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SOLD OUT Hidden Dallas Gems Art and Architecture

March 19, 2014

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM



People often think of Dallas as a city of splash and dash – full of aspiring swagger and bold gestures, from the eye-popping extravaganza of Cowboys Stadium to the high-dollar “starchitecture” of the Winspear Opera House and the Perot Museum. But Dallas can be a city of secret delights and recessed treasures. On Wednesday, March 19th, two of our nationally recognized critics reveal some of those hidden gems of art and architecture in a unique setting.


Each 60-minute lecture is summarized below:


Professors and Classes


Five great artworks that you didn’t know call Dallas home

Rick Brettell / University of Texas at Dallas / Art Critic – The Dallas Morning News

Dallas museums harbor much great and signature art, images on canvas or in stone or metal recognizable to art-lovers around the world. But beyond those museum doors, and apart from the city’s bustling gallery scene, lie extraordinary sights that reside in private collections, world-significant works that few people realize are here. Art critic Rick Brettell is your guide on this surprising adventure.

RICK BRETTELL is the art critic of The Dallas Morning News and Margaret McDermott distinguished chair of art and aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a former director of the Dallas Museum of Art who also served as Searle curator of European painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. Brettell has authored numerous scholarly books, catalogues and articles, especially on French impressionism; he is completing a catalogue raisoné of the paintings of Paul Gauguin. He was the first art history professor to produce national video courses for the Teaching Company.



Dallas architecture you don’t want to miss out on

Mark Lamster / University of Texas at Arlington / Architecture Critic -- The Dallas Morning News

In recent years, Dallas has worked to define itself as a city of icons — grand buildings by famous architects that strike the imagination and mark the skyline. But Dallas is more than these buildings; it is a city of pockets, and these are often balkanized from each other. In his first year as architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News, Mark Lamster has made it a passion to explore these spaces, and in this talk he shares a series of inspiring projects, such as Jefferson Boulevard and Reverchon Park, that one would not find on a traditional list of sites, but in their own way contribute something special to the Dallas environment.


MARK LAMSTER is architecture critic of The Dallas Morning News and professor in practice at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture. He is currently working on a biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, whose many works include the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth and the John F. Kennedy Memorial and Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas. He is the author of several books, including Master of Shadows, a biography of Flemish master artist Peter Paul Rubens, and Spalding's World Tour, the story of a group of baseball stars who travelled around the globe in the 19th century on a mission of cultural diplomacy. 



This event will be held at The Court Room in The Venue.

The Venue is adorned with rich and distinctive architectural details creating a unique and sophisticated setting not found anywhere else in Dallas. It has served as Dallas’ post office since it opened in 1930 and was once the courtroom of Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes. Hughes is equally renowned for being the first female federal judge and administering the oath of office to President Johnson aboard Air Force One after the Kennedy assassination. This One Day University session will take place in the same room where trials regarding Bonnie and Clyde and Roe v. Wade took place.