With all due respect to Mother, Forever Yes: Art of the New Tattoo lets you consider what happens when the artist’s canvas is human skin: sensual expression viewed with a peculiar sense of voyeurism. Sixty photos-some as arresting as the art they peruse-are on view through June 13 at Documentary Arts’ new home, former Dallas Firehouse No, 16 at 5501 Columbia Ave., 823-8955. It’s a co-presentation of Documentary Arts, Contemporary Culture and the Dallas Museum of Art. The photograph at right by Vicki Berndt is entitled “Dee Dee.” The tattoo artist is D. E. Hardy. Like 5501 Columbia’s concurrent exhibition of Caren Heft: Artist’s Books, these tattoos are beguiling. They’ll get under your skin.
Celebrate the Old West at the Chisholm Trail Round-Up in the Fort Worth Stockyards. June 12-14. The weekend features a 26-mile trail ride reminiscent of legendary cattle drives. Other activities include barbecue and chili cook-offs, armadillo races, a fiddling contest and a rodeo. Admission is $3 for adults, and children under 12 are free. Call (817) 625-7005.
Spanish Prints in Town
The Meadows Museum offers a glimpse of Spanish culture in transition as it presents Spanish Art, Spanish Prints in the Eighties. When 36 years of authoritarian rule ended with the death of Francisco Franco in 1975, Spain began a period of cultural transformation. Spanish art in the 1980s explored the new-found freedom of artistic expression and reflected the tension of a country seeking to redefine itself. This exhibition presents 50 works created by three generations of the most influential artists to impact Spanish art in the ’80s, ranging from postwar abstract expressionist Antoni Tapies to young artists who have only recently received international recognition. The exhibit is complemented by the museum’s permanent collection, which includes 15th- through 20th-century works by such artists as Velazquez, Picasso and Miró. Spanish Art will be on display through June 21 at The Meadows Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus. For group tours or more information, call 692-2516. Admission is free.
A Juneteenth Jubilee
Celebrate Juneteenth with the Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Friday, June 19, see the Johnice Parker exhibition, Portrait Through My Eyes, from noon until 10 and the film Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues at 8 p.m. Then sample food, arts, crafts, games and live music from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t miss the performance of Our Young Black Men Are Dying and No One Seems to Care, also on Saturday. 650 S. Griffin, 658-7144.
Move to the salsa beat at the KSSA Latin Jazz & Food Festival June 6-7 In Artists’ Square downtown. Latin icons Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, who played In Mambo Kings, will perform Sunday night, with Tito on timbales at 8 and Celia and her orchestra at 10. The carnival will rumble with 10 Latin jazz bands performing from noon to midnight both days. Sample food from South and Central America, Including Colombia, Bolivia, Honduras and Guatemala. Call 528-1600 for info.