Art Notes


Cardboard-Rama: We%26rsquo;re taken with the droll little structures lovingly crafted by L.A.%26ndash;based first-generation Mexican-American Ana Serrano at Conduit Gallery, where her way with cardboard makes a nice mash-up with Texan Lance Letscher%26rsquo;s collage mastery, as well as Dallas-based Joan Winter%26rsquo;s unadorned wooden architectural forms (through November 12).

Do-si-do: In the mood for a square dance? Celebrate the new Antoine Predock%26ndash;designed Trinity River Audubon Center on Saturday, November 12, 6 pm. The one-night only community happening/art performance involves a genuine caller, guests as participants and appealing snacks set upon old-timey, gingham-covered tables, as well as a dose of art: vintage dance photos culled from the archives of Dallas City Hall and the Dallas Public Library, projected upon the compelling new building. SMU%26rsquo;s Leila Grothe and private art dealer Cynthia Mulcahy do curatorial honors for this intriguing participatory experience supported by a Warhol Foundation Idea Fund Grant (gratis; cargocollective.com/squaredance).

Just In: The Dallas Museum of Art gets a new director. Dr. Maxwell Anderson, most recently the main man at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, has a resume that includes a transformative directorship at the Whitney. He%26rsquo;ll assume his new post at the DMA in January. The dynamic Anderson is a scholar and an innovator, with a record of exciting achievements in new technology, environmental initiatives, preservation and as an advocate for artists. It was his museum that was responsible for curating the American Pavilion at this year%26rsquo;s Venice Biennale, where Puerto Rican artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla ignited enthusiasm.

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Image: Ana Serrano%26rsquo;s Carpet Auction, 2009, at Conduit Gallery. Courtesy the artist and Conduit Gallery.

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