Author Archives: Fine Arts Specialist

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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I heard someone talking the other day about an award for creative geniuses called the MacArthur Fellows Program.  Does the library have any information about the award or the people who have received it?

The library does have many items about and by MacArthur Fellows.  According to their website, these awardees are all “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction… Although nominees are reviewed … Continue reading

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I’ve seen some nice art exhibits on the Fine Arts floor in the past. What’s new in the gallery these days?

The Fine Arts Division is currently hosting Food for the Soul: New Work from the Stewpot Art Program, an annual show now in its 18th year. The Stewpot is a service provider and day shelter for homeless and at-risk individuals … Continue reading

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