4 Art Events You Have to See This Weekend

Two intriguing group shows -- including a CalArts love fest -- open in Dallas this weekend. Plus more music in galleries.

The Future of the Past at Cydonia August 20, 6-7:30 p.m. 167 Payne St. Dallas, TX 75207.

Cydonia’s latest is a group show featuring six artists, most of whom have enjoyed solo shows at the space in the past year. Julieta Aguinaco, Alicja Bielawska, Michael Just, Olga Mokzycka-Grospierre, Sybren Renema, and Bronwen Sleigh all hail from different countries, but each artist creates work that engages with time and history, the effects of the past on the present and future. Come early for the latest installment of the Cydonia and Zhulong-organized contemporary art collecting seminar.

 

It Came From CalArts at CentralTrak August 22, 8-10 p.m. 800 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226.

Robin Myrick’s exhibition brings together work by 9 Texas artists who also happen to be products of CalArts: Justin Boyd (San Antonio), Denise Prince (Austin), Elaine Bradford (Houston), Danielle Dean (Houston), Adrian Esparza (El Paso), Robin Myrick (Dallas), Peter Bo Rappmund (Dallas), Ariane Roesch (Houston), and David Stout (Denton). To prep yourself, watch this (kind of awkward and maybe not helpful until about 9 minutes in) video interview with the author of Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia.

 

Vice Palace at The Public TrustAugust 22, 9-11 p.m. 2271 Monitor St. Dallas, TX 75207.

This is not art per-se, but artist and Vice Palace impresario Art Peña’s concert is happening in an art gallery,  The Public Trust. And then there’s the fact that Peña continues to drive a certain subset of the art-music cross-over social scene. Plus, the event will be recorded and released on Art’s new cassette label, sponsored in part by the Office of Cultural Affairs. Perhaps, then, we could say that the gallery performance will produce an artifact of a temporal experience that can then be experienced as both sound and object, a commentary on physical, cultural, and technological decay, nostalgia and obsolescence, as well as a staging of the sonic underground as shabby chic. Dezi 5 and Rat Rios to perform.

 

 

Estranged Space at TERRAIN DallasAugust 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 1122 Elmdale Pl Dallas, TX 75224.

Reading the press release for the Sara-Jayne Parsons-curated exhibition of work by Alyssa Hawkins at Iris Bechtol’s TERRAIN in Elmwood had me scratching my head wondering just what the art actually is. There’s reference to “subtle interventions” and “placing personal objects on display inside Iris Bechtol’s (TERRAIN Dallas’ curator/owner) family home,” but no specific language describing the actual art. So I’m left assuming that Hawkins is taking her own stuff and putting it in Bechtol’s house. Or maybe she is taking Bechtol’s stuff and putting it on the lawn? Not sure. But regardless, the release is filled a lot of unspecific language — dense, art-jargon-y lines like this one:

“Her selection and presentation of text and objects is an exercise in domestic semiotics; resulting in a visual shorthand that points critically to a conceptual exploration of ordinary life.”

And this:

“In recognizing our daily efforts to maneuver between physical thresholds of glass, brick, lawn and privet, she invites suburban voyeurs to walk up the garden path, peek in and experience the discomfort of something ordinary.”

It reminded me that the end of summer / beginning of the fall is as good a time as any to remind everyone out there to do their absolute best to lay off the International Art English when crafting press releases and artist statements. Either that, or I’m going to start filtering these weekly listing through an artist statement generator.

 

Here are all of the openings:

THURSDAY

TJAA Juried Member Exhibition at Fort Worth Community Arts Center — August 20, 5-7 p.m. 1300 Gendy St. Fort Worth, TX 76107.

The Future of the Past at Cydonia — August 20, 6-7:30 p.m. 167 Payne St. Dallas, TX 75207.

Seminar on Collecting Contemporary Art at Cydonia — August 20, 6-7:30 p.m. 167 Payne St. Dallas, TX 75207.

 

FRIDAY

B. Stellar POP-UP at the Goss-Michael Foundation — August 21, 5-8 p.m. 1405 Turtle Creek Blvd. Dallas, TX 75207.

 

SATURDAY

Little Fugitive screening at PDNB Gallery — August 22, 2 p.m. 12020 Dragon St. Ste. 103 Dallas, TX 75207.

It Came From CalArts at CentralTrak — August 22, 8-10 p.m. 800 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226.

Vice Palace at The Public Trust — August 22, 9-11 p.m. 2271 Monitor St. Dallas, TX 75207.

 

SUNDAY

Estranged Space at TERRAIN Dallas — August 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 1122 Elmdale Pl Dallas, TX 75224.

 

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