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We're Eagerly Anticipating These Upcoming Exhibits Around Dallas


Dallas’ buzzy art scene is bringing some major additions this fall, from first-ever exhibitions to pieces that *encourage* touching. So go ahead and mark your calendar—these exciting collections won’t be here forever.

Elmgreen & Dragset: Sculptures  ( Photo: Nasher Sculpture Center )

Elmgreen & Dragset: Sculptures (Photo: Nasher Sculpture Center)

Exhibit: Wearable Raffia 
When: August 31, 2019 to July 12, 2020 | Level 3
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, Level 3
What: This exhibition will be showcasing the museum’s collection of gorgeous African art, with garments, accessories, and textiles made from woven fibers of Raffia Palm trees from West and Central Africa and the island of Madagascar. The raffia works are featured from several groups across “four African countries, including the Bamileke peoples (Cameroon), Dida peoples (Côte d’Ivoire), Kuba peoples (the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Merina peoples (Madagascar), Suku peoples (DRC), and Teke peoples (DRC). “ And if you’re a touchy-feely kind of person, visitors are even invited to feel raffia and textile samples displayed in the gallery.

Exhibit: Elmgreen & Dragset: Sculptures 
When: September 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center
What: Get excited, Dallas — this fall will mark the Scandinavian duo’s first major museum presentation in the U.S. since the mid-’90s. The exhibition will focus on Elmgreen & Dragset’s sculptural production, featuring a large selection of sculptures that “illustrate the artists’ use of multiple aesthetics and working methods.” 

Exhibit: Alicja Kwade 
When: September 15, 2019 - December 22, 2019
Where: Dallas Contemporary
What: Head over to Dallas Contemporary this fall to check out German contemporary visual artist Alicja Kwade’s largest exhibition to date. For this exhibition, Kwade “is developing a new body of work in Mexico, which will be shown for the first time at Dallas Contemporary, while a sister exhibition will be on view at the List Visual Arts Center at MIT in Boston.”

Wearable Raffia  ( Photo: Dallas Museum of Art )

Wearable Raffia (Photo: Dallas Museum of Art)

Exhibit: Jessica Vaughn 
When: September 15, 2019 - December 22, 2019
Where: Dallas Contemporary
What: The conceptual artist’s exciting first museum exhibition will consist of a new site-specific installation that “considers her ongoing investigations into how architectural structures reinforce segregation.” 

Exhibit: John Currin, My Life as a Man
When: September 15, 2019 - December 22, 2019
Where: Dallas Contemporary
What: Want to dive into a study of the male gaze? Currin’s latest exploration will track the evolution of his male iconography in a museum context. My Life as a Man will be focusing exclusively on the artist’s depiction of his own gender, “examining provocative depictions of a range of masculine identities spanning his career.” 

Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson  ( Photo: Dallas Museum of Art )

Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson (Photo: Dallas Museum of Art)

Exhibit: Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson 
When: September 15, 2019 to March 22, 2020
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, Hoffman Galleries
What: This exhibition will be featuring two works from this Icelandic artist. The first work, The Visitors, is an immersive video installation that features nine screens, “each of which shows an individual musician singing the same lyric in a different room of the nearly 200-year-old Rokeby Farm House in Hudson Valley, New York.“ The following work features 415 postcards that line the walls of the preceding gallery. The collection was sent over 14 months and catalogues Kjartansson’s observations on both the routine and noteworthy through a variety of expressions including drawing, watercolor and writings.

Exhibit: Sightings: Anne Le Troter 
When: October 26, 2019 - February 2, 2020
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center
What: In her first U.S. commission, French artist Anne Le Troter is developing a sound piece that comprises hundreds of audio samples she collected from a U.S.-based cryobank. In the recordings, sperm donors respond to questions about their families, lives, and what they see the for the future, while employees give their impressions of the donors’ answers, physical traits and more. Le Troter manipulates these recordings with repetition and pauses to create portraits of each donor.