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DMA Swings, Nasher Rocks, New Sculpture Debuts


by Gail Sachson 23 Jun 2008

Guest blogger Gail Sachson is Vice-Chair of the Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission and an arts educator and advocate. The DMA is for Swingers: Swingers who bounce and bop and hop! Celebrating the Sara & Gerald Murphy exhibition and the life-style of the 1920s, Friday’s Late night at the DMA featured Trella Hart singing the music […]

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Guest blogger Gail Sachson is Vice-Chair of the Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission and an arts educator and advocate.

The DMA is for Swingers: Swingers who bounce and bop and hop! Celebrating the Sara & Gerald Murphy exhibition and the life-style of the 1920s, Friday’s Late night at the DMA featured Trella Hart singing the music of Cole Porter. Word of mouth traveled fast, and Acme Swing Company members showed up to celebrate TGIF and the Lindy Hop. The SRO audience loved the unexpected show, the gyrations and the dress.

Those who weren’t sippin’ free Starbucks’ coffee or throwing their partner on their backs, were at bar stools at the ART BAR (my naming) at the new C3 (Center for Creative Connections), just a photo gallery away. It was a little after 9 p.m. by then , but it was “Happy Hour” at the bar. Instead of beer and wine and such, the offerings were string, paper and sticks. Instead of making time, the singles were making ART! And just a few steps down in the CCC, little ones were building skyscrapers with cardboard boxes, delighted when the towers tumbled.

Nasher rocks: The doors closed at midnight, giving party-goers a day to rest up until the next museum madness, Sunday night, when the Nasher Sculpture Center celebrated their fifth anniversary with a Members’ picnic and more dancin’. Motown music rocked the garden. Having feasted on kobe burgers, the picnicking crowd eagerly abandoned their blankets near the di Suvero to dance to the disco beat of the local band Cuvee ’til 9. Another magical night in a museum. Another night of the art of living.

And . . . thanks to an art supporting corporation, a new outdoor sculpture was unwrapped this week. This is it! Where is it and who is the artist? E-mail me your answers. No prizes, just smug satisfaction.

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    Tony Cragg — Pearl & Cedar Springs (near Crescent).