Modern Art


The great ones need only one name: Cher, Gandhi, Madonna, Britney, Hef. That list also includes MoMa. Officially titled the Museum of Modern Art, New York City's MoMa is known worldwide by its four-letter nickname, and it recently underwent a meticulous makeover, doubling its capacity while keeping its historically significant structure and original architecture by the likes of Philip Johnson, who designed the sculpture garden. Anne Umland, MoMa's curator of painting and sculpture, discusses the tremendous feat of renovating without changing too much and making space for artworks of diverse sizes, some of which are more famous than the museum itself, including Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night." The lecture, part of the Modern & Contemporary Sculpture Lecture Series, takes place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., and is free with admission to the center, which is $5 to $10 (free for members and kids 12 and under). Seating will be first come, first served in Nasher Hall. Call the center at 214-242-5100. --Shannon Sutlief

Like a Dream

Like so many great outfits, the Design Industry Fashion Fighting AIDS Dallas Collection centers around a denim jacket. It's classic, versatile and can be dressed up or down. This weekend, DIFFA and denim jackets dress up--way up--in the form of The Dream Collection 2005 Dream of a World Without AIDS: A Dream as Big as Texas. Designers such as Todd Oldham, Hugo Boss and Bob Mackie contribute jackets to a theatrical fashion show. The jackets will be auctioned after the show to benefit local HIV/AIDS organizations. The event is March 5 at the Wyndham Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway. Call 214-748-8580 or visit --Stephanie Durham

In Black and White

Matthew Diffee is a Denton boy done good. At 34, he's the co-creator of an off-Broadway comedy series called The Rejection Show, and his cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker. Though he's a devout Christian, perhaps his best panel for the magazine showed two Girl Scouts at a man's front door above the caption "Would you like to buy some Girl Scouts crack?" Readers were outraged. The New Yorker was not. Today he's so often featured within The New Yorker's pages that he's been asked to return to North Texas--he now lives in Brooklyn--to talk about the magazine's cartoon history for Dallas' Arts & Letters Live's Artful Musings series. To join Diffee in discussing 80 years of cartoons will be Robert Mankoff, the magazine's cartoon editor, and cartoonist Leo Cullum. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Horchow Auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. Tickets are $25 for the public and $20 for members of the DMA. Call 214-922-1219. --Paul Kix