October 6, 2013–January 12, 2014
In October 2013, Dallas will premiere a major traveling exhibition and the first comprehensive survey to be organized in the United States on the work of contemporary American artist Jim Hodges. Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, Jim Hodges explores the trajectory of the artist’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting the major themes that unify his multilayered and varied practice.
Comprising approximately seventy-five works produced from 1987 through the present, this exhibition examines how Hodges transforms both everyday and precious materials into poignant meditations on themes including time, loss, identity, and love. Jim Hodges brings together photography, drawing, works on paper, and objects rendered in mirror, light bulbs, and glass alongside several major room-size installations to examine and illuminate Hodges’ command of material and gesture.
On view at the Dallas Museum of Art from October 6, 2013, through January 12, 2014, Jim Hodges is co-curated by Jeffrey Grove, the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker. Following its debut at the DMA, the exhibition will travel to Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center, where it will open in February 2014, and then proceed to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in June, and the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in October.
Since the late 1980s, Jim Hodges’ reconsiderations of the material world have inspired a body of work in which the man-made and artificial are invested with emotion and authenticity. From the delicate nature of early installations comprising hundreds of drawings on paper napkins and disassembled silk flowers pinned to the wall, to the large, light-filled mirror mosaics and complex installations of the past decade, Hodges’ ability to coax meaning from the simplest materials has remained constant. His aesthetic has consistently embraced natural metaphors, reveled in the qualities of color and light, and explored meaning through language, particularly in Hodges’ use of text and titling.
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive, fully illustrated catalogue that traces the artist’s development and provides essential documentation on Hodges’ career as well as detailed exhibition and publication histories. The catalogue includes essays by Jeffrey Grove and Olga Viso, as well as a work by Pulitzer Prize finalist, playwright, and feminist philosopher Susan Griffin and texts by Bill Arning, Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Helen Molesworth, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, ICA, Boston.
Jim Hodges requires a special exhibition ticket. Tickets are $16 for adults with discounts for students, military personnel, and seniors; DMA Partners and children 11 and under are free. Purchase tickets online at tickets.DMA.org.
Jim Hodges was co-organized by the DMA and the Walker Art Center and co-curated by Jeffrey Grove, the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and the Walker’s Executive Director Olga Viso.
The exhibition in Dallas is presented by Texas Instruments. Additional support is provided by the Contemporary Art Initiative and TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
The exhibition tour includes:
Jim Hodges, With the Wind, 1997, scarves and thread, Collection Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman NY, Courtesy The FLAG Art Foundation, © Jim Hodges, photo by Alan Zindman
Jim Hodges, Untitled (Gate), 1991, steel, aluminum, copper, and brass chain with blue room, Mr. Jim Hodges, © Jim Hodges