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Oshay Green, Untitled, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

214 Projects, an art space founded by the Dallas Art Fair will present How it looks to be you in Egyptian Cotton, curated by Adrianna Cole. Opening Saturday, July 20, this group exhibition will explore concepts of the personae and identity through distorted renderings of the human figure. Feature painting, sculpture, and mixed media works, various artists, including Miriam Cahn, Oshay Green and Calvin Marcus are presented in the galleries among domestic objects that activate the space as an installation. Rounding out the exhibition will be a video installation by Shelby David Meier. 

Cole returned to Dallas from Chicago in 2017 and works at Runyon Arts. Her latest curatorial project is called Domicishow, a series of exhibitions that take place in domestic spaces and examine various modes of experiencing artwork on an intellectual, emotional, and intuitive level. Cole’s research includes architecture, proxemics, and identity. 

Oshay Green lives and works in Dallas using found objects, cement, audio, and a wide variety of materials, Green explores intuitive ideas to cultivate the subconscious and understand the realities and phenomena occurring between the physical and metaphysical.

Dallas resident, Shelby David Meier’s practice is a deadpan array of objects, installations, video and performance centered on a philosophy of the mundane and inherent absurdities of life.

The opening reception is from 6–9 p.m., 214projects.com 

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Gianfranco Ferré, Robe Hellébore, Dior Collection Haute Couture, Spring 1995. Photo ©Paolo Roversi/Art + Commerce.

The DMA celebrates late into the night every third Friday of the month. On July 20, the DMA features an oh-so-French night paying homage to Christian Dior. The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a performance of French music from classics La Vie en Rose to popular songs from LeGrand’s jazz operas The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort to besung by Diana Dill Savage.

In the C3 Theater at 7:00 p.m., the 2018 film The Drawings of Christian Dior examines the work and lasting impact of Christian Dior’s 10 years as head and founder of the House of Dior. Featuring original footage and sketches from the Dior archives, along with interviews with current and former Dior staff, fashion historians, and friends of Christian Dior, the film sheds new light on the designer’s life, personality, and remarkable creativity. 

Christian Dior draping fabric over model Sylvie, 1948. Courtesy of Dior.

Design historian Maureen Footer’s latest book, Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look, includes sumptuous archival photographs of Dior’s home and salon to trace the evolution of the Dior brand and aesthetic. Join the author for a Late Night talk about how Dior, with the help of two Parisian interior designers, carefully crafted the style of modern elegance that still defines the brand today. Footer holds degrees from Wellesley College and Columbia University and studied French 18th-century decorative arts and design at the École du Louvre in Paris. Her previous book, George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic, chronicled American design as the country came of age culturally, politically, and socially. Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look will be available for purchase in the DMA Store. A book signing will follow the talk.

On the Late Night Main Stage the warm, precise vocals of Lebanese-American multilingual, French jazz vocalist Julie Slim will fill the air at 8:00 p.m. Slim infuses her multicultural and multilingual background into her music, whether improvising or interpreting a song. Founded by Julie Slim in 2013, this band incorporates the musical and cultural influences in her life. With the mentorship and collaboration of the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, Dr. James Polk, she created new arrangements for French and American standards that she has known since her childhood.

From concept to runway, Dior and I is a glimpse inside the intense, collaborative, and passionate environment of an atelier creating a new haute couture collection. The film follows Dior artistic director Raf Simons and his team of talented seamstresses over the course of several months, revealing what goes into creating a couture garment and how fashion houses, like Dior, pay homage to their past while shaping the future of fashion. The film will be shown at 9:00 p.m.

Closing out the night La Pompe transports you to a Parisian café with French classics at 10:45 p.m. Tickets for DMA’s Late Night cost $10 public (some exhibitions require an additional ticket), $5 students (with valid ID), FREE for DMA Members, FREE for children 11 and under. Grab your tickets here.

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Pete Schulte, untitled, 2017. Graphite, gouache on paper. 12 x 12 in.

