to get back to the theater tonight and catch another film.