What makes contemporary art truly contemporary? Artistic currency is more than a matter of how popular or “hot” an artist may be. Artistic currency has much to do with both how and why contemporary artists make the work they do, the contexts in which they create, and what audiences are inspired to think and say in response to their art.
This fall, The MAC and The Writer’s Garret will continue congruent educational outreach initiatives to present Spin Off, a series of multidisciplinary panel discussions giving audiences a rare opportunity to get involved in those larger conversations that continue to define contemporary art, its practice, its theory, its history, and its meaning.
Discussion topics are inspired by current MAC exhibitions and are tied loosely to themes and ideas presented in these exhibitions. By bringing together panels consisting of a diverse collection of scholars, critics and artists working across various fields of study, Spin Off will thoughtfully explore the most exciting and influential ideas and trends in today’s art. Spin Off is free and open to the public.
Scheduled dates and discussion topics:
August 15 from 6-7 p.m.
What the #$%& do you do with an art degree?
October 11 from 6-7 p.m.
The Anxiety of Influence
November 8 from 6-7 p.m.
The second installment of Spin Off addresses Master of Fine Arts degrees. Is it necessary to obtain an MFA to be a successful artist? Is a liberal arts degree worth it? You have your MFA, now what? Panelists Kimberly Alexander, Danielle Georgiou, Tom Jungerberg, and Jason Roberts discuss these questions and more lead by moderator Greg Metz.
Kim Alexander is a self-taught painter and teaches ESOL in an urban high school near Dallas. With students from twenty to thirty countries per year, Alexander twists the tradition of scientific illustration to observe her international classroom and her students’ stories in paint. Greg Metz has described her work as “…a kind of narrative epistemology of the unity of living things, with the precision of Audubon and the torque of unseemly drama.”
Danielle Georgiou is a video performance artist based in Dallas, TX. Her work combines video and live performances and investigates the performative notions of femininity, sexuality, and identity. She is an Artist-in-Residence at CentralTrak–the UT Dallas Artist Residency program and is working on her Ph.D. in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. Danielle is co-founder of the performance art duo, Slik Stockings, with Hillary Holsonback, and is the founder and Artistic Director of DGDG (the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group).
Tom Jungerberg received his MFA in creative writing from Boston University in 2006. Since then, he has taught English at the University of South Florida and worked in the education departments of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. He has had poems in The North American Review and The Mississippi Review and he has an essay forthcoming in Art Education Magazine.
Greg Metz can be considered a social/political artist who works in various mediums, primarily sculptural installation in non traditional situtations.
He is a recipient of DMA’s ‘Otis Dozier Travel Grant’, NEA Warhol Rockefeller New Forms Initiative Grant, 3 times awarded Dallas Observer ‘s ‘Best of Dallas’ honors and winner of the Houston Art Car Parade for 3 consecutive years. Greg helped initiate ‘Project Teamwork’ Educational Initiative for the DMA and served as Lead Artist for DMA’s first ‘Visual Aids Day’ ,lead artist for the Dallas Master Plan’s first Public Arts Project. He was Co-founder and past president of D.A.R.E. , ‘Dallas Artist Research and Exhibitions, Co-founder of the ‘MAC’, McKinney Ave Contemporary and past co-chair of the Texas Sculpture Symposium. He teaches gallery and exhibition studies, interventionist art and serves as Gallery Coordinator at UTD where he has curated many exhibitions. He more recently founded ‘PAC-WE’ which organized and implemented one of Dallas’ first Flash Mob Art Actions ‘Making the Invisible Visible’, assembling a network of Artists in performing a dialogical intervention in the Dallas Arts District advocating for more healthcare options for artists. Mr. Metz has exhibited works nationally in a variety of venues including L.A.C.E. (Las Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), National Mall in Washington D.C., Dallas Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum, Arlington Museum among others.
Jason Roberts was the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, originator of the Better Block Project and co-founder of the Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. In 2006, Jason formed the non-profit organization, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 Million dollar TIGER stimulus grant from the FTA to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED Talks and on NPR. Team Better Block will be showcased in the US Pavillion at the 2012 Venice Biennale.
About The Writer’s Garret
The Writer’s Garret is the only year-round independent literary center in North Texas whose mission is to foster the education and development of readers, writers, and audiences by putting them in touch with quality literature, each other, and the communities in which they live and write. http://www.writersgarret.org/
About the MAC
Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist role in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.
Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit www.the-mac.org. The MAC is open Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.