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A Look at Dallas’ Rich History in the Contemporary Arts

May 29th, 2013 | by The Update
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From Dallas Culture Map: 

New York has the press. Miami has the parties. But the contemporary art scene in Dallas has something far more important — potential for growth as wide open as a Texas sky.

Opening Sunday, May 26, the Dallas Museum of Art’s new exhibition DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present takes a closer look at both the past and future of North Texas’s bold and distinctive art scene, from the envelope-pushing work of the Betty McLean Gallery in the mid-’50s to painting, sculpture and performance art provocateurs of the 21st century.

“The moments where Dallas’ history of contemporary art crisscrosses with a more national or international history will be a real eye-opener for our audience,” says assistant curator Gabriel Ritter.

Dividing the exhibition into geographic areas — the Arts District and downtown, Deep Ellum, Oak Cliff, Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs, as well as university communities like Arlington and Denton — DallasSITES presents the history of the local art world through gallery invitations, posters, photography, video and objects culled from private archives and public records.

Supported by a grant from UTD’s Texas Fund for Curatorial Research, DallasSITES was originally spearheaded by former DMA contemporary art curator Charles Wylie. Leigh Arnold, a curatorial research assistant for the exhibition, began sourcing materials in May 2011 under Wylie’s direction.

Click here to keep reading on Dallas Culture Map.

DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present is on view May 26 through September 15, 2013 at the Dallas Museum of Art. 

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