There is a new group for Dallas folks who would like to get a bit art smarter in a friendly setting: art as social wormhole. Billed as an “artificial M.F.A.” course, the reading group is organized by artist/curator Carolyn Sortor as part of her OccuLibrary and presented in conjunction with MAP 2013, an ambitious DFW-area festival and exhibition that “restores and preserves the environment, promotes social justice and advances human knowledge and well-being.”
The meetings, created to discuss texts on “aesthetic issues relating to art’s potential (or not) to speak to or influence social or political realities,” are meant to take place on periodic Sunday afternoons at its home base, The Reading Room (naturally). But check the OccuLibrary Tumblr site for details because the inaugural meeting of art as social wormhole already breaks those rules. It will take place on Monday, November 18 at 7 pm at Dallas’ Power Station. The group will discuss an interview with Walead Beshty, whose exhibition is currently on view at the Power Station.