Twenty-one was a damned good age, ripe with artistic possibilities, so one would think an art show called Twenty-One might explore some of these classic coming-of-age staples: your first legal drink, college parties, young love, cramming for tests about stuff you'll forget in a couple short months, young lust, student discounts, working crappy retail or food service jobs, and in our case, a lot of between-class napping. Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, however, had a different idea in naming their latest exhibit Twenty-One. Collecting seven photographs each selected by three curators, the show features work by photographers Mario Algaze, Mario DeBiasi, Chuy Benitez, John Herrin, David Johndrow, Elliott Erwitt and others. We're particularly excited about Chuy Benitez's "large panoramic image of a mariachi band playing in a local Hispanic grocery store," but then again, we just have a soft spot for mariachis, so perhaps you'll be more stoked about John Herrin's abstract tributes to photographer Aaron Siskind. Check it all out when Twenty-One opens with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 -- the summer solstice -- at PDNB Gallery, 1202 Dragon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 214-969-1852 or visit pdnbgallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 21. Continues through July 19, 2008