Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz's Impressions of Dallas

Begin Date2012-05-20
End Date2012-08-19
CuratorsHeather MacDonald
Credit LineThe exhibition is presented by Macy's Foundation. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines.
LocationChilton Gallery II
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
NotesRelated Programming: Summer Film Series: Beginning Thursday, July 12, 2012 Gallery Talk: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Late Night: Friday, July 20, 2012 Special Events with Marty Grosz, son of George Grosz: Wednesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 2, 2012
DescriptionIn 1952 George Grosz, the expatriate German dadaist and satirist, was invited to Dallas by Leon Harris, Jr., the young vice president of the Harris and Company department store. Harris had commissioned Grosz to create a series of paintings illustrating the landscape, economy, and society of Dallas for the storeâ019s 65th anniversary celebrations. Groszâ019s series, called "Impressions of Dallas," was exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in Fair Park in October 1952 and then in New York in 1954, but have since remained almost forgotten. In 2012 on the 60th anniversary of the seriesâ019 first presentation at the DMFA, the Dallas Museum of Art will present "Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas." The exhibition will feature twenty works from the series, accompanied by a rich selection of historic photographs of Dallas, documenting the city as Grosz discovered it in 1952. The exhibition will also examine the context for the Impressions of Dallas series with twelve of Groszâ019s works made earlier in his career, including graphic work and watercolors made in Berlin in the 1920s and early 1930s, and paintings and watercolors made in New York during the late 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition will be accompanied by the Dallas Museum of Art's first e-catalogue, an electronic publication describing the history of Groszâ019s Dallas paintings. The catalogue, featuring an essay by exhibition curator Heather MacDonald and additional contributions by Andrew Sears, will describe Groszâ019s career in the postwar years, relate the history of the "Impressions of Dallas" commission, and offer a rich portrait of Dallas in the early 1950s. The catalogue will reproduce the "Impressions of Dallas" series in its entirety for the first time, and will also illustrate many other paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints by Grosz, as well as many historic photographs of Dallas. "Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas" is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and curated by Heather MacDonald, The Lillian and James H. Clark Associate Curator of European Art.