The Dallas Museum of Art had a free preview today of its Stickley furniture exhibit. Beautiful furniture in the Craftsman style - the American response to England's William Morris and his followers.
Stickley's furniture has a solid, honest-wood feel to it, expressing the nature of the oak planks or crafted metal used to build it, and the designs - like those of closely related Mission style - suggest the medieval but also Art Nouveau. Sometimes, for my taste, it can all get a little too plank-ish and heavy, especially a room full of the style. I loved the sideboards and serving tables, but my favorite piece was a stair's newel post with a built in electric light. Here's the sketch:
Pretty completely unrelated, but equally interesting, is an exhibit of African masks. Some wonderful things. My visit was enriched by happening across a performance in the north hall - African dancers wearing masks and terrific "clackers" - 6" high ankle bracelets made of polished wood... that looked like clustered mussel shells made out of polished mahogany and they made a lovely wooden, musical, percussive sound.
On the way out of the building I waved to the FLW windows at far south end of the museum, which now light the restaurant.