Timely Reminder in Dallas: Great Art Is Thrilling to Look At

Sleeping Hermaphrodite, 2008–2017, by Barry X Ball. Translucent pink Iranian onyx. (© Barry X Ball. Photo courtesy Barry X Ball Studio)
The Nasher Sculpture Center, with a solo show on Barry X Ball, leads the way in reopening and focusing on art rather than virtue-signaling.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M useums are opening, finally, almost everywhere, and what a relief. The COVID-19 hysteria shuttered every performing-arts space and museum in the country in an assault on culture devastating enough to make a Hun blanch. Theaters, alas, can’t overcome the six-foot rule, that social distance diktat pulled from a hat by some boob public-health lifer whose idea of culture is online solitaire. No matter to him that theater, music, dance, and opera are going broke.

Museums, though, are returning to the job of serving the public, with Texas leading the way. There, museums showed civic responsibility. They opened expeditiously, give or take

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