DallasSITES: Available Space

A monthlong experimental space showcasing contemporary art of North Texas

This summer, to accompany its new exhibition DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present, the Dallas Museum of Art will host for the first time an experimental project space in the Museum’s iconic Barrel Vault and surrounding galleries. DallasSITES: Available Space, open July 19 through August 18, will activate the galleries with interactive components and installations representative of the current Dallas art scene.

“This is a rare and exciting opportunity for the Museum to engage directly with the local arts community. Our hope is to provide a platform for experimentation that will spark dialogue between local artists and the museum-going public,” stated Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art.

DallasSITES: Available Space aims at foregrounding the current state of contemporary art in North Texas by inviting select artists, curators, collectives, and art educators from the community to program unique and innovative projects for the contemporary galleries. Guest participants will include HOMECOMING! Committee, The Art Foundation, Dallas VideoFest, Performance SW, Brookhaven College, and Oil and Cotton, with galleries dedicated to video, performance, education, and artist-led workshops.

Launching on the July Late Night on Friday, July 19, programming for the space will be dynamic and will change over the course of the month, allowing visitors new ways to engage each time they visit. DallasSITES: Available Space is intended to bring the historical DallasSITES exhibition up to the present day, providing a platform for local artists to contribute to the living history of this vibrant arts community. For more information, visit DMA.org.



July 19–August 18
Hanley Gallery

The Fort Worth–based HOMECOMING! Committee is an assembly of artists and creatives who seek to develop collaborative projects in conjunction with their individual artistic production. The Hanley Gallery, located in the DMA’s Barrel Vault, will host Post Communiqué, an interactive installation that blurs the lines between fact and fiction by inserting HOMECOMING! Committee into an alternative re-telling of the history of North Texas art.

The Art Foundation
July 19–August 18
Barrel Vault

The Art Foundation is an artist collective based in Dallas, with current members Andrew Douglas Underwood, Ryder Richards, and Lucia Simek. Formed as an investigative endeavor employing open intellectual practices, the group aims to cultivate artistic dialogue in Dallas through concise critical and aesthetic explorations in the form of exhibitions, interventions, and the written word. The Art Foundation will present the group exhibition Boom Town, focused on artists that are currently living, working, or influenced by Dallas and their responses to the obstacles Dallas’s current cultural climate places on their work.

Dallas VideoFest
July 19–August 18
Rachofsky Gallery

Dallas VideoFest, organized by the Video Association of Dallas, is the oldest and largest video festival in the United States, garnering critical and popular acclaim. Since 1986, VideoFest has specialized in independent, alternative, and non-commercial media, presenting hard-to-find works rarely seen on television, in movie theaters, or elsewhere, despite their artistic excellence and cultural and social relevance. Over the course of the DallasSITES: Available Space installation, Dallas VideoFest will screen videos from the past four decades—changing on a weekly basis—that were presented at previous VideoFest events, including shorts from The Texas Show created by Texas artists.

Programming Partnerships

Performance SW
Thursdays, July 25–August 15, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Lamont Gallery

Founded by Alison Starr and Courtney Brown in January of this year, PSW is a project in support of the proliferation of performance art outside the mainstream American discourse currently present in major metropolitan cities (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles). PSW’s mission is to educate audiences through collaboration in practice, scholarship, and curatorial development. In conjunction with DallasSITES, Performance SW will hold a free performance art workshop series focused on aspects of performance moderated by various artists and educators over the course of four Thursdays beginning on July 25.

Brookhaven College
July 19–August 18
Various galleries

The Art Department of the Brookhaven College School of the Arts, located in Farmers Branch, is dedicated to providing the finest educational instruction and programs in the visual arts in a diverse environment, preparing students for transfer to complete baccalaureate degrees in art, post-baccalaureate studies in preparation for graduate education, and professional training and lifelong learning furthering individual goals. Faculty and students from Brookhaven College will be involved in various components of the DallasSITES: Available Space installation, including leading drop-in classes, talks, and demonstrations.

Oil and Cotton
July 19–August 9
Stoffel Gallery

Dallas-based Oil and Cotton is a creative exchange founded in 2010 that provides hands-on classes taught by professionals with knowledge of traditional and contemporary practice. They provide a creative space for education, exhibition, performance, and exchange between the public and the art community. For three weeks, Oil and Cotton will serve as a studio-in-residence, providing drop-in art-making experiences and workshops led by local professionals.

C3 Artistic Encounters: Life Drawing
Sundays, July 21–August 18, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
DMA Partners $5, Public $8
Lamont Gallery

Prominent local contemporary artists share their creative process and lead you through an art-making experience that opens your eyes to the concepts and techniques that bring you new insight into the world of art.

DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present is curated by Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, and Leigh Arnold, DMA Research Project Coordinator. The exhibition and accompanying electronic publication have been partially underwritten by a grant from the Texas Fund for Curatorial Research at The University of Texas at Dallas. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Contemporary Art Initiative, TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art, The Texas Fund for Curatorial Research at The University of Texas at Dallas, and The Wilhelm Harrison Family Fund. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy, and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

For more information, please contact:
Jill Bernstein
Dallas Museum of Art