Seabury Tredwell’s Funeral

The 1865 funeral of Seabury Tredwell in the Merchant’s House Museum’s is just one of the fall events that are sure to give a sense of the more somber traditions of the past.

An Exhibition: A Mid-19th Century House in Mourning is on display through Nov. 11. Seabury Tredwell’s funeral is recreated in the parlors as the Museum explores mid-19th century mourning customs. Ghost Tours of the Merchant’s House take place on October 29 & 30 with a special Ghost story telling Halloween Evening.

And perhaps the highlight, Sunday’s re-enactment of Seabury Tredwell’s Funeral followed by a casket-walk to New York City Marble Cemetery where Mr. Tredwell was temporarily interred. MORE

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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