The Dallas Museum of Art has announced it will host a retrospective of photographs taken by department store magnate Stanley Marcus (1905-2002), a man who shaped the history of Dallas, the Lone Star state and fashion in America.
Reflections of a Man will consist of approximately 40 works by the legendary Dallasite who helped create an international profile for the city in commerce and culture, and will be presented for the first time to a public audience, who can now share the private artistic side of a beloved public citizen.
As president and CEO of Neiman Marcus, the store his father founded in 1907 that celebrates its centennial this year, Marcus raised the bar for excellence in imaginative and innovative marketing and the presentation of fashion and luxury goods. His pioneering combination of art, music, festival, advertising and extravaganza advanced store sales and provided community-wide education.
But while his public passions and civic contributions are well known, Mr. Marcus had a deeply committed artistic side known only to family and friends.
“Reflections will survey the photos that Stanley Marcus took over decades, documenting his travels, international commerce, and his colleagues, family, friends and hometown,” said Dr. William Keyse Rudolph, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. “He was continually exploring the possibilities of new technologies and the language of color and pattern.”
As a trustee of the Dallas Museum of Art for more than 60 years, Marcus also dramatically influenced the Museum’s collections, donating more than 300 works of art in all media across many curatorial areas. He fostered a passion for traditional and modern Latin American art, leading him to provide the foundations for the Museum’s present strengths in these realms.
Reflections of a Man: The Photography of Stanley Marcus will be on view at the Dallas Museum of Art January 2 through March 30, 2008.
The exhibition has been produced thanks to the generosity of his family, especially his daughter Jerrie Smith and his granddaughter Allison V. Smith. Mother and daughter released their book Reflection of a Man: The Photographs of Stanley Marcus—a volume of 192 color images with an introduction by Oscar de la Renta—to coincide with the Neiman Marcus centennial.
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