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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

FRANCESCO CLEMENTE

Watchtowers, Keys, Threads, Gates

13 APRIL – 25 AUGUST 2019

Watchtowers, Keys, Threads, Gates is a large-scale installation by Francesco Clemente consisting of a site-specific mural and two series of sculptures produced in the artist’s signature dreamlike aesthetic, and which reflect his ongoing exploration into notions of movement, transition, vulnerability, and mythological narratives. Recurring motifs of ladders, labyrinths, gates, doors, and keys, among other representative symbols, reference the condition of existing in a liminal space through which one eventually passes or remains caught in a balancing act.

 

Both bodies of sculpture were created over the past five years in collaboration with artisans in Jodhpur, India. This exhibition provides a rare glimpse into Clemente’s forays in sculpture, denoting one of the few occasions in which he has worked in the medium. Additionally, with the site-specific mural commissioned by Dallas Contemporary, the artist employs ‘new’ zodiac signs that he invented himself, which were drawn directly onto the wall with sepia pencils, and are intended to serve as symbols of gates. Muralist painters from Oaxaca assisted in further embellishing the design with patterns of waves, colored in an Oxblood hue traditionally used in Chinese ceramics.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

Major Sponsors:

NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

Education Sponsor:

THE HEART of NEIMAN MARCUS FOUNDATION

 

Supported by:

THE JOULE HOTEL    ROXOR ARTISAN GIN    THE BOX COMPANY

BLAIN SOUTHERN    JOANNE CASSULLO    Q INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

THE BRYANT and NANCY HANLEY FOUNDATION

TAMMY COTTON HARTNETT

 

Media Sponsor:

PAPERCITY

SELF SERVICE

Twenty-Five Years of Fashion,

People and Ideas Reconsidered

13 APRIL – 25 AUGUST 2019

Self Service: Twenty-Five Years of Fashion, People and Ideas Reconsidered is a multi-installation survey assemblage of visual information and documentation of the boundary-pushing publication. Since its inception, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Ezra Petronio has emphasized the design of the biannual magazine as a vehicle for experimentation in photography, typography, and editorial design. From the large-scale production wall, billboard-scale pages from past issues, and unique photographs by contributors to videos of past photographic history, the exhibition embodies cool and contemporary communication, and feels as if one is stepping into a current issue of the magazine.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

Major Sponsors:

NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS    ANN + JOHN McREYNOLDS

 

Gold Sponsors:

ELLECO CONSTRUCTION    MARK GIAMBRONE

LAREE HULSHOFF + BEN FISCHER / CARA + GARY OWENS

DR. RODGER KOBES / PFIZER

 

Supported by:

THE JOULE HOTEL    ROXOR ARTISAN GIN

THE BOX COMPANY    JOANNE CASSULLO

 

Media Sponsor:

PAPERCITY

MARIO SORRENTI

Kate

13 APRIL – 25 AUGUST 2019

Eponymously titled Kate for the series’ legendary subject, this exhibition marks a critical time in legendary fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti’s creative development by presenting photographs that capture Kate Moss as an ingenue on the brink of her career; these same images later comprised the now-iconic 1993 Calvin Klein Obsession campaign that propelled both Sorrenti and Moss to immense fame and cemented their names as synonymous with the industry itself.

 

The twenty-two photographs and video content—on view for the first time at Dallas Contemporary—characterize the outset of Sorrenti’s highly-influential career and ongoing cultural influence, which today counts work with magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Self Service, W, and many international editions of Vogue, and clients including Hugo Boss, Chanel, Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, and Jil Sander.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

Special Thanks:

DENNIS FREEDMAN

 

Major Sponsors:

NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS    ANN + JOHN McREYNOLDS

 

Gold Sponsors:

ELLECO CONSTRUCTION    MARK GIAMBRONE

LAREE HULSHOFF + BEN FISCHER / CARA + GARY OWENS

DR. RODGER KOBES / PFIZER

 

Supported by:

THE JOULE HOTEL    ROXOR ARTISAN GIN

THE BOX COMPANY    JOANNE CASSULLO

 

Media Sponsor:

PAPERCITY

YELENA YEMCHUK

Mabel, Betty & Bette

13 APRIL – 25 AUGUST 2019

In what marks her first institutional exhibition, Ukrainian artist Yelena Yemchuk intervened in the museum’s central passageway to create a sweeping installation comprised of recent work in film and photography. Taking its title from the artist’s ongoing photo series of the same name, Mabel, Betty & Bette is an exhibition exploring the complex nature of identity, emphasizing in particular moments of change, crisis, and loss of self. Each photograph portrays one of the three fictional women—Mabel, Betty, or Bette—as conveyed by a cast member in one of three corresponding wigs playing out three different storylines written by the artist. Also on view at the center of the exhibition is a new moving image work filmed in Yemchuk’s native country in which Ukrainian artist Anna Domashyna performs as all three characters.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director