Artist Pete Schulte joined Chinati, the contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, Donald Judd, as artist-in-residence for the months of June and July. Schulte lives in Birmingham, Alabama and is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He received an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa in 2008. In 2013, he co-founded, with Amy Pleasant, the Fuel and Lumber Company curatorial initiative to facilitate exhibitions and related programming in the southeast and beyond. 

On Friday, July 26 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Chinati will host an opening for Schulte in the John Wesley Gallery on the main museum grounds. The exhibition, Properties of Dust and Smoke, pt. I, will be open to the public and free of charge.

Schulte’s work is rooted in the daily practice of drawing—primarily using graphite, he builds layers of texture to create balanced, abstract, geometric compositions—and also includes the integration of sculpture, site-specific wall drawings, and installations. Of his work, the artist has said: “Whatever form it takes, the work is an earnest attempt to provide a rare moment of pause within a culture that is relentlessly negating the quiet and contemplative.”

A reinstallation of the John Wesley Galley has afforded Schulte the opportunity to use the space to exhibit his recent works on paper, including a suite of drawings developed in response to the gallery itself: the architecture, atmosphere, and the paintings that are normally housed therein. In October 2019, he will present a solo exhibition at McKenzie Fine Art in New York City. chinati.org

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Luke Murphy, Monument to The Glitch (Tower 3), 2019

On July 10, The MAC will hold a tour and talk with Dallas Medianale 2019 curator Charles Dee Mitchell. Mitchell emphasized video works for this year’s exhibition and also incorporated work that explores the breadth of approach included in time-based media that examine the evolution of the technology employed to make these exhibitions possible. The MAC will hold a closing reception for Dallas Medianale on July 13 with drinks and conversation. 

Next, the gallery invites members to show their work in the 22nd Annual Members Show, from July 27–September 1. The annual member show, this year under the theme of Assembly, is one of the cornerstones of the spirit and mission of The MAC and celebrates artistic talent in Dallas and surrounding areas. While fostering an inclusive worldview, The MAC shapes the perceptions and attitudes towards contemporary art on a local level by acting as a societal meeting point between artists and art patrons. The exhibition provides a meeting point, a place for creative expression and experimentation, and supports The MAC’s future programming.

Entrants must be or become members of The MAC at the time of submission. All persons with memberships valid through August 2019 are eligible to submit artwork. Membership costs $50 or $30 for students. Membership applications and information about membership benefits can be found here

Artists may submit works in all media, from painting and sculpture to video and performance; it can be something old, or new, or experimental. Each artist may submit one artwork as an individual or participate in one collaborative work. For more information on artwork requirements visit here.

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Untitled, by Joel Shapiro and Dumna, by Ursula von Rydingsvard at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Talley Dunn Gallery announced the recent installation of two large-scale public sculptures at UT Southwestern’s Seldin Plaza. These works have been donated to the UT Southwestern Art Collection by Nobel Laureate Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein, Chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics. 

A stroll through the UT Southwestern campus, offers views of Joel Shapiro’s Untitled, a site-specific commission rising 22-feet. The sculpture’s branching, rectilinear arms, reminiscent of a human figure, are characteristic of Shapiro’s widely acclaimed work. Joining Shapiro’s Untitled, Ursula von Rydingsvard’s eleven-foot Dumna is also situated on campus and sits at the crest of a small berm where its craggy surface and imposing shape create the impression of an ancient monolith. 

Talley Dunn worked directly with the donor to identify the artworks placed. The gallery coordinated the fabrication of each work by Shapiro and von Rydingsvard for placement on the campus and oversaw the logistics associated transporting these monumental sculptures from the artists’ foundry to Dallas and their subsequent installation.

“We looked at every aspect of this project from the reputation of the artist to the integrity of the artwork, itself.  Next, placement was critical. These sculptures were selected very specifically for these exact areas within the Seldin Plaza. Composition, form, scale, and patina were all taken into consideration, as we determined if the sculpture was right for the site. And finally, hours and hours went into discussions regarding orientation and the exact spot for each sculpture. We were measuring the footprints of each sculpture down to the inch and degree of rotation.” 

