Sometimes an attraction way exceeds expectations. Dallas’ Museum of Biblical Art is an example. Last January, Ruth and I had spent a full day in Dallas admiring, among other things, its art deco centennial buildings. It got to be 3 pm and we were on Loop Highway 12 north of downtown close to an attraction we had considered checking out before but had not been opened. We decided to take a chance on it even though it seemed questionable.
Scott Peck, its Executive Director and Curator, was there. He gave us what amounted to a personal tour and answered many questions. He would let us wander and then circle back to see if we needed information. He’s very good at his chosen career and deserves support. We truly admired the diversity of his surprising museum.
Over time the Museum of Biblical Art has enhanced its mission. To the left of reception is a fine addition called the National Center for Jewish Art and some Jewish Ceremonial Art with many one-of-a-kind artifacts like Frank Meisler’s charming sterling silver “Noahs Ark” seen just above. This museum has some notable art originals like Emil Nolde’s “The Prophet” shown just below the animals and some excellent copies of masterworks. That’s Moses foot from a bronze copy of Michelangelo’s famous sculpture below.
As we were admiring this foot, Peck came by and told us not to miss his greatest attraction, “The Resurrection of Christ” by Don DiCianni. Peck told us that visitors come in just to see this 12′ by 40′ mural canvas showing biblical notables in attendance as Jesus emerges from his tomb. After we checked out the Museum of Holocaust Art, the fully functional art conservation lab, and the exhibit of Andy Warhol’s Jewish heroes, Scott Peck took us to his museum’s door and reminded us to see his outdoor sculpture garden before leaving.
This is a must-see Dallas attraction when distance travel is possible again. In the meantime restless Ruth and I are planning a small trip to test the possibility of resuming domestic travel. That’s why I chose to write about an actual place to see today.