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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 26 Jun 2013 7:46 AM

The Perot Museum loses its CEO, plus a tour of Museum Tower and the Winspear chandelier gets a name.


PEROT CEO LEAVES: Nicole Small, the CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, announced Tuesday that she’s leaving the museum to become president of the Lyda Hill Foundation. Small’s been with the museum for the last 12 years and lead the move from Fair Park into its new $185 million building. “It’s like my third child. I had two real ones and I had the Perot Museum building,” she tells “It’s one of the great loves of my life — this building.”

FIXING THE GLARE: Looking for a catch-up on the whole Museum Tower v. Nasher Sculpture Center situation? Dallas Business Journal recently took a tour of the tower with developer Greg Greene, who tells the paper that the building’s brain trust is willing to pay to fix the oculi system atop the Nasher. “It would reduce the profitability of the project somewhat, but it wouldn’t destroy it,” he says. “The $5 million won’t make or break this deal. It’s a huge project. It will hurt a little bit, but if this is really going to hurt them we need to fix it.” Of course, the Nasher would have to agree to the plan, and thus far, it hasn’t.

THEIR NAME IN LIGHTS: The iconic chandelier hanging inside the Winspear Opera House now has a name. Henceforth, it will be known as the Moody Foundation Chandelier, after the foundation made a $5 million gift to the AT&T Performing Arts Center. And now, each time it’s raised, it’ll have its own theme song, “The Light,” by Philip Glass. More details are at