Describing the process Dunn continues, “Everything related to the selection of the artist, the artwork, the placement, and the orientation was intentional. With the Shapiro, we were drawn to the way in which it actively engages the space as you enter the plaza. This sculpture is front and center and over twenty-two feet tall.  It was intended to make a statement.” 

Untitled, 2018-2019, cast bronze, approximately 24 x 22 x 20 feet 

Joel Shapiro has been featured in more than 160 solo exhibitions and retrospectives over the course of his career, including solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Calais, France; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and most recently at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. 

“With the von Rydinsgvard,” Dunn describes, “we wanted a more intimate space which led us to place the monumental sculpture within a beautiful grove of trees. Weighing nearly 8,000 pounds, we wanted the von Rydingsvard sculpture to be discovered within the plaza by pedestrians.” 

Dumna, 2015-2018, bronze, edition 3 of 3, 10’ 10” x 8’ 1” x 5’ 7”

Ursula von Rydingsvard is currently featured in a landmark solo exhibition of monumental sculpture at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The show illustrates von Rydingsvard’s distinguished and longstanding career. Recent museum projects include solo exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Pennsylvania. Permanent installations are on view in public locations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Microsoft Corporation, Washington; Princeton University, New Jersey; Bloomberg Corporation, New York; and Barclays Center, New York.

“Seeing these works come to realization at the foundry and then watching them come alive and inhabit these spaces at the medical school has been a wonderful experience for all involved,” the gallerist enthuses.

On placing public work Dunn states, “I am a Dallas native and have been active in the Dallas art community for nearly thirty years. It has been a fascinating experience to see the city grow and the art community thrive over the past three decades. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of that evolution and play a role in significant artworks being placed in our community for a local, national, and international audience to enjoy. Working with Dr. Goldstein, a Noble Prize Winner, on this project for over a year has been a career highlight. Not to mention, everyone at UT Southwestern from the President of the Medical School, Dr. Dan Podolsky, to the engineers and site managers were incredible. It was most definitely a ‘dream team.’ And then, there was the opportunity to work closely with Joel Shapiro and Ursula von Rydingsvard . . . two incredible artists of international renown at the peak of their respective careers and with whom I plan to do more projects. It was an honor on every level of me.  ” 

Seldin Plaza is located on UT Southwestern Medical Center’s South Campus, along Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Drive. Visitor parking is available in Lot 7, with access from Harry Hines Boulevard. For inquiries about the work of Joel Shapiro or Ursula von Rydingsvard, please contact Talley Dunn Gallery here. 

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Credit to the Dallas Arts District

The Dallas Arts District, in collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art Late Nights and Nasher Sculpture Center ‘til Midnight, present the second annual Dallas Arts District Pride Block Party this Friday, June 21. In celebration of National LGBTQ Pride Month, join the Dallas Arts District from 6 p.m. to midnight for pride-themed tours, performances, story-time, movies, local artists, food trucks, makers and artisans, drag shows, runways, outdoor activities, and much more.

Featuring local musicians, dance groups, artists, and activities for all ages, this is an event for the whole family. The free block party takes the arts to the intersection of Harwood and Flora in the Dallas Arts District and features performances on the outdoor Main Stage, from Dezi 5, K.Avett, Chris Chism, Bandan Koro African Dance Ensemble, Ollimpaxqui Ballet, along with many other performers. At the DMA, catch The Rose Room Cast or listen to a live recording of the History is Gay podcast. Highlights at Nasher Sculpture Center include music from The Wild Frontiers and IDT.

After 10 p.m., let your Pride flag fly with a Drag Queen Fashion Finale on Dallas Arts District’s main stage; the movie Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Neumar in the Nasher Sculpture Center garden; or a Late Night Forum at the Dallas Museum of Art, Kiki Ball with United Black Ellument.

Celebrate Pride Month and mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, and honor all of the milestones that the LGTBQ community has accomplished.

For more information, visit here. 

