Category Archives: exhibit

The Black Theatre exhibition on the 4th floor is great! Can you tell me about the book it’s based on?

Our current exhibit, Stages of Struggle and Celebration: Black Theatre in Texas, focuses on the rich history of the dramatic arts across five of Texas’s major cities: Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth.  The collection is composed of archival … Continue reading

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Quilting on the Modern Spectrum: Hot, Loud Fun

Hot, loud fun—sounds like an ad for Six Flags, doesn’t it? Well, forget theme parks, at least for this month. We’re talking about quilts here, but quilts that even the most jaded will call art. These are the wildest, most controversial, … 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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What kinds of unique books does the library have? Are there any handcrafted books like the livre d’artiste?

In an age dominated by mass-produced, word-processed books, it’s rare to experience a book in which every aspect of its creation, from the paper to the types of fonts selected, is carefully considered and crafted together as a single work … Continue reading

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I’ve heard stories about the library owning a collection of rare and valuable books kept in a vault. Is that true? Can the public see items in this collection? How do you find out what the library has?

The Dallas Public Library’s Fine Books Division is located on the seventh floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.  The division was established in 1950 by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library and focuses on three areas of … Continue reading

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