2016 Spring Break Family Fun at the Dallas Museum of Art

“Vacation” all week with FREE general admission and FREE activities

DALLAS, Texas – February 23, 2016 – Make this year’s Spring Break an unforgettable experience for the whole family. The Dallas Museum of Art presents a dynamic week full of hands-on activities that cater to all ages. Create masterpieces out of household items, use flashlights and laser pointers to draw in the air, wiggle and giggle your way through the galleries—the sky is the limit. Festivities will be held daily Tuesday through Friday, March 15–18, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All Spring Break programs are included in the Museum’s daily free general admission; some may require a free ticket the day of the program to reserve a space.

Travel around the world and through centuries without leaving Dallas, or opening your wallet. Explore cultural and artistic heritage in Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th-Century Dutch Painting, dwell on the vibrancy and complexity of works from the 1960s in Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present, discover centuries of art history from three continents in Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, bask in the luxuriousness of Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine, and hearken back to the Renaissance with Saints and Monsters: Prints by Albrecht Dürer. These exhibitions, as well as the Museum’s collection galleries, are part of the DMA’s free general admission.

Additional events during the week include readings by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars, and Kevin Young, winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Book Award for The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness. They will lead a session on poetry, place, and race Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. as part of DMA Arts & Letters Live’s 25th anniversary season. Tickets are available at DMA.org/tickets: Public $35, DMA Members $30, Students $15.

The week culminates with the DMA’s monthly Late Night program and the Dallas Arts District Block Party on Friday, March 18. Celebrate the final weekend of Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots when the DMA stays open until midnight. Late Night will be an evening full of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, talks, family programs, and more. A special Late Night Talk at 9:00 p.m. with the author behind Dinner with Jackson Pollock, Robyn Lea, will provide new insight into the artist’s private domestic world. Tickets for Late Night are $15 for the public (Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots requires an additional ticket) and free for children 11 and under and DMA Members.   

During the final weeks of Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, extended hours will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays March 5 through March 20, with the exhibition remaining open until 8:00 p.m. each weekend.

Visit DMA.org for more information on Spring Break events.

Spring Break Week at the DMA (Child & Family Specific)
Enjoy a fun-filled week of art-making activities, family tours, story times, and gallery activities for families. Spring Break programs are held daily March 15–18.

Pop-Up Art Spot
Noon–4:00 p.m., Level 2
Visit the Pop-Up Art Spot for creative writing, playing, and sketching activities inspired by nearby works of art.

Art Spot
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Center for Creative Connections (C3)
Catch the creativity bug at the C3 Art Spot. Be inspired by works of art from the collection and use ordinary everyday materials to make something new and creative.

Family Gallery Guides
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Family Fun Cart, Level 1 near the DMA Cafe
Pick up a guide and learn about selected works of art in the DMA’s collection.

Story Time
11:30 a.m.–noon, Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
Story Time is limited to the first thirty participants. Pick up your free ticket at the main Visitor Services Desk at 11:20 a.m.
Wiggle and giggle your way through the galleries with stories and hands-on activities led by education staff members.

Light Graffiti
1:00–4:00 p.m., Tech Lab, C3
Make your mark in the dark! Use flashlights, traffic batons, and laser pointers to draw in the air. Your image will be captured using long exposure photography and will be available to download using Flickr.

Scribble Bots
1:00–4:00 p.m., Art Studio, C3
Paint outside the lines with Scribble Bots! Equip your bot with markers, pastels, and paintbrushes and send it skittering and jumping across the page.

All Kinds of Lines Family Tour
2:00–2:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
Two tours are available, each limited to the first thirty participants. Pick up your free ticket at the main Visitor Services Desk at 1:50 p.m.
Straight, wiggly, zigzag, and curvy—artists use all kinds of lines to create their masterpieces. Search the galleries for your favorite kind of line in this interactive tour led by DMA docents.

Additional Events
Wednesday, March 16
Special Exhibition Talk
Wednesday, March 16, 12:15 p.m.
It's your last chance to join Gavin Delahunty, the DMA's Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and curator of Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, for a deeper look at this often underexplored but pivotal part of the artist's oeuvre known as the black paintings.
Included in free general admission

Thursday, March 17
DMA Arts & Letters Live
Tracy K. Smith & Kevin Young: Poetry, Place, & Race
Thursday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Tracy K. Smith won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Life on Mars. Her critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light is shortlisted for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction. The youngest of five children, she was raised with limitless affection and a firm belief in God by a stay-at-home mother and an engineer father. But after spending a summer in Alabama at her grandmother’s house, Smith returned to California with a new sense of what it means to be black. Booklist calls Ordinary Light “a gracefully nuanced yet strikingly candid memoir about family, faith, race, and literature,” and BBC’s Between the Lines says, “It is a lament, an homage, a discovery, a blessing.” Smith is currently the Director of Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program.

Kevin Young is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation, one who finds inspiration in African American music, particularly the blues, and in the bittersweet history of Black America. Billy Collins praised him as “tender, sassy, and just plain cool.” The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Book Award. Young’s latest compendium, Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995–2015, draws from all nine of his previous collections and includes new poems as well

Horchow Auditorium
Public $35, DMA Members $30, Students $15
Purchase your tickets online at DMA.org/tickets or by phone at 214-922-1818.

Friday, March 18
Late Night
Spring Block Party
March 18, 6:00 p.m. to midnight
Join us for our annual Spring Block Party and the closing weekend of Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots. The Nasher Sculpture Center and Crow Collection of Asian Art will also be open until midnight.
Tickets $15 (some exhibitions require an additional ticket), free for children 11 and under and DMA Members
Tickets are available online at DMA.org/tickets or at the Visitors Services Desk the night of the event.

Late Night Talk
Dinner with Jackson Pollock
March 18, 9:00 p.m.
Robyn Lea, photographer, writer, director, and author of Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art and Nature (Assouline, 2015), will discuss her research about what she found in the kitchen of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, including handwritten recipes, cookbooks, and designer dinnerware. Dinner with Jackson Pollock showcases many of the couple’s favorite recipes alongside stories about their dinner parties, Jackson’s food-cure attempts, and new insights into his private domestic world, all accompanied by Lea’s stunning photography.
A book signing will follow the talk.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum 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 events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than two million visitors, and enrolled more than 100,000 people in DMA Friends, a free program available to anyone who wishes to join focused on active engagement with the Museum. For more information, visit DMA.org.

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