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The rules were clear; to participate, you needed four things:

A floral-printed dress (knee length), a shawl (red or pink), artificial flowers in your hair (three, at a minimum), but most important of all, of course, was the unibrow.

Hundreds of people came together at the Dallas Museum of Art Thursday night, in an attempt to set the record for the largest gathering ever of people dressed like Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

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Edward "Rusty" Rose, a prominent Dallas businessman and former co-owner of the Texas Rangers, has died.

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Maxwell Anderson, who’s been director of the Dallas Museum of Art since 2012, is leaving to join the New Cities Foundation.

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A crane was lifted off the Dallas Museum of Art this afternoon, after it toppled over onto the DMA's south wall this morning. It just missed hitting the museum's iconic sculpture, "Ave" by Mark di Suvero -- the bright red piece made of steel girders that rests on the lawn.

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Spoons, forks, candelabra…The Dallas Museum of Art has the world’s largest collection of American silver objects from the 19th and 20th century. But curators and conservators don’t have much history on what they’re made of or how they were created. To investigate the artifacts, a scientist at the University of North Texas Dallas is using nano-scale tests.

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The Dallas Museum of Art is teaming up with four museums -- the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art -- to take part in "the largest outdoor art show ever conceived."

But how big are we talking here?

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In its first museum partnership with the highly-respected Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Dallas Museum of Art mounts an artist’s first solo museum presentation. 

KERA contributor Joan Davidow shows us how this exhibition, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, highlights 25 years of turning ordinary materials and overlooked craft into powerful artworks. The exhibition closes Jan. 12 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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The Dallas Museum of Art has announced an anonymous $9 million gift.

The donation, over three years, will ensure free general admission to the museum and allow it to publish its collection online, museum officials announced in a news release.

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Last year, the Dallas Museum of Art agreed to return six antiquities that were looted illegally from Italy years ago.

The objects included three kraters (large vases for mixing wine and water) as well as bronze shields — but they remain on display at the DMA as part of an ongoing partnership with Italian authorities.


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The headlines since last week's announcement have focused on how the Dallas Museum of Art is offering free admission starting next month. But KERA's Jerome Weeks zooms in on the parts of the plan -- free membership and sophisticated geographic data mining -- that could prove to be long-term game changers for museums.

The piece, the Orpheus Mosaic, was purchased at auction more than a decade ago. “This is an ethical decision, not a legal decision,” museum director Maxwell Anderson said. Art&Seek's Stephen Becker has the story.

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There’s always some of the Dallas Museum of Art’s vast contemporary collection on view, but it’s more than a year since contemporary art has taken over the Barrel Vault – the spacious arched main gallery of the museum.  Commentator Joan Davidow applauds the unlikely, yet rewarding groupings of art from post World War II to the present. 

The Dallas Museum of Art has opened a survey of clothing designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s career. KERA’s Stephen Becker looks at why Dallas is one of the only two U.S. stops on the exhibition tour.