D A L L A S
Land of the Cowboys and the Mavericks, where 10 gallon hats and cowboy boots still rule the fashion scene. I found myself in Dallas, Texas for a friend’s wedding and decided to extend my stay to check out the city and visit another friend. I always find the best way to start the day in a new city is to head to a local café (that serves breakfast of course) and plan your day. Cafés offer a space where you don’t feel rushed to get in and out. They understand that people occupy the space for a myriad of reasons. And of course, it also offers a great opportunity to people watch!
The Dallas Museum of Art is hands down one of my favorite art museums. It is the second art museum that I’ve been to that has a gallery dedicated to Latin American art. Most museums have Latin American artifacts and pieces from indigenous people including Mayan and Aztec art; however, I rarely find myself surrounded by modern or even contemporary artists. At DMA, I found myself marveling at the works of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Raquel Forner and more. The DMA showcases art from all parts of the world and avenues of work.
The special exhibit Shaken Stirred & Styled: The Art of the Cocktail. I loved the idea of showcasing the creativity during the Prohibition Era in how cocktails (or mocktails) came to fruition. The small but mighty exhibit was interactive and informative.
Fun fact: punch as we know it today came from India!
Untitled (Sahara) was an emotional piece that stopped me in my tracks. The sculpture took on the air of ghosts and simply something truly haunting. The molded clothing are shaped like veils, hoodies and hijabs which are articles of clothing our society seems to have a negative view of. After reading the description of the piece, I appreciated and connected with it even more. It reminded me that art many times depicts the problems that we are dealing with in society daily.
I spent 3.5 hours getting lost in the corners and hallways of the DMA and it was such a pleasure. I would have stayed longer, but the museum was closing and it was around dinner time! As I waited for my friend, I sat outside in the warm Dallas weather soaking in the sun and enjoyed more people watching.
My final stop was dinner at Beto & Sons at Trinity Groves. Beto & Sons was a delicious new generation Mexican restaurant that served delicious salmon tacos and frozen sangria margaritas! The option for outdoor seating allowed us to take in views of the Dallas skyline. Dinner allowed for the perfect ending to an amazing day: great conversation, delicious food, tasty drinks and a beautiful skyline sunset.
Three women going through life.