This installation drawn primarily from the Museum’s collection brings together works in all media from disparate periods to explore themes and ideas that drive an artist’s creative process. Sections will be devoted to thematic associations including abstraction, minimalism, and the figure. Historical and literal associations such as the use of text, the construction of typologies, and the tradition of Vanitas will structure other groupings. Works from the collection that have never before been seen will be installed alongside a number of recent acquisitions to focus a new lens on ways of discovering the collection.
Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950s–Present is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional support is provided by TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art, and by the Contemporary Art Initiative through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Jennifer and John Eagle, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Kenny Goss, Tim Hanley, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, The Karpidas Foundation, Janelle and Alden Pinnell, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Sharon and Michael Young. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.