- March 12, 2012
If March has a gentleman of the moment, it’s Santiago Calatrava. The Spanish architect jets into town the first weekend of the month for the debut of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge — the massive civic project of Calatrava’s design spanning the Trinity River. There are bridge-opening parties galore (most notably those held atop the MHH March 2, 3 and 4 and benefitting The Trinity Trust), but the monument’s inauguration has also stirred several art happenings, particularly one at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. The exhibit premiere of Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion coincides with the MHH-opening weekend on Sunday, March 4, and spotlights a rarified peek at Calatrava’s sculptural oeuvre. A highly curated collection of the architect’s work will go on view — from a watercolor-and-graphite sketch of his famous Wave sculpture to several abstract works in marble, granite and brass, and even personal correspondences, inscriptions and mementos. Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd., 214.768.2516; meadowsmuseumdallas.org; Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Party information, 214.740.1616; mhhbridgecelebration.com.
Santiago Calatrava’s Il Dente, 1999. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas, Algur H. Meadows Collection, Gift of Santiago Calatrava photo Michael Bodycomb.