DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present
May 26–September 15, 2013
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 exhibition is composed of mainly ephemeral works including gallery invitations, posters, publications, photography, video, as well as a select group of art objects. The majority of the objects will be from the DMA’s archives, with loans from the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Dallas City Municipal Archives, the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library, and several local private collections. Organized geographically, the exhibition will focus on seven major areas of Dallas, including Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs, Deep Ellum, Oak Cliff, the Dallas Arts District and downtown Dallas, and surrounding university communities such as Arlington and Denton. Within each of these geographic areas, the history of the galleries, artist collectives, individuals, collectors, artists, and institutions—including the South Dallas Cultural Center, the Arts District, Good/Bad Art Collective, Toxic Shock, and others—will be presented through the ephemeral objects produced by these neighborhoods over the past fifty years along with research compiled for the DallasSITES project.
The DMA will also host a month-long experimental project space from July 19 through August 18, 2013, in its contemporary art galleries titled DallasSITES: Available Space. Viewed as a companion to the historical exhibition, Available Space aims at foregrounding 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 contemporary art galleries. This aspect of the exhibition will be multifaceted, with galleries dedicated to video, performance, education, and artist-led workshops. Programming for the space will be dynamic and will change over the course of the month, allowing visitors new ways to engage with the space each time they visit.
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.
Green, Mims, Roche, Wade, Tyler Museum of Art exhibition catalogue, 1973. Collection of James King, Dallas, TX.
Left/Right exhibition at 500X Gallery mailer announcement, 1984. Paul Rogers Harris papers, 1959–2001, Dallas Museum of Art Archives.