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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 22 Jul 2013 7:56 AM

Taking sides in the Nasher/Museum Tower debate, a new Dallas-based reality show and how museums are bringing more of their collections out of storage.


TAKING A STAND: Last week, Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow suggested that an outside panel of architects and engineers should be brought in to work up a solution to the Museum Tower glare cast on the Nasher. But the editorial board at the paper has another idea. “Owners of the high-rise Museum Tower condo building have amped up their tactics in a battle over reflected sunlight bombarding the neighboring Nasher Sculpture Center, but the PR blitz mustn’t obscure the owners’ obligation to take full responsibility. And that means addressing the problem at its source,” the board writes. “The unwanted glare emanates from the shiny exterior of the glass-wrapped luxury tower. That’s where the problem should be solved.”

WHEELIN’ AND DEALIN’: On Tuesday night, Discovery’s Velocity network debuts a new reality show called Dallas Car Sharks. It features local car dealers who buy used cars at auction and turn a profit in flipping them. Tommy Spagnola is one of the dealers on the show, and even though it hasn’t aired yet, he’s already thinking about how it might change his life. “I had a conversation with my wife,” Spagnola tells “She said, ‘I’m really not looking forward to this if people are going to stop you in the grocery store and things like that.’ I said, ‘I don’t know that that will happen, but I suppose it could.’ I’ll just have to deal with that if it comes around.”

FROM THE VAULT: The Dallas Museum of Art has more than 22,000 items in its collection. Only a fraction of those are on display at any given time; the rest sits in storage. It’s a common situation for major museums, but as reports, several institutions are embracing the concept of “visible storage.” Basically, the items are exhibited in public spaces but without all the fancy (and expensive) installations. “There is this public assumption that museums are hoarding objects in dark rooms, and by the way that isn’t totally wrong,”  L.A. County Museum of Art director Michael Govan says. “What we’re saying is that those objects are worthy for viewing and studying if not always for exhibitions.” To that end, the museum is working on a plan for a new building that would display at lot more of its collection.