Stop by upcoming Dallas art openings that will challenge the minds of local art lover.
Sound installation with 100 speakers, microphones, printed text and metal stands, commissioned by YARAT Contemporary Art Space and Edinburgh Art Festival. PHOTO BY PAT VERBRUGGEN.
Featuring her work solo for the first time in over a decade, Shilpa Gupta is bringing her immersive sound art to Dallas Contemporary with Shilpa Gupta: For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit: 100 Jailed Poets (2017-18). Extending over 3,000 feet with 100 suspended speakers in the shape of microphones, Gupta’s exhibition will give a voice back to the voiceless. Based on a research project of persecuted poets, Gupta will share readings of poets who have faced imprisonment, detention and execution from the eighth century to the present. The readings will be presented in over six languages to challenge how language is used as a tool of control. Audiences will engage through active listening and will be challenged on topics of diversity, borders, colonialism, inclusion and the power of speech. Sept. 25- Feb. 13, 2022, Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St., dallascontemporary.org
Inspired by the underground American artist Flora Mayo and her 1920s Paris love aff air with Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Terese Hubbard and Alexander Birchler came together to create an installation, “Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Flora,” to now be permanently featured in The Modern. Through documentary, reenactment and reconstruction, Hubbard and Birchler tell Mayo’s story through the feminist lens aft er her career was devastated by her relationship with Giacometti. Their piece titled “Flora” is a dual-sided film featuring dialogue over time between various couples: Mayo and her son, David; Mayo and Giacometti; Europe and America; the historical and contemporary; truth and fiction. A second installation, “Bust,” juxtaposes a photograph of the couple together and a bust by Mayo of Giacometti. Sept. 5-Jan. 2, 2022, The Modern, 3200 Darnell St., themodern.org
An ode to the female body, the Los Angeles-based artist’s new exhibit Amy Bessone: Amy’s World challenges the representation of women in historical and contemporary contexts. From nudes in ancient Greece and Rome to porcelain pinups, Bessone explores the cultural tropes of the female body through a variety of media, though Amy’s World will have a sole focus on painting. Her exhibition will be full of references to nudes, busts and skulls of women as well as the island and the moon. Sept. 11-Oct. 30, Gallery 12.26, 150 Manufacturing St., #205, gallery1226.com
Amy Bessone, “Yellow Flowers (listening to Gainsbourg) No. 4” (2019-2020). PHOTO BY KEVIN TODORA
Works from the Dallas Museum of Art will be pulled into Slip Zone: A New Look at Postwar Abstraction in the Americas and East Asia to highlight the innovations in artistic production that have transformed the Americas and East Asia throughout the mid-20th century. The exhibition’s focus is on painting, sculpture and performance and finds junctions between the various international movements of the time. Slip Zone honors the crucial significance that Black and women artists had during the age and how their abstract art complicates existing understandings of various art movements in the States and is not an installation to be missed. Sept. 14-July 10, 2022, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, dma.org
In her upcoming exhibit at Nasher Sculpture Center, Betye Saar: Call and Response, Saar captures the stories that everyday found objects have and shares them through her art of assembly. Saar begins her artistic process by finding an object—usually at a flea market or secondhand store—that an ordinary mind might just pass over. After selecting the focal point of her work, Saar sifts through her collection of found items for objects that can pair together to build her vision before sketching the objects in tandem to transform her finds into a stunning work of art. Saar’s debut exhibition will allow a public audience to examine her creative process as she explores ideas of race, gender and spirituality. Sept. 25-Jan. 2, 2022, Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., nashersculpturecenter.org
Betye Saar, “Sketchbook” (1998), overall 6 by 3 1/4 inches, sheet 5 by 3 inches. COLLECTION OF BETYE SAAR, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND ROBERTS PROJECTS, LOS ANGELES, ©BETYE SAAR, PHOTO COURTESY OF ©MUSEUM ASSOCIATES/LACMA.
Betye Saar, “A Loss of Innocence” (1998, mixed media installation), 50 by 12 by 12 inches. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND ROBERTS PROJECTS, LOS ANGELES, ©BETYE SAAR, PHOTO BY TIM LANTERMAN/COURTESY OF SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art turns 60 this September. In the museum’s boldest event yet, the outdoor birthday party will feature live music, gallery tours and food trucks and will end with a bang with a dazzling fireworks show. Shakey Graves, an Austin musician, and DJ Ronnie Heart will set the mood with their music as you nosh on Dallas favorites, such as Gepetto’s and Steel City Pops. You won’t want to miss the art celebration of the season. Sept. 25, 4-10pm, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., cartermuseum.org