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Nasher Sculpture Center Garden Glows in Spring

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Even with the azaleas in bloom in Highland Park and the tulips in bloom at the Dallas Arboretum, the Nasher Sculpture Center garden is like a magnet to Park Cities and Dallas homeowners, students, and visitors who can see an extraordinary collection of 20th century art in a protected and beautiful setting in the middle of downtown Dallas.

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Jaume Plensa’s Exhibition Inside the Nasher Sculpture Center

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In addition to the sculptures displayed in the Nasher Sculpture Center gardens featured on a previous post, the inside of the museum also featured an amazing and playful display of artist Jaume Plensa’s work.  Art patrons and homeowners from Oak Lawn, Swiss Avenue, and Highland Park enjoyed walking through the exhibition’s curtain of strung letters traversing the entrance of the museum and viewing the artist’s use of letters, light, and human forms to create unique and fascinating sculptures and art.  The citizens of Dallas have a long history of great appreciation for modern art and architecture.

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Nasher Sculpture Center Shows Work of Jaume Plensa in Nasher Sculpture Garden

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The Nasher Sculpture Center for the first time curates an exhibition of a living artist, Jaume Plensa.  A spectacular showing was mounted, displaying works from sculptures outside the front of the Renzo Piano designed museum to sculptures on the terraces and throughout the museum gardens.  On an earlier post we showed a photograph of Jaume Plensa‘s work on the Eugene McDermott Terrace at the Meadows Museum at SMU in University Park.  Now Dallas and Highland Park homeowners, residents, and visitors can see a full body of work of this extraordinary artist, Jaume Plensa.

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The Elevated Sculptures on the Exterior of the Nasher Sculpture Center Announce a Major Exhibition of Jaume Plensa’s Work

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Artist Jaume Plensa enjoyed coming by the Nasher Sculpture Center at night and seeing his sculptures on raised platforms lit in changing washes of colored light.  These Plensa sculptures were a great announcement for the fantastic exhibition inside the Nasher Sculpture Center where people came from neighborhoods across the city, including Greenway Parks, Kessler Park, Bluffview, and Preston Hollow, to enjoy the exhibit.

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The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture Institute 100 Lecture Series Has Dr. Richard Brettell Speak at Architect Edward Larrabee Barnes Designed Modern Home in Preston Hollow

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Dr. Richard Brettell, formerly the Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, currently Chair of Art and Aesthetics at UTD and a monumental cultural and creative force in Dallas, discusses the current FRAME exhibitions and this home in Preston Hollow designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, who also designed the Dallas Museum of Art.  Seated outdoors were prominent residents of Bluffview, Volk Estates, Strait Lane, Preston Hollow, and Highland Park who came for this Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture Institute 100 lecture.  Dr. Larry Allums, Executive Director of the Institute, presided at the lecture.

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Art Ball Raises Funds for Dallas Museum of Art

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Art philanthropists, patrons, and friends of the Dallas Museum of Art convene every April for the Dallas Art Ball to celebrate the Dallas Museum of Art and to raise funds for the further success of the museum.  Civic leaders and patrons in attendance included Highland Park homeowners, the remarkable Margaret McDermott, Nash and Marion Flores, Ford Lacy and Cece Smith, Jeff and Shannon Estes, Grace Cook, and Olivier and Laure Meslay from the auction stage donating their chateaux in Bordeaux for a week.

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Dallas Architecture Forum Discusses Architect E.G. Hamilton and His Texas Regional Work Including NorthPark Center

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Stephen Fox wrapped up the day at the Dallas Architecture Forum Texas Regionalism Symposium held at the Nasher Sculpture Center, discussing architect E.G. Hamilton and his design of NorthPark Center, its influence on Texas and Texas’ influence on it.  E.G. Hamilton also designed important Highland Park residences, including one of Dallas’ most significant homes on Crescent.  Other speakers included Fort Worth architect Mark Gunderson.

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Dallas Theater Center Produces Death of a Salesman at Wyly Theatre in Dallas Arts District

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Former Dallas City Councilperson Gary Griffith, who is a Lakewood homeowner and is very supportive of the Dallas Arts District, was in attendance along with other notable homeowners from Turtle Creek neighborhoods, Park Cities, Preston Hollow and Bluffview to see a riveting performance of Death of a Salesman produced by the Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District.

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Bent Tree Home in the Spring

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A Bent Tree home in the spring equals blue skies and vast views of greenbelts and golf courses.  This Bent Tree home designed by architect Frank Welch has several thousand square feet of terraces to enjoy the landscape.

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NCPA Economic Policy Forum Hosts Author Philip K. Howard at the Belo Mansion

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The National Center for Policy Analysis Economic Policy Forum & Author Series hosted a lecture by Philip K. Howard, Founder and Chair of the advocacy group Common Good, at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.  Mr. Howard discussed his new book Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Responsibility in America which describes how the current state of the American judicial system prevents ordinary citizens from exercising common sense and the steps necessary to fix the problem.  Dr. John Goodman, President of NCPA, discussed the positive economic implications of life without lawyers.  Dr. Peter Raad, Executive Director of The Guildhall at SMU, discussed his work with The Guildhall with Mr. Howard.

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