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Museum Exhibits You Could Hit On Your Lunch Break

 

You don’t have to wait until the weekend to take in some art. Between the long lines and noisy crowds that make Saturdays for museum mayhem, taking a weekday trip during lunchtime hours is a genius move. And it sure beats the hell out of making small talk in the break room. So cancel that microwave meal and opt for a quieter viewing of these exhibitions instead.

Ida O’Keeffe | Escaping Georgia’s Shadow | Dallas Museum of Art, Now – Feb. 24

Head to the DMA for approximately 50 works including paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings by another talented member of the O’Keeffe family: Georgia’s younger sister, Ida. Also featured will be photographs of the artist taken by Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia’s husband, and an original short film focusing on her life. A general admission ticket will run you $16 and include a tour of the rest of the museum.

History buffs, if you haven’t been to the Sixth Floor Museum, you’re in for an extra treat. An $18 admission gets you a tour of one of the most infamous buildings in U.S. history, along with the museum’s newest temporary exhibit, “55 Years.” This collection offers a glimpse into how President Kennedy’s image has been depicted on many popular magazine covers over the last six decades. We also highly recommend a walk to the infamous grassy knoll.

The Art of the Brick | Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Feb. 23 – Aug. 18

Take in some art and take a trip down memory lane with one of your favorite childhood toys. Featuring works by world-renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya, “The Art of the Brick” is designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity with original pieces and re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous art masterpieces (made exclusively from LEGO® bricks) including Van Gogh's Starry Night and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. And bonus: there’s also an interactive LEGO® brick gallery and open play games, so you can get a little creative before heading back to the office. Admission to the Perot Museum for non-members starts at $25.

Make a lunchtime visit to Dallas Contemporary to check out over 40 soft sculptures and 15 prints from Mexican-American artist Margarita Cabrera. “It Is Impossible to Cover the Sun with a Finger” formally explores the impact of border politics and addresses her interest over time in sociopolitical issues such as migration, labor practices, and economic empowerment. Admission is free.

Hidenori Oi | Rising Land | Conduit Gallery, Jan. 12 – Feb 16

Head to Hi Line Drive to check out Japanese sculptor Hidenori Oi’s first-ever U.S. exhibition, featuring a selection of small stone sculptures and lithographs. Admission is free.

Sterling Ruby: Sculpture | Nasher Sculpture Center, Feb. 2 – April 21

A quiet, lunchtime visit to the Nasher is well worth the $10 admission. And starting in February, Sterling Ruby’s sculpture exhibit only sweetens the deal. Go and check out a variety of sculptural pieces from one of the most significant contemporary artists working today.

Women + Design: New Works | Lamont Quadrant Gallery, Dallas Museum of Art, Now - Feb 17

Adding to the museum’s collection of contemporary works, this exhibition showcasing the works of seven female designers will also feature two newly created pieces on view for the first time by Iris van Herpen and Najla El Zein. Admission is free, so there’s no excuse to break away from work to go and check it out.