For Suzanne Weaver, keeping an ear to the ground for some earth-shaking rumble in the world of contemporary art isn't enough. She palpates the inner wrist of the great body of art with her two longest fingers, feeling for the most energetic life force before enticing it to the Dallas Museum of Art. Weaver, the associate curator for contemporary art, dissects a new specimen this week: the inventive, voyeur-meets-stalker, black-and-white film installation of Matthew Buckingham, who is featured in the Concentrations 44 exhibit lecture. Buckingham's A Man of the Crowd is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's short story and reminiscent of Orson Welles' The Third Man. "The relationship between observer and observed, subject and object, in the film and in the gallery, is put forth for questioning," Weaver says. In Buckingham's exhibit, viewers can peer into a freestanding, two-way mirror in the center of the gallery to reflect themselves in the projected work. Meet at the visitor services desk at the DMA's main entrance between Harwood and St. Paul streets for Weaver's lecture, which begins at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. It's free with museum admission ($6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children). Call 214-922-1200. --Annabelle Massey Helber
Sam, He Is
Without tuition and exam stress, you can matriculate at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for an effortless education in contemporary art from the Tuesday Evening Lecture Series. It's a sophisticated soiree with cocktails and snacks, plus there's a free lecture by or about a featured artist. Tuesday's 7 p.m.-to-8 p.m. lecture is a look at the drawings, installations and video/film work of Los Angeles-based Sam Durant, which landed him in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and the 2003 Venice Biennial. Durant's themes are featured in drawings that reference historical protest photos and neon-sign installations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at 3200 Darnell St. Call 817-738-9215 or 1-866-824-5566. --Annabelle Massey Helber
Home New Home
Affordable housing on college campuses usually means dorm rooms, well-trafficked student houses and multiple roommates. There's also the assumption that, one day, they will leave it all behind. It's not that easy. Low- and moderate-income families in search of affordable housing can be stuck in undesirable housing indefinitely. The HOME House Project at the University of North Texas highlights an architectural, artist-designed, affordable housing initiative that uses sustainable materials and methods to create affordable housing that's both aesthetically pleasing and economically viable. The 100 works were culled from nearly 500 submissions and are presented in framed two-dimensional and virtual formats. The HOME House Project shows from April 8 through May 25. Visiting curator David J. Brown will speak at an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The gallery is located in the Art Building on the University of North Texas campus in Denton. Visit www.art.unt.edu. --Stephanie Durham
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