Re-Seeing the Contemporary: Selected from the Collection

Begin Date2010-10-15
End Date2011-03-20
CuratorsJeffrey Grove
Last Harvested At2022-03-05
Credit LineThe presentation is made possible by TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional support is provided by the Contemporary Art Fund through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Laura and Walter Elcock, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Kenny Goss and George Michael, Nancy and Tim Hanley, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Janelle and Alden Pinnell, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Sharon and Michael Young. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines.
LocationBarrel Vault and Hanley, Lamont, Rachofsky, and Stoffel Galleries
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionThis exhibition marks a return to celebrating the rich holdings that form the core collection of modern and contemporary art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Featuring rarely seen works alongside more familiar icons, this exhibition of sixty paintings, sculpture, and works on paper is more speculative than definitive, offering the chance to re-see these works in new and provocative ways. Installed in a roughly chronological sequence, each gallery encompasses a span of time reflecting select movements and ideas expressed in different decades. The Barrel Vault displays the early impulses of abstract expressionism from the 1940s through its later manifestations. The Stoffel Gallery focuses on the emergence of disparate languages in the early 1960s, reflecting a new culture of imagery tied to desire and consumption, and includes more conceptual works investigating language, ideas, and process. The Hanley Gallery focuses on works from the 1970s by artists who exploited a reductive visual vocabulary to explore how these forms could be fashioned to expressive ends. Works in the Lamont Gallery, from the 1980s-90s, reflect the quizzical nature of those decades, when traditional painting and sculpture were transformed to create sometimes eccentric-looking works. Selections from the most recent decades populate the Rachofsky Gallery, focusing on ideas of figurative representation and the persistence of abstraction that can also encompass narrative and identity. Throughout the duration of this exhibition, works will be rotated in and out of the galleries to bring about further reconsiderations of the contemporary collection, which forms one of the cornerstones of the Dallas Museum of Art and its artistic community. Re-Seeing the Contemporary: Selected from the Collection is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and curated by Jeffrey Grove, The Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art.