May News from the Meadows Museum at SMU

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Between Heaven and Hell:
The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera
March 12 – June 11
In the most comprehensive presentation ever dedicated
to the artist’s drawings – and the first major monographic
exhibition organized on the artist in the United States in the last 25 years – the Meadows Museum, in collaboration
with the Museo Nacional del Prado, presents an exhibition of about a third of the artist’s surviving drawings, plus a small selection of paintings and prints. Learn More

This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows Museum and the Museo Nacional del Prado and funded by a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation.

Picasso’s Dream and Lie of Franco:
The Spanish Civil War in Print
April 2 – July 2

This exhibition showcases a pair of prints in the Meadows collection that was transformed by the painting Guernica: Picasso’s Dream and Lie of Franco. Displayed alongside Spanish Civil War posters from the Meadows collection, they offer a thematic and visual-cultural context for Picasso’s graphic works. Learn More

This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows
Museum and funded by a generous gift from The
Meadows Foundation.





We have Mother’s Day gifts for every budget! From this Betsy Simpson Mother-of-Pearl Flower and Freshwater Teardrop Pearl Necklace, with sterling silver centers and Swarovski crystals ($245.00), to charming hand-stamped, carved, and raku-fired mosaic tiles by lifelong friends and artists Romy Kissel and Clare Bies ($19.50), gifts are available for every taste and style. Visit the Meadows Museum Shop today!


Celebrate Art Museum Day with a visit to the Meadows Museum-on us! Today we recognize the vital role museums play as cultural, educational, and economic anchors, helping make their communities great places to live and work. Admission is FREE all day, and a free guided tour of the special exhibition Between Heaven and Hell: The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera

is offered at 6:30 p.m. Join us in support of museums everywhere on social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.


Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.  Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. (The Meadows Museum honors this discount all year long.)




Sculpture Stroll: Discovering Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum
Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Join members of our curatorial staff as they give a tour of the Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Collection.  This collection, known originally as the Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Garden, was a second generous gift to SMU from Mr. Meadows to honor his second wife. Members will gain insight into the history of the plaza and how the museum came to be the home for this breathtaking collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. Reception with wine and edible fare to follow. $35 per person. Space is limited to 30 and advance, credit-card registration is required. To register, please contact membership associate Kasey Abernathy at or 214.768.1310.








Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Las Meninas (detail). .
BodartLos borrones de Ticiano: The Venetian Brushstroke and Its Spanish Translations
Friday, May 5, 6:00 P.M.
Diane Bodart, David Rosand Assistant Professor of Italian Renaissance Art History, Columbia University
From Venice to Spain, from Titian to Velázquez, the definition of the painterly brushwork uses a vocabulary of failure related to the idea of stain-a formless area of color that soils or conceals the surface underneath. This lecture will investigate the transformative process of the interpretation of Titian’s model in Spain. Bodart’s lecture is the closing event for our Fellows Colloquium; a reception follows in the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall. Free; advance reservation required. To book your reservation, call 214-768-8587. Learn More

Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium




Friday, May 12, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering. Attendees visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, explore the galleries, and enjoy an informal gallery activity. Free; registration is encouraged but not required or 214.768.3980.


DrawingDrawing from the Masters
Sundays, May 7 & 21, 1:30 – 3 P.M.

Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills.Learn More





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Meadows Museum Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday until 9:00 p.m. (free after 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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