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The Dallas Museum of Art Opens The Living Room with a Summer Installation by Visiting Artist Jill Foley

This summer the Center for Creative Connections (C3) at the Dallas Museum of Art moves into the museum’s fourth-floor Tower Gallery as construction begins on a new C3 exhibition and other renovations that will debut on September 25. While the first-floor location is closed, Susan Diachisin, The Kelli and Allen Questrom Director of the Center for Creative Connections, invited visiting artist Jill Foley to create a dynamic installation for the Center’s “temporary home away from home.”

The result is The Living Room, opening on July 27 and on view for two months in the Tower Gallery. For it, Foley uses a unique material, recycled cardboard, to create naturalistic forms and makeshift home furnishings to envelop visitors in an active living space. Foley says she drew upon the Museum’s encyclopedic holdings for inspiration when creating The Living Room, particularly from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Reves Collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts objects are displayed together in a re-created domestic setting modeled after the couple’s Villa La Pausa in the south of France, once owned by Coco Chanel.

“Jill has made an environment for the temporary C3 that is dramatic, fun, and memorable,” said Diachisin. “Her ‘living room’ maintains the important elements of C3 for visitors as a social place for learning, interacting, and contributing.”

“In The Living Room, I wanted to create a space at the DMA that felt like home as well as a retreat,” noted Foley. “I feel that in much of my work I am trying to escape from the art world while being part of it, so it seems appropriate to have a domestic and inviting retreat within the Museum’s gallery.”

As a visiting artist at the DMA, Foley will lead a variety of art workshops over the next two months. Each Thursday evening during Thursday Night Live, she will lead Thursday Night Specials, including Make It/Take It, Tech Lab: Open Lab, DIY@DMA, Drawing in the Galleries and Creative Process: Inside Out. During these adult workshops, Foley will share her creative process and inspire participants to create their own works of art.

On September 25, the Center for Creative Connections will re-open on the first floor with a new exhibition, Encountering Space.

About the Visiting Artist

Dallas artist Jill Foley earned an M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University in May 2009 and a B.F.A. from Texas Wesleyan University in December 2005. Her work has been featured in three exhibitions at Dallas’s Conduit Gallery.

About the Center for Creative Connections and the Dallas Museum of Art

The Center for Creative Connections (C3) offers an environment for visitors of all ages to have a creative, educational experience with real works of art. C3 is an expansive 12,000-square-foot space consisting of the centrally located exhibition and several distinct learning areas. The learning areas include the Art Studio, an interactive learning space for children under the age of four called Arturo’s Nest, a Young Learners Gallery for children 5–8 and their families, a theater and a Tech Lab. The Center hosted more than 150,000 visitors in its first year. Today, this translates as roughly 30% of all Museum visitors.

Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs are its encyclopedic collections, which encompass more than 24,000 works and span 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum today welcomes more than 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings and dramatic and dance presentations.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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