The must-see art exhibitions in Dallas this winter


From an Oscar-winning virtual reality experience to new sculpture projects in the city, these are the must-see art exhibitions in Dallas this winter.


Opening at Fair Park Food and Fiber Pavilion on January 21, Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu CARNE y ARENA is an immersive virtual reality experience. In partnership with the Nasher Sculpture Center and the George W. Bush Presidential Center, as well as Emerson Collective, PHI Studio and Legendary Entertainment, this virtual reality experience follows the journey of refugees from Central America and Mexico. This will be the first time that the exhibition, which also won an Academy Award, will be presented in Texas. Tickets will be available to visit the exhibition until April 18.

Mexican-American artist Octavio Medellín’s first-ever retrospective will be shown at DMA in February. (Courtesy of DMA)

Octavio Medellín: spirit and form

A new tuning facility makes its debut at Dallas Museum of Art February 6 with Mexican-American artist Octavio Medellín. The very first museum retrospective of the sculptor, the Spirit and form The exhibition includes around 80 works by the Mexican-American sculptor. Medellín has lived and worked in Dallas for over 40 years and was a school instructor at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Dating from 1926 to 1995, the exhibition will feature 30 sculptures created from locally sourced wood and stone, as well as his public art commissions.

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“Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life” will debut at the Nasher Sculpture Center this winter. (Courtesy)

Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life

Head to the Nasher Sculpture Center from January 29 for the American artist of Italian origin Harry Bertoia Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life. The first American museum retrospective of the sculptor’s career, the exhibition will include nearly 100 works by the artist. Expect paper, modern furniture, jewelry, large-scale commissions and sound sculptures from the house of Bertoia.

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Nasher Public’s latest exhibition comes from artist Christian Cruz. (Courtesy)

Nasher Audience: Christian Cruz

Also exhibited at Nasher until January 30, the installation of Christian Cruz, Pink Collar // Childrens Linen, took over the front gallery space. The installation includes a hanging fabric sculpture and a column of plastic laundry baskets. Created during quarantine, Cruz’s latest installation focuses on the work done by domestic workers, often undervalued. You will also see sculptures, High Heels Laundry (Relic) 1 & 2 (2021), made of old clothes formerly worn by Cruz.

A few other notable Nasher Public commissions have popped up in town over the past few months. If you walk the Katy Trail, you will see Sara Cardona’s Sow the way, which are five sculptures hanging from the trees between Cambrick Street and Fitzhugh Avenue. And if you go to 2001 Ross Avenue downtown, you can grab at Alicia Eggert Time to becomea steel structure with neon red lettering stating “NOW IS ONLY FOR THE TIME TO BE”, which becomes “NOW IS ALWAYS THE TIME TO BECOME”.


William E. Bennett