Dallas Contemporary


Key%26#8217;s to the Door: Director Joan Davidow.%26nbsp;
Building a Masterpiece: After many hardhat tours and a few soir%26#233;es aptly titled %26#8220;Cocktails Under Construction,%26#8221; the intrepid art pioneers at the Dallas Contemporary are ready for the big reveal %26#8212; their 1950s industrial plant turned urban art space. Continuing on its 30-year journey of fostering local artists, the Contemporary is making the move this month from its Swiss Avenue location to a 12,000-square-foot former sheetmetal plant near the Design District. Imagine NYC%26#8217;s Chelsea neighborhood meeting Dallas%26#8217; modern aesthetic: The building was reconstructed by architect Edward Baum, who used the large glass windows, brick walls and exposed ceiling rafters to serve as a sleek, architectural canvas for art installations. First up? %26#8220;Warnings %26amp; Instructions,%26#8221; a skeletal, walk-through Boeing 747 that beams cautionary messages via video and audio, a work by Los Angeles artist James Gilbert, January 8 through Febriary 13. Never the gallery to shy from a big project, the Dallas Contemporary has also embarked on Phase II of its fund-raising program. Campaign chair Beth Ewing, along with Nicole Musselman Boykin and Karla McKinley, are calling all art supporters to help garner the remaining $2 million of the $6 million initiative. Want your name emblazoned on the steps, walls or doors of the Dallas Contemporary? Help fund the finishing touches via a lengthy list of naming opportunities %26#8212; we can%26#8217;t think of a better reason to sign on the dotted line. 161 Glass St., 214.821.2522; dallascontemporary.org.
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Images: The new Dallas Contemporary

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