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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 26 Apr 2011 8:07 AM

Today in the roundup: Native American Art at the DMA, assessing The Last Picture Show and delicate books at the Amon Carter.


NATIVE ART: It’s been 20 years since the Dallas Museum of Art hosted an exhibition of Native American Art. But that dry spell was broken on Sunday with the opening of “Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection.” In the show, 135 works are collected from every corner of the continent. “Add deep, nature-based spirituality to imaginative use of materials and real visual flair, and the DMA show is well worth a visit,” Scott Cantrell writes in his review. (P.S. Jerome dug the show, too.)

RETURN TO ARCHER CITY: The New York Times has an occasional video feature in which one of its movie critics will take a look back at a classic movie. This week, A.O. Scott reminisces over The Last Picture Show, Peter Bogdanovich’s coming-of-age story set in West Texas. For my money, LPS is the best film about Texas, and if you need a reminder of why, this short video should do the trick.

TURNING THE PAGE: If you’ve got a green thumb, you’ll probably be interested in “Nature Bound: Illustrated Botanical Books” at the Amon Carter Museum. The books feature hand-colored illustrations of plants and flowers, and a lot of them are delicate and sensitive to light. That means the pages have to be turned every once in a while, which can be tricky according to the museum’s blog.