In addition to the resource of our own Meadows Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, Art History students at SMU have the benefit of an extraordinary range of major museums. Only a handful of American cities have art collections and museum architecture that compare with those in Dallas and Fort Worth.
The Amon Carter Museum, housed in a recently expanded building by Philip Johnson, has one of the world’s best collections of American photography and a very strong collection of American paintings and sculpture.
The Dallas Museum of Art has an encyclopedic collection of over 30,000 objects with strengths in the areas of American silver and furniture, contemporary European and American art, Indonesian textiles, Etruscan jewelry, and African, Pre-Columbian, and south Asian art.
The Kimbell Art Museum is one of the world’s premiere art museums. Housed in Louis Kahn’s seminal building, this small collection of 300 works offers a wide-ranging survey of European, Asian, Latin American, and African art of the highest quality.
The Fort Worth Modern is housed in an impressive new building by Tadao Ando and has a fine collection of post-1945 paintings, sculpture, photographs, and video by such artists as Francis Bacon, Donald Judd, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol.
The Nasher Sculpture Center, designed by Renzo Piano, contains a stellar collection of modern sculpture that includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, David Smith, Henry Moore, Richard Serra, and Alexander Calder.
Dallas also is home to several first-rate private collections of contemporary art : the Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Collection includes significant work by Joseph Beuys, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Sol Lewitt, Cy Twombly, and Louise Bourgeois; the Deedie and Rusty Rose Collection emphasizes sculpture, modern furniture, and handmade objects and includes among the artists represented Ana Mendieta, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Robert Ryman, Richard Tuttle, and Franz West; and the Cindy and Howard Rachofsky Collection and House, distinguished by its concentrations in Arte Povera and Minimalism. Moreover, the Rachofsky House was designed by Richard Meier to showcase and rotate this extensive art collection.