While strolling the halls of Madrid's famous Prado Museum in the 1950s, Texas oilman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows fell in love with the rich tradition of Spanish art. Gradually building a collection of Iberian masterworks from throughout the centuries, Meadows helped found his eponymous museum to house and display the art. Now among the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, the Meadows Museum surrounds visitors with masterpieces from the 10th century through the 21st. The collection's highlights include Goya's darkly evocative Yard with Madmen, Picasso's patchwork Still Life in a Landscape, and Míró's colorfully surreal Queen Louise of Prussia.
Outside the museum's elegant colonnade, an encircling garden recalls Renaissance palaces with manicured bushes, stately gravel paths, and feral court jesters. Beautiful sculptures by modern greats fleck the garden, with such pieces as the 13-foot, wireframe head Sho, by modern Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. Below the plaza, Santiago Calatrava's monumental Wave dominates the approach to the museum, with gently undulating iron beams, suspended over a serene reflecting pool that will itself never know the joy of forming a wave.
Dancemasters Studio's experienced instructors?including national-competition champions and a former onboard cruise-line dance host?introduce adult students of all skill levels to the world of social dancing in a 3,200-square-foot facility with two ballrooms. The studio?s schedule of group classes spans 19 different partner styles such as the waltz, rumba, and Argentine tango. The studio also welcomes students to monthly BYOB dance parties. As a live band plays, dancers show off their new skills in the areas of salsa dancing or sequin sewing.
During private lessons, staffers train individuals or pairs on technique and ballroom etiquette. They specialize in helping brides- and grooms-to-be prepare for their wedding day, providing expert choreography set to the couples special song or epic poem.
Clique Custom Jewelry and Fine Art's selection includes traditional paintings and sculptures along with challenging contemporary pieces. The considerable taste of artist and jewelry designer Yael VanGruber fuels the studio, where she curates accessories and artwork that complement one another. Guests can peruse the collection, which includes Italian glass jewelry, pearls, scarves, designer bags, clothing, and shoes. She also collects healing stones, which she incorporates into her own pieces. She believes that the feel-good energies that radiate from these rocks can help their wearers feel more balanced and happy.
Situated in the heart of Dallas’ Design District, E Gallery Studios is a workspace for local artists as well as a creative facility where aspiring painters can attend workshops. E Gallery looks every inch the modern art studio, with large works of local art adorning the chocolate-hued walls. In addition to BYOB painting classes, the studio also hosts private painting parties for up to 45 participants. Visit the onsite frame shop for a custom frame for your masterpiece.
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist role in society.
Established: The museum has been free since [it was established in] 1978
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Check out our murals on the side of the building and out around Dallas.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Dallas Contemporary is the only museum in Dallas with a street-art focus, commissioning over 10 murals throughout the Dallas area.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Dallas Contemporary exhibits international, national, and regional artists in one space.
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Our memberships give Dallas Contemporary supporters priority seating at all Dallas Contemporary programs, discounted tickets for special events, discounts at local businesses, a subscription to the "dc dish"?the museum's monthly newsletter?and entry into our new member-only opening exhibition celebrations, and more.