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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 17 Jan 2011 7:50 AM

Today in the roundup: The Nasher makes a list, Dallas’ new-old aquarium and Ed Ruscha’s first road trip.


GARDEN-VARIETY MUSEUMS: Sometimes when you’re at a museum, isn’t it actually kinda nice to take a break outside, away from the masses? That’s where the museum garden comes into play. The Huffington Post has come up with a list of the world’s top museum gardens, which includes The Met’s Cloisters in New York City, the Monet Museum in France and the Getty Center in L.A. Also making the list – our own Nasher Sculpture Center.

UNDER THE SEA: Dallas has a new aquarium. Actually, it’s the same old Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park. But after an $8 million renovation, it’s been rebranded the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. “We themed it around the greatest hits,” the aquarium’s executive director, Gregg Hudson, tells “The octopus and the sharks and crabs and gators and all of the things that little kids really want to see.” Twenty thousand people visited it in December, the first month it was open.

QUOTABLE: “I was born in Nebraska, but for me, it all really started in Oklahoma City. I moved there when I was 6 and my father, who was an insurance auditor, had a big 1948 Plymouth for a company car. He used to take my family – my mother, my brother and my sister – on these vacations all over, to Yellowstone National Park, Los Angeles, San Francisco. We kids would cram in the back for hours with a big jug of lemonade and take sips off it. It was great fun. At night we’d stay in motels, or as they called them back then, tourist courts. It was a different era, but that’s where I got my first taste of the country. And the open skies haven’t changed.”

– Ed Ruscha, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, ahead of the opening on Sunday of “Ed Ruscha: Road Tested” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

  • nmlhats

    The poor Nasher image shows the very cool “Walking to the Sky” (or whatever it’s called) and a skyscraper–not anything GREEN, so its voting rank is surely skewed in terms of the peaceful escape factor. Too bad.