CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Laercio Redondo. Video still from Abstraction lies, 2015. Courtesy of the artist

LAERCIO REDONDO

Past Projects for the Future

18 SEPTEMBER - 18 DECEMBER 2016

Laercio Redondo unearths memories, often using architecture and its practitioners as a point of departure. Deeply invested in researching cultural dynamics, Redondo merges poetic narrative with personal vision to create multi-faceted installations. This exhibition examines such important Brazilian figures as Oscar Niemeyer, Athos Bulcão, Lota de Macedo Soares and Lina Bo Bardi. Often giving voice to those who have been silenced, Redondo illuminates the universal implications of collective forgetting.

 

Past Projects for the Future amasses work in diverse media, created between 2008 and the present. Central to the exhibition is a new film installation, Detour. The film traverses the distance between Flamengo Park, designed by Lota de Macedo Soares, and Casa Samambaia, her private home outside the city of Rio de Janeiro. Detour’s voice-over addresses de Macedo Soares’s conspicuous absence from Brazilian collective memory.

 

Also integral to the exhibition are architect Lina Bo Bardi and her Glass House. Redondo explores her masterpiece in two works—the video The Glass House and a series of photographs titled Blow Up / The Glass House. The video documents the home on two occasions, one in 1999 and the other in 2008. Bringing attention to the lived-in nature of the house rather than presenting it as an architectural remnant, the work focuses on the eclectic nature of the owners’ possessions. The accompanying photographs of the home are magnified beyond focus—a tableau of displacement and memory.

 

Past Projects for the Future ruminates upon architecture’s relationship with identity, both personal and national. Redondo, through his practice, revives cultural practitioners whose works still remain relevant today. He suggests an alternative reading and experience of their work by highlighting important aspect of their practice.

 

Laercio Redondo was born in Brazil, and is currently based between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Stockholm, Sweden. He received his MFA at Konstfack, University of Art, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. He has had solo exhibitions internationally in Brazil, Spain, Germany, and Cuba.

 

Curated by Justine Ludwig, Director of Exhibitions / Senior Curator

 

SUPPORTED by:

 

 

TAMMY COTTON HARTNETT     HARRIS POLAKOFF

 

Media Sponsor:

 

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Pedro Reyes Totem, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery

PEDRO REYES

For Future Reference

18 SEPTEMBER - 18 DECEMBER 2016

For Future Reference explores the legacy of Greek statuary and philosophy—creating a bridge between sculpture and the investigation of knowledge. Featuring newly created stone sculptures in concert with earlier works, the exhibition explores the use of space and volumes to organize ideas. Reyes’s sculptures are playful in their references. Drawing from disparate traditions, the works form a hybrid language.

 

Reyes pays homage to key figures in Greek philosophy such as Epicurus, Aristotle, Hypatia, Socrates, and Plato. He recreates their likeness as stone-carved busts influenced by the disparate traditions of abstraction and figuration, modern and ancient visual languages. One such work, Plato’s Cave, realizes the philosopher’s famous allegory as an architectural model. The parable describes a group of prisoners who live chained in a cave facing a blank wall. All they see are shadows projected on the wall from things passing in front of a fire behind them. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to witnessing reality. Plato equates the position of the philosopher to a freed prisoner who discovers that what was thought to be reality was merely a shadow. In Reyes’s interpretation, the philosopher’s cranium is the allegory’s cave.

 

Philosophy is also the starting point for Philosophical Casino, a set of dice that feature quotes from global theorists ranging from Confucius to Marx. The aim of the work is to offer the tools of philosophy in a casual, yet meaningful manner. These geometric sculptures are not dissimilar in function to an oracle or Magic 8 Ball—predicting futures and answering both life’s most elusive and banal questions. Other geometric works focus on form and are inspired by modernism and totemism. These sculptures create a conversation between geometry and the mystical.

 

Flat Statues, re-worked photographs of statuary from different geographies and periods, evoke the feeling that art history has folded in on itself. These images are printed on cloth, cut, and reassembled on a canvas. The works bring attention to both similarities and differences between distinct visual practices.

