One hot summer Thursday evening found me at the foyer of Rising Gallery admiring the custom mural on the wall. It is smashed with red paint, bracing itself for the compelling woman painted within. The painting grips you, holds you there for a moment and just when you think you are released, she imposes her will onto you as you walk through the works of Chris Panatier, Love Them Now, Always. He captures various moments in a person’s life on wood panel with oil paint. I inspect the series to try to understand his process, and realize that I need to meet this artist and ask him all the questions that came up during my tour of his series at Rising.
Due to the 4th of July Holiday, the El Paso Museums of Art, History and Archaeology will be closed on Sunday, July 4. Municipal museums are always closed on Mondays to visitors and the administrative offices remain open for business. However, the Cultural Affairs’ and the museum’s administrative offices will be observing this holiday and will close on Monday, July 5. All divisions will resume regular hours of operation on Tuesday, July 6.
The museums in the Dallas Arts District came together for a summer block party that really brought the fun! I’m very familiar with the Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). I try to attend every 3rd Friday of the month. And, I’ve attended two Crow Collection of Asian Art After Dark events. But, last night was the first time I attended a ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Local artist Lisa Lindholm recently exhibited her series Sometimes at Kettle Art Gallery. I attended the opening and enjoyed her pixelated works. She included in this show her Lost + Found series; these are painted messages on various maps. I found these very clever. On her works of painted figures, it seems she shows her process a bit with leaving blocks of colors that appear pixalated images on one side and the other side painted in. One of my favorites is ‘The Courage of Gravity’. If you look closely you can see the blocks of color in most of her works. I love this touch.
This sold out event had been on my calendar since December, when I pre-gifted attendance to my mother at Christmas. I started tweeting about it regularly in January, as I waited impatiently to be allowed to buy tickets. By the time tickets were available, my guest list had grown to include my aunt and uncle. For the last 6 months, this has been the most anticipated event on our calendars!
Following an international search, the Department of Art History at Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Meadows School of the Arts today announced the appointment of Dr. Roberto Tejada as the new Distinguished Endowed Chair in Art History, effective August 1. The new endowed senior position was made possible by a generous anonymous gift of $2 million, intended to help launch a new Ph.D. program in art history at SMU in the fall of 2011. It will be the first art history Ph.D. program in North Texas and one of only a few in the state.
Last night I went with a friend to the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) Late Night Concert featuring Dick Dale and Jimmy Dale. The music was great and the venue was perfect. My hat is off to the DMA for putting on such a wonderful event.
Kasten’s paintings are an exploration of the social snapshot. She uses photos found on the Internet to explore the duality of the image. A posed social snapshot not only reflects the reality of the subjects but the illusion of their desired identity. Kasten takes these contrasting ideas of reality and illusion and develops them into the painted portrait. Kasten is a painter with a background in design, music and photography.
The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, has announced events for July and August 2010. Events include lectures, tours, continuing education, concerts, films and other activities.
T.J. Griffin Distorted Memory Artwork on view at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) from June 25 through July 24, 2010. Mr. Griffin is showing new works in the UTD main Gallery in Richardson, Texas. Painting ambiguous narratives, populated by human and animal figures, his artwork allows the viewers participation in creating the final story.
The Nasher Sculpture Center is excited to introduce a new outdoor entertainment series entitled ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher presented by Reliant Energy. The series will take place the third Friday of every month and debut on Friday, May 21 with an evening celebrating the Beatles, including a live performance by the Dallas tribute band, Hard Night’s Day, followed by the featured movie presentation, Hard Day’s Night.
Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Museum’s chief curator, Michael Auping. The exhibition will be on view from September 25, 2010 through January 2, 2011. Special exhibitions are included in general Museum admission: $10 for adults; $4 for seniors (60+) and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.
Join us for a Summer Block Party in the Dallas Arts District. The Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center will all be open until midnight. Enjoy the start of summer as the DMA travels to the coast in celebration of the exhibition Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea. At 9:00 p.m. join us for an outdoor concert featuring Guitar Legend Dick Dale and Jimmy Dale. Throughout the evening enjoy Polynesian dance performances, ukulele musicians in the galleries, surf music by DJ Wild in the Streets, a screening of Back to the Beach, tours, family activities, and more.
If you missed Joey Seeman’s Rock n’ Roll Fantasy opening at Dear Clark Studios on June 10, 2010, you missed a real rockstar experience. Joey Seeman’s art is vivid, edgy, and grabs your attention. It isn’t just his art that reaches for you and begs you to come closer, it is the man himself.
The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and the Prado Museum in Madrid today announced the launch of a three-year partnership, marking the first such international program for Spain’s national museum. The multifaceted collaboration encompasses the loan of major paintings from the Prado, interdisciplinary research at SMU, an unprecedented internship exchange between the two museums, and a range of public programs. The Meadows is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.