Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

November 20, 2015 to March 20, 2016
| Chilton I Gallery

Open until 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 20



Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is only the third major U.S. museum exhibition to focus solely on the artist hailed as “the greatest painter this country has ever produced.” On November 20, the Dallas Museum of Art will present what experts have deemed a “once in a lifetime” exhibition, organized by the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Gavin Delahunty: the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled. This exceptional presentation, which critics hailed as “sensational," "exhilarating," "genius,"  “revelatory,” and “revolutionary” on its UK premier at Tate Liverpool, will receive its sole US presentation in Dallas and include many works that have not been exhibited for more than 50 years.

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots offers critical new scholarship on this understudied yet pivotal period in the artist’s career and provides radical new insights into Pollock’s practice. With more than 70 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, the exhibition will first introduce audiences to Pollock’s work via a selection of his classic drip paintings made between 1947 and 1950. These works will serve to contextualize the radical departure represented by the black paintings, a series of black enamel paintings that Pollock created between 1951 and 1953. An unprecedented 31 black paintings will be included in the DMA presentation. Exhibiting works from the height of the artist’s celebrity set against his lesser known paintings will offer the opportunity to appreciate Pollock’s broader ambitions as an artist, and to better understand the importance of the “blind spots” in his practice.

Click here to listen to an audio tour by the DMA's Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Gavin Delahunty.

 

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots will require a $16.00 special exhibition ticket.

Visiting from out of town? Click here to find out about our Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots package at the Fairmont Hotel. 

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$16 with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.

Programs

Spring Break 2016

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Enjoy a fun-filled week of art-making activities, family tours, story times, and gallery activities for families all inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock. Spring Break programs are held daily March 15–18.

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Late Night Performance: Sounds Modern

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What does a Jackson Pollock painting sound like? Flutist Elizabeth McNutt and ensemble present Sounds Modern, a concert exploring the intersections of art and music.

This event is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Earle Brown Music Foundation.

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Gallery Talks

Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists, and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during weekly lunchtime gallery talks.

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Pollock's Black Paintings: A Closer Look

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Join Dr. Michael Schreyach, Associate Professor in Art and Art History at Trinity University, and Dr. Stephanie Straine, Assistant Curator at Tate Liverpool and contributing author to the Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots exhibition catalogue, for an in-depth look at Pollock’s works during his black paintings period. The scholars will give a brief talk about their research followed by a discussion moderated by Gavin Delahunty, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and curator of Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots.

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Pollock's Black Paintings

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Michael Fried, art critic, joins Gavin Delahunty, The Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and curator of Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, for a conversation about the significance of Pollock's black paintings within his practice.

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Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

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Join Gavin Delahunty, The Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and curator of Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, for a deeper look at this often underexplored but pivotal part of the artist’s oeuvre known as the black paintings. Blind Spots brings together the most significant showing of this widely debated body of work in a public institution since 1980.

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A Conversation About Art Conservation—with a close look at the work of Jackson Pollock

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Join Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Mark Leonard, Chief Conservator at the Dallas Museum of Art, for a discussion on the field of paintings conservation. They will take a special look at the painting materials and techniques used by Jackson Pollock as well as the preservation challenges his works present.

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Texas Ballet Theater Presents: Pollock in Motion

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Inspired by the Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots exhibition, Arts & Letters Live has commissioned the Texas Ballet Theater to create a new suite of five dances resonant with his black paintings from 1951-1953. Gavin Delahunty will share insights into Pollock’s oft-underexplored work and the significance of assembling these works of art, not likely to be reunited again in our lifetimes. Texas Ballet Theater Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., choreographed the new dances and calls them Reflections of an Iconic Artist. Don’t miss this world premiere!

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