If you're not making the pilgrimage to Marfa for Chinati weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to hang out with art in Dallas.
Name an artist from the Pop Art movement. The first names that come to mind are likely Warhol or Lichtenstein. Most of the artists who retained cultural prominence in Pop Art are from New York or London, but the movement, which challenged the strictures of fine art and embraced images of advertising and representations of everyday life, was far more global. This fine exhibit, which I saw in its genesis at the Walker Art Center, explores Pop Art globally, examining Nouveau Réalisme (France), Concretism and Neo-Concretism (Brazil), The Art of Things (Argentina), Anti-Art (Japan), Capitalist Realism (Germany), Happenings and Neo-Dada. See it at the Dallas Museum of Art starting at 11 a.m. Thursday through Jan. 17, 2016. Tickets are $16.
This weekend, Kettle Art will be overtaken with the seven colors of visible light: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Curated by sculptor George Fowler, this exhibit of eye-popping colors from some of Kettle Art's popular exhibiting artists will contain hundreds of pieces, with the hope of creating an enormous color wheel mural on the gallery walls.
A jet-black armored car sits at the center of the Power Station, an art space just east of Deep Ellum. The license plate reads: FAILED. It’s one of three pieces by artist Jill Magid in the exhibition Emergency Measures, curated by Gregory Ruppe and Noah Simblist. Magid’s trio of work on display here revolves around the time she spent in Austin in 2010, when she was researching sniper shootings and, as fate would have it, became a witness to a shooting on the capitol steps. In addition to the car, she created a video of her TV interview on loop, and a book recounting the incident in great detail. Magid, a New York-based artist whose work often involves themes of safety and surveillance, will be in Dallas for the closing reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Power Station (3816 Commerce St.), where she will speak about her work. For more info, visit powerstationdallas.com.
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Discover Spain! at Meadows Museum
If you haven't yet seen the stunning exhibition at the Meadows Museum, Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting, drop whatever you're doing and go. Better yet, visit this weekend, during the museum's Discover Spain! festival, which brings film screenings, Spanish foods and wines, guitar performances and dance to the museum in a free festival timed with Columbus day. From 2-9 p.m. Saturday, the museum has scheduled numerous activities, not the least of which is the art (there will be gallery talks every hour). At 3:30 p.m. Blancanieves screens, and at 7 p.m. see Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Those screenings have limited seating, so registration is required. Find more information online at http://bit.ly/1VBgSaq.
Labyrinth by Keri Oldham & The Devil Within and Without: curated work by Oldham and Colette Robbins
Inspired by the 1980s cult classic, Keri Oldham creates a modern allegorical watercolor and mixed media series in which she investigates issues of identity, psychosis and story archetypes. The group exhibition curated by Oldham and Robbins explores the inner and outer demons that shape artistic practice. Artists in that exhibit include Lanie DeLay, Bruce Lee Webb, Erin Stafford and more.