Dallas Museum of Art presents DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present

The Dallas Museum of Art presents DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present an exhibition on view May 26 through September 15, 2013.

Bwana Art Magazine 4, no. 1 (1983), cover image designed by Dennis Scharnberg. Paul Rogers Harris papers, 1959–2001, Dallas Museum of Art Archives.

Bwana Art Magazine 4, no. 1 (1983), cover image designed by Dennis Scharnberg. Paul Rogers Harris papers, 1959–2001, Dallas Museum of Art Archives.

DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present, is composed of mainly ephemeral works—gallery invitations, posters, publications, photography, video—as well as a select group of art objects. The majority of the art is 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—are presented through the ephemeral objects produced by these neighborhoods over the past fifty years along with research compiled for the DallasSITES project.

In addition, the DMA will 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 is 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. In this way, Available Space is intended to bring the DallasSITES exhibition up to the present day, providing a platform for local artists to contribute to the living history of this vibrant community. www.dallasmuseumofart.org

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