Dallas Museum of Art

Exhibition: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, November 13, 2011-February 12, 2012. Dallas Museum of Art Collection

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has contributed more than 7,000 images to the Artstor Digital Library representing works from its permanent collection and exhibition installation views.
 
As the anchoring institution of the nation's largest Arts District in downtown Dallas, the DMA ranks among the leading art museums in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions, groundbreaking educational programs, and encyclopedic collection.
 
The Museum's collection represents world cultures and encompasses nearly 25,000 works, spanning 5,000 years of history. It includes significant holdings of modern and contemporary art, as well as strong selections in the arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, and South Asia, and in European and American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. In addition, the DMA has initialed the DMX (Dallas Museum Exchange), which encourages loans to the Museum in exchange for the DMA's expertise across Museum departments with partnering institutions. The rapid growth of the DMA's collection has resulted in a dramatic expansion of its existing conservation programs and facilities, with the addition of a state-of-the-art paintings conservation studio and the appointment of the Museum's first Chief Conservator in spring 2012.
 
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art was the first cultural institution to move to the then-developing Arts District during the 1980s. The Museum's building, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, opened in 1984, and a 140,000-square-foot addition was completed in 1993. With more than 500,000 square feet, it ranks today among the largest art museums in the United States. A hub of professional and community creativity, the Museum welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors annually and engages people of all ages and backgrounds. In 2013 the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched the first free membership program in the country, DMA Friends.