Two museum openings, a K8 Hardy fashion show, the closing of the Free Museum of Dallas, a new one at Oliver Francis, a Denton-only group show, and lots of videos.

This Week’s Visual Art, Oct 4-7: Gallery Openings, News, And Reviews

You know, there’s some interesting stuff going on this weekend, but first, for no reason at all except that David Byrne will be in town this weekend, let’s get things going with Byrne performing at The Kitchen c. 1986.

Okay, let’s get to it.

“Legendary” by K8 Hardy at the Dallas ContemporaryOctober 4, 7-10 p.m.161 Glass St. Dallas, TX 75207.

The Dallas Contemporary’s annual fundraising event brings a fashion show by K8 Hardy. For more on Hardy’s work, check out Cassandra Emswiler’s review of the recent exhibitions at the Contemporary. And here’s a preview of what’s in store: K8 Hardy’s runway show at the Whitney Biennial.

“Assembly Line” by In Cooperation With Muscle NationOctober 4 at 5 p.m. at Dragon Street.

The Muscle Nation collective is busy indeed, with this latest bit promising ready mades on Dragon Street. Where exactly, isn’t quite clear from the Facebook invite, but it couldn’t be too hard to swing by on the way to Legendary.

 “New Works Now” at Corra Stafford GalleryOctober 4, 7-9 p.m. 1120 W. Oak St., Denton, TX

Out in Denton, Denton-based artists in a group show that appears to have more curatorial cohesion than just the happenstance of one’s home address. And yes, it is a group show in Denton, so there will be an artist with a guitar playing during the opening reception (yuck, yuck). Horrace Bray will be providing multiple layers of “sonic information,” which, for no reason at all, makes me think of this often hilarious The New Yorker article about the performance of Stockhausen’s sci-fi operatic cycle called “Licht,” part of which was finally performed for the first time recently, overcoming the difficulty of, among other things, choreographing helicopters. Yes, yes, yes. There’s video of the “Helicopter String Quartet.” Here it is. You’re welcome.

“Yesterday and Tomorrow” by Frances Bagley and Tom Orr at the Free Museum of Dallas – October 5, 5-7 p.m. Office of the Chair of the Division of Art, room 1640, Owen Fine A Meadows School of the Arts, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205.

Michael Corris is closing down the Free Museum of Dallas after this final exhibition of work by Frances Bagley and Tom Orr, so the reception Friday is a simultaneous opening and closing event, as if the FMOD could do it any other way. Also, at 1 p.m. the artists will be presenting an illustrated lecture in the screening room on the third floor of the Greer Garson wing of the Meadows School of the Arts, Room 3531. After this last artist show, the space behind Corris’ office will get a programmatic reboot.

The Art Fair of Texas by Fred Villaneuva, Pamela Rabin, Alex DiJulio, and Samantha McCurdy — October 5 : 7-10 p.m. 203 Ash Lane,Dallas, Tx 75226.

You know, there used to be an art element to the State Fair of Texas, a juried exhibition that imported top notch curators from the East Coast to Fair Park, and the experts would pick one work from the submissions that would be acquired by the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (which was finer then, and located in Fair Park). Remember, that’s how Chapman Kelley’s “Sand Dune” made it into the DMA’s collection. There’s something quaint about that concept now, just as there seems to be something quaint about that whole Kelley-DMA scuffle. Ah, good times.

But anyway, this isn’t that. This is a group show featuring the four listed artists, exhibited in the spirit, says the release, of the “Le Salon des Indépendants, and Le Salon des Refusés, or the Vienna Secession.” (video!)

“To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection” at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art Oct. 6 – Jan 6, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107.

Here’s the funny thing about the Amon, it sometimes feels like you’re going to the exact same exhibition over and over again only the pictures on the walls have been rearranged or swapped out by other works by the same artists. Here’s another funny thing, who’s complaining? Let’s just mull on Arthur Dove.

“Dormant Subversion” by Francisco Moreno, at the Oliver Francis GalleryOctober 6 : 6-10 p.m. 209 S. Peak Street, Dallas, Tx 75226.

The last time Mexican-born, UTA-educated artist Francisco Moreno showed at Oliver Francis, the gallery looked like this. This time, we’re pairing it down a notch to this.

Speaking of OFG, Michael Corris published an open letter to gallery proprietor Kevin Jacobs in FD luxe, here’s a sampling:

It is important to highlight what real difference in contemporary art looks like and how important criticism is; all the more so, as so many concepts dear to our hearts — creativity, innovation, imagination — are being hijacked daily by cool entrepreneurs and homeless cultural managers who believe in social harmony more fervently than Ron Paul believes in the free market. Under such circumstances, domesticated, self-regarding cultural tribalism won’t do. Posing as the new BoHo won’t do. A new scene just isn’t good enough.

You can ready the whole thing-a-ma-do here.

“The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece” at the Kimbell Art Museum– Oct 7 – Dec 30. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107.

Question: When you hear that it’s the Kimbell’s 40th anniversary, does that voice inside your noggin go “Forty years already?” or “Only forty years?” I definitely think mine says the latter. This exhibition features the largest exhibition of the museum’s permanent collection ever mounted.

 ”Trenz Gallery Opening” by Richard Lee Smith, Jr. and Michael Christopher, at Trenz Gallery – October 4: 6-9 p.m. 1315 E. Levee Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Peculiar Realities” by Mighty Fine Arts at The Kessler – October 4: 7-10 p.m.1230 West Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208.

“Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait” by Craig Varjabedian, at the Afterimage Photograph Gallery – October 6 : 7:30-9:30 p.m. 2800 Routh Street, #141, Dallas, Tx 75201

Cottonwood Art Festival on October 6-7: W. Belt Line Road, Richardson, Tx 75080

“Faces of Classical Music – Photographs by William McEwen” by William McEwen, at the Irving Arts Center – October 6: 1- 3 p.m. 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Tx 75062.

“Imagine” by Alicia H. Torres, Bronwyn Towle, Donna Lee Steffens, Elisha Ben-Yitzhak, Esther Wertheimer, He Si’en, Irene Neal, Jessica Manheim, Jim Pescott, John Kollig, Katrin Alvarez, Lee Ables, Li Haibing, Paloma Bernaldo, Robin Antar, Ron Burkhardt, Shahla Rosa, and Shawn Man Roland, at the LuminArte Fine Art Gallery – October 6: 7-10 p.m. 1727 E. Levee Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

MIDTOWN Art Community Open House at the Valley View CenterOctober 6, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. 13331 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75240.

“Not So Fast” by Barbara Frey and Katherine Taylor, at the Ro2 Art Downtown Gallery – October 6 : 6-9 p.m. 1408 Elm Street, Dallas, Tx 75201.

“Criss Crossing Corridors” by Michael Broussard, at the SKYPONY Studio – October 6 : 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. 13331 Preston Road, Dallas, Tx 75240.

“Is, Was, Will Be” by Robert D. Cocke, at the Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden – October 6 : 6-8:30 p.m. 6616 Spring Valley Road (between Preston and Hillcrest), Dallas, Tx 75254.

Image: Still from the above video of K8 Hardy’s Whitney Biennial fashion show.