Dallas Museum of Art debuts newly renovated north entrance

The newly renovated Eagle Family Plaza at the north entrance. Dallas Museum of Art image

The newly renovated Eagle Family Plaza at the north entrance. Dallas Museum of Art image

 

DALLAS – The Dallas Museum of Art this week unveiled its renovated north entrance, which includes new access to the DMA’s main entrance, an outdoor lawn and dining experience, interior renovations to the Atrium, as well as the debut of the museum-commissioned sculpture Pas de Deux (Plaza Monument) by British artist Rebecca Warren.

The north entrance was designed by Dallas-based landscape architectural firms Studio Outside and Hocker Design Group and local architectural firm Morrison Dilworth + Walls.

The north entrance, renamed Eagle Family Plaza, was made possible by the generosity of benefactors Jennifer and John Eagle, who donated $3 million for the renovations, and the Nancy B. Hamon Estate, which gave an additional gift of $1.3 million for the project, for a total contribution of $4.3 million.

The renovation features an expansive new lawn area, which includes the creation of an outdoor exhibition space at the north entrance. The first commissioned work for this space is Pas de Deux (Plaza Monument), a 14-foot tall sculpture by Warren. The site-specific work, created in the United Kingdom, is Warren’s first commission by a U.S. museum and serves as the first in a series of rotating works by various artists highlighted in the new north lawn of the museum. Warren was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006 and was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Art in 2014.

The expanded Eagle Family Plaza design has fully opened the DMA Cafe to the exterior. Perimeter plantings along the northeast side of the building have been replaced by a steel pavilion and wooden decking to expand seating and dining options, including the addition of an outdoor food pavilion.

Authorities burn 3.5 tons of poached ivory in Cameroon

An African elephant mother bathing with her calf. This file was published in a Public Library of Science journal. The content of all PLOS journals is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license, unless indicated otherwise.

An African elephant mother bathing with her calf. This file was published in a ‘Public Library of Science Journal.’ The content of all PLOS journals is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license, unless indicated otherwise.

 

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) – Some 2,000 illegally trafficked elephant tusks and hundreds of finished ivory products erupted in a ball of fire Tuesday as Cameroonian authorities conducted what was believed to be one of the largest burnings of poached wildlife goods in African history.

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Plums picked from local estates comprise Ahlers & Ogletree sale April 30-May 1

Rare 16th century hand-woven German Gothic figural tapestry panel, measuring 39¼ inches by 72 inches. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Rare 16th century hand-woven German Gothic figural tapestry panel, measuring 39¼ inches by 72 inches. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

 

ATLANTA, Ga. – A 15th century English Nottingham alabaster relief depicting the Resurrection of Christ, a rare 16th century hand-woven German Gothic figural tapestry panel, and an ink painting on silk of Mount Fuji by Japanese artist Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) will by auctioned by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc. April 30-May 1.

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Met displays rare Hebrew manuscripts in observance of Passover

The Prato Haggadah (detail). Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment. Spanish, ca. 1300. Courtesy of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Andrew Winslow

The Prato Haggadah (detail). Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment. Spanish, ca. 1300. Courtesy of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Andrew Winslow

NEW YORK – In conjunction with the observance of Passover this year, two medieval Hebrew manuscripts are on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art—one at The Met Cloisters and the other at The Met Fifth Avenue. Both works were recently conserved, and are on loan from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Read more

The Henry Ford offers improved online access to collections

Clocktower entrance to Henry Ford Museum. The Henry Ford image

Clocktower entrance to Henry Ford Museum. The Henry Ford image

 

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – The Henry Ford’s revamped website offers improved access to details about its historical collection and information about artifacts.

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India says it won’t try to reclaim crown jewel from Britain

The Koh-i-Noor in the front cross of Queen Mary's Crown. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Koh-i-Noor in the front cross of Queen Mary’s Crown. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s government has told the Supreme Court that it won’t request the return of the 106-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is now part of the British crown jewels.

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Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix to suspend tours

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this home for his son David and daughter-in-law Gladys. Outinz image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this home for his son David and daughter-in-law Gladys. Outinz image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

 

PHOENIX (AP) – A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Phoenix will close to the public starting next month.

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Fierce bidding powers Bertoia’s March 12 toy auction to $1.3M total

Lot 521: American Flyer wide-gauge Presidential passenger set, $8,260. Bertoia Auctions image

Lot 521: American Flyer wide-gauge Presidential passenger set, $8,260. Bertoia Auctions image

 

VINELAND, N.J. – In toy-collecting circles, the term “top-shelf” is used to describe the upper reaches where a person might display his or her most treasured pieces – the ones that stay in their places for years. For their March 12 Select Toys Auction, Bertoia’s had the honor of presenting toys, trains, banks and figural cast-iron doorstops from the top shelves of some of America’s most important collections. Many pieces also came with distinguished pedigrees from historical collections, such as those of Bernard Barenholtz, William Gottschalk, Donald Kaufman, the Buddy ‘L’ corporate archive, and Philadelphia’s fabled Perelman Antique Toy Museum. Read more

Long-running New Hampshire show caps Antiques Week, Aug. 11-13

Punta Gorda, Fla. dealer Michael Whittemore's room setting at a previous show. New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association image

Punta Gorda, Fla. dealer Michael Whittemore’s room setting at a previous show. New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association image

 

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The date for the 59th annual New Hampshire Antiques Show is set for Aug. 11-13 at the Radisson Hotel Manchester. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association, this year’s show will feature 67 exhibitors from across the country with a wide range of fresh items that include folk art to fine porcelain, country and formal furniture, paintings and prints.

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Newly found Daingerfield painting sells for $39,325 at Clars

Daingerfield, 'Twilight,' Clars Auction Gallery image

Elliot Daingerfield, ‘Twilight,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $39,325. Clars Auction Gallery image

 

OAKLAND, Calif. – Twilight, the newly discovered painting by Elliot Daingerfield (American 1859-1932), recently found concealed inside a mirror at Clars Auction Gallery, took an exciting leap from “amazing discovery” to “hidden treasure” status when it skyrocketed to $39,325 on April 17 at Clars Auction Gallery.

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