DMA Celebrates Its New Exhibition, Big New Field, & Super Bowl XLV with a Free Family Day on December 4 & Much More

Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program

To celebrate the arrival of the Super Bowl in February 2011 to Cowboys Stadium, the Dallas Museum of Art will present Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program, on view December 5–February 20. A broad schedule of varied activities will complement this exhibition of contemporary work by the artists whose large-scale and site-specific commissions are on view at the stadium as part of the groundbreaking Cowboys Art Program. For three months, the DMA will present artist appearances, performances, talks and lectures, and special events with members of the football community to highlight for sports fans and art enthusiasts alike the emergence of North Texas as a leading center of contemporary art and architecture.

The “season kick off” begins on Saturday, December 4, with an admission-free day from 11 AM to 5 PM centered on a “sneak peek” of the exhibition and with a variety of activities including an artist workshop with Annette Lawrence and Studio Creations. Throughout the three-month exhibition run, additional programming will include the following (details will be available at DallasMuseumofArt.org):

SUPER BOWL XLV EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING
Public Programs
In celebration of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium, the Dallas Museum of Art will offer a wide array of programs from gallery talks, lectures, performances, artist workshops, and special events to the December 4 Free “Sneak Peek” Celebration.

Big New Field Free “Sneak Peek” Day
Saturday December 4, 2010, 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
In honor of the Super Bowl XLV exhibition, the Dallas Museum of Art will host a Free “Sneak Peek” Celebration with a variety of activities for families including a preview of the new exhibition Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program, and a participatory community art project with artists Annette Lawrence in the Center for Creative Connections.

Gallery Talk
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 12:15 p.m.
Selected Wednesdays, January–February 2011, 12:15 p.m.
Join DMA curators, artists, and other guest speakers to explore Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program and other sports-inspired works of art in the Museum’s collections during weekly lunchtime gallery talks. Visit DallasMuseumofArt.org for more information and a schedule of upcoming talks.

Bite-Sized Self-Guided Tours
January–February 2011
The Dallas Museum of Art has over 24,000 works of art from around the world and throughout time, spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. It is a big museum, so start your visit with one of our sports-themed bite-sized tours.

State of the Arts
Thursday, January 13, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Join KERA host and senior producer Jeff Whittington for a conversation with artist Annette Lawrence, whose work is featured in Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program; Charles Wylie, Dallas Museum of Art curator and member of the Cowboys Stadium Art Council; and architect Bryan K. Trubey, Principal/Director of the HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, which designed Cowboys Stadium.

Meaningful Moments: Big New Field
Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Designed specifically for individuals with early-stage dementia and their family members or caregivers, Meaningful Moments is a monthly program that includes an interactive gallery discussion and an art-making activity in the Art Studio. Participants will have the chance to relax and connect with art in the galleries, share stories, and gain inspiration in the studio. The program is free but reservations are required and spaces are limited. For more information or to register, call 214-922-1251 or e-mail access@DallasMuseumofArt.org.

January Late Night
Friday, January 21, 2011, 6:00 p.m.–midnight
Family Experiences from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Explore different creative techniques to create your own work of art inspired by the DMA’s special exhibitions and other works in the collections at the Museum. For this Late Night, the Studio Creations program will be inspired by works in Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program and other sports-related works in the Museum’s collections. Also, join us for Yoga for Kids and Bedtime Stories with Arturo.

Arts & Letters Live
Tony and Lauren Dungy
You Can Be a Friend (book to be released January 2011)
Saturday, February 5, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Tony and Lauren Dungy will discuss their forthcoming second children’s book You Can Be a Friend which celebrates the talents and strengths we all have, no matter our physical ability. Tony and Lauren Dungy are active members of a number of national community-based organizations including All Pro Dad, iMom, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mentors for Life, Family First, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Tony is a former NFL player and retired head coach of the 2006 World Champions, the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. FREE EVENT. Space is limited.  Call 214-922-1818 Mon-Fri - during business hours.

Family Experiences
Studio Creations
January 2011, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Join us in the Art Studio, where volunteers are on hand to help your family make a unique art project. All materials provided. Let your imagination be your guide as you create artworks inspired by Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program.

Arturo’s Art and Me: From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Wednesday, January 12, 2011; 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 13, 2011; 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 15, 2011; 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
For 3–5 year olds and a favorite grown-up! Adults and young children will explore works of art in the Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program exhibition, read a related story in the galleries, and do an art-making activity. Members free/Nonmembers $10. All supplies provided.

Sketching in the Galleries
Saturday, January 15, 2011, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Families are invited to sketch from original works of art in the Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program exhibition.

Homeschool Class for Families: Big New Field
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Parents and children will learn about works of art together in the Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program exhibition, participate in hands-on activities, and create a work of art in the Art Studio. For children ages 6–12. Members free/Nonmembers $10 (per family). To register call 214-922-1822.

Programs for Teachers
A two-part contemporary art program for teachers, highlighting works of art by the artists featured in Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program and The Rachofsky House, will be offered in February 2011. Programs for teachers provide opportunities for spending time with works of art and connecting with other educators. Dallas Museum of Art programs for teachers are accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification and may be taken for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours unless otherwise noted. 

About the Exhibition
Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program will feature works by the artists represented in the groundbreaking contemporary art program at the spectacular new Cowboys Stadium. Artists include Olafur Eliasson, Annette Lawrence, Franz Ackermann, Lawrence Weiner, Teresita Fernandez, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Dave Muller, to name a few. The internationally important collection, initiated by Gene and Jerry Jones and the Jones family, is one of the most innovative and ambitious public art programs in the world. In addition to celebrating the art in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, this exhibition highlights the emergence of North Texas as a leader in innovation in art and architecture of the present moment. On view from December 5, 2010, through February 20, 2011, Big New Field is co-curated by Jeffrey Grove, The Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art. Wylie is a founding member of the art council for the Cowboys Art Program, which was launched in 2009 by Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and his family.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs are its encyclopedic collections, which encompass more than 24,000 works and span 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum today welcomes more than 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, and dramatic and dance presentations.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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