 

Taken together, the works presented in For Future Reference explore the means through which thought is organized into images. Figures and forms act as an echo of the globalized reality we live in today. Much like a library, the exhibition is a compendium of perspectives on the human condition.

 

Pedro Reyes was born in Mexico City in 1972, where he lives and works. He studied architecture at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City. Solo exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Power Plant, Toronto; Whitechapel Gallery, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. He has taken part in such important art events as the Carnegie International, Liverpool Biennial, Gwangju Biennial, and Documenta 13.

 

Curated by Justine Ludwig, Director of Exhibitions / Senior Curator

 

SUPPORTED by:

 

 

DR. SAMI ARSLANLAR + JOHN R. CLUTTS     TAMMY COTTON HARTNETT

LAREE HULSHOFF + BEN FISCHER     HARRIS POLAKOFF

 

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Bruce Weber Kate Moss, Vietnam, 1996. © Bruce Weber

BRUCE WEBER

Far From Home

18 SEPTEMBER - 12 MARCH 2017

Bruce Weber’s longstanding career has produced some of fashion’s most iconic images. A 1978 editorial shoot for SoHo Weekly News with water polo player Jeff Aquilon first brought Weber’s work into prominence. The photographer went on to produce a series of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren campaigns with male athletes—spearheading the muscled, sporty ideal for male models within the industry.

 

The prolific photographer has since collaborated on numerous campaigns for such iconic brands as Versace, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, and Abercrombie & Fitch. He has also collaborated on editorials and cover shoots for most major fashion publications, recently CR Fashion Book and Vanity Fair.

 

Over the past four decades, Weber has traveled the globe to produce groundbreaking and occasionally controversial imagery for the fashion industry’s leading publications and brands. From Vietnam to South Africa, Morocco to Brazil and beyond, Weber has consistently imagined his fashion sittings as the starting point for a broader exploration of each locale’s vibrant culture and unique occupants. In addition to over 300 photographs—a majority of which have never been exhibited—Far From Home features a selection of Weber’s travel-related short film works.

 

Weber (b.1946 Greensburg, Pennsylvania) has published 39 books and his work has been featured in more than 60 exhibitions worldwide. Notably, he was included in the 1987 Whitney Biennial, which presented Weber alongside artists Julian Schnabel, Ross Bleckner, Barbara Kruger, Terry Winters, Jeff Koons and Peter Halley. Solo exhibition venues have included the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Parco Exposure Gallery, Tokyo. His photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, Paris. Weber has also produced a number of films and creative shorts including the Oscar-nominated Let's Get Lost, released in 1988.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

PRESENTING SPONSORS:

NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

MAJOR SPONSORS:

 

SUPPORTED by:

 

 

JOYCE GOSS     GEORGINA HARTLAND     TAMMY COTTON HARTNETT

STANLEY LIGHT     MEGHAN LOONEY     JAN MILLER + JEFF RICH

NIVEN MORGAN + SHELBY WAGNER     JESSICA NOWITZKI

AMY PILKINGTON + CHRIS BYRNE     HARRIS POLAKOFF     LEIGH RINEARSON

MAXINE + BEN TROWBRIDGE     SHARON YOUNG

 

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Shepard Fairey Rise Above, 2012. Singleton Avenue, Dallas, TX. Photo by Colleen McInerney

SHEPARD FAIREY

Citywide Street Mural Project

ONGOING

Dallas Contemporary has invited Los Angeles based street artist Shepard Fairey to create more than 12 murals throughout the city with a focus on West Dallas. Known for his iconic designed President Obama HOPE poster, Fairey has worked as an artist creating works on the streets and globally in public spaces using posters, stickers, wheat paste and painted murals.

 

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El renombrado artista callejero de Los Ángeles Shepard Fairey fue invitado por el Dallas Contemporary para crear más de 12 murales a lo largo de toda la ciudad con un énfasis especial en el oeste de Dallas.

 

CLICK HERE to view mural location map.