For a Dreamer of Houses, an imaginative and immersive exhibition, explores the significance of the spaces we inhabit and how they represent ourselves, our values, and our desires. Discover over fifty works from the DMA’s collection in a variety of media that demonstrate the evocative power of domestic objects and structures. The featured artists use forms derived from dwellings or furnishings to investigate ideas including belonging, alienation, fantasy, gender, and the body.
The exhibition takes inspiration from philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s influential 1958 book The Poetics of Space, and its organization corresponds to five chapters that consider the psychological importance of homes. Major recent acquisitions—including works by Alex Da Corte, Olivia Erlanger, EJ Hill, Francisco Moreno, Pipilotti Rist, and Do Ho Suh—are highlighted in each section.
For a Dreamer of Houses requires a $9 ticket for adults with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free. Visitors must reserve a free general admission ticket in addition to this special exhibition ticket. You can also explore the virtual tour online.
For a Dreamer of Houses is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by Elisabeth Karpidas. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Images: Alex Da Corte, Rubber Pencil Devil, 2018, glass, aluminum, vinyl, velvet, neon, Plexiglas, folding chairs, monitors, high res digital video, color, sound, Dallas Museum of Art, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Fund, 2019.59. Photo by Tom Little. Courtesy of the artist and Karma, New York; Francisco Moreno, Chapel, 2016-2018, pencil, vine charcoal pencil and acrylic on an all encompassing structure, Dallas Museum of Art, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Fund, the Charron and Peter Denker Contemporary Texas Art Fund, Elisabeth Karpidas, Charles Dee Mitchell, Tammy Cotton Hartnett, Travis Vandergriff, Joyce Goss, Harper and Jim Kennington, and Karen and John Reoch, 2019.58. Photography by Wade Griffith, courtesy of the artist and Erin Cluley Gallery; Olivia Erlanger, Pergusa, 2019, silicone, polystyrene foam, MDF, plywood, and Maytag washing machine, Dallas Museum of Art, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Fund, 2019.63.A-B. Courtesy AND NOW Gallery, and artist; Annette Lawrence, 3708 Utopia Pkwy #1, 1999, Photocopy and acrylic on paper, Dallas Museum of Art, The Barrett Collection, Dallas, Texas, 2007.53.28. © Annette Lawrence; Margaret Lee, Who Do You Think You Are (sink), 2016, Dye sublimation photograph, plaster, ceramic, wood, and acrylic paint, Dallas Museum of Art, Lay Family Acquisition Fund and Mary Margaret Munson Wilcox Fund, 2016.31.3.A-J; Misty Keasler, Green Room (Quarenteen) Leagnul di Copii, Tigru Mures, Romania, 2004, C-print on Kodak Supra Endura, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Burt and Missy Finger, 2006.33. Courtesy Misty Keasler and The Public Trust Gallery