Dallas has been very fortunate to have had many generous philanthropists over the years, among them Trammell and Margaret Crow who created the Crow Museum of Asian Art from their extensive collection of Chinese and Eastern art in 1998.
On December 2nd Amy Holland, Senior Director of the free museum,gave us an overview of the art as well as biographies of its founders with an emphasis on Margaret .
Trammell is remembered as the founder of the Trammell Crow Co. which developed the World Trade Center along with deceased Rotarian Bill Cooper. He also worked with John Stemmons, also a past member. One notable fact which Ms. Holland presented was that he was responsible for expanding the size of the Dallas Arts District. Margaret Doggett grew up in Dallas and was orphaned at the age of 19 when her parents were killed in a car accident.
In their travels over the years the Crows built a collection of Asian art which currently numbers approximately 8000 pieces which experts choose from for display. In Eastern cultures nature is viewed as the center of the Earth. The architecture of the museum is designed to evoke a space for quiet mindfulness, compassion and kindness, traits there is never too much of. In the not too distant future a branch of the museum will open on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas.