Dallas Museum of Art Brings the Local Art Scene Into its Galleries

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The Dallas Museum of Art is paying homage to its local art scene in a series of contemporary and historical exhibitions and the first of the shows, “Hotel Texas,” features the collection of artwork that had been selected to decorate the hotel room occupied by John F. Kennedy and his family the night before he was assassinated. This small, but elegant installation serves as the starting point for DallasSITES, reports the Dallas Observer, which concludes by putting artists living and working in the city today on display in makeshift studios inside the museum.

DallasSITES charts the history of the city’s art community starting from 1963 — the year of JFK’s assignation — through 2006. Visitors can get a sense of what happened where, as the areas are broken up by neighborhood as well as chronologically.

Meanwhile “Available Space,” an experimental exhibit that has taken over the DMA’s main galleries completely, picks up where DallasSITES leaves off. It deals with everything happening in the Texan metropolis today, as represented by various installations and open studios prepared by local groups and organizations.

The shift of focus from imported to local art is stirring things up for the better in the Dallas community, as the Dallas Observer’s Jamie Laughlin puts it:

This is a waiting-to-exhale moment. We know that something special is happening, that Dallas and Fort Worth are getting warmer, and the conversation surrounding that is shifting, growing, expanding. The DMA giving those artists the mic for a month is a huge gap-closer, showing off the best of what’s happening now, from the galleries to the experimental spaces to the general public.

DallasSITES continues at the DMA through September 15.

— Meredith Caraher

(Photo via Dallas Museum of Art/Facebook.)