The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has announced their 2010-2011 exhibition Schedule. The two major exhibits are Vernon fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism and Ed Ruscha: Road Tested. The exhibits start September 2010 and January 2011, respectively.
On Sunday, April 11, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) will host a free family day, which among other things, will launch the Museum’s nine-month-long celebration of the Mexican bicentennial at the Dallas Museum of Art. Also on April 11, the Dallas Museum of Art will partner with The Dallas Film Society’s 2010 DALLAS International Film Festival Family Day. General admission is free.
Sandow Birk, a guest artist from Los Angeles, is flying here to Dallas and giving an ART TALK at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) about his work and his notable suite of fifteen, large-scale woodcut prints on sekishu paper (each measuring 48 x 96 inches!).
The Dallas Architecture Forum continues its 14th season of lectures with landscape architect Deb MITCHELL of JJR Landscape Architects, who designed Elaine and Charles Sammons Park, the ten-acre urban oasis at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Mitchell will speak Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in Hamon Hall at The Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St.
We learned this morning of the passing of Dr. Edmund P. (“Ted”) Pillsbury at the age of 66 from an apparent heart attack yesterday afternoon after returning from lunch with a consignor. All of us here at Heritage Auction Galleries wish to express our deepest sympathy to his wife, children, coworkers and all others who knew and loved him.
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC) is proud to present its first contemporary music event of the year: JAMPACT. JAMPACT plays an original mix that echoes many moments in American Jazz. These five well-rounded players/composers glide effortlessly from blues to gospel to fusion to the standards of Ellington, Monk, Miles as well as their own well-grounded originals. The quintet freely embraces the universe of Jazz and all of its siblings inclusively.
Ben Jones is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York whose tantalizing work is featured in the Modern’s third FOCUS exhibition of the season. Jones, a member of the East Coast Art Collective, Paper Rad, has received recognition with an impressive exhibition, performance, and publication record for what is described in the press release for his solo exhibition The New Dark Age at Deitch Projects in New York as, “between-media video sculpture, light painting, and ‘drawing in the digital age’ ” that “explores new methods of pictorial storytelling…”
Perry Chapman, professor of art history at the University of Delaware, Newark, will present a free lecture titled “ ‘Rembrandt Laughing’: Passion in the Early Self-Portraits,” on Friday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium.
Pairing the traditional arts of basket making and screen making, Modern Twist, Bamboo Works from the Clark Center and the Art of Motoko Maio will debut at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas on Saturday, May 1. For centuries, bamboo baskets and folding screens have played important roles in everyday life, embodying the principle that the fusion of utility and beauty permeates all Japanese art. The dual exhibition will feature a selection of bamboo works by various artists from the Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture in Hanford, California, and exquisite folding screens by artist Motoko Maio. Free and open to the public, the Modern Twist exhibition will run through Sunday, September 5.
A groundbreaking, seven-year study that provides unprecedented understanding of the preferences and behaviors of museum visitors has been released by the Dallas Museum of Art. The study and its findings have catalyzed fundamental changes in all aspects of the DMA’s practices and programs—from exhibition and programming development to new marketing strategies and interpretation tools—leading to a 100% increase in attendance and motivating more than 50% of the museum’s visitors to participate in its educational and public programs.
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is pleased to announce New Vision: Ballpoint Drawings by Il Lee. The exhibition marks the first Dallas museum exhibition for Il Lee, a Korean-born New York artist best known for his historically grounded, innovative work using ballpoint pen. The New Vision exhibition, housed in LinkAsia – the newly dedicated gallery for contemporary work – will include eight large-scale works and 50 small works on paper created from 1997 – 2010. The largest of the works is a monumental and visually arresting work entitled BL-095 (2008), created exclusively with ballpoint pen on a 7-foot by 12-foot canvas. One noted art historian described the work as a “phenomenal” achievement. Free and open to the public, the New Vision exhibition opens Saturday, May 22 and continues through Sunday, September 26.
The Cameron Gallery is having an artist reception for their latest exhibit, Art Connects. They are featuring the art of William Martin, Raé Miller and Mario Oliva. Thereception will be catered by Rafa’s Mexican Restaurant and have live music featuring Spanish guitar. The reception is Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Cameron Gallery is located at 1414 Dragon Street in Dallas. Call 214-747.1414 for more information.
The Women’s Museum announces today that Karen Borta, CBS 11 NEWS Anchor, Gloria Campos, WFAA-TVNEWS Anchor/Reporter, and Clarice Tinsley, FOX 4 Anchor/Reporter, will be the honored guest speakers for the 7th annual Stories from the Top… of the Hour program, on Friday, March 26, 2010. The luncheon, moderated by Regina Montoya, will engage these leading women in a candid conversation focusing on their personal and professional journeys in one of the top news markets in the nation.
New York-based artist R. H. Quaytman and art historian Rhea Anastas recount the three-year run of Orchard, a Lower East Side gallery operated by a collective of artists, writers, and film and video makers in their presentation titled, May I Help You? A Short History of Orchard, 2005–2008 and a Spreadsheet. Quaytman and Anastas offer two perspectives on what happened when a strategic alliance of 12 artists was attempted, and when this diversity of artistic intentions, models, and values was made the basis of an exhibition, panel, and screening program. The project is discussed as one response to a complex period in art and culture in post-9/11 New York. In one of a series of articles on Orchard for the journal Grey Room, Branden W. Joseph wrote, “During that three-year period, the exhibitions, events, openings, screenings, discussions, and performances staged at the venue gradually became the locus and embodiment of a certain strain of critical artistic discourse. …” While Quaytman and Anastas have successful, individual careers within their respective fields, this evenings presentation focuses on that “strain of critical artistic discourse” and the shared experience of Orchard.
Art for Darfur will kick-off its 2010 event season with a Preview Night at the Southern Methodist University Hughes-Trigg Auditorium on Saturday, March 20, from 7-9 pm. The event will feature a performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and a spoken word performance paired with a live, reactionary painting by a DISD fifth grade student. Original artwork created by fifth graders and Hotchkiss and Rice Elementary schools answering the question, “If you were a peacemaker, what would you do to bring peace to Darfur?”will be on display, as well as selected pieces to be featured at Art for Darfur’s silent auction night April 17. Donations taken during the evening benefit the local activist group Texans Against Genocide.