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Dallas Museum of Art opens Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take

The Dallas Museum of Art presents Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take the first comprehensive survey to be organized in the United States on the work of contemporary American artist Jim Hodges. On view October 6, 2013, through January 12, 2014. Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take explores the trajectory of the artist’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting the major themes that unify his multilayered and varied practice.

The exhibition includes over eighty works in all media made between 1987 and 2013, including works never before seen in the United States, as well as a major new work created especially for this exhibition. Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take examines how Hodges transforms both everyday and precious materials into poignant meditations on themes such as time, loss, identity, and love. The exhibition brings together photography, drawing, works on paper, and objects rendered in mirror, light bulbs, and glass, alongside several major room-size installations, to examine and illuminate Hodges’ command of material and gesture.

Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take will include two works from the DMA’s permanent collection: Changing Things (1997), a wall assemblage comprising 342 rhythmically arranged silk flower petals and leaves that reference the precarious nature of beauty, and and still this (2005–2008), a large-scale immersive environment comprising 10 canvases of ascending height, intricately patterned in gold leaf. The inclusion of works from the DMA’s collection highlights the Dallas community as the home of the largest core collection of Hodges’ work in public and private hands in the nation.

New York–based artist Jim Hodges is known for his singular ability to infuse emotion and narrative into the objects of our daily lives, creating poignant studies on ideas such as temporality, life, and love. He has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and in Europe, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial and a solo exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.