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Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn girl filled with passion. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. Beautiful which tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom ends its run at AT&T Performing Arts Center this Sunday! 

Beautiful | Winspear Opera House | June 16 -23, 2019 - YouTube

The play begins in 1958’s Brooklyn, 16-year-old Carole tells her mother, ‘Genie,’ she is going into Manhattan to try to sell a song to music publisher Donnie Kirshner. In the long tradition of mothers, Genie is opposed to her daughter’s wish and in the equally long tradition of teenagers not caring about their mother’s opinion, Carole goes anyway. She sells the song to Kirshner, and he is hungry for more. Beautiful follows Carole at Queens College being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. 

But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Following the breakup of her marriage, King heads to Los Angeles. There, she records her iconic album, Tapestry. 

King made more than beautiful music; she wrote the soundtrack of the generation. Beautiful features an array of beloved songs including I Feel The Earth Move, One Fine Day, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, You’ve Got A Friend. Make sure that you don’t miss the chance to see Beautiful before it leaves Dallas on Jun. 23. 

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Bombshell Dance Project premieres new work at Moody Performance Hall with an evening of collaborative creation from fresh female perspectives.

Taylor Rodman & Emily Bernet

Created in 2016, Bombshell Dance Project is a project-based, contemporary dance company creating new and innovative work under a mission to investigate and empower the female choreographic voice. Led by artistic directors Emily Bernet and Taylor Rodman, Bombshell presents work by female choreographers that speaks to the human experience and seeks to inspire the creative voice in everyone. Bombshell Dance Project’s second company provides professional training, rehearsal, and performance experience to young artists at no cost.

The emerging dance company will stage a new performance at Moody’s Performance Hall on June 22. No Man’s Land is a presentation of a new work presented by Emily Bernet and Taylor Rodman that brings together an evening of contemporary dance that explores mental and physical space. The performance displays relentless curiosity, physicality, and drives an evening that aims to map the human need for a place within the world.

“With No Man’s Land we’re tackling big ideas by digging into our specific experiences to capture something universal. We’re working with undefined, ambient musical elements to encourage our highly physical movement to tell the story,” explains Emily & Taylor.

There will be a short informal discussion of the work following the performance. This one-night-only performance will also include choreography by guest artist Stephanie Zalatel. 

Zalatel is an LA-based choreographer, dancer, and educator. She began her career dancing for Barak Marshall, Colin Connor (Artistic Director, Limon), and Danielle Agami (Artistic Director, Ate9) before officially forming SZALT in 2015. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Humanities from California Institute of the Arts.

For more information visit: www.bombshelldanceproject.com 

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Still from Satanic Panic

Tucked into affluent neighborhoods of Dallas lies a group of high-fashion, high-society satanic worshippers in need of a virgin. A pizza delivery girl in desperate need of tips believes she’s hit the jackpot as she pulls into the driveway of cult leader Danica (Rebecca Romijn). What comes next is a bloody fight for survival filled with demons and death. Satanic Panic, which was filmed in Dallas, is just one of the many films that will be screened over the next four days, June 6–9; twenty-eight feature films are slated at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, The Kessler Theater, and the Texas Theatre during the 8th Oak Cliff Film Festival. Thirteen of those movies are screening for the first time in Texas. Additionally, the Oak Cliff Film Festival will host parties and workshops throughout Oak Cliff and Dallas. 

Dallas Director Daniel Laabs’s Jules of Light and Dark is set in present-day Texas. Maya (Tallie Medel) and her on-again, off-again girlfriend Jules (Betsy Holt) total their car after a night of backwoods raving and teen mischief. They’re rescued from the wreckage by Freddy (Robert Longstreet), a divorced oil worker whose stoic facade crumbles as he comes to see himself, and his repressed desires in Maya. As Jules recovers, Maya and Freddy develop a rapport that dulls the debilitating silence of their small-town lives. Together, they subtly encourage one another to chase after what they want the most (or at least try to figure out what that might be). The film itself was shot in Oak Cliff and screens Sunday, June 9. 

Courtesy of Acid Cannes

Cassandro, The Exotico!  is the true story of openly gay Mexican wrestler Saúl Armendáriz. The intimate 16mm portrait follows Armendáriz in the twilight of his 26-year career. His body is at last succumbing to the years of broken bones, concussions, and alcohol and drug abuse. Cassandro, The Exotico! will be shown at the Kessler onn June 8. 

Sword of Trust ft. Marc Maron - Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films - YouTube

When Cynthia and Mary (Jillian Bell and Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the only item she’s received is an antique sword her grandfather believed to be proof that the South won the Civil War. There are two attempts to unload the object to Mel, a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner (Marc Maron) and his man-child sidekick Nathaniel (Jon Bass). When Mel and Nathaniel discover there’s a black market for the relic, the two pairs reluctantly join forces to sell this rarefied ‘prover item’ to the highest bidder. The adventure that ensues takes the four of them on a wild journey into the depths of conspiracy theory and Southern disillusionment. Sword of Trust plays June 9. 

Ham on Rye | Official Teaser - YouTube

Ham on Rye makes it’s Texas premier and features a bizarre rite of passage. All of the teenagers in Haley’s (Haley Bodell) hometown dress in their grandparents’ best clothing on what is said to be the most important day of their lives. Haley walks at a more reluctant pace, skeptical of the timeworn tradition and the bizarre coming-of-age ritual that awaits them at their destination. When they finally arrive at Monty’s, a local delicatessen, the clusters of local teens join together in a surreal ceremony of food, dance, and romantic angst that will determine the course of their lives forever. Many of the teens are granted instantaneous escape from the clutches of suburbia while an unchosen few are left to dwell interminably in their vacant hometown. 

The Oak Cliff Film Festival runs June 6-9 at various locations. Film screenings are $11.50 each in advance or at the door; a VIP badge for $175 grants access to all screenings. Oakclifffilmfestival.com  

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Wolford McCue

TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) President and Executive Director Wolford McCue has announced his retirement at the end of this year. TACA’s board has initiated a comprehensive search for a new leader for the arts and cultural organization. 

Michelle Thomas, Chairman of TACA’s Board of Directors said this of McCue’s service:  “His leadership ensured a smooth transition after the retirement of long-time Executive Director Rebecca Young. During his tenure, he has engaged the organization in a variety of new initiatives that deepened our connection to the community. We are grateful that Wolford has agreed to serve in his current role through the end of this year, as we work to identify a new leader for TACA.” 

Under McCue’s direction, the organization launched a new strategic plan that included funding for the visual arts, deeper engagement of millennials in the arts community, and collaborative efforts with the City of Dallas’ new Cultural Plan. McCue also oversaw the streamlining of the TACA grants process to ensure greater transparency and more profound emphasis on innovation, community engagement, as well as equity, access, and inclusion. With his guidance, TACA has built strategic partnerships with organizations embraced by the nonprofit organization’s most loyal and generous donors who sustain its mission. 

Since its founding in 1967, TACA has worked to establish North Texas’ cultural community as one of the strongest in the nation. In 2019, TACA distributed $753,000 to 48 grant recipients, sponsored five workshops, one symposium, and launched the TACA Arts360-a program that matches the needs of local arts organizations and companies in one initiative. 

“I am so proud of what my team and I have accomplished, but I’m equally excited about what the future holds as TACA continues to strengthen and expand its grants and capacity-building programs and finds impactful ways to grow the arts in Dallas,” McCue stated. “TACA’s mission has been near and dear to my heart for many years as a supporter and volunteer. It’s been a great honor to lead this organization and strengthen relationships with the community and arts groups while fulfilling the vision of TACA’s founders.”

TACA’s Board Chair-Elect Tara Lewis added, “Wolford has been critical to our success, and we are extremely grateful for his many contributions. We are also proud that TACA has developed such a deep bench of extraordinary talent within the organization and across the Dallas community. From the beginning, Wolford has intended to guide TACA in retaining its community trust and improving its relevancy and emotional connection to the arts community and our donors.”

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