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5 Weekend Art Gallery Picks, Including Teddy Cruz, a Jim Crow-Era Stain, Art Con 9, and More

cruzVisiting Artist Lecture: Teddy Cruz at SMU Meadows Owen Arts Center, O’Donnell Hall — November 13: 7-8:30 p.m. 6101 Bishop Ave. Dallas, TX 75205.

When architect Teddy Cruz comes to Texas, he faces an obvious and unfortunate obstacle of name recognition. The irony is that while our Cruz monkey wrenches immigration reform, this Cruz has developed a practice that bridges cultural and political contexts, working in the culturally-blended region around San Diego and Tijuana to explore how architecture, housing, and urban policy can draw from the way seemingly blighted neighborhoods adapt, reuse, and retrofit to create more vibrant architectural and social models.

barnabyBarnabacio (1953-1980): things outside art–curated by Barnaby Fitzgerald at Carillon Gallery, Tarrant County College South – November 14: 6-8 p.m. 5301 Campus Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76119.

There’s a peculiar similarity between the names of the curator of this exhibition, Barnaby Fitzgerald, and its exhibited artist, “Barnabacio.” Barnacacio’s work, we are told, skirts on the periphery of art, employing artifacts to explore tangential thinking that is odd, surprising, elegant or humorous. Good luck finding a paper trail on Barnabacio,who seems to have materialized on the scene out of thin air  (though you may have seen his work in The Art Foundation’s Twain), or purchasing any of his work. The pieces in this show are from a “private collection in Italy.”

whiteA Dallas Drinking Fountain Project by Lauren Woods at the Dallas County Records Building – November 15: 12-1 p.m. 509 Main St. Dallas, TX 75202.

A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project offers an opportunity for orchestrated awareness, a way to create a context that brings attention to an uncomfortable cultural artifact. That artifact is the faded words “white only,” which were discovered on the wall of the Dallas County Records Building after a plate that had been screwed into the wall to cover the indelible mark had fallen off in 2003 to reveal the uncomfortable and all too tactile reminder of the Jim Crow era. There was a bit of controversy at the time, but now Lauren Woods has worked with Dallas County to turn the stain of the past into an opportunity for reflection on the legacy of the past and our responsibility towards remembrance and restitution. In addition to the faded words, Woods has created an interactive water fountain which will trigger a video projection of newsreel footage from the Civil Rights movement. The project also hopes to use the occasion of the anniversary of the JFK assassination to further its poignant context for reflection.

artconArt Conspiracy 9 – Novemeber 16: 7-11 p.m. 500 Singleton Blvd. Dallas, TX 75212.

Not to jump ahead or anything, but Art Con is approaching its tenth anniversary, which kind of makes the perennial upstart art party/auction feel almost like a stalwart institution (after all, they now have a VIP party and their website calls them a “street level” org while they boast an “executive team”). But the anniversary feels odd considering, in my mind, Art Con represents a turning point in Dallas, and in particular Oak Cliff, which ushered in the “now,” meaning something galvanized with Art Con, something changed in the way neighborhood protagonists understood themselves, their role, and the scope and scale of possibility. In the last 9 years since the event began as an impromptu means to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina evacuees, its founders have gone on to launch projects from La Reunion to Better Block, but not much has changed in Art Con’s simple concept. It’s still an open call, art making party that allows anyone to indulge their creative urge and raises funds for a selected organization (this year it’s My Possibilities, a non-profit that serves adults with disabilities). And as always, there’s a musical bill to boot, including New Fumes, Zhora, and DJ emptycylinder.

tikiSurface Tiki: Everything Is OK by Justin Hunter Allen at BEEFHAUS – November 16: 7 p.m. 833 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226.

The energetic, new-ish Expo Park art space, BEEFHAUS, offers neighbor and S.C.A.B.-associated artist Justin Hunter Allen his first painting solo show, self-described as “a venture in the narrative of modern formalism.” Allen is also producing a publication in conjunction which the show, which draws its inspiration from a variety of sources, including reflections on the context and language surrounding recent artist-driven activity in Dallas, burgeoning-ness, ethical trolling, and the implications of the practice of websites like this one which refer to people like Allen as “S.C.A.B.-associated.”

 

Here are all of this week’s events and openings:

WEDNESDAY

Visiting Artist Lecture: Teddy Cruz at SMU Meadows Owen Arts Center, O’Donnell Hall — November 13: 7-8:30 p.m. 6101 Bishop Ave. Dallas, TX 75205.

Young, Old & Winged: Amy Werntz at Hotel Belmont — November 13: 6-9 p.m . 901 Fort Worth Ave. Dallas, TX 75208.

Possessed² by Kevin Parmer and Clay Stinnett at Steve Paul Productions — November 13: 6-9 p.m. 2814 Main St, Dallas, Texas 75226.

“Sole Photography Show” by Pamela Rabin, at the Oak Lawn Branch Library - November 13: 6:30-8 p.m. 4100 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, Tx 75219.

“Parallel Universes” by Bereniche Aguiar and Liz London, at The Loft’s - November 13: 4-7 p.m. 3030 Bryan Street, Dallas, Tx 75204.

THURSDAY

Barnabacio (1953-1980): things outside art–curated by Barnaby Fitzgerald at Carillon Gallery, Tarrant County College South — November 14: 6-8 p.m. 5301 Campus Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76119.

NEXT TOPIC: Art Practices & Politics in the Middle East, Part 1 at CentralTrack — November 14: 7 p.m. 800 Exposition Ave, Dallas, Texas 75226.

The Art of George Holman at Kessler X+ (The Kessler Theater) — November 14: 7 p.m. 1230 W. Davis St. Dallas, TX 75208.

“Margaret Evangeline and Caroline Oliver” at the Ashton Gallery - November 14: 6-8 p.m. 2215 Cedar Springs, Dallas, Tx 75201.

FRIDAY

A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project by Lauren Woods at the Dallas County Records Building — November 15: 12-1 p.m. 509 Main Stt. Dallas, TX 75202.

“Kat – The 60′s” by various artists, at ILLUME Gallerie - November 15: 7-10 p.m. 4123 Cedar Springs, Suite 107, Dallas, Tx 75219.

“The Visions of Vin Scheihagen” by Vin Scheihagen, at the Rail Station Studios and Gallery - November 15: 6-9 p.m. 1013 15th Place, #101, Plano, Tx 75074.

“untitled” by Eli Walker, at the RE Gallery - November 15: 7-9 1717 Gould Street, Dallas, Tx 75215.

SATURDAY

Art Conspiracy 9 — Novemeber 16: 7-11 p.m. 500 Singleton Blvd. Dallas, TX 75212.

Death Do Us Part: Artist Talk and Closing Reception by Marshall Harris at Red Arrow Contemporary — November 16: 6-9 p.m. 130 Dragon St. Suite 110, Dallas, Texas 75207.

Surface Tiki: Everything Is OK by Justin Hunter Allen at BEEFHAUS — November 16: 7 p.m. 833 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226.

“Cocktails, Live Body Painting & Live Sketching” by Anja Yamaji-Lawson and D.G. Smalling, at Kul Ame Studio Gallery - November 16: 6-10 p.m. Midtown Galleries in Valley View Mall, 12221 Preston Road, Dallas, Tx 75240.

“RMB Art Studio Grand Opening and Art Gala” At RMB Art Studio inside Valley View Center during the Gallery at Midtown Art Walk – November 16: 6-10 p.m. 13331 Preston Rd, ste 2278, Dallas, TX 75240.

Image at top from L.A./Tex, which closes at Circuit 12 Contemporary this weekend.