Plenty of the increased attendance is due to the King Tut exhibition still on display until May. Also, Olafur Eliasson (a Danish artist) has an exhibit to experience in the barrel vault of the museum and the four adjacent galleries. Another part (the best part) of the exhibit is located in another section of the museum (The Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Galleries). Filled with light, color, mirrors, metals, stone, water, and fabrics, you can walk around, through, and into some of these vast sculptures. This exhibit is entitled Take Your Time and I encourage you to do so. Previously the exhibit was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
From the Dallas Museum of Art website
When I go to the DMA to see a new exhibit, I always take a whirl through my favorite two sections of the museum: the European art of the 20th century with works by Picasso, Braque, Gris, Mondrian etc., and then the Reves Collection consisting of several recreated rooms of Emery and Wendy Reves' Mediterranean villa. The following is a self-portrait of Camille Pissarro that can be found in one of the rooms.
The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection, 1985.R.44
For me, however, 2008 at the Dallas Museum of Art will always be the year of Making it New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy.