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Scenes of DFW

Aug 27, 2013 03:24PM ● By tina
Explore the Art History of the Metroplex through DallasSITES

Forget New York and Miami — the Dallas-Fort Worth area boasts a heritage of cutting edge and vital art to rival any major city. Long overlooked as the third-coast of the art world, North Texas managed to command national and international attention for its vibrant art scene for decades. The Dallas Museum of Art brings together a collection of artifacts and art objects to explore the last 50 years of the North Texas art scene and combines it with an introspective look at today’s art world.

“The contemporary art scene in North Texas has always been active and edgy,” says Maxwell L. Anderson, director of the Dallas Museum of Art. “It is the DMA’s pleasure, and also its responsibility, to present the city’s fifty-year engagement with the art of our time.”

DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present, open until Sept. 15, explores the nature and history of the area’s art scene through gallery invitations, posters, publications photography and video as well as through important works from decades past. Visitors will enjoy touring the communities that supported and gave birth to the world of art here — from Denton and Oak Cliff to Cedar Springs and Deep Ellum — through the exhibit’s geographical organization. Although many discounted the value of art from North Texas, the artists, curators, supporters and collectives worked in engaging and creative ways to demand and capture international attention — something that could be considered uniquely Texan in and of itself.

Take a break from the history to consider the current vital and vibrant art of Dallas-Fort Worth at installations of dynamic programming throughout companion spaces. Open until Sept. 15, DallasSITES: Available Space tapped selected local arts, curators, collectives and art educators to program unique and innovative exhibitions.

“We are very excited to be engaging the local arts community in such a dynamic way,” says Gabriel Ritter, assistant curator of contemporary art. “The space will offer a level of immediacy and experimentation that is rare within encyclopedic museums today.”