5 Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

Joy Laville, Chuck & George, and Flor Garduño Three very different artists take over the McKinney Avenue Contemporary this weekend. Mexican-based artist Joy Laville's paintings return to Dallas for her first exhibition in 30 years, featuring work from five decades of painting. In the square gallery, Dallas-based collaborative duo Chuck and George create an immersive installation "channelling 1970s kitsch." In their crazy world you'll find tech pop microwaves filled with "turducken gravy boat, sweet piglet pussy pie, and melting parfaits of flattery, create a fantastical tower of lights." The press release describes it as comic and disturbing. There will also be a display of Flor Garduño's photography. Swing by the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the MAC (3120 McKinney Avenue) or see the work through May 9. Admission is free. More information at the-mac.org.

Noah Simblist/Palestine, Texas The lore of Texas runs strong in America. Every small town has a story, a history, a legend, a myth. You'll recognize yourself in a lot of the stories, the characters that make up these places. And in artist Noah Simblist's creation, you'll recognize something else as well - a conflict on foreign soil might start to feel closer to home. For his exhibition at the Reading Room (3715 Parry Ave.), Simblist imagines a small American town "where the utopian location of Zion can always be found on the horizon and catastrophe is always underfoot." The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Saturday, but related discussions will take place from 4-6 p.m. March 21 and 4-6 p.m. April 12. More at www.thereadingroom-dallas.blogspot.com.

Lauren Cross' Everyday Use Some people might try to convince you that there is art in the everyday. You might scoff and return to your spreadsheets. It's the same premise interdisciplinary artist Lauren Cross functions under, but she knows what she's looking for. Opening at the South Dallas Cultural Center (3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave.) this weekend, an exhibition of her work titled Everyday Use, "explores everyday objects and memories as artistic contributions to African American history and culture." She uses photography, video, and installation work, including everything from found family photos and sound recordings to weave together an exhibition interested in personal and shared histories. Cross is interested in the use of art as documentation, as cultural and familial preservation. See the work in opening reception at 5 p.m. Saturday or through April 25. Admission is free. More information at dallasculture.org/sdculturalcenter.

Ipseity: Alison Jardine/Liz Trosper An article popped up in my newsfeed yesterday, in which a full time author exhorted those aspiring to be full-time writers or artists to reconsider. The profession as he describes it: it's lonely, unstructured, and poorly compensated. Certainly artists Alison Jardine and Liz Trosper know this side of the practice -- the one where they spend hours in solitude, attempting self-expression. But this exhibition at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus (2100 Southeast Parkway) has them questioning something else entirely. In Ipseity, they work in collaboration to question, "What does selfhood or self-actualization mean in the context of a collaborative partnership?" See the work in opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, or through April 19.

Dreams and Divinities This Saturday is the Spring equinox, which is why LuminArte Gallery mounts an exhibition dedicated to dreams and visions. On its last final leg of a traveling tour, Dreams and Divinities features the work of international artists who work in genres related to surrealism. See the work in opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. More at luminarte.com.

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