News from Meadows Museum at SMU



Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting


For more than 500 years, the Alba family has formed part of the most important aristocratic lineages in Europe. In celebration of the Meadows Museum’s 50th anniversary, they are graciously allowing more than 130 works from their private collection to leave Spain for the very first time.Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting presents paintings and decorative arts drawn from three of the family’s most spectacular palaces in Madrid, Seville, and Salamanca, including works by Titian, Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt, Ingres, Renoir, and many more. Learn More


Between Paris and Texas: Marie Cronin, Portraitist of the Belle Époque

February 14-June 5, 2016 

This is the first monographic exhibition of Cronin’s (1867-1951) art and will feature a focused selection of her paintings, including works shown in the salons of Paris, as well as official portraits of Texas statesmen that hang at the Texas State Capitol, such as Alfonso Steele (1817-1911), the last survivor of the Battle of San Jacinto. A Texas-raised artist, Cronin studied with Claudio Castelucho (Spanish, 1870-1927) in Paris during the first decade of the twentieth century. Following her return from Europe, Cronin would continue her artistic career back in Texas while also carrying out the exigencies of a family in the business of expanding railroad operations across the state.

Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner
February 14-June 5, 2016

This exhibition will present the work of two pioneering artists working and teaching in Texas in the 1940s and 1950s, Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988) and Janet Turner (1914-1988). Corpron, working in photography, and Turner, working in painting and printmaking, both taught art education at Texas universities and came into their own maturity of style during the middle of the twentieth century. Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner explores the work of both artists made during this period of consummate experimentation. This exhibition draws entirely from holdings within the Dallas area, including Bywaters Special Collections of SMU, which holds an impressive collection of art by both Turner and Corpron.




You’ll find a treasure trove of gifts for everyone on your list at the Meadows Museum Shop, including Casa de Alba olive oil and a deluxe edition of the Alba exhibition catalogue! Learn More

Sunday, Dec. 6 – Open 3:00-5:00 p.m. due to a special event

Christmas Eve – Close at 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Day – CLOSED
News Year’s Eve – Close at 5:00 p.m.
News Year’s Day – CLOSED

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Drawing from the Masters
Sunday, Dec. 6, CANCELED!
Drawing from the Masters

This Sunday’s session of Drawing from the Masters is canceled due to a special event, but we will return January 10th and 24th!


The Meadows Museum joins the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau in a partnership with arts institutions  and area attractions to showcase a full array of enchanting events for both locals and visitors to enjoy. It’s time to start planning your BIG D Holiday adventure!  The Big D Holiday website showcases events happening each week, as well as tons of holiday events happening all season long such as plays, musicals, art exhibits, musical performances, tree lightings, and so much more. Learn More


Now through Dec. 13
Get an additional 10% off!*

From November 27 through December 13, Museum members can take an extra 10% off their purchases on top of their regular 10% membership discount! The Meadows Shop is a one-stop wonderland for one-of-a-kind scarves, jewelry, home décor, and so much more! Parking is a breeze with our dedicated spaces in the Meadows Garage that are always free. *Select books and specialty items may not be included in the sale.



 WilkinsThursday, Dec. 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Music from the Casa de Alba: Lost in Plain Sight
Grover Wilkins III
, Music Director, Orchestra of New Spain

Wilkins III has parlayed a career as a university-based conductor of orchestras, opera, ballet, and chorus into the now 27th season of the Orchestra of New Spain, specializing in music that comes from the largest ignored body of European national music still hidden away from public recognition. In this lecture Wilkins will discuss his research from primary sources, including the Alba’s own archives at Liria Palace in Madrid. Learn More


Friday, Dec. 11, 12:15 p.m.
Anton Raphael Mengs and the Neoclassical Portrait
Scott Winterrowd
, Curator of Education, Meadows Museum

Meadows Museum gallery talks feature art research and perspectives from staff, local guest speakers, and students.Learn More


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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