|Collection size||Over 4,000 pieces|
|Director||Amy Lewis Hofland|
|President||Trammell S. Crow|
|Curator||Dr. Caron Smith|
The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, also known as the Crow Collection of Asian Art, is a museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia, located in downtown Dallas, Texas (USA). The Crow Collection opened to the public on December 5, 1998, as a gift to the people and visitors of Dallas from Mr. and Mrs. Trammell Crow. The museum is a member of the Dallas arts district. The interior was designed by Booziotis and Company Architects of Dallas, Texas.
Trammell Crow and Margaret Crow bought their first piece of Asian art in the mid-1960s. The Crows have traveled extensively throughout the world, but Asia was a favorite destination. Pieces from Southeast Asian countries such as China, Japan, and India were added as the Crows' travels continued, evolving into a distinguished collection featuring artwork spanning 3500 B.C. to the early 20th century.
The idea for the museum came about when Mr. and Mrs. Crow decided they would like to keep the collection intact as a legacy for their children and grandchildren, and the general public. The artwork, which ranges from including examples of Chinese jades, Buddhist sculpture, and Japanese screen paintings, had been displayed in lobbies, reception, and office areas of the Trammell Crow Center, other office buildings, marts, hotels, and in the homes of the Crows and their children prior to the formation of a museum. "Because the art was scattered between commercial buildings and our families' homes, we had little notion of what kind of a collection we had until pieces were gathered for the exhaustive selection process," Mrs. Crow said.
In total, the Crow family has amassed more than 4,000 pieces of Asian art, among which the 569 best were selected, after extensive analysis, by a noted curator for inclusion in The Crow Collection. At that point, the interior of the Pavilion at the Trammell Crow Center was redesigned and renovated to meet the special needs of a gallery displaying centuries-old art year-round. A son of the family, Trammell S. Crow, serves as president of the Crow Family Foundation and oversees the development of The Crow Collection.
The majority of works comprising the Trammell and Margaret Crow collection have been obtained from individual purchases through private dealers and auction houses, as well as through the acquisition of major collections, such as the highly respected Morrie A. Moss collection. The Crow Collection of Asian Art has three galleries.
Gallery I, located on the first floor, is where Japanese art is exhibited, except when travelling exhibitions are on display. The Lotus Shop and garden flank Gallery I. Gallery II occupies the second floor. Chinese artifacts are displayed in Gallery II, as well as in the mezzanine. The Jade collection, one of the finest in the US and a pillar of the Crow Collection, is located here. Most of the items are from the 18th century, when the traditional Chinese jade industry (before the arrival of the industrial age) reached its zenith. A number of Qing Dynasty snuff bottles are on display as well.
The Skybridge, a glass structure held up by steel beams connecting Gallery II and Gallery III, offers views of the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Trammell Crow Center, and overlooks The Seated Daoist Deity fountain. Gallery III is the primary site for works of art from Southeast Asia and India. Gallery III is dominated by the Mugal wall, which is hung from the ceiling due to its extreme weight, and two Indian gazebos. One of these "baradari," used in gardens of Indian palaces and residences for relaxation and meditation, spent years at the Crow family farm in East Texas before its selection for the collection.
Tang Dynasty Horse, China, 8th century
China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1672 Ink and pigment on silk
China, Qing dynasty, 18th century Glass
West India, Rajasthan, Mughal period, 18th century Sandstone
Cambodia, pre-Angkor period, 7th century Sandstone
Japan, Edo period, Kano-school style, 1850 Pair of six-fold screens; ink, pigment, silver and gold leaf on paper; wood, silk, and lacquer
China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 1762 Nephrite and gilding
Located in the Dallas Central Business District, the Trammell Crow Center stands at a height of 686 feet (209 m) and is the sixth-tallest building in Dallas and the 18th-tallest in Texas. The building totals 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) on 50 floors and has a polished and flamed granite exterior with a garden plaza and is bordered by the Crow Collection. There are many museums available in close proximity to the building: the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Winspear Opera House, and the Dallas Museum of Art.