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5 Art Exhibitions Events in Dallas to Attend This Weekend

There's not much in your way of typical exhibition openings, so you'll only see one of those on this list. If you're looking to get your art fix you'll have to be a bit more adventurous. Check out one of these five events to attend. We lead off with one recommended by Caroline North, who's been covering the Dallas Medianale during its inaugural run.

Dallas Medianale Finale: Existential Virtuality It's almost time for Porky Pig, but not quite: There's one last Dallas Medianale event for your viewing pleasure. Carolyn Sortor has put together a closing program of seated screenings called "Existential Virtuality" for the experimental film festival and it starts at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (3120 McKinney Ave.). The evening will begin with a compilation screening, "Death, Desire + Commerce in 5-D," with a longer, 30-minute screening of My Barbarian following at 7:15 p.m. The compilation will repeat at 8:15 p.m., so you're set if you can't make it there early. There's also an after party to look forward to, the location of which will be disclosed at the event. Show up to say goodbye -- for now -- to one of the coolest things to happen in Dallas in recent memory. And don't be shy if this is your first Medianale event; at the very least it will give you a taste of what to expect from the Video Association of Dallas when they bring back Medianale and offer other awesome programming in the future. Admission is free, but make sure to RSVP to guarantee your spot. More info at - Caroline North

As feminism was on the upswingthe Guerrilla Girls were there, stirring up controversy, shaking up paradigms and exposing flaws and discrimination in the mainstream narrative. This mostly anonymous group used facts, humor and striking visuals to call attention to unfairness in politics, art, film and anywhere else it existed. It's safe to say that the 55 women who have been members over the years have made a difference in the way we discuss art and culture, although there's still more work to be done. Don't miss a chance to see one of these cultural superheroes when Kathe Kollwitz swings through Denton for a public lecture at Texas Woman's University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free. The lecture takes place in the music building at 1100 Oakland St., Denton. More information at

Francisco Moreno: Open Studio Yesterday we reported on the super cool project that artist Francisco Moreno is working on, for which he is reconstructing a 1975 Datsun Z and building into it an American muscle car engine. This weekend, he invites you into his studio to check out his WCD Project from 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Check out the car, and the painting in front of which it will perform donuts. Maybe he'll even let you fire up the engine.

The Collection Of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass at the Kimbell Art Museum Some people have an eye for beauty and the money to collect it. Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass are two such people. Their incredible collection of Impressionist to post-World War II art will be on display at the Kimbell beginning Sunday. Revel in a bit of Van Gogh, Picasso, Chagall, Rothko, among many others. More info at

The Consortium Some of the region's talented graduate art students collaborate under the name, The Consortium. A project that features talent studying at Southern Methodist University, University of Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas, this weekend you'll get a chance to see their installations and hear from the artists. Based on some of the graduates of these programs, we're banishing expectations, as they constantly surpass them. Stop by the Trinity Groves warehouse, 500 Singleton Blvd. from 12-5 p.m. Saturday. More here.

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