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 Perimeter plantings along the northeast side of the building have been replaced by a steel pavilion and wooden decking to expand seating and dining options, including the addition of an outdoor food pavilion.