CONTACT: Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-3785
Kami Duncan, 214-768-2788,

April 20, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Museum presents "Family Day," an afternoon of activities for the entire family dedicated to celebrating Cinco de Mayo, on Sunday, May 2 from 1-4 p.m. Mariachi singers, Mexican ballet folklorico dancers and an artwork treasure hunt will highlight the afternoon's activities. The event is held in conjunction with the opening at the museum of "The Triumph of French Painting: 17th Century Masterpieces from the Museums of FRAME," a remarkable international loan exhibition of major paintings from the Golden Age of French art.

The afternoon will feature a take-home studio art project for kids inspired by the museum's current Greek vase exhibition, and informal sketching in the galleries with artist Cynthia Padilla. Easels, sketch pads and drawing pencils will be provided. The treasure hunt will allow visitors to explore the galleries following a sheet of clues provided on entrance. At 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., the Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company, a troupe of professional musicians and dancers, will perform dances in traditional costume from several regions of Mexico. At 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., the Anthony and Sarah Garcia Mariachi Duet, a young brother-sister duo, will sing a variety of numbers from their repertory of romantic, patriotic, bilingual and traditional mariachi songs. Museum docents will lead tours of "The Triumph of French Painting" exhibit at 1:30 p.m., the permanent collection of Spanish art at 2 p.m. and the exhibit "Greek Vase Painting: Form, Figure, and Narrative -- Treasures of the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid" at 3:30 p.m.

The docent tours will serve to introduce visitors to two of the three special exhibitions at the museum. Family Day will mark the opening weekend of the French painting exhibition, which runs through July 25. More than 40 works by French masters such as La Tour, Vignon, Valentin, Bourdon, and Poussin will be exhibited, presenting the very highest level of work from a century when painting emerged as one of the splendors of French culture. By studying the paintings alongside the Meadows' permanent collection of 17th-century Spanish art, it will be possible for the first time in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to compare the achievements of France and Spain picture by picture, artist by artist.

The "Greek Vase Painting" exhibit surveys the development of Greek art from the dawn of the Iron Age to the age of Alexander, spanning the 8th to the 3rd centuries B.C. The exhibition is comprised of 44 masterpieces, most of which are being shown abroad for the first time, and runs through June 6.

The museum will also showcase "20th Century Texas and Spanish Prints," an exhibition of works by Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and prominent regional artists of the Southwest. Highlighting the exhibit are newly-acquired prints by Dalí, displayed in honor of the centennial of his birth, and some 40 works by Picasso that were produced to accompany the sonnets of 17th century Spanish poet Luis de Góngora y Argote. The exhibit is on view through August 8.

Admission to Family Day and the museum exhibitions is FREE. The museum is located at 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Parking is available in the museum's underground garage. Regular museum hours are 10-5 Mon., Tues., Fri. and Sat.; 10-8 Thurs.; and 1-5 Sun. The museum is closed Wednesdays and holidays. For more information, please call the museum at 214-768-2516.