Free Admission “A groundbreaking exhibition.” —KERA
DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present is an exhibition celebrating the history of North Texas’s bold and distinctive art scene. Looking back over fifty years, DallasSITES examines the moments, people, and organizations that helped shape our area’s incredibly vital relationship with contemporary art. So often relegated to the art world’s “third coast,” North Texans created opportunities from this peripheral status by working in ways that can be described as uniquely Texan, while capturing and maintaining the attention of the national and international art communities.
The DMA will also host a monthlong experimental project space, titled DallasSITES: Available Space, from July 19 through August 18, 2013, in its contemporary art galleries. Viewed as a companion to the historical exhibition, Available Space foregrounds the current state of contemporary art in North Texas by tapping select artists, curators, collectives, and art educators from the community to program unique and innovative projects in the DMA’s galleries.
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DallasSITES: A Developing Art Scene, Postwar to Present
Celebrating and documenting 50 years of North Texas’ bold and distinctive contemporary art community, this digital publication is organized by neighborhood and focuses on seven Dallas communities to trace the unique development of contemporary art in each geographic area and their collective contribution toward making Dallas the vibrant arts center it is today. View online
Images: Bwana Art Magazine 4, no. 1 (1983), cover image designed by Dennis Scharnberg. Paul Rogers Harris papers, 1959–2001, Dallas Museum of Art Archives; Green, Mims, Roche, Wade, Tyler Museum of Art exhibition catalogue, 1973. Collection of James King, Dallas, TX; Left/Right Dallas Museum of Art; “Detour,” c. 1966, Public Art Tour of Dallas brochure, Dallas Museum of Art Archives; Roy Fridge, Film still from Injun (Claes Oldenburg happening at the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Art, 1962), 1962, Paul Rogers Harris papers, 1959–2001, Dallas Museum of Art Archives; “Haute Cliff” gallery walk announcement, c. 1985, Paul Rogers Harris papers, 1959–2001, Dallas Museum of Art Archives
Research for DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present is led by DMA Research Project Coordinator Leigh Arnold. The exhibition is curated by Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. The DallasSITES publication will be available on the DMA’s website in conjunction with the exhibition opening. The exhibition, publication, and research project is funded by the University of Texas at Dallas’s Texas Fund for Curatorial Research grant.