About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Art Museums, Gardens
The country’s largest urban arts district is also one of its finest. A baker’s dozen of cultural institutions beckons art lovers, fans of live performance, and folks simply looking for a pleasant place to take a stroll. Venues include (this list is a doozy!) the Annette Strauss Artist Square, the Belo Mansion/Dallas Bar Association, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, and many more.
The Crow Collection offers an impressive array of Asian art from 3500 BC to the early 20th century, as well as cutting edge temporary exhibitions. The museum opened to the public in 1998 as a gift to the people of Dallas from Trammel and Margaret Crow, who began traveling to and collecting art from Asia during 1960s.
The Dallas Museum of Art, founded in 1903, features everything from ancient Mediterranean artifacts to an excellent collection of contemporary art and design items. Be sure to look for sculptures by Degas and Rodin, as well as paintings by Renoir, Manet, Monet, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum tells the story of aviation from its earliest days to the present, with special focus paid to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and its role as the 'Aviation Capital of the World.' Many of the aircraft and space vehicles (!) were designed and built in North Texas.
The Meadows Museum of Art, aka the 'Prado on the Prairie,' specializes in Spanish art with a focus on the Golden Age, from the 1550s to the 18th century. It includes masterpieces and major works by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Goya, Miró, Sorolla, and Picasso.
At Nasher Sculpture Center, you'll see more than 300 indoor and outdoor sculptures — including works by modern talents such as Rodin, Calder, de Kooning, Giacometti, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, and Serra — in a beautiful and easy-to-reach downtown location. In addition to the great art, Nasher is a draw for its terraced restaurant and the unique gifts at its Nasher Store.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science features a range of fascinating hands-on exhibitions and activities to ensure that kids — and the curious of all ages — have a great time combining fun with education.
Located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository), where Lee Harvey Oswald took aim and assassinated the President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Sixth Floor Museum dives into this crucial event that rocked the U.S. Visitors can explore not only the circumstances and conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, but also learn about Kennedy's presidency and legacy.