March 22 - April 30, 2023
From the organizers:
“The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), Dallas Art Fair, and NorthPark Center are pleased to announce a new group exhibition, Talk of the Town: A Dallas Museum of Art Pop-Up Exhibition, on view at NorthPark Center’s Level Two, between Nordstrom and Macy’s, from March 22 through April 30, 2023. Curated by Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck, the Museum’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, to coincide with the 15th edition of the Dallas Art Fair, the show will celebrate and explore the diversity of womanhood through a wide range of artistic perspectives. An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, March 21.
Talk of the Town assembles recent works by Sarah Awad, Sarah Cain, Johnny Floyd, Danielle Mckinney, Arcmanoro Niles, Maja Ruznic, Keer Tanchak, Evita Tezeno, and Summer Wheat—all of which were acquired by the DMA in the last six years through the Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program. The works explore identity and the female subject by bending conventions of portraiture. The exhibition takes its name from an arresting portrait by Danielle Mckinney, which was acquired as part of the fifth annual acquisition program in 2021.
Launched in 2016 by the Dallas Art Fair Foundation, the program has nurtured the growth and celebration of the Dallas arts scene by providing annual funds for the DMA to purchase contemporary works for the Museum’s permanent collection directly from the fair. The program has raised nearly one million dollars in the seven years since its inception. These acquired works, including the ones to be featured in Talk of the Town, demonstrate the DMA’s commitment to addressing the historical exclusion of female artists and perspectives and to supporting artists at varying stages of their careers.
“The artworks in this exhibition showcase and celebrate the diverse experiences of womanhood through the gender identities on both the side of the artist and their subjects. With playful takes on portraiture, the artists upturn traditional notions of femininity and invite the viewer to join the conversation of what it means to be a woman today,” said Dr. Brodbeck.
“The Dallas Museum of Art could not be more thrilled to meet our community where they are to experience the power of art and its ability to bring us together,” said the Dallas Museum of Art Eugene McDermott Director Dr. Agustín Arteaga. “We are grateful for this tremendous partnership that allows us to celebrate women and the access our community has to contemporary art through our valued relationship with the Dallas Art Fair and NorthPark Center.”
“We were so pleased by the acquisition of these works by the DMA, which helped elevate these emerging artists,” said Kelly Cornell, Director of the Dallas Art Fair. “Now, we’re so excited for Talk of the Town to further the visibility of their work. NorthPark Center is the perfect venue for this exhibition, due to its unparalleled art collection and public accessibility.”
Joy, Compassion, Generosity, 2022. Evita Tezeno. Mixed media and acrylic on canvas. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Fund, 2022.60. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
Talk of the Town, 2021. Danielle Mckinney. Acrylic on canvas. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Fund, 2022.42. Courtesy of the artist, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen.
The pop-up is housed in an intriguing space that invites NorthPark’s visitors to engage their curiosity and explore the exhibition. Informative wall texts will accompany the art, and a docent will be present to provide information about each artwork. Whether already familiar with the works on display or seeing them for the first time, Talk of the Town will be a delightful discovery for locals and visitors.
“We are excited to be a part of this inaugural exhibition showcasing selected works from the Dallas Museum of Art acquired through the Dallas Art Fair Foundation. Because of our steadfast commitment to bringing accessible museum-quality art and cultural experiences to the public, NorthPark is honored to host this dynamic exhibition for the enjoyment of our many visitors,” said Nancy Nasher, owner of NorthPark Center.
ABOUT THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country. With a free general admission policy and community outreach efforts, the DMA is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses 25,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events and dramatic and dance presentations. The DMA is an Open Access institution, allowing all works believed to be in the public domain to be freely available for downloading, sharing, repurposing and remixing without restriction. For more information, visit dma.org.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
ABOUT NORTHPARK CENTER
NorthPark Center is the preeminent shopping center in the Southwest and one of the finest shopping experiences in the world with more than 200 stores and restaurants, including more than 70 market exclusives. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Eataly, NorthPark offers an unparalleled collection of luxury boutiques set amid internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st century art, award-winning architecture, and extraordinary landscaping—as well as a 1.4-acre garden, CenterPark, and a state-of-the-art movie theatre, AMC NorthPark 15. NorthPark consistently ranks as one of the top five performing shopping centers in the United States and is North Texas’ number one visitor destination. NorthPark is conveniently located 7 miles from downtown Dallas and 35 miles from Fort Worth.
ABOUT THE DALLAS ART FAIR FOUNDATION
The Dallas Art Fair Foundation’s mission is to promote appreciation of arts and culture in Dallas, Texas. Through the annual Dallas Art Fair Foundation Preview Benefit, the foundation raises funds for donation to various local Dallas museums. Past beneficiaries include the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Contemporary.
In addition to working with these institutions, in 2016 the Dallas Art Fair Foundation initiated the Dallas Art Fair Foundation + Dallas Museum of Art Acquisition Fund. The funds raised through this program enable the Dallas Museum of Art to acquire artworks from the Dallas Art Fair for the museum’s permanent collection. This partnership proudly fosters relationships between Dallas’ institutions and international galleries, as well as elevates the city’s presence in the art world.
ABOUT THE DALLAS ART FAIR
In the heart of the downtown Arts District, the Dallas Art Fair offers collectors, arts professionals, and the public the opportunity to engage with a rich selection of modern and contemporary artworks presented by leading global and local galleries. Curated exhibitions and programming encourage lively conversations in the city’s robust and rapidly growing arts community. At the center of culture and commerce, the fair has become a powerful economic engine for the city and region.”
On View: March 22, 2023 | 12–5 pm
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