Author Archives: Fine Arts Specialist

I’m working on a project, and I feel stuck. Do you have any books on the creative process that might help me?

Over the last decade or so, the creative process has become a fascination for many. A recent psychological study looked at the correlation between neuroticism and creativity, a familiar trope that might bring to mind many of Woody Allen’s characters. … Continue reading

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I’m interested in graphic novels, but I don’t want to read about traditional superheroes. Do you have any suggestions on what I might like?

Despite what many people might think, there is so much more to graphic novels than Superman and Batman. Over the last decade, graphic novels have begun to receive attention as real works of art and literature. Whether you love history, … Continue reading

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I’m new in town and was wondering about contemporary art in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Are there any events? Does the library have anything? Where do I start?

Not surprisingly, the best place to start looking for information on contemporary art in town these days is online. There are several good sources, including KERA’s Art&Seek, D Magazine’s Front Row, the Observer, and the Dallas Morning News.  Another interesting site … Continue reading

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Q: I have noticed many vinyl record stores opening in the Metroplex in the last few years  and have been reading in print media of its superior frequency range and warmth of sound  compared to compact discs. Does the Dallas Public Library have any vinyl albums? If so, what do you have?

A: The Fine Arts Division of the Central library has a vinyl collection of over 35,000 records, in a vast array of musical styles and genres. Here are a few examples: The collection of classical recordings is extensive, featuring such … Continue reading

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I recently heard that a production by New York’s Metropolitan Opera generated protests, and I’d like to find out more about the opera. How can the library get me started?  

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has never been shy about programming controversial operas, but this season’s schedule–which includes Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, an opera once labeled “pornographic”—set a new standard with its performances of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer. … Continue